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What to Look for in Dog Boarding Facilities

Dog boarding, also called “dog daycare”, typically refers to an afternoon care for dogs, usually done in the evening hours. It fills a gap between overnight kennel boarding and private pet sitting, whereby the sitter arrives at the dog’s home in the evening to care for it. Since this type of care is provided by trained professionals with experience working with animals, dog boarding generally poses less risk of harm than other types of boarding. In fact, it is typically safer than staying overnight in a kennel.

Dog boarding, typically done in the evening, is an ideal option for busy working parents who want to be able to spend quality time with their doggies. Most dog boarding facilities have small spaces and only allow dogs to be boarders up to three times a week. If you are not consistent with boarding your doggie, it may become difficult or even impossible to keep him or her in the facility for the full time that you would like. However, if you make alternative plans for your children during the week, your dog will always have someone to go home to when you are not home to care for him or her. This is one of the best benefits of dog boarding, aside from the fact that your pet will get to spend some quality time with you.

As opposed to pet sitting or kenneling, dog boarding involves no training or special schooling of your pet. Your pet will just need to submit to a quick check up before being released to attend to his or her guests. Once they are all cleared, your pet will then be free to come and go as he or she pleases throughout the day. If your pet gets bored, however, they can go to the day care for some play time, a swim, or just a chance to be left alone to relax. There are a number of amenities available for pets during dog boarding, including massages and specialty services that can help to calm frayed nerves. Your pet will also be kept safe from the many harmful elements that are present in the common areas of many public or private boarding facilities, such as pet waste, dog hair, and other dirt that is tracked in through dog feces.

For those who are unfamiliar with dog boarding, it is essentially the same as it sounds. It is a place where dogs (and other animals) are cared for while their owners are at work or otherwise unable to care for them. Dog boarding kennels also usually contain other animals, such as cats, horses, and monkeys. In some cases, they will offer services that include adoptions and will visit schools, day care centers, and other facilities on the premises if needed.

To find a dog boarding facility in your area, start your search by asking your veterinarian. They can direct you to reputable facilities or suggest one for your pet. If you have a large dog, contact your local pound and let them know that you want to take your dog to an off-site facility. The pound will then be able to tell you that kennels are pet friendly and which aren’t. You can then make your selection based upon that information. Many kennels will have their own policies about adopting dogs, so it may be worth checking them out before you bring your dog to stay.

When researching pet boarding facilities for your pets, keep in mind that you should only choose those that provide a high level of care and compassion for animals. Most importantly, make sure that your pets are being cared for safely and properly. Many of the best boarding facilities will have licensed veterinarians on site. Ask your vet for a list of the veterinarians in the area that provide services to pets, and make sure that they are certified to treat animals.

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