How to Pick a Dog Boarding Facility

Finding a reliable dog boarding kennel for your furry family member can be a daunting task. You want to ensure that your dog will be well cared for and safe while you are away, and it’s important to do your research to find the right fit. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind as you search for a dog boarding kennel.

Safety and security

First and foremost, you want to make sure that the kennel is a safe and secure environment for your dog. Look for a facility with safety features, such as sprinkler suppression systems, air exchanges, air conditioning, power generator, secure fencing, gates, double door entry an exits, and locks to prevent any accidental escapes.

Cleanliness and sanitation

Let your nose do the talking! A clean and sanitary environment is essential for the health and well-being of your dog. Look for a kennel that is regularly cleaned and disinfected and pay attention to the overall appearance of the facility. Are there any strong odors or visible signs of neglect or disrepair? Deferred maintenance goes deeper than just the surface. If you are seeing sloppy lobbies, trash in the parking lot, fur balls in the corners, dead or forgotten landscaping… These could be red flags indicating that the kennel may not be up to your standards.

Staff qualifications and experience

It’s important to choose a kennel with knowledgeable and experienced staff who can provide proper care and attention to your dog. Look for a facility with staff who are trained in dog behavior and handling, as well as basic first aid and emergency procedures. Consider asking about the staff-to-dog ratio, as well as the qualifications and experience of the individual caregivers. A biggie to pay attention to is their attentiveness to you. If they ignore you or your questions, how will that translate to them taking care of your pet?

Socialization and exercise opportunities

You are not looking for “dog storage”. This is like looking for a preschool for your toddler. Dogs need socialization and exercise to stay happy and healthy, so it’s important to choose a kennel that can provide these opportunities. Look for a facility that offers regular playtime and socialization with other dogs, as well as opportunities for individual exercise. You may also want to ask about the kennel’s policy on walks or outdoor playtime, as well as any additional activities or services they may offer, such as training, bathing or grooming. If you pay for extra add-on services such as “cuddles before bed” or “peanut butter Kongs” make sure the facility makes good on these “extras” as many do not, it’s just extra money they can make without actually providing it.

Individualized care and attention

It’s important to find a kennel that can provide individualized care and attention to your dog, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Look for a facility that can accommodate any special needs or requirements your dog may have, such as medications or special diets. You may also want to ask about the kennel’s policy on handling separation anxiety or other behavioral issues, as well as their procedures for handling emergencies. The best facilities will also have a veterinary hospital or at least be located next to one!

Visitation and communication policies

While you’re away, you’ll want to know that your dog is safe and being well cared for. Look for a kennel that allows for regular visits or updates, either in person or via phone or email. You may also want to ask about the kennel’s policies on emergency contact and notification.

Fees and policies

Finally, it’s important to consider the fees and policies of the kennel you’re considering. Look for a facility that is transparent about their pricing and policies and be sure to ask about any additional fees or charges that may be incurred. You’ll also want to find out about the kennel’s cancellation policy, as well as any requirements for vaccinations or other health screenings.

By keeping these key considerations in mind, you can be confident that you’ve found a reliable and trustworthy dog boarding kennel for your furry family member. With a little research and due diligence, you can find a facility that will provide your dog with the safety and love that be a close second place to that which you provide at home. At Dr. Boyd’s Veterinary Resort, we built our facility with all these factors in mind. You can be confident that you made the best choice for you and your family.