How to Choose a Dog Boarding Facility

While a lot of factors should be considered when choosing a dog boarding facility, there are also some important details that you should consider before putting your pet in their care. It is always best to schedule your dog’s stay at least two weeks ahead of time. To avoid being surprised by an unexpected veterinary bill, make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date and that the kennel is licensed.

A well-maintained dog hotel will offer cageless quarters and 24-hour supervision. It will also feature large rooms for socialization and playtime, tempered glass doors, premium bedding, a webcam in the suite, and more. Your pet will enjoy up to four hours of playtime daily, as well as morning and evening potty breaks. Listed below are a few tips to help you find the best facility for your pooch.

Before hiring a dog boarding facility, it is essential to visit the facilities to see how they treat the dogs. If the facility is unclean or dirty, that should be an immediate red flag. It is also important to confirm the staff’s training. Look for certificates stating that all staff have completed a formal training in caring for dogs. If you live in a city where ACs and fans can’t be used, it may be worth asking if any of the staff members have had any additional training in handling dogs.

Before choosing a dog boarding facility, ask friends, neighbors, and colleagues for recommendations. Look through the IBPSA member directory for a list of reputable organizations that follow high standards of care. Check out the facility in person to see for yourself how it looks like and what services it provides. It is important to check the cleanliness and hygiene of the facilities, and to see whether the staff are friendly and caring. It is also important to ask about their cancellation policies. Some will charge you a penalty if you cancel your reservation last minute.

Vaccinations are a major concern when it comes to dog boarding. Your pet should be up to date on all vaccinations and should have their shots at least seven days before the kennel stay. If you plan to take your dog to a kennel, make sure it is identified with a microchip or collar. Make sure your dog wears a name tag, and label all food with its name. You can also drop off your dog at the kennel in the morning. Visit the Bark Square website to learn more on dog boarding services.

While dog boarding may sound like a great idea for a vacation, some people prefer a more comfortable environment for their beloved pets. A comfortable, familiar environment can help a dog feel less stressed. A kennel can feel like a jail for a dog, so crate training is a great option for a dog who doesn’t like being alone. You can also ask your dog to stay with a family member, friend, or neighbor.

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