What You Need to Know About Dog Boarding Before Your Next Vacation
Not All Dog Boarding Facilities Are Created Equal
Those of us who have canine companions often turn to dog boarding to meet our pets' needs when we must travel. The problem is, many pet owners assume that all boarding facilities are on the up and up. They don't understand that just because a dog boarding kennel has its license and is in business, it doesn't mean it's a good place to leave your dog. Before your next trip, make sure you know these fundamental dog boarding tips.
All Day, All Night Care?
If you're just assuming that your favorite kennel has a 24/7 staff, you might be unpleasantly surprised to find out it's not the case. Many kennels don't have staff on duty 24/7. If your pet gets sick or hurt, you'd better hope they make it till morning when someone clocks in for work.
If you really want the best care for your dog, only board at a facility that offers 24/7 care and, better yet, see if you can find a facility that offers 24/7 pickup. When a dog boarding kennel is willing to let clients pick up their pets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you know they're on the up and up.
All Creatures Great And Small...
Dogs come in different shapes and sizes. Because of this, it's critical that you choose a dog boarding facility that keeps big dogs and little dogs separate. Even if a big dog has a wonderful temperament, he or she could easily hurt a tiny dog one-tenth of its size. Don't even leave your furry friend in a kennel that lets big dogs and little dogs play free together. There should be a separate play area for smaller breeds.
Take It With You
Have a laptop? Today's most advanced luxury dog boarding facilities have Internet cameras that allow you to see your pet no matter where in the world you are. If you've got access to an Internet connection, you can see your little friend from miles and miles away, making sure he or she is safe and sound, even though you're not there.
Dog boarding has come a long way. No longer are dogs kept in small cages or runs, left to walk in their own mess and sit in isolated confinement. Luxury pet resorts are becoming increasingly popular and chances are there's one in your area. Call the dog boarding facilities near you and see which ones offer 24/7 staff, big and small play areas and Internet camera access.