How To Determine If Boarding Your Dog Is Right For You
As any dog owner can tell you, the decision to board your dog can be a difficult one, especially if you’ve never used a dog boarding service before or are simply anxious about leaving your pet behind, even for a short while. However, dog boarding can be a great option for most dog owners in most situations. If you’re unsure whether or not you should board your dog for your next trip, consider the following questions that will help you determine whether or not dog boarding in Chapel Hill is the right option for you.
How long will you be gone?
The length of time you need your dog cared for can be a way to decide whether you should board your dog or have someone pet sit—that is, visit your home and care for your dog there—instead. If you are going to be away for more than a few months, it may be less stressful for your dog if you hire a pet sitter to take care of them at home instead of boarding them at an unfamiliar location.
What is your dog’s temperament towards people and other animals?
You will need to think carefully about how well your dog gets along with people other than yourself or your household, as well as how your dog reacts to other animals. Is your dog at all aggressive towards people it doesn’t know? Has your dog exhibited any exceptional aggression towards other dogs or other animals, beyond what is normal?
If your dog does not have a good temperament, it’s not recommended that you board them due to the fact that they will be surrounded by other dogs and animals and will be cared for by someone they don’t know for days or even weeks.
If your dog has a good temperament, however, boarding should not be a problem for them.
What do you want out of the boarding experience?
Different dog boarders offer different experiences—sometimes within the same building! Some boarders may offer more extravagant playtimes in doggy parks or indoor dog playgrounds or other special dog ‘perks’ like swim time or massages, while others simply offer the daily necessities to keep your dog healthy and happy—daily walks, food and water, and playtime.
Does your dog have any special needs?
If your dog has any special needs, such as requiring medication, disabilities, or other needs, you should have a discussion with the kennel you are considering for boarding in order to determine if they are capable of taking on your dog as a boarder. Some kennels may not be equipped to properly care for dogs with disabilities or other special needs, so you may find your options more limited if this is the case.
However, there are many kennels who are willing to work with you if your dog requires special care, such as if your dog has arthritis and needs to be carried or is blind and requires more careful attention.