Published: May 23th, 2016 | Jeremy Feldman

 

Owning a pet can be a wonderfully fulfilling experience. Dogs make great companions, and their loving nature can bring joy into your life. However, when business or vacation beckons, you sometimes need to leave your furry friend at home. This is where a boarding facility can help you.

. What Are My Options When Boarding My Dog?

When deciding to board your dog, you have two main options: a kennel or an in-home boarding facility. Kennel boarding facilities are designated buildings meant for the purpose of temporarily housing your pet. Conversely, in-home boarding is usually done in the owner’s house; it may be more informal, with a smaller staff of only one or two people. Both have their merits, and it’s up to you to decide which one you think is best for your dog.

. Is Boarding Good For Dogs?

Boarding can be a wonderful experience for dogs. Whatever your dog’s temperament, there is something he or she can gain from the experience. Outgoing dogs will benefit from the extra stimulation and excitement that comes with meeting other dogs. Shy, nervous dogs will also benefit from the exposure to new people and canines; this kind of socialization is a good way to soothe a skittish dog’s fears.

. What Questions Should I Ask the Staff at the Boarding Facility?

No matter what type of boarding facility you choose, you should ask the staff a few key questions. Ask them if the dogs are housed together or in separate kennels. If they are kept in separate kennels, do they have a chance to play with the other dogs? Find out if the dogs are taken for walks and if they have access to the outdoors. There are no right or wrong answers, but by finding out the policies of different boarding facilities, you can better choose the right one for your pet.

. What Do I Need to Do Before Leaving My Dog at a Boarding Facility?

If possible, take your dog to the boarding facility before his or her actual stay. This kind of “getting to know you” visit is a good chance for your dog to meet the staff and any other resident dogs. By making sure your dog is compatible with the others at the facility, you’ll be ensuring an enjoyable, anxiety-free stay for your pet.

These are just a few of the options available for boarding your dog. Boarding can be a wonderful experience for both you and your dog. Using these tips, you will be able to find a boarding facility that’s right for your pet.

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