It’s time for a much-needed vacation, and you’re making sure nothing goes awry. You’re packing luggage, booking reservations, but there’s one more thing on your checklist. What about your furry friend? Where will they stay? For many pet owners, leaving your dog behind can prevent you from relaxing on your trip. You want the absolute best for your pup and want to ensure the kennel you chose will adequately care for them while you’re away. Here’s what to prioritize and what to look for in a quality dog boarding facility.
Recommendations and Reviews
Ask those fellow dog lovers around you, such as friends, family, and your vet, for their top choices in facilities. You can perform local searches yourself to get an idea of what kennels operate in your area and ask for feedback from your vet. Be mindful of considering reviews and what others have to say to narrow down your search.
Costs and Services
Many kennels offer their services in different price ranges, so it’s important to know what services will show up in an itemized bill. When looking for your pet’s vacation home, consider the pricing of dog boarding facilities to ensure you’re not paying hidden fees for essential services.
Insurance and Bonding
Boarding facilities that are insured will offer compensation and assistance in the event of an injury, such as one toward your pooch or one your pet causes to others. Bonding and insurance secure you from having to pay the expenses of care toward a dog’s injury.
Staff Qualifications and Certifications
Every area and state follows different regulations, and it’s vital to know what they are in your area so you can uphold a facility to its certifications. As for staff, some kennels require appropriate hiring qualifications and experience. A quality location will have some specially trained staff in animal care and all members certified in first aid.
Clean and Comfortable
During your prospecting visit, look at all areas to ensure the facility is clean and up to standard. Be sure to look out for any dangers in kennels and sleeping areas that could harm your pooch. You can ask staff about providing your own bedding for your pet if it’s not offered during the time of stay.
While there are more factors to be aware of when choosing the perfect kennel, the ones mentioned above are some of the most important to consider when narrowing your search. You’ll miss your furry friend during vacation, but knowing what to look for in a quality dog boarding facility will leave you confident that your pet is receiving the best care possible.