Sometimes, you’ll go on a trip or have some kind of emergency and need to leave your dog with boarding. But what’s a good way to tell a good facility for your buddy?
First off, ask the staff how the dogs in their care usually spend their day. The canines should have enough opportunities burn off excessive energy. Ask them about overnight care too.
Choose a place that has stress-relieving amenities, such as a playground where dogs can interact with one another in play. Even in the best facilities, dogs can still have difficulty coping with the new environment, especially within the first few days.
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.
Cleanliness and Facility Size
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 most important reasons to pick a place that is spacious enough to allow the free circulation of air. This will help control the spread of harmful microorganisms among the animals.
The facility you choose should be staffed day in and day out. Pets must never be left alone, whether they’re playing or not. There should always be someone available in the event of an emergency.
Make sure to choose a facility whose staff is well-trained and experienced in animal care. If they understand dogs and know how to take care of them, they will be able to respond to issues in the best manner.
If you have very active and friendly dog, find him a facility that lets him engage with people and dogs outside the facility. 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. Additionally, you’d like to know which animal hospital they often take the pets to when needed.
If your pet has some kind of medical condition, be sure to ask whether the staff is familiar with it and if they are trained in providing medications. Lastly and very importantly, ask them if they are ready to respond to an emergency and whether a veterinarian will be on board 24/7.