If you are in the process of finding a location to board your dog(s) or read our article on Dog Boarding In Sherman Oaks Or Nearby Cities – Part I, where we compiled a list to help with your search, in this article we discuss the next steps to take to help determine if a boarding business will be the right fit for you and your dog(s). Once you find a location where you are considering leaving your dog(s) while you are away, we feel it is important to take additional steps before making a commitment or reservation to leave your precious fur-baby. We suggest always visiting the location you are considering, checking reviews and references, and asking a lot of questions to make sure your pup(s) will get the best care. Below is a list of questions we put together that we would want to ask to help decide where to board our own pets with another business or person.
22 questions to ask to help decide if a dog boarding location is right for your dogs
- Is there 24 hour supervision?
- How will my dog(s) spend their days?
- Where will my dog(s) sleep at night?
- Will my dog be able to eat his or her own dog food?
- Will my dog be given as much time as needed to eat each meal?
- Where will my dog go potty?
- Will my dog be taken out on walks?
- Will you be able to give medication to my dog(s)?
- What kind of climate control do you offer?
- What kind of screening do you do to ensure all dogs will get along?
- Do I need to show proof of vaccinations?
- Do I need to show proof that my dog is healthy upon the day of arrival for the boarding and isn’t coming over with any infections or illnesses that may be contagious?
- Are there ever any dog fights?
- What is the protocol if dogs do get into a fight and injured?
- Do you work with a specific veterinarian when dogs are injured or will my dog be taken to my veterinarian?
- Do you have webcams we can access to view our dogs 24/7?
- Do you have a disaster plan in place?
- May we call as often as we like to check on our dog(s)?
- Are there any add-on services we can choose from like private walks, grooming before pick up, etc.?
- Do you have references we can call and ask about your boarding services?
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you have all the required business licenses and insurance coverage?
If you board your own dogs, what questions would you add to this list to make sure you are making the best choice on where to board them and what will be the best fit for you and your pups?