Smart Ideas: Boarding Revisited

Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility for Your Doggo Sometimes, you'll..

Smart Ideas: Boarding Revisited

Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility for Your Doggo

Sometimes, you’ll go on a trip or have some kind of emergency and need to leave your dog with boarding. But how do you choose the right facility for your buddy?

Everyday Routine

First, you’d like to know the daily routine of the dogs in your prospective facility. The canines should have enough opportunities burn off excessive energy. Also ask them what type of overnight care they provide to the pets.


Find a place that provides stress-busting amenities, such as a playground where the pets can exercise or engage in group play. No matter how great a facility is, dogs can still have difficulty coping with boarding, especially during the first few days.


Ask them if the pets are being supervised by trained staff during group play. To keep them safe from accidents and aggression, doggos must never be left to themselves.

Sanitation and Facility Size

It’s a must to choose a clean, disinfected facility so that your dog stays as healthy and happy as when you left him. This is one of the reasons you should choose a place that is reasonably spacious for air to circulate freely. This will help stop the spread of disease-causing microorganisms among the animals.

Round-the-clock Staffing

Choose a facility with 24-hour staffing. Pets must never be left alone, whether they’re playing or not. Someone should always be there, especially if there’s an emergency.

Staff Background

The facility you choose should have staff trained and experienced in animal care. A good knowledge of dog behavior, care or even training will make them respond better to any potential issues.

Social Interaction

If you have a very active and social dog, pick a facility that lets him meet people and other dogs, such as in parks or on the street. 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. Additionally, you’d like to know which animal hospital they often take the pets to when needed.

Medical Care

If your dog has a medical condition, ask them whether their staff is trained in administering medications and if they are familiar with that particular condition. Lastly and very importantly, ask them if they are ready to respond to an emergency and whether a veterinarian will be on board 24/7.

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