When your dog has to stay away from home while you travel, why not let her have a say in where she goes? Dogs are considered good judges of character, so it makes sense to let your dog help you choose a doggy boarding facility. Your dog can help you in the following ways.
You know what your dog is like, so make sure you find a place that fits her temperament. If she loves being around other dogs and has a ton of energy to burn off, look for a facility that offers plenty of playtime. She’ll have a chance to make new doggy friends and get a lot of exercise while boarding. Avoid places that only take dogs for a couple of walks a day and don’t have any playtime available. Your dog could get anxious from being cooped up all day, which can lead to behavioral issues, like chewing or excessive barking.
If your dog is shy or anxious, find a place that will respect that and not put her in a play area with a bunch of other dogs. Ideally, look for a facility that’s relatively quiet, rather than a noisy one. Alternatively, you can choose a doggy boarding facility that offers one-on-one training sessions that can help your dog overcome her shyness and be more sociable. If your dog is not social, you might want to consider hiring a pet sitter to come to your home and care for them. The sitter will be able to give your dog individual attention and can also help keep your home secure while you are away.
Determining Your Dog’s Needs
Think about what your dog needs in order to be safe and comfortable in a doggy boarding facility:
Space: Does your dog need a lot of space to sleep comfortably in a kennel? Look for a boarding place that has kennels that are roomy enough for your pup.
- Medications: If your dog takes any medications, you’ll also need to make sure that the place you choose will administer these and keep records.
- Medical needs: If your dog has any health conditions that require special care, check with the facility to make sure they can handle these.
- Grooming: Could your dog use a bath or nail trim? Find a boarding facility that offers grooming services, such as baths, haircuts and nail care. Other common services include ear care.
- Relaxation: Choose a facility that offers relaxation services, such as massages and aromatherapy if your dog might be nervous while away from home. These services also work well if you have to board an anxious pup.