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The Ins and Outs of Dog Boarding

Everyone needs a break once in a while, and if you’re planning a vacation getaway, you might not always be able to take your dog along for the ride. Rather than cancelling your vacation to stay home with your furry pal, using a dog boarding facility can offer some welcome peace of mind.

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In addition to providing your dog with more supervision and attention than he would get if he stayed home alone, a dog boarding facility has a professional staff that knows everything about handling and interacting with dogs. The dog boarding staff will play and walk your dog and ensure he gets enough exercise to prevent boredom, pent-up energy and bad behavior. The dog boarding facility becomes his vacation destination.




Acclimating Your Dog

In order to reduce the shock of suddenly dropping your dog off at the dog boarding facility, make it a gradual process. Maybe use the dog boarding facility for only half a day during times when you’re not out of town. Allow your dog to play and get used to the new environment. Do this several times for a short period and slowly start lengthening the duration that you leave him in the boarding facility. Have them keep him overnight or for a weekend. When it's time for your vacation, you’ll feel more comfortable about using the dog boarding facility, knowing that your pet companion is familiar with the staff and the environment. 




Although dog boarding seems like the ideal solution, some cons might emerge. If your canine friend is new to dog boarding, he might find the experience stressful. Also, being in a new environment among strange animals can increase his risk of getting health problems. All in all, dog boarding in an appropriate facility can keep you from feeling guilty about leaving your dog behind while you’re having a fun vacation. 


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For peace of mind, do some research ahead of time to find a safe dog boarding facility. See if your friends, family members or your veterinarian know of any reputable dog boarding facilities in the area. Then take a tour of the facility, so you can gauge whether it’s the right spot for your furry pal. Make sure the dog boarding facility is clean and has a friendly, knowledgeable staff that knows how to administer animal cardiopulmonary resuscitation and First Aid.

In the case of a health problem, you want to make sure that they have access to veterinary care. Ensure they check that all dogs are up to date on their vaccinations and ask about their daily routine. Also, ask to see where your dog will be sleeping and playing, and if other animals are boarded in the facility, make sure they’re kept separate.


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