No matter how much you love your dog, there will always come a time when you’ll have to leave them behind, be it for travel, emergencies or illness.
You may attempt to solve this problem by taking your pooch with you, only to discover that hotel restrictions, travel-induced pet illness, and runaway pets can turn your trip into a disaster.
You may also turn over the care of your dog to well-meaning but untrained friends who may not even be able to tell the difference between dog food and cat food.
Fortunately, most pet owners who are in need of capable hands can utilize the services of professional dog boarding. But you can’t just board your dog at any facility you find. You need to consider the following three things before boarding so that they can have a happy experience there.
● How To Find A Dog Boarding Facility Near You?
● How To Choose The Best Dog Boarding Facility Nearby?
● How To Prepare Your Dog For Boarding?
First, let's watch a video and learn some basic knowledge about dog boarding.
Throughout the United States and Canada, there are approximately 10,000 boarding places offering their services to more than 30 million pet owners annually. So the first and foremost thing dog parents need to consider is to locate a dog boarding facility near you. Here are 2 efficient ways that can help you easily find the right one.
1. If you’ve never boarded your dog before, you should first ask your trusted friends or vets if they have any recommendations. Once you have a few names, look them up online and see if they have a website or online reviews. Then visit the facility you are most comfortable with, and make your decision.
2. Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone with boarding experience. The following are 5 of the best rated dog boarding facilities for you to choose from, according to most dog owners.
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After finding your local kennel, a personal visit is essential to determine which one is most suitable for your pooch. You can choose the best one by using the following criterion:
1. Interest: Take into account your dog’s interest before settling on dog boarding. If your dog enjoys a good swim, then a boarding facility with a swimming pool is more suitable for him.
2. Personnel: Kennel personnel should appear clean and neat. They should also show a high level of understanding and concern for your dog by their handling techniques and attitude.
3. Sanitation: Kennel property should be neat and well maintained. The kennel should be free of dirt, fecal accumulation, odors, and parasite infestation.
4. Security: Your dog may try to find you while you are on your trip. So the boarding kennels should be well designed to prevent this kind of incident.
5. Safety: Kennel areas should be free of sharp objects, harmful chemicals, and objects your pet might swallow. Exercise areas should include barriers between runs high enough to prevent male dogs from urinating into adjacent runs.
6. Supervision: Dogs should be checked frequently by someone who is trained to recognize the signs of illness and distress. Staff should also be trained in first aid for dogs.
7. Webcams: Webcams allow you to check in on your dogs to see how they are adjusting.
Using the information listed above, you have now located, evaluated, and selected your boarding kennel, and have completed most necessary steps for successful boarding. However, there is still one thing required to assure that your dog receives the best care possible.
Preparing your dog for boarding is the key to whether they will have a comfortable stay in the boarding facility. Here are some advice that can help you with it.
1. If your pet is always with you, start to accustom him to your absence. Leave him alone for a certain time each day with his favourite toy, so he will feel okay when you are gone.
2. If your dog is prone to separation anxiety, it's better to plan a trial daycare or short overnight stay, which will help him get used to the facility.
3. Kennels require all dogs to be up to date on all of their vaccines. Ask your vet if your dog has taken all the shots he will need to go to a kennel. Also make sure that you have treated your dog with preventative medicine for fleas, ticks and heartworm.
4. Bring along your dog’s favorite toys to keep him company. An article of clothing with your scent on it will also keep him from extreme loneliness.
5. Pack enough medicine for a couple of extra days. On the off chance that an event delays the owners from returning, the dog
6. Don’t let your pet see that you are stressed or upset when you drop him off at the kennel. He will sense your discomfort and become upset himself.
After all the work you’ve done, you may just relax and enjoy your trip. Your dog being in the hands of capable professionals will receive more care and attention than they would at home. And if you are still worried about it, ask to see the photos of your dog playing in the kennel.