Overnight Dog Boarding: How to Ensure You Both Have a Great Vacation

Did you know that most people take four vacations each year? As much as we’d love to head to a destination that’s pet friendly, the odds aren’t in our favor. You’ll likely have to find other arrangements for your dogs while you’re away for an extended period of time.

Overnight dog boarding is a wonderful way to ensure that your dog is taken care of and has fun while you’re on vacation. Leaving behind your beloved pet can be emotional and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

This guide will discuss preparing both yourself and your dog for overnight dog boarding.

Make Sure They’re Up to Date on Vaccinations

Most reputable dog boarding facilities require your dog to be up to date on their vaccinations. Vaccinations keep your pet and the other dogs on the premises safe. They help minimize the risk of various communal diseases, such as:

  • Canine influenza
  • Bordetella
  • Rabies
  • Kennel cough

Don’t automatically assume that your dog will meet their vaccination requirements. Ask the facility what their vaccine requirements are for boarding dogs.

For example, the vaccine for canine influenza isn’t part of routine vaccinations for dogs. You will likely have to schedule an appointment for your dog to get that shot.

Know What Your Dog Needs

Before deciding what dog kennel you want your dog to stay at, you need to consider your pet’s needs and behaviors. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is your dog primarily outdoor or indoor?
  • Have they been left alone for extended periods of time in the past?
  • Do they have nutritional or health issues that will need to be addressed?
  • Does your dog get along well with other pets, dogs, and people?
  • Does your pet have bad or unusual habits?

After you’ve answered these questions, you’ll have a better idea of what dog boarding services you need to guarantee your dog is comfortable.

Visit the Overnight Dog Boarding Facility

Tour all dog boarding facilities that are on your list. The facility should be organized and clean, especially in the sections where your dog will be. The dog boarding facility should also be at a comfortable temperature with enough ventilation.

The dog boarding kennel should also have a state certificate on display. Certain states require routine boarding kennel inspections.

All of the outdoor spaces at the kennel should be protected and secure. Every dog should have their own kennel that’s the right size.

Speak with as many staff members as you can. They should be friendly and knowledgeable. If anything about the staff concerns you, move on to the next location.

You might want to ask them if they have grooming, bathing, training, or veterinary services on site.

Ensure You and Your Dog Have a Relaxing Vacation 

Overnight dog boarding is a great option to ensure your dog is properly cared for while you’re out of town. You’ll feel relaxed knowing they’re receiving personalized care.

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