3 Tips for Choosing the Right Dog Boarding Facility for Your Pet

Posted on: 8 May 2015

When you go on vacation or need to travel for business, it's good to choose a dog boarding facility for your pet. This will ensure he or she does not get lonely or bored while you're away and in turn, begin to claw at the furniture or even harm itself. A dog boarding facility will also mean that you know your pet is cared for properly; there's no risk of a neighbor forgetting to stop by to refill their food dish or let them out of the house.

Like daycare facilities for children, dog boarding facilities will all vary in quality and amenities offered, and in their own requirements. Note a few important factors when choosing a dog boarding facility.

1. Your pet's vaccinations

Very often a dog boarding facility will have a list of vaccinations that your pet will be required to have before they take them in, even overnight. It's good to have your paperwork ready to prove your dog has been vaccinated as they may request copies. If you cannot find your paperwork, contact your veterinarian and ask if he or she kept copies, as they typically have them on file.

2. Grooming

Dogs need regular grooming so it's good to consider a dog boarding facility that offers this service. There are two advantages to this: you get the grooming taken care of without having to make a separate trip to a groomer or having them come to your home. The other advantage is that a dog often bonds with someone who grooms him or her, as grooming is usually very calming and very relaxing to dogs.

If you choose a facility that will include dog grooming, you get this done and also can rest assured that your pet may be more comfortable with the groomers and handlers at the facility.

3. Aggressive breeds

Most dog boarding facilities will accept aggressive breeds of dogs, but it's good to note if they have separate rooms or facilities for dogs that should be kept to themselves. Ask about separate areas or how they schedule dogs to be together in a common area in the yard or indoor facility so you know your dog will be protected from aggressive breeds, or know that your own aggressive breed won't cause problems for smaller dogs if he or she is kept at the boarding facility.

Get started by contacting services like Penfield Kennels & Cattery to compare your options.