Dogs are man's best friend and whether you have one that is small enough to fit inside your handbag or whether you have one that is the same size as your seven-year-old son, sometimes you will have to leave them at home while you go away.
If you have someone to look after them that is all good and well, but you may not be that fortunate so this is where you have to look out for boarding facilities. Because our dogs do so much for us, it is important to find somewhere special for them to stay while we relax and unwind.
Make sure you look around for something that is going to be suitable for your little pooch. Visit a couple of different places and have a look around. Ask what they offer and try and see whether the people working there are big dog lovers or whether they are just there because it is a job that will pay the bills.
People leave their dogs at kennels all the time so you can definitely get recommendations from friends and family members. There are a large variety of kennels from those that are quite basic to those that are more luxurious, which provide more space. You will have to pay more for something like this, but then you have to ask yourself how you would like to be treated.
Here are a couple of typical dog boarding amenities to look out for:
*Know where the dog will stay – facilities will vary greatly here. Some dogs need more space. Some facilities are really cramped up to the point where they are breaking the law. You want to make sure your dog is comfortable. Cages can cause some anxiety so this is also something to think about. The facility should definitely be neat and tidy.
*Dogs are used to their own food so a change in diet can be stressful. You can bring in your dog's regular food, especially if he or she is allergic or has special needs. Eating healthy is vital.