Choosing to board your dog can alleviate the stress of a long car journey by allowing your dog to stay in a safe, secure environment that is close to home. But before you settle for a pet boarding facility, it is important to make a personal visit to the facility to see if you are satisfied with the services on offer. What questions should you ask yourself and staff before you board your dog?
What Are the Staff Credentials?
It is very important to find out as much as you can about staff credentials before you settle on a particular pet boarding facility so that you can rest assured that your dog is in capable hands. What kind of training is offered to staff? Are they able to recognise and deal with illness or distress? What policies are in place if your dog becomes ill while he is at the pet boarding facility?
Do You Accommodate Dogs with Special Needs?
Dogs with special needs such as a special diet, medication or feeding routine should be accommodated in a pet boarding facility that can manage your dog’s special needs. Ask upfront if your dog’s special needs can be cared for. If not, you will need to look elsewhere to find a more suitable pet boarding facility.
Does the Pet Boarding Facility Look and Smell Clean?
It is very important to choose a clean, well run pet boarding facility for your dog to ensure his comfort during your absence. Look over the general appearance of the facility. Does it look and smell clean? A pet boarding facility that seems cluttered and dirty should be an immediate red flag.
Are the Dog Quarters Clean?
Do not forget to look at the dog quarters where your dog will be sleeping. Is the area clean, or do you detect dirt, odours, and fecal matter? Staff at the pet boarding facility should be diligent about maintaining a clean, sanitary environment for dogs in their care, and that includes a regular, scrupulous cleaning schedule.
How Often Will Scruffy Be Walked?
Pet owners should make sure they ask staff how often their dog will be walked. If Scruffy is used to being walked three times a day, will the pet boarding facility be able to accommodate him or will be have to make do with two quick 5-minute walks each day?
Choosing the right pet boarding facility is very important. Before you settle for a pet boarding facility, make sure you have thoroughly researched the facility and composed a list of questions for your benefit. The pet boarding facility should be clean, friendly and your dog’s needs should be accommodated. If not, look elsewhere for a more suitable pet boarding facility.
Petsmart.com, What to Ask When Choosing to Board your Dog.