Weird Things to Consider Before Boarding Your Dog
Boarding your dog while traveling is not always a straightforward process and can be a difficult decision. Before deciding if the experience will be a good one for both you and your four-legged friend, there are plenty of things to consider. Here are some weird things to consider before boarding your dog.
I find it hard to believe that people enjoy watching their pet sitter or boarding facility more than they love their pet. It’s inevitable, though: sometimes life has to come first, and our furry friends have to take second place when it’s necessary. But in an ideal world, we’d get to do both!
I only recently had the opportunity to board my dog for almost two weeks as I traveled overseas for business. I fretted over the idea of leaving her with someone I had never met before but already felt like she was part of the family.
Here Are Eight Things to Consider if You’re Looking Into Boarding Your Dog:
1. The Initial Phone Call
This is usually a good indication of the experience of what’s to come and how well they communicate with you during the process. Does the staff sound knowledgeable?
2. The Facility
Do they have clean kennels, and do their dogs seem well-fed, comfortable, and happy? Do they have a proper climate control system in place, or are the dogs running around in the heat of summer? Is it a concrete building, or is there grass for them to run around on?
Dogs need to get along with other dogs. If socializing takes place regularly, this is a positive sign that they do so all the time.
Are they well-behaved and friendly? Do they have any behavioral problems or quirks? How do they interact with people?
5. The Interview
Does the staff give you a tour of their facilities and allow you to ask questions? Do they let you take your dog back there with you? A good facility will want to put both parties at ease and make sure it will be a seamless experience that allows for maximum bonding time.
6. The Staff
Do they have a good relationship with your dog? Are their approaches predicated on positive reinforcement or intimidation, regardless of the situation? What is their educational background, and what organizations do they belong to?
7. The Costs
Is there a daily charge for solo dogs, or does it get prorated by weight or size? Are there any hidden costs? You want to be comfortable with their boarding rates.
8. Physical Health of the Facility
Are there any exposed wires? What are the floors made out of? Is it a clean, healthy environment, both for your dog and yourself? Does it smell? These are all critical things to consider when you decide on where to board your pet.
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