Heading out of town for a quick weekend getaway or extended vacation? What should you do with your pooch? Here, in-home dog boarding and kennel boarding will be discussed.
The most traditional option is to take your dog to a boarding kennel, which is a facility dedicated to housing a large number of animals while owners are away. While this option can be convenient, it is not always best for a dog.
For instance, boarding kennels often keep animals in close-quarters, increasing their risk of contracting a communicable disease such as kennel cough. Young dogs, elderly dogs, or those with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to catching airborne illnesses, even when when good sanitation is practiced.
A boarding kennel can also be extremely chaotic for pets. Exposure to unfamiliar animals, continual barking, a new environment, and strange people can be confusing for a dog. For pets that were rescued from an animal shelter, a kennel can be an especially stressful environment.
When dogs are boarded in a kennel their routines are completely upended. Your dog will not have the same schedule at a boarding kennel for meal time, play time, exercise, or potty breaks as he or she would have at home.
However, boarding kennels aren’t all bad, either. Boarding kennels are frequently a more economical option when dogs are given basic care. However, the addition of extra exercise, attention, and special treats at meal time can all add up!
In-Home Dog Boarding
To circumvent many of the drawbacks of boarding at a dog kennel, owners are turning to in-home dog boarding. Here, a licensed and bonded pet sitter will watch your dog in his or her own home while you are away.
The advantages of this method are diverse. If your pet has special needs or a compromised immune system, in-home dog boarding will keep your pet from becoming ill or stressed. The pet sitter will be able to adhere to all of your dog’s needs, such as exercise, play time, medication, and maintaining a strict feeding schedule. If your dog has any behavioral problems that might make him or her a poor candidate for boarding, such as dog-on-dog aggression, in-home dog boarding may be necessary. Perhaps the greatest perk, however, is that your dog’s routine can remain completely unchanged while you are away.
In-home dog boarding also ensures that each and every unique need of your pet is being met, whether that includes special attention or simply keeping your pet company during your absence.
Ultimately, the difference between a boarding kennel and in-home dog boarding is the level of individualized attention a pet receives. Additionally, in-home dog boarding ensures that pets with special needs are kept comfortable for the duration of their owner’s absence. While boarding a dog at a kennel is not a bad option, it is not feasible for all pets.