Have you been searching for an good fun boarding option for your dog? Below is a small list of things to consider when trying to find the best place for your furry friend to stay while you are away.
How Did You Feel Upon First Arriving?
When you first walk in, note whether the dog area is dirty or clean. This area should be ventilated very well. The yard designated for puppy play should have fresh water and provide some shade. There also should be little to no amount of waste in the yard. Can you check out the center? Different people have different answers for this question. Of course you want to inspect the fence line and facility for safety and cleanliness. In order to keep all of the four-legged guests calm, it may be necessary to make an appointment to tour the daycare. A prospective client coming for a tour at a time that has not been scheduled can cause too much excitement for the residents at the doggy daycare. Definitely give the center a call before showing up for a tour.
Rest and Play
Pups need time to take it easy when they have had a lot of play time. Does the facility have areas specifically for your dog to rest in? Is there a certain time for the pooches to relax? Just like kids, dogs can become a little cranky when they are tired, even if they are having the best day ever!Your dog could be having tons of fun, but they still need time to wind down.
Does the daycare staff love your dog as much as you do? It is important to have an affectionate, well-trained staff in a daycare situation. When you tour the facility, make note of how the dogs react to the staff members.Upon arrival, if the dog seems happy to see the employee, they are probably doing their job correctly. It is important to have an attentive staff so that minor disagreements between friends don’t turn into major arguments, with the potential to cause injury or stress. You want to know that the staff can handle these situations, as well as recognize when a dog is over-tired and needing a break, or if he is sick or hurt.
Does the potential center offer a dog to staff ratio that you are comfortable with? Will your dog be provided with enough supervision during playtime?
The variations for creating doggy play groups are endless. If you are not satisfied with the way the playgroups are handled, ask if they would be willing to make changes to their policy.
There should be some sort of screening process for the dogs allowed into the daycare. Daycares screen for things like vaccination records, health history, and temperament. It is something you should expect when signing your dog up because it can give you a piece of mind knowing that your pup will be safe around other dogs who have been screened.