How to Choose a Pet Boarding Facility for Your Dog

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 choose the right facility for your buddy?

Daily Routine

First of all, ask the staff to describe what a usual day is like for the dogs in their facility. The canines should have enough opportunities burn off excessive energy. Ask them about overnight care too.


Choose a place that has stress-relieving amenities, such as a playground where dogs can interact with one another in play. Even in the best facilities, dogs can still have difficulty coping with the new environment, especially within the first few days.

Staff Supervision

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

It’s a must to choose a clean, disinfected facility so that your dog stays as healthy and happy as when you left him. This is one of the reasons you should choose a place that is reasonably spacious for air to circulate freely. This will help prevent the spread of disease-causing microorganisms among the animals.

Round-the-clock Staffing

Choose a facility with 24-hour staffing. Pets must never be left alone, whether they’re playing or not. Whether or not there is an emergency, a staff person should always be around.

Staff Training

Ask what training and background the staff has in terms of animal care. A good knowledge of dog behavior, care or even training will make them respond better to any potential issues.

Social Interaction

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 about your pet’s personality, and if he’s more comfortable alone or with fewer people around, tell them that too. Just because you’re away doesn’t mean your dog has to feel miserable.

Overall Medical Emergency Preparedness

Ask the staff how they usually manage general emergencies and what policies they have in place. Additionally, you’d like to know which animal hospital they often take the pets to when needed.

Medical Care

If your dog has any specific medical condition, ask what training their staff has in terms of administering medications and if they are familiar with that 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.

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