Archive - Dog Boarding

How to Pick A Boarding Facility

<p>We’ve all experienced it, you are planning a much-needed vacation, and you need to board your pet. Therefore, the search ensues…. You start your search online, and you end up picking a facility based on popularity, or by proximity, or by price, or by reviews.</p>

Dog Boarding Checklist

<p style="text-align: left;" align="center">Today dog boarding is available in many different forms. From kennel boarding to pet resorts, there’s a lot to know before boarding your dog somewhere for the first time. Leaving your dog with a stranger can be nerve-wracking, but being prepared and knowing what to look for in a dog boarding service should ease your mind tremendously. Here are 10 things you should do in order to properly prepare for boarding your dog.</p>

Pet Sitters v.s. Pet Boarding

<p>Which is right for my pet during my vacation…Pet Sitter or Pet Boarding?</p> <p>The term “pet sitter” implies someone “continually sitting or staying” with your pet the entire time you are gone! In most cases, however, it would be better to use the term — “pet spot checker” as most “sitters” only visit and check on your pet once or twice during a twenty-four hour period. Many times there is little or no constant supervision, exercise or companionship. Most spot pet checkers have “regular” jobs, so their time with your pet is not their primary focus.</p>

Why do some pet boarding facilities give "free" baths at the end of your pet's stay?

<p>The seemingly obvious answer is because they are being kind and love your dog. The insider answer is quite different…</p> <p>Sounds like great customer service, right? Well, not exactly so.</p>

Dogs held hostage by restrictive boarding hours and holidays.

<p>Why is it that we need to pay for a full extra night of boarding just because my flight landed an hour after the facility closed? It's not fair! If my dog is there 24 hours a day, and they say they are open 24 hours a day, why can't I pick up and drop off my dog anytime? Could it be that they aren't properly staffed? Is my beloved pet safe and properly monitored by live people on site? And what's the deal with being closed on holidays, and charging us for those nights even if we want to pick up our dog? It just doesn't make any sense.</p>

Advocating for healthy dog boarding!

<p>Most kennel facilities are intense in terms of the amount of agitated barking and stress level of the dogs. Some employees actually wear headphones because the noise is so deafening. It doesn’t have to be this way! Dogs need a facility that doesn’t give them that frustration because they don’t stay in small cages or runs. And a 15 minute walk on leash isn’t enough to decrease the dog’s anxiety level, nor is it sufficient exercise. A natural social environment vs. isolation means reduced stress for the dogs.</p>