Dog Boarding

All About Dog Boarding

Pet boarding is growing more and more popular for people who want to make sure that their pet is not only taken care of while they’re gone, but that he is tended to and given the love and attention that he requires. Dog boarding has been available for years; recently, however, a veritable boom has occurred in terms of the number of dog boarding facilities available – and the amazing variety that is offered. Where dog boarding was once a utilitarian affair, today pet boarding facilities offer a comprehensive array of features and amenities. Before boarding your dog, learn a bit more about what’s available, what to look out for – and how to choose the right facility.

Basic Dog Boarding Vs. Upscale Dog Boarding

As in the past, most areas have plenty of basic dog boarding facilities available. What’s included in a typical dog boarding facility? Such places usually include:

·  bedding for dogs to sleep on

·  indoor/outdoor runs, or a large indoor exercise area

·  meals that agree with a dog’s normal schedule and dietary needs

·  staff members who continually check on a dog’s well being

·  runs that are cleaned and hosed down daily

·  regular cleaning and disinfecting of the premises

·  the administering of medications, if necessary

While these services are definitely adequate, some dog owners prefer pet boarding facilities that offer a bit more in the way of luxury. Upscale dog boarding facilities may include:

·  pick up and drop off services

·  bathing and grooming prior to returning home

·  walks

·  obedience training

·  toys

·  high quality, plush bedding

·  a supply and gift shop

·  special areas for elderly or sick dogs

Narrowing Down Your List Of Prospective Dog Boarding Facilities

Choosing a pet boarding facility can be daunting. After deciding whether you want basic boarding services or a more specialized, upscale facility, you’ll probably still have many different options to choose from. The first step in narrowing down your list of dog boarding facilities is picking up the phone and asking a few key questions. Below, we’ve provided a few sample questions that you can ask to determine whether a facility makes the cut; you should ask more personalized questions of your own, too, to narrow things down further.

·  Where will my dog stay? – Find out whether the dog boarding facility uses cages or small rooms for their guests. If you have a small dog, cages might be okay with you; otherwise, you can cross off places that use cages to narrow your list to a more manageable size.

·  What will my dog be fed? – Ask whether the pet boarding facility will allow you to bring your dog’s own food in. Generally, most dogs do not acclimate well to being fed a different diet while at a boarding facility; if the place you’ve called forbids owners to supply their own food, move on to the next one.

·  What kinds of exercise will be available for my dog? – Find out whether there are scheduled times for dogs to get out and move around, or whether daily walks are provided. Either way, it’s important to ensure that your dog will be getting some exercise while in the care of a dog boarding facility.

·  Do dogs interact with each other? – Ask about the facility’s policies regarding dog playtime. Sometimes, pet boarding facilities allow dogs to play together for limited amounts of time; however, if dogs aren’t carefully monitored, problems can arise.

·  What will happen if my dog gets sick or is injured? – If the facility doesn’t have a veterinary hospital associated with it, find out the procedure they follow in the event of illness or injury. Make sure that regular checks of the doggy guests are conducted to ensure that everybody is okay.

Take A Tour Of The Finalists

After completing your series of brief phone interviews, you’ll hopefully be left with a manageable list of dog boarding facilities. Before settling on one, you’ll need to go in and take a tour to make sure that it is really right for your pet. Knowing what to look for during such a tour is critical, which is why we have outlined a few of the most important things below.

Gauge The Overall Cleanliness Of The Facility

Immediately upon entering any pet boarding facility, see what your first impression is regarding its cleanliness. Scan over the dog runs and see what condition most of them are in; a couple of dirty runs is one thing, but if most or all of them are filthy, it could signal trouble. Sniff the air; if a dirty, unclean smell lingers everywhere around the boarding facility, then cleanliness is probably not a top priority. A tiny bit of odor is understandable, but if it is overpowering and all encompassing, go elsewhere.

Look For Good Ventilation

As you tour the place, keep an eye out for proper ventilation. If the dog boarding facility isn’t properly ventilated, the air will be stale and stagnant – and germs and viruses can proliferate more easily.

Watch The Staff In Action

Meet a handful of staff members, then watch how the interact with the dogs. They should display a genuine comfort and love for their guests, and treat them as they would their own.

Get A Comprehensive Breakdown Of The Costs

Ask for a detailed listing of all of the costs and charges associated with keeping your dog at the facility. If they won’t provide it, move on.

Find Out Which Immunizations Are Required

If you’ve pretty much settled on a facility, be sure to get a list of all the immunizations your dog will need in order to board there. Compare the list to your records and determine whether your dog is current. If not, get her to the vet right away to make sure everything is in order.

When all is said and done, as long as you feel comfortable with the dog boarding facility and everything checks out, you should be good to go! The evidence of whether you’ve made the right choice will show in your dog’s reaction upon returning there, so pay attention.

37 comments
BettyJohnson
BettyJohnson

That's nice that they can give pets their medicine. Since that isn't always the easiest thing to do, I can appreciate it being done for me. Making sure that my dog will get enough exercise there as well would be nice. I want to make sure that he is healthy and happy. No one likes being cooped up. http://www.tampapuppypalace.com/Doggy_Day_Care.html 

Eric Blaise
Eric Blaise

Basic dog boarding is what the average dog owner would need when going out of town. With the basic approach, your pet will get the essentials, and will be given the chance to stretch his/her legs for a few hours in the day. If you want a little bit more like grooming or visits to the vet, you might have to go a little bit upscale, otherwise stick with the basic.


Eric | http://www.welcomekennels.com.au/kennels.html 

JenniferStevens
JenniferStevens

I wasn't aware that there were differences between basic and upscale boarding.   With something like that, it might be a good idea for the pet owner to do some research to determine what would be right for them.   The last thing someone might want is to not have the services they need to take care of their pet adequately. http://www.eastvalleyanimalclinic.com/tour-and-services.pml 

correysmith321
correysmith321

Several of the things that my wife watched for while working at a dog boarding facility was the staff, the environment of the facility, and how the pets were taken care of. Oh, she had a neat experience working at that facility because of her passion for dogs. I guess it's something that she was used to doing while growing up. http://www.hickmancreekkennel.com 

Pyrrho
Pyrrho

Mary, I like the idea of checking how things are operated beforehand. I like to know what kind of conditions my dogs will be in while I'm gone. I could even bring my dogs along with me. that way, I can see if they like the facilities or not. http://www.dogdayz.com.au/locations 

JordanJohnson2
JordanJohnson2

I liked how you described what to look for when you are trying to determine which kennel to choose for you dog. In the past I've always been able to leave my dog at a friend's house while I have been out of town. But I'm going to be spending my vacation in Hawaii for two weeks with my fiancee and won't be able to rely on him this time. Looks like I'm going to be putting your tips into effect shortly.  http://www.hickmancreekkennel.com

Jim Sanders
Jim Sanders

This is a great checklist! Being sure your dog will be taken care of and watched over in a way you're comfortable with is extremely important before leaving your dog with anyone. Looking for experience and asking former or current customers about a place can help you find better boarding for your dog as well.

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HollieTruesdale
HollieTruesdale

I liked the list of questions to ask yourself and any dog boarding facility before choosing where you want to have your dog go while you're on vacation. I'm always a little nervous leaving my cats behind when I go on vacation, but I would feel a lot better if I knew they were being taken care of! I liked your suggestion of watching the staff work as well. The staff are going to be the one taking care of your pet and I would want to make sure they're attentive and friendly! http://www.allcreaturesinn.com 

LaceyRockwell1
LaceyRockwell1

I have to go on a business trip, and there is no one to watch my dog. I don't want to put in a kennel, but with no other options, I want to find the best one possible. I really like what you said about watching the staff in action. That way, you know what kind of care your pet is going to get while you are away! 


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kelseyhiggins
kelseyhiggins

My husband and I have been looking into some local kennels for when we go on vacation. I have never thought about asking about procedures for if my dog gets sick or injured. While I hope that doesn't happen, it would definitely be nice to know that he would be properly taken care of. I will have to add that to my list of questions to ask the kennels! http://thepawfectk9.com 

sfreddson2156
sfreddson2156

I think these are all great questions to ask before you board your dog anywhere. Knowing ahead of time how your dog will be treated can make the process much easier. If nothing else, it's worth having peace of mind on your vacation! Thanks for sharing your tips and these questions with us, this was a very helpful article! http://www.welcomekennels.com.au/kennels.html

JamesSimon1
JamesSimon1

My little doggy loves the doggy hotel. He's a very lively little guy and he really loves playing with other dogs. I hope that he is as happy as he seems to be every time we pick him up. We're moving and I hope there's a new place there that will take care of him.


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TyroneBobbyJoeHill
TyroneBobbyJoeHill

I'm going to be heading out of town in a few weeks and I've been wondering what to do with my dog. I can't bring him with me and my neighbors won't be available to help out. I think I found the perfect solution! I think it's so great that dog boarding services provide so many of the amenities you listed! My dog would definitely appreciate something like this. Hopefully I can find a good dog boarding service in my area! http://www.dailywag.com

mtraininjax
mtraininjax

Sophie,


We operate a boarding, grooming, daycare and training center in Jacksonville, FL. I had a client contact us who live on a boat and travel the seas. They said they researched all the boarding facilities in Jacksonville, FL for a week, and then chose us for our accommodations and our procedures. When you are trying to find the best place possible, you should be able to see the entire operation, if you not, go somewhere else. We're not trading state secrets in hidden rooms, this is dog care, a simple concept. Facilities should be open to their clients. If not, move on. You do not want to wake up away from home and wonder if you made the wrong decision! - Jack

Sophie Green
Sophie Green

My husband and I are going to be out of town for a month, and we're needing to find a place for our dogs. This is the first time ever leaving them, and I'm a little nervous. I like the idea of going to the different boarding places, and figuring out which one we like best. I think that being able to see all the different options could be helpful in making me feel comfortable about leaving them because I will have known that where ever I send them, will have been the best place.

Sophie Green |  http://www.alpineanimal.net/boarding/

happyhounddogresorts
happyhounddogresorts

The first thing any owner should do upon entering a Dog Boarding facility is sniff the air inside. Does this place smell like a dog service facility, can you smell urine, feces, or can you smell a lot of air-wick containers or perfumes that may be masking the smell of the urine or feces. Next make sure you go to the kennel or daycare area, presuming they have a daycare area, and see how feces and urine are picked up and how often. Do all of this WITHOUT your dog. Not every facility is the same, and make darn sure that there is space for your dog to play and act like a dog. If there is no space, you will probably see crates and 3rd world conditions. These are your babies, expect better for them!


Jack Bobeck

Happy Hound Dog Resorts

Jorge Preston
Jorge Preston

Very nice post. I personally think that dog boarding services are very much helpful for pet owners. Professionals like me who cannot participate into the dog training with dogs, can simply drop off dogs at the center, and pick up a well-groomed late in evening. I have been taking dog boarding services from Cali K9 San Francisco, and very much satisfied with their services.

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luxury pet accommodation

Dog boarding is a service offered by some veterinarians and pet boarding kennels, allowing owners to drop their dogs off for a set amount of time in exchange for a fee.

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pet sitting newport

It's nice to know that there are alternative such as boarding facilities to care for your pets when you are away. Thanks for all the tips and things to look out for when searching for the right one!

Our Man Cave
Our Man Cave

We can definitely start following your lead. The Barkers Pet Resort website doesn't yet have a blog.

Labby Lane Kennel
Labby Lane Kennel

Many areas have been tackled here about dog boarding and these are definitely useful tips that are worth following. Being in the dog boarding Harrison TN line of work, we believe that dog boarding is a good idea especially if pet owners choose a service provider they trust.

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shela trait

Choosing boarding for any pets is always difficult ...a good boarding service with proper facilities and accommodation give us satisfaction while we are away

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dog boarding TN

There are times when you have to leave your precious pooch in the care of a boarding facility and this is why it is important to learn a thing or two as to how this type of business operates. You have to know if you can truly entrust your beloved pet for a few days as you travel for work or leisure.

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dog daycare irvine

thanks for sharing. choosing a dog boarding is very important because you want to be able to keep coming back when necessary

Pet Sitting Boarding
Pet Sitting Boarding

Hi there, very important topic. When we are keeping our dogs at boarding, we must gather information so that we choose right place for our loving dogs.

Jean Manino
Jean Manino

JCM's Luxury Pet Resort is a beautiful boarding facility located in Covington, Louisiana. Small and personal, this Upscale facility was designed with the pet in mind. We offer Spacious Indoor Enclosures, Indoor / Outdoor Runs, and California Style Luxury Suites We maintain good housebreaking habits by allowing all dogs access to our 4 quarter acre play yards at 4 hour intervals around the clock. Situated on 3 1/2 acres, dogs can enjoy group play with Interactive Daycare, or explore their own private yard. We live on the property providing 24 hour supervision for your pet. Our facility is Air Conditioned, heated, parasite free, stress free, and most of all provides peace of mind. Outdoor automatic waterers. Pick up and delivery available. Reasonable Rates Something for everyone We are also the leaders in Dog Obedience Training, and have been since 1979. JCM's All Breed Dog Obedience School.

Karen Burnett
Karen Burnett

SAFETY OF YOUR DOG DURING CAGE FREE PLAY. I own a dog boarding [place] in Scottsdale. I did notice you forgot to mention that the potential boarders need to ask about how much experience the person/s handling your dog has. If you just have a bunch of kids who have a year or so experience be more cautious or a staff who doesn't have control over the dogs. A fight is much more probable if this type of control doesn't exist. I have 12 years of experience and the dogs listen to me. There are a few dogs I can't get command over and I don't take them in. If I come across a dog I'd say is questionable I have to be able to have total authority over the dog. For instance if I throw a ball and say hu! the dog has to stop in mid track if not I don't take a questionable dog in because if anything should escalate someone could get injured without command over all the dogs. Same goes with If a dog is humping and my voice doesn't stop him/her. If the people handling your dog don't possess a dominance over the pack then I'm not sure how they would be able to handle a fight-- So just because someone is nice and loves dogs that's not enough for your dogs safety. Watch how the handlers and if dogs listen to them, ask what, if, or how many fights have happened in the facility. I feel lots of experience is a big plus--just like anything in life the more you do it the more of an expert you become.

Karen
Karen

We started taking care of dogs in our own home some time ago. Our home and our huge yard is almost built for this kind of business. We found that people really like the idea of leaving their pets in a home like environment. A lot of our clients go out of town for several weeks, we've even had a situation where we boarded 2 dogs for 6 months. The only downside is that we get too attached to the dogs, especially the long term ones, and we are really sad to see them go back home!!!

ica
ica

Thanks for this tips!this really ads knowledge and information about my dog needs and how to care for it..

Lynn
Lynn

Great blog....though I use a professional pet sitter now due to a couple negative experiences with boarding at kennels, I do think you blog gives some excellent tips and info. I like the name too! :)

Pet Boarding
Pet Boarding

Great post. Thanks for the great and useful informations.

Hospice Oak Park
Hospice Oak Park

Thanks for the information. There seems to be a never ending supply of great information on the net. I love learning new stuff, and will be back to read your posts regularly !! Thanks again

Kevin
Kevin

Great overview. I own Pet Keepers Mount Pleasant SC Boarding Kennel and always like to gain as much perspective as I can from all sources. Thanks!