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5 Things to Know Before Boarding Your Dog

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  • 1 December 2018
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  • joesanfillipo

A vacation or weekend getaway always sounds great until you start thinking, “What will we do with the dog?” Will you have someone pet sit, or will you board your dog? Boarding your pet at a doggie daycare or kennel is one option, and there are things you should know before you plan on doing this.

1. Ask Your Friends

A recommendation from a friend that’s whose dog has had a great experience with a kennel is definitely a comfort.  Another great way to find first-hand experiences is to search online for reviews and descriptions.  You can even call the prospective boarding facility and ask to take a tour.  We also think it’s a great idea to take your dog a few times to the daycare portion before a big stay so they are familiar with the place and the people.

2. What are the Kennel Requirements?

Some requirements may take time to get together, so it is a good idea to start your search for a boarding facility well ahead of your planned vacation.  Some kennels require copies of vaccination records. They may even want to “interview” your dog to see how they play with others. You’ll want to find out if you are allowed to bring their beds and toys, and if they get treats or ample playtime. Will they be around other dogs? Will they get to go outside? Write down a list of questions that are important to you and bring those with you when you’re searching for the right spot.

3.  Is Someone There 24 Hours?

Some kennels offer the peace of mind of always having a human being in the facility.  We think this is a great idea.  It’s also good to know whether your dog will be sharing a sleeping space with another dog, or will they have their own private area? There are most likely upgrades you can ask about to accommodate your dog’s needs.

4.  Contact Information

Always make sure your dog has their collar with tags on when you leave them at a doggie daycare.  The boarding facility should have your contact information as well. It’s a good idea to leave the phone number of someone local that you trust.  And of course, leave the phone number of your Veterinarian.  Always plan for the unexpected and have your bases covered.

5. Write out Your Instructions

Finally, you should write out instructions for the kennel staff.  Make sure to include any dietary restrictions, or medicines they need and at what times. Keep it simple so the team can understand easily.

We hope these tips help you on your search for the best place to board your dog while you are away. Being proactive and starting the search long before you’ll need a place for your dog to stay ensures that everything goes smoothly when your vacation time arrives. If you need to stock up on food or treats or a new bed before your dog’s stay, come visit us at Pet Wants Cincy West, or order online: www.petwantscincywest.com  ~Happy traveling!