There will be times when your dog has to stay with pet boarding, as when you go on a trip or attend to some type of emergency. 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.
Pick a place that offers stress-busting amenities, such as an open area where the pets can play with other pets. No matter how great a facility is, dogs can still have difficulty coping with boarding, especially during the first few days.
You’d like to know if trained staff supervise the pets while in group play. Doggos should always be supervised while playing to avoid accidents or confrontations that can lead to injuries.
Sanitation and Size of Facility
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 prevent the spread of disease-causing microorganisms among the animals.
The facility you choose should be staffed day in and day out. Pets must never be left among themselves, whether or not during play. Someone should always be there, especially if there’s an emergency.
The facility you choose should have staff trained and experienced in animal care. With good knowledge of dog care, behavior or perhaps even training, they will be able to respond more appropriately to potential issues.
If your dog is very active and friendly, you should choose a facility that lets him meet people and other dogs outside. Talk to the staff about your dog’s personality, and if he tends to be the quiet type who doesn’t enjoy much company, make sure to mention that. 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. On top of that, you’d like to know which animal they usually take sick or injured pets to whenever necessary.
If your dog has any specific medical condition, ask what training their staff has in terms of administering medications and if they are familiar with that condition. Finally and very importantly, find out how they to respond to an emergency and if there is a veterinarian 24/7.