When you are planning to go away choosing where to board your pet can be tough! There are many factors when boarding a dog or boarding a cat to consider. Always start researching and reflecting early on so that you have time to choose the best place.
Consider some of the following factors before making your choice and be sure to contact multiple different locations to ensure you choose the best fit for you and your dog.
Location and Security: Is the facility near enough to your home that you can pick up and retrieve your pet conveniently? If not, do they offer pickup and drop off service? Is the dog boarding facility in a “safe” location and does the surrounding neighborhood look safe to you?
Who Are They? Does the owner or staff seem engaged and excited about pet sitting? Do they play with your animal and get them excited when they arrive? Do they have any credentials, or training? Do they sound competent in their knowledge of dogs and the business? Is there 24 hour supervision? Are they insured?
Vaccinations & Medication: Did they require your pet and all pets boarding to have up-to-date medical records? Did they inquire about special foods or medications?
Contact: What sort of contact policy do they have if you need to get a hold of them? Is the person you’re meeting the one that will be handling your dog the whole time they’re there?
In Home vs Kennel: Is your dog being caged and left unattended in the evening? Or will there be personal home style boarding?
Intangibles: Fun, joy, relaxation, camaraderie, freedom from anxiety, etc. Do the pets currently staying seem happy? Is the home or facility clean and well taken care of? Do they offer an energetic social pack element including outdoor trips or is it a completely indoor ‘come and go’ setting?
Finally, investigate online, especially take note of any social media and reviews.
Toronto Dog Boarding & Soulmutts Toronto have a strong track record of professionalism and silly fun when it comes home style boarding services.