There will be times when your dog has to stay with pet boarding, as when you go on a trip or attend to some type of emergency. But what’s a good way to tell a good facility for your buddy?
First off, ask the staff how the dogs in their care usually spend their day. The canines should have enough opportunities burn off excessive energy. Ask them about the pets’ overnight routine as well.
Find a place that provides stress-busting amenities, such as a playground where the pets can exercise or engage in group play. No matter how great a facility is, dogs can still have difficulty coping with boarding, especially during the first few days.
Ask them whether the pets will be supervised by trained personnel during group play. Doggos should never be left on their own to avoid accidents or confrontations that may result in injuries.
Sanitation and Facility Size
Choosing a clean, disinfected facility is a must, if only to make sure that your doggo stays healthy and happy while you’re not around. This is one of the main reason you should choose a place that is large enough to accommodate freely circulating air. This will help stop the spread of disease-causing microorganisms among the animals.
Choose a facility with 24-hour staffing. Even when they’re not in play, pets should never be left alone. Someone should always be there, especially if there’s an emergency.
Make sure to choose a facility whose staff is well-trained and experienced in animal care. A good knowledge of dog behavior, care or even training will make them respond better to any potential issues.
If your dog is very active and friendly, you should choose a facility that lets him meet people and other dogs outside. Speak to the staff regarding your dog’s personality, and if he’s more of the quieter, small-group type, make sure you make that clear as well. Just because you have to be away doesn’t mean your pet has to be miserable.
General Medical Emergency Readiness
Ask the staff how they usually manage general emergencies and what policies they have in place. In addition, find out which animal hospital they usually take the pets to when necessary.
If your dog has any specific medical condition, ask what training their staff has in terms of administering medications and if they are familiar with that condition. Finally and very importantly, find out how they to respond to an emergency and if there is a veterinarian 24/7.