Deciding on the right place to board your puppy while you’re away is tricky. Will he have fun? Will the staff take good care of him? Is the facility clean and protected? These, and many others, are exactly what you need to take in to consideration before you go on vacation.
Your Puppy’s Vacation is Just as Important as Your Own!
When you return home from your relaxing days at the beach, you want your dog to be just as refreshed as you are – ready to cover you in kisses. Boarding him at a place he will hate will not result in kisses. Dogs hold grudges too, just ask mine!
You want to do your research of your local pet boarding facilities by asking your friends and family where they take their pets, ask your vet for references and even local pet stores. Get at least 3 different places to look into. Check to see if they have a website and obtain basic information about their services, pricing, etc. If the place looks appealing from the site, call to schedule a tour. Facilities that do not offer a tour are better to be avoided. Any reputable kennel will have no problems with their clients wanting a walk-through.
On the tour, be sure to ask the employees questions like how long they have worked there, how many times per day your dog will be outside to play, exercise and make friends. Are there any additional services such as daily walks or swims? If so, how much do they cost and how long do they last each time?
Be sure to pay attention to the other dogs in the facility – if they are barking, jumping and causing a ruckus, you may want to reconsider. Dogs that exhibit this behavior are usually bored and need some interaction or socialization. This is not always the case, however – some dogs are just loud!
After visiting all of the kennels in your area, brainstorm with your family about what will be best for your dog. Does he enjoy being lazy and lying around all day? Or does he need lots of exercise and loves to run? These are crucial factors in choosing where to take him. Lots of energy would mean the place that has the dogs out running around the longest per day would be best. Lazy and loving to sleep would mean the place that is quietest may be better suited. No one knows your dog better than you! Choose the best place based on his needs and personality to make him happy!
And the last step! Book your dog’s stay far enough in advance. You don’t want to be forced to go somewhere else because you waited until the last minute. And you also do not want to lose that cozy suite you had your heart set on either. Summer months and holidays are the busiest for these places – keep that in mind! Booking a month ahead of time is not crazy – it’s insurance!