Maybe you are leaving town for business or are taking a trip during the cold months or any other time of the year and aren’t able to bring your puppy with you. Even though you are faced with this problem, you don’t want to ask a family member or a neighbor to take care of them while you’re gone and want to explore your other options. A boarding facility is a great alternative and safe option for your puppy to stay while you’re gone. Here are some tips on what to expect from the facility and what to ask staff.
- Before deciding on which facility to take your French Bulldog puppy, do your research and find out about the reputation of the company and staff. Check online, look for their website with information, ask your friends on social networking sites, or just ask people around your neighborhood with pets. Word of mouth is the best way to hear the good and bad things, if any, about the facility and their staff members. This ensures that you know what you’re getting yourself into before you’re faced with a decision.
- The next thing you should do is call the potential facilities and get a feel for the company. It’s not a sure thing, but a lot of times you can tell if the company is professional just through a simple phone call.
- If you’ve narrowed it down to a few facilities, set up an appointment and take your French Bulldog puppy with you when you go so you can expose them to the new environment before “throwing” them into it. By making these appointments you will be able to see firsthand where your puppy will be staying while you are away.
- When touring the facility it’s a good idea to meet with staff members, if they are available, and get a read on if they are experienced on your breed and if they have general knowledge of taking care of animals. They don’t need to be experts in any means, but you want to know who you are trusting with the health and safety of your puppy. Also, check the location, check for cleanliness of the cages and overall building, security measures, space for your puppy, and see if they separate all of the animals. It’s important for a small dog that they be separated from the larger more aggressive dogs.
- If you have made a decision on the facility, be sure to sign a written contract with the appropriate rate and amount of time you will need them to watch your puppy. This ensures that you will have no surprise fees when you arrive back home for your puppy.
A trusted boarding facility is a great option for you and your French Bulldog puppy while out of town. Just do your research on the facilities around your area and ask around for some feedback, if you follow these steps you can’t go wrong!