Let me Lend you a Helping Paw when choosing a Boarding Facility!

by admin on October 18, 2011

Travel plans are brewing.  I can tell, Chasin’ Pets is getting booked up for the holiday season.

This brings me to my blog post about selecting the best place for your kids. In my next two posts, I’ll provide some helpful insights on what you can do in order to make the process run smoothly.

Any good facility that you choose will have an interviewing process, paperwork to complete, and a tour of the facility. Going through this process takes time.  If you are a last-minute type of person, you could not only miss important details, but also an opportunity to get your dog a reservation at a place you feel good about. Please keep that in mind and be sure to plan ahead. Think about where you’re going to leave your loved one BEFORE you have the actual need.

All of us have a cap on reservations.  Just like a nice hotel, there are just so many rooms at the Inn.  Looking for a place?  Have a place already?  OK let’s rock and roll on some things to help you out.

1.  Get referrals from the facility, ask your friends, or your vet about their experience with them.

2. Set the appropriate time aside for your meet and greet.  Look at how many employees they have (handlers too) vs dogs there.  Too many dogs in 1 space without the proper # of handlers, in my experience = trouble. Hey, dogs play with their teeth.  And dogs get upset.  We do, so why wouldn’t they.  That’s natural.  Know that things happen that are out of our control.

3. What things happen that are out of our control?

The mood of your dog changes all the time.

Playtime can become territorial and fights happen.  Stuff just happens, know that and expect that.

Look your dog over after a visit.  Book a grooming appointment there before you pick up your dog. They will be dirty.  Dogs pee on each other.  Sorry, it happens. Your acceptance of this fact prepares you for this fact.

In next week’s post, I’ll conclude with the last half of this list. I hope you’ve found this to be helpful so far. In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, or suggested topics you’d like me to cover, feel free to write something in the comment section letting me know.

I’ll see you next week.

Hugs and Licks.  Follow me on facebook, Alanna and Alanna aka The Dog Buddha.


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