If you are going out of town and cannot bring your dog, it may be time to start looking for dog boarding for your loyal pup. It can seem like a bit of a chore since there are so many options out there to choose from. Don’t worry, our experts are here to explain how to narrow it down so that your dog is happy and is well taken care of. Keep reading to learn more.
Make a list
The first step is to make a list of dog boarding facilities in your area. This will allow you to take notes about each and slowly narrow it down until you have your final decision.
Check online for reviews
The next step is to take that list and start writing some notes about each place. You can check online to start and see what boarding facilities have good reviews. It’s okay if one has the occasional negative review however if one has a lot of negative reviews you may either want to note that or you may want to scratch them off your list completely.
Ask a friend
If you have any friends that have dogs, you can always ask them who they use when they are out of town. Chances are if they are using the same company, they may be a great place to choose. If they have had bad experiences with specific places in the past, they will also be able to shed light on this, so you know who to stay away from. You can also ask what they liked about that particular location, so you know what to expect. Although this should not make your final decision, you can add an extra star on your list next to that company.
Find out the specifics
Does your dog have specific instructions they need to be able to work around? For example, do they need to be walked for a certain length of time or given medication at a specific time each day? If so, make sure you look into this with each dog boarding location because if they cannot meet those needs, they need to be scratched off your list right away.
Although your dog is probably priceless, you also don’t want to go broke if you are on a budget. Make sure you know your budget before hand and if there is a location that is way too expensive, write that in the con area on your list. It’s also important to remember that a more expensive location may do a better job of taking care of your pet, so you may not want to pick the cheapest location. With that said, the most expensive location may not always be the best of quality. That is one of the reasons why it’s important to do your research.
Call and ask them questions
Make sure you write down all your questions. No question is ever stupid. Have your questions ready and call and ask a couple locations them. Make sure you take notes again to ensure you don’t get the different dog boarding locations mixed up.
Bring your dog by for a visit
The last and final step is to bring your dog in for a visit. This will allow you to see how you and them both like it. You can see how the other dogs are treated at this time too.
As you can see, you want to start as early as possible since there are a lot of steps to go through. If you follow these, you will find a great and trustworthy dog boarding location you can feel comfortable to leave your dog at each time. For more tips on finding a trustworthy dog boarding facility, contact us today.