Sometimes, you’ll go on a trip or have some kind of emergency and need to leave your dog with boarding. But what’s a good way to tell a good facility for your buddy?
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.
Pick a place that offers stress-busting amenities, such as an open area where the pets can play with other pets. Even in the best facilities, dogs can still have difficulty coping with the new environment, especially within the first few days.
Ask them whether the pets will be supervised by trained personnel during group play. Doggos should never be left on their own to avoid accidents or confrontations that may result in injuries.
Sanitation and Size of Facility
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 prevent the spread of disease-causing microorganisms among the animals.
The facility you choose should be staffed day in and day out. Even when they’re not in play, pets should never be left alone. There should always be someone available in the event of an emergency.
Ask what training and background the staff has in terms of animal care. With good knowledge of dog care, behavior or perhaps even training, they will be able to respond more appropriately to potential issues.
If your dog is very active and friendly, you should choose a facility that lets him meet people and other dogs outside. Speak to the staff about your pet’s personality, and if he’s more comfortable alone or with fewer people around, tell them that too. Just because you have to be away doesn’t mean your pet has to be miserable.
Overall Medical Emergency Preparedness
Ask them what they usually do in case of a general emergency and what policies they follow. In addition, find out which animal hospital they usually take the pets to when necessary.
If your dog has any specific medical condition, ask what training their staff has in terms of administering medications and if they are familiar with that 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.