When you go away on vacation or for business, you need to make arrangement for the care of your dog. The cheapest solution is to ask a friend or neighbor to take care of the dog, but often this kind of informal arrangement can be unavailable or lead to less than optimal care. The friends or neighbors may forget or be too busy, and your poor dog is left unfed or unwalked.
Professional pet sitters, which come to your house to take care of your dog, can provide quality care. However, they can also be very expensive and are not appropriate for all situations. Most dogs will require at least three visits per day for care and the fees can add up. Also, dogs with special needs need to have previously established arrangements.
Quality dog boarding Long Island is often the best option. At a quality dog boarding kennel, your dog will receive constant attention and care from trained professionals. Your dog is kept in a comfortable, safe, and secure kennel in between walks and play time.
When selecting a boarding kennel, the Humane Society of the United States recommends visiting and inspecting the kennel before dropping off your dog. Ask fellow dog owners and your veterinarian if they have heard about Canine Commander’s quality dog boarding Long Island.
At your inspection visit, look for the following features:
- Good ventilation
- Adequate lighting
- Comfortable temperature
- Knowledgeable and caring staff
- Adequately sized kennel area
- Securely fenced outdoor exercise area
- An exercise schedule for each dog
- Bedding available to keep dogs from lying on a concrete floor
- Owners can bring their food for special-needs dogs
- Offers other services such as training and grooming
Even if you have no need or desire to take advantage of a boarding facility’s training services, it’s a good idea to look for dog boarding that offers them. Boarding kennels that offer training are more likely to have skilled staff who are familiar with dog behavior. Skilled staff, who know how to handle difficult dogs in a humane way, can be significant at a boarding facility. Even dogs, which are perfect angels at home, can act up in a strange place with strange people. Unskilled staff may be tempted to use forceful, inappropriate methods when handling unruly or skittish dogs.
When you arrive with your pet at the boarding facility, remind the staff about any medical or behavior problems your pet has, such as a history of epilepsy or fear of thunder. After the check-in process, hand your pet to a staff member, say good-bye, and leave. Avoid long, emotional partings, which may upset your pet. Finally, have a good trip, knowing that your pet is in good hands and will be happy to see you when you return.
Quality dog boarding Long Island offers fun activities for dogs to keep them from getting bored. Many offer group doggy playtime for dogs who like to socialize with other dogs. For dogs who prefer to play fetch or tug with people, an ideal boarding facility will provide playtime for your dog with an employee experienced in playing with dogs. Your dog should have so much fun at their boarding that they will be reluctant to come home.
If you’d like to come see our dog boarding Long Island facility and speak to our dog boarding and training professionals, contact Canine Commander today.