Everyone has a different plan for their dog when they have to leave town for a while. Some people drop their dog off at a friend's house. Others leave the dog at home and have a pet sitter stop by every now and then. Still others leave the dog at a boarding kennel for this time. There's no right or wrong approach here, but boarding kennels do have a lot of advantages over the other options.
1. The people taking care of your dog are professionals.
When you keep your dog at a boarding kennel, they will be cared for by people who have been trained to care for dogs, and who have been doing so for some time. This may result in a better level of care than you'd get if you had a less dog-knowledgeable friend or family member watch your pet. Professionals may notice that something is amiss with your dog sooner, and they may be better at making sure your dog eats, uses the bathroom, and is entertained as needed.
2. Your dog will have company.
Some dogs are okay being left alone at home for hours at a time, but many dogs get bored with this setup. When your dog spends time at a boarding kennel, they are rarely alone. There are always staff members around, and most kennels let dogs play with other dogs—with the owners' permission. Instead of sitting around waiting for you, your dog will be having their own resort-style vacation at a kennel.
3. You'll be able to check in on your dog.
Sure, a friend or relative can send you updates about your dog or allow you to video call with them, but you may feel like you're imposing by asking them to do this for you, over and over again. Many boarding kennels, however, include this as a part of their service package. There may even be a camera on 24-7 so you can log in to an account via your smartphone and see what your dog is doing at any one time. This helps you feel more confident in the care your dog is receiving and helps you stay connected while you're away.
If you're planning on traveling soon, then you should consider leaving your dog at a boarding kennel as you do so. Visit a few kennels in your area and take a closer look at what they have to offer.Share
30 August 2021
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