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Tips To Help You Find The Right Dog Boarder For Your Pet

Dog boarding is a great alternative to putting your pooch in kennels when you go away.  Many dogs love the freedom offered by boarding; instead of being isolated in a kennel all day, they are able to socialise, just like being on holiday themselves!

However, not all dogs are the same, and it's important that you find a boarder that suits your pet.  Here are some tips on what to consider when searching for a perfect dog boarding home.

Will your dog suit the boarder?

It's important that you are completely honest and up-front about your pet, before you book him in for a stay with a boarder.  There are some instances in which your dog may not be accepted by a dog boarding home, including:

  • puppies
  • dogs that have not been neutered
  • dogs that can be aggressive towards other dogs or people
  • dogs with toilet training issues

Remember that your dog will be living in someone's home, possibly alongside their own pets, so it's important that his behaviour will not cause a nuisance or a danger.

Will the boarder suit your pet?

Having established that your pet is acceptable to the dog boarder, you must make sure that you're happy to leave your dog with them while you are away.  Here are some things to take into consideration when assessing a prospective dog boarder.

  1. You should expect the boarder to ask you to visit their home with your dog before you are accepted as a client.  This shows that the boarder is anxious to make sure that your dog will fit in and be a suitable canine guest.  Be wary if the boarder offers to book your dog in for a stay without even meeting him.  
  2. The boarder should insist that your pet is fully vaccinated, wormed, and de-fleaed before he's accepted as a guest.  They should also ask about any medication your dog might be having, or any health conditions they will need to be aware of.  
  3. Ask if dog boarding is the boarder's full-time business, and ask to see references from existing clients, so that you can check out if they are happy with the service.  It's also a good idea to ask if they are fully insured.   
  4. Ask if the premises has been inspected and approved by the local authority for the purpose of running a dog boarding business.  If so, the owner should have a certificate to show you to that effect.  
  5. Check out what facilities are available for your dog to play and run around.  Is there a large garden to which the dogs have unlimited access, or are they walked at least once each day?  
  6. Ask what the sleeping arrangements are for the dogs, and what happens if the boarder has to go out during the day.  Ideally, your dog should not be left shut in unsupervised with other dogs, and he should have his own individual space for sleeping and quiet time.  
  7. Make sure that you will receive regular updates of how your dog is getting on.  This could be via text, or even through regular photos of your dog having fun with his new chums.

In conclusion

Dog boarding can provide a home-from-home experience that your pet will love.  If you're confident that your chosen boarder is perfect for your pet, you'll be able to relax and enjoy your holidays too.