What Research About Boarding Can Teach You
Every now and then, you may have to leave your dog with pet boarding, such as when you have to deal with an emergency or need to go out of town. But how do you tell which facility is right for your furry bud?
First off, ask the staff how the dogs in their care usually spend their day. The canines should have enough opportunities burn off excessive energy. Ask them about overnight care too.
Pick a place that offers stress-busting amenities, such as an open area where the pets can play with other pets. 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. Doggos should always be supervised while playing to avoid accidents or confrontations that can lead to injuries.
Cleanliness and Facility Size
Choosing a clean, disinfected facility is a must, if only to make sure that your doggo stays healthy and happy while you’re not around. This is one of the main reason you should choose a place that is large enough to accommodate freely circulating air. This will help prevent the spread of disease-causing microorganisms among the animals.
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.
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.
If you have very active and friendly dog, find him a facility that lets him engage with people and dogs outside the facility. Speak to the staff regarding your dog’s personality, and if he’s more of the quieter, small-group type, make sure you make that clear as well. Just because you’re away doesn’t mean your dog has to feel miserable.
Overall Medical Emergency Preparedness
Ask them what they usually do in case of a general emergency and what policies they follow. Additionally, you’d like to know which animal hospital they often take the pets to when needed.
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.