Traveling And Don't Want Your Dog On A Plane? Use Dog Boarding

Posted on: 23 January 2023

When you travel by plane with a dog, the dog is treated as cargo. Your dog will be held in a kennel. If you do not want to travel with your dog, you should consider dog boarding instead. Below is information on dog boarding facilities so you should know what to look for. 

Visit Dog Boarding Facilities

Well before your trip, look for dog boarding facilities in your area. This will give you time to find one that suits you and your dog well. You can look online for dog boarding facilities. If you find any, search for reviews, as there should be many. You can also ask your family members or friends if they can recommend a dog boarding facility. 

What to Look for In a Dog Boarding Facility

Once you find a kennel, make sure they are certified and how long they have been certified. Ask how long the facility has been open. Ask the owner to provide you with references. The facility should also require immunization, such as Bordetella, rabies, distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus. The dogs should be checked for fleas before they enter the facility. 

The facility should be clean, sanitary, and secure. Ask to look outside where the dogs play to ensure the area is fenced in securely. The fence should be high enough so your dog cannot jump over it. The fence should have a secure gate that a dog could not easily open. 

Sleeping areas should be set up so your dog will be comfortable. Most dog boarding facilities use crates for your dog to sleep in. This gives your dog a safe, private place. The crate should be cushioned and large enough for your dog to stand up and move around in. Walk around the areas that your dog will have access to. 

Take your dog with you to the facility so you can see how the employees interact with them. Watch your dog closely, as they are good judges of character. You want a facility that does not board a large number of dogs. Ask the owner if your dog will get exercise and how often they take them outside.

Ask the owner about the experience of the employees. They should be trained well to care for dogs. Employees may also be certified or have education from a college. 

Finding the right dog boarding facility will help you feel less stressed. For more information about dog boarding, contact a local facility.