Don’t get down on yourself for not being able to take your dog with you on your vacation. It is hard to take care of the needs of your dog, while you are trying to relax and enjoy with your family and friends. Most dogs do not enjoy the plane ride any way. What to do?
Drop off your furry friend in a boarding facility and pick them up when you are back. Simple! Well, not so fast! You need to pick the right boarding facility to ensure your dog’s comfort and happiness. Not all boardings are made equal. Here are some of the essential considerations when choosing a boarding facility for your canine.
How does it Feel?
It is important that you personally visit all the kennels you are considering. When visiting pay attention to the overall look and hygiene conditions in the kennel. It must look and smell clean, there should be adequate light and ventilation and the boarding facility must maintain a comfortable temperature for the furry lodgers.
Talk to the Staff
The caretakers, who are responsible for looking after your dog, once you set off to your vacation, must be well trained and skilled. Finding out if the staff has appropriate training background and experience to care for the particular breed can help you be more comfortable leaving your dog there.
Are the Pets Vaccinated?
You do not want your healthy pet get sick while you are gone. Make sure the boarding facility mandates adequate vaccination before letting the pets in. it is particularly important that all pets be vaccinated against canine kennel cough or Bordetella. Similarly, you do not want your dog interacting with other pets that have flee issues.
The Comfort Quotient
Let’s face it. Your dog is not happy that you are leaving her behind. To ensure emotional as well as physical health of your pooch, a kennel must offer stimulating activities and one-on-one face time with care takers. A comfortable and private living space that has plenty of room to stretch, play and sleep is crucial.
A comfy indoor run is not enough. Make sure the boarding facility offers each dog her own outdoor run as well. The outdoor runs and exercise area should be protected from wind rain and snow. If only indoor runs are provided, they must be accompanied with indoor exercise and play areas.
Your dog has to run around and play around to burn all the excess energy. An active daily routine is crucial to the health and well-being of your pooch and if she can do it with other dogs, even better. If the boarding facility allows group play, ask to see if proper staff supervision is available as unattended group play sessions can be harmful for your dog.
Specialized medical attention
It is important to know your dog will be safe in the boarding facility. Ask to check if they have access to veterinary services and if the staff is trained to administer medications. Bring any medication that is prescribed by your vet. You can give information to the boarding staff regarding the authorized person who should be contacted and who can make decisions on your behalf in case of an emergency.
These are just some of the things to consider when choosing a boarding facility for your dog.