Why You Should Consider Boarding Your Dog When You Are Away
Although you may find it more reassuring, and more economical, to have a friend or a family member look after your dog while you are away, this may not be in the dog’s best interests. Dogs are often accustomed to structure and routine, and an interim caregiver may not be able to provide your dog with its familiar or customary daily schedule.
This could also lead to prolonged periods of loneliness for your dog, as well as irregular eating habits and/or sleeping patterns, and a reluctance to eat or drink. A closer look at a dog boarding service – from the perspective of your dog – might be warranted.
A reputable dog boarding service should offer the following for your dog:
- Comfortable living quarters
- Daily routine and structure
- Regular exercise
- Care and attention
- Companionship while you are away
Important Questions To Ask Before Boarding Your Dog
If you need to use a dog boarding service while you are away, it will be important that your dog maintains a significant portion of its daily routine. Although the dog will surely miss your family and its familiar surroundings at home, you can ensure that its stay will be as comfortable and stress-free as possible by doing a little “homework” first.
In addition to confirming the costs for any and all services offered or available, here are nine questions to ask before you board your dog:
- Can I arrange a tour of your facilities? (a “no” answer should be a red flag)
- Will my dog have its own unit/kennel or share living space with other dogs?
- What are the dimensions of each unit?
- How often will my dog be fed, let out, and walked/exercised?
- Do you have one standard food/treat for all dogs or can we supply our own?
- Will my dog be allowed to run free and/or play with other dogs?
- How many dogs can you house and how many are assigned per staff member?
- What happens in the event of an emergency? (i.e.: veterinary care and costs)
- Do you have staff on site at all times or are the dogs left alone overnight?
You may undoubtedly have specific questions to add to the above list depending on the age, breed, health, and temperament of your dog. Regardless of the circumstances, it is important that you thoroughly investigate any dog boarding service – for the sake of the dog and your own peace of mind.
If you are planning to be away and will need to board your dog, call the experts at Alpha Paws. We will be more than happy to answer any questions about our dog boarding services and to discuss any specific needs for your dog. Call us today at 905-830-9500 or 1-647-694-4584.