How to Pick a Boarding Kennel
I know it can be difficult deciding to leave your dog behind when going for a vacation especially if you have never experienced the feeling before. Finding a good boarding facility however can make you feel confident whenever you are forced to leave your dog behind every time you are required to handle something elsewhere away from home. Ensure therefore that you choose the best facility where your dog can feel comfortable and happy. Go through the provided tips below which will aid you in choosing the best dog facility for your dog.
A tour to the facility you are considering will help you attain the general feel of the place. Gauge the level of experience of the staff in handling dogs by engaging them in various questions. Take your time to see how they handle other dogs, see if they are empathetic or are just brutal to the dogs. Make sure you visit the facility a couple of times unannounced since the staff may pretend to be caring and good when they are having guests around. Depending on how you are expecting your dog to be treated, this action will help you know if the facility is best for your dog or not.
Ask about the activities your dog will be involved in to keep him or her active for the entire time. Having a playtime period will help the dogs socialize as well as exercise. Keeping the dogs locked in one place for the entire day in the name of maintaining them is not appropriate, thus avoid facilities that conduct such an act.
When touring the facility, check to see if the entire environment is clean or not. The health of your dog will be improved due to a clean environment. In most facilities, new brought up dogs are vaccinated to ensure that the health of other dogs is protected. If you find a facility that does not perform any of these vaccinations, then that is not the right place for your dog to be in. Other than being healthy, your dog should be fresh and clean during pick up day.
In ensuring that your dog is not left alone at night just in case he or she would be staying there overnight, choose a facility with 24-hour staff. It is good to know that at least one member of the staff will be watching them at night since not all staff can be available at night.
Finally, ensure that you inform the staff of any pre-existing medical condition of your dog if any before leaving them behind in the facility. This will help the staff to know how to take care of your dog when you are away or in the event of an emergency.