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Dog Boarding: What To Look For

Planning a trip or vacation, and wondering what to do with your dog while you’re away? It’s always a worry leaving your dog with strangers … and if your dog is unvaccinated, it’s even harder to find good dog boarding. We’ll discuss some ways to handle that situation below. 

What Is Dog Boarding?

Dog boarding is any service that provides a temporary home for your dog while you’re away. Boarding provides care and attention for your dog in your absence, in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Dog boarding facilities will often offer various other services, including exercise, grooming, playtime or socialization, training, giving medications, and veterinary care. There are different types of dog boarding options available, including kennels, pet hotels, and in-home dog boarding or dog sitting services.

How Much Does It Cost To Board A Dog?

The cost to board a dog ranges from $25 to $85 per dog per night. 

That’s a wide range because boarding costs depend on several factors … the location, the type of facility, length of stay, and services provided. If you have more than one dog, some facilities will offer a lower rate for additional dogs. 

How To Find Reliable Dog Boarding

You’ll want to do your research well ahead of time into boarding facilities in your area, especially if you’re going away during a busy holiday period when dog boarding will fill up early.

As well as searching online, it’s a good idea to ask your neighbors or post on local social media groups for recommendations. Then, make a shortlist and visit each facility to get a first-hand view of the care they provide. Here are some things to look for or ask about …

  • A clean, safe environment, including your dog’s sleeping, play/exercise and potty areas.
  • Will they ask your dog to come for a “meet and greet” before his stay?
  • Can you meet the main caregivers who’ll supervise your dog?
  • How many dogs is each caregiver responsible for?
  • What will your dog’s daily schedule look like?
    • How many potty outings?
    • How much exercise/playtime?
    • Is there an option for extra one-on-one walks for a fee?
  • Do they have spay/neuter requirements? If your dog’s intact, are there any special arrangements or schedules?
  • What happens at night? Is there 24 hour supervision?
  • What do you need to bring, other than your dog’s food/medication?
  • What will they do if your dog needs emergency veterinary care?
  • Check any local compliance/certifications/liability insurance.

Dog Boarding Extras
Some facilities have some nice extras like webcams so you can watch your dog playing, or one-on-one “cuddle time,” training or sports activities for a fee. 

In all cases, you’ll want to ask for (and call) recent references.