Top 10 Dog Boarding Tips
It’s all too often that we get a phone call here at Dharma Dog Services with a panicked voice at the other end of the line “Can you take my dog?! Something has come up and we have no one to watch him! ” Most of the time we will make every effort to accommodate, and if for whatever reason we can’t help directly, we will find you an alternative!
So here are some tips to ensure you are not only making sure that you can book your dog, but that you are choosing a quality service.
1. Book In Advance!
Especially during the holiday seasons; Winter Holidays, Spring Break, Summer, or any long weekends. We have been nearly booked up for the summer for a couple of months now!
2. Do Your Research
Reading this blog is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s important to research a few places so you can compare the level of care, prices, and environment.
3. To Kennel,Board, or pet sit.
Each option has it’s merits, however, each is very different.
Kenneling is often just that, kenneling! A dog will remain in a kennel through out the day and receive three 20 minutes walks. The price is significantly lower than the other options, but it is easily my least favourite. Price range: $15-30
Boarding involves bringing a dog into an open environment, often in another home. it’s much like a temporary foster situation. The dog will receive ample attention and is treating like one of the family. Lots of exercise and open air runs! This option is my FAVOURITE! Price Range: $40-65
Pet Sitting is another alternative that is pretty good. It involves having your dog care professional stay at your house! The dog’s life will literally be the exact same except that he will have a replacement house keeper 😉 Cost:$55-125
4. Pack Carefully:
Be sure to provide the exact amount of food plus a little extra for the length of the stay. Bedding if necessary, I often suggest packing a t-shirt of some sort with your scent on it, and a toy! Just remember that toys get lost in the shuffle at times and it’s likely that the facility that you choose to hire will have some provided. If you have medicine for the dog be sure to write the instructions VERY specifically.
5. Email Updates
Email updates are a great way to keep track of your dog. If you’d like videos, emails, or pictures be sure to emphasize this to your facility of choice. Some places offer this as a free services, while others have it as an a la carte option
Don’t trust a place that smells of dog pee! A little smell is no big deal, but just remember that if it smells of urine strongly, chances are their cleaning procedures aren’t up to snuff. If you notice a ton of fur on the ground, or dirt everywhere, they are probably not cleaning to the health standards you should expect.
as for reviews, letters of reference, or speak to your animal care professionals to get a good idea of a places reputation.
How much exercise do they offer? Are there hikes?Play time? Socialization? Ask away, you may be shocked to find the truth.
Are they insured? If anything happens to your dog who is liable? Great questions to ask?
I seem to end all of my advice posts the same way. The main thing is that your dog has fun! Is at peace, and gets to relax while your away.