Planning For Your Dog's First Visit At Boarding Facility

You found the perfect oceanside villa to spend your vacation. The only problem is, they don't allow dogs. Leaving your pet behind while you go on vacation isn't just a stressful experience for your pet, but it can also be a less than pleasant experience for you. However, there is a way to avoid this. There are a number of things you can do to ease your fears and better ensure your dog will be well taken care of.

Plan A Visit

Dogs are temperamental just like humans. For instance, your best friend might tell you about a great restaurant. You visit and find the dining experience nothing shy of repulsive. Dogs are also different when it comes to which boarding facilities they like. Taking the time to plan a visit to a few of the facilities you're considering is ideal.

Looking at your dog's behaviors while you're visiting the center can help give you some insight. For example, if your dog is playful and energetic at one center and more reserved at another, it's likely that they are more comfortable at the center where they were playful and energetic.

Health Check

Although many boarding facilities have strict health stipulations for the pets they house and make an effort to keep the facility clean and safe, there is always the chance of the unexpected. This is especially the case if you're dealing with a dog that has a condition the owner is unaware of.

Certain conditions, such as kennel cough, can be caught by any pet. However, those pets dealing with a weak immune system due to a hereditary disorder or some other issue, are at a greater risk. Always schedule a health check before you head out on vacation.

Keep Your Dog Comfortable

While it might be impossible to find a place just like your home, find a facility that can be somewhat accommodating to the needs of your pet.  For example, is your dog used to daily runs at the park? If so, look for a boarding facility that has plenty of areas of open space where your dog can still run and enjoy active periods of play.

On the other hand, if your dog is more accustomed to being indoors most of the day, you want to look for a facility that has a more home like environment so your dog isn't forced to be outside and can feel comfortable.

The more effort you put into planning for your dog's stay at the pet care boarding facility, the greater confidence you'll have that your pet is being taken care of and the more enjoyable the experience for your dog.