At some point, you will probably need to leave your dog behind while you travel. Though it is not easy to leave her, you want to be sure your dog has a safe, comfortable place to stay while you are gone. If you are considering boarding your dog, ask your friends and your vet who they recommend. Your vet may also offer boarding services. Then, call several boarding kennels to learn more.
Here are some questions dog owners commonly have about boarding dogs.
Where will my boarding dogs stay?
It is important to know what your dog’s temporary living space will be like. Ask for a tour of the facility to ensure that the environment is neat, organized and odor-free. Consider the cages or runs. While it might be fine for a crate-trained dog, boarding dogs in a cage can cause anxiety for a canine not accustomed to it. Plus, older dogs with arthritis need more room to move around. If you don’t like the idea of your dog staying in a small cage the whole time, look for a boarding facility that offers upscale boarding. These “pet hotels” often have small rooms with dog beds and toys that mimic the home environment.
How often will my dog be walked?
Some boarding facilities only let dogs out twice a day for a few minutes at a time. If this is something your dog is used to, then it might not be a problem. However, if you want your dog to get a bit more exercise, you should look for a place that walks dogs 3 or more times daily.
Ask if they have a fenced-in area where your dog can roam a bit. If not, find out if the attendants walk boarding dogs around for several minutes rather than just letting them relieve themselves quickly and go back in the cage.
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