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Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility for Your Doggo

Every now and then, you may have to leave your dog with pet boarding, such as when you have to deal with an emergency or need to go out of town. But how do you choose the right facility for your buddy?

Everyday Routine

First, you’d like to know the daily routine of the dogs in your prospective facility. The canines should have enough opportunities burn off excessive energy. Ask them about the pets’ overnight routine as well.

Amenities

Find a place that provides stress-busting amenities, such as a playground where the pets can exercise or engage in group play. Even in the best facilities, dogs can still have difficulty coping with the new environment, especially within the first few days.

Supervision

Ask them if the pets are being supervised by trained staff during group play. To keep them safe from accidents and aggression, doggos must never be left to themselves.

Sanitation and Size of Facility

It’s important to choose a clean, disinfected facility, if only to keep your dog healthy and happy while you’re away. This is one of the main reason you should choose a place that is large enough to accommodate freely circulating air. This will help control the spread of harmful microorganisms among the animals.

Round-the-clock Staffing

The facility you choose should be staffed day in and day out. Pets must never be left among themselves, whether or not during play. Whether or not there is an emergency, a staff person should always be around.

Staff Training

Make sure to choose a facility whose staff is well-trained and experienced in animal care. With good knowledge of dog care, behavior or perhaps even training, they will be able to respond more appropriately to potential issues.

Social Interaction

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.

Overall Medical Emergency Preparedness

Ask the staff about general emergency preparedness, including the policies they follow in emergency situations. In addition, find out which animal hospital they usually take the pets to when necessary.

Medical Care

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, ask them if they are equipped to deal with an emergency and if a veterinarian will be on board round the clock.

What Do You Know About Dogs

What Do You Know About Dogs