What to Look for in Dog Daycare and Boarding

There are plenty of places to board your loved ones when you leave home, or drop them off during long work days. But how do you select a good provider?

Daycare is a great option for parents who spend long days out of the house. Quality doggie daycare businesses should give pet owners peace of mind knowing that their pups are getting the exercise and socialization they need and desire, all in a safe, secure, and monitored environment.

To gain this socialization and play, one important feature to look for in daycare is a cage-free environment; after all, you want your dog to socialize and play while there (if your dog does not interact well with others, discuss this with the provider).  Your dog’s social skills will increase as they learn how to play and interact with other dogs in a safe, fun, and meaningful way. Boredom behaviors caused by lack of activity, or inadequate mental and physical stimulation, can be virtually eliminated. Additionally, when your pup is picked up, you will have a happy, relaxed dog. After all, a tired dog is a happy dog.

For boarding your dog, facilities can range from simple to luxurious. Some boarding options are completely customizable to keep your dog as happy as possible. Luxury facilities offer amenities like: private, indoor suites in various sizes; individual off-the-floor beds; soft lighting; and (for added relaxation) soothing music played while dogs rest. Whether it’s sharing a suite with a pal, or just having the comfort of a favorite toy or blanket, quality boarding facilities can provide almost anything your dog desires. Even if you don’t choose a luxury facility, all boarding businesses should ensure your pet’s safety and comfort. Facilities should provide clean bedding, cages and runs; safe and secure sleeping arrangements; and the ability to keep your dog alone or with others based on temperament.

By Jessica Ward

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