The Wonderful World Of Pets

4 Questions To Ask A Dog Boarding Facility Before Your Pup's Stay

by Samuel Sullivan

If you're a dog owner and have plans to be away from home in the near future, then bringing your dog to a dog boarding facility will likely be your best bet while you're gone. Specifically, a boarding facility will give your pup a safe, comfortable place to relax until you return--and a staff of experienced caretakers will provide your dog with daily food, water, potty breaks, and other services. Before you decide on a dog boarding facility, however, there are a few questions worth asking to ensure you're making the right choice.

Which Vaccinations Are Required?

Any reputable facility will require you to show proof of up-to-date vaccinations when you bring your dog in; this is important for the health and safety of both the dogs and caretakers at the facility. However, specific vaccine requirements can often vary from one boarding facility to the next. Make sure to inquire as to which vaccines your dog needs before his or her stay, and check with your vet to make sure you have the necessary documentation.

Can I Pack My Dog's Own Food?

Some boarding facilities will feed the dogs in their care the same food each day, whereas others will allow owners to pack their dogs' specific food from home. If your dog doesn't do well with switching foods, has a sensitive stomach, or is on a prescription diet, then it will be especially important to make sure that you're allowed to pack your dog's food from home--and that the boarding staff will follow your instructions for feeding.

Will You Administer Medications?

If your dog requires any medications, make sure the boarding facility will administer these for you while you're away. Some will not because of liability issues, but most facilities should. Keep in mind that you may be charged a small fee for this service.

How Many Potty Breaks Are Standard?

Finally, be sure to find out how many daily potty breaks dogs will receive at the facility. If you know your dog will need more breaks throughout the day, you can usually pay a few dollars extra per each potty break. There may also be play packages and other add-ons to consider that will give your dog more time and exercise outdoors, so explore your options.

Choosing a dog boarding facility can be a difficult decision, but when you ask the right questions, it's much easier to narrow down your options.