8 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Dog Boarding Appointment

Boarding your dog for the first time? We’ve compiled a list of helpful questions to ask as you search for the perfect dog boarding facility for your beloved pup.

1. How early should I book?

During the holidays, boarding facilities can get booked up pretty quickly, so you’ll want to make your call well in advance with your dates if you’re sure you’ll need service. If you’re not set on your vacation dates, at least ask how long you should wait to reserve and if there is a cancellation policy.

2. Does my dog need to be vaccinated?

Nowadays many boarding facilities require vaccinations, which is a good thing! It shows that they take their guests’ health seriously. Make sure to ask what vaccinations are required. It may also be a good idea to get caught up with a vet appointment.

Typically, these are the vaccines that are required, but every facility is different- so don’t forget to ask!

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Rabies
  • Canine Distemper
  • Infectious Hepatitis

3. Ask about pet housing

Know what is the safest housing for your dog. Remember that you’ll be leaving her in a new environment away from you, so it needs to be as comfortable as possible. 

Plenty of space and ventilation is crucial, so your dog can move around easily. Ask if you can take a tour beforehand to check it out, and bring your pup so they can get used to this new space.

If you show up unannounced for a tour and they say no, take that as a red flag and look elsewhere for service.

4. How often are the pups taken out?

It may be anywhere between 3-5 times per day, with five being the most ideal. Ask about the leash policy and whether they get to run around outside or inside. 

Some facilities may hold play sessions for the dogs to interact in a safe, monitored environment.

5. Do they take in pets with special needs?

Do you have an older pet or one with a disability? Ask how they accommodate dogs with special needs.

6. Is there an emergency plan in place?

This is always good to know. Some facilities may have an on-site vet, another good question to inquire about.

7. What kind of training/experience does the staff have?

It’s important to know who will be watching over your pet, so this question can let you know what kind of experience and skills to expect from the boarding staff.

8. Are there other services offered?

From dog grooming to doggie daycare and even special doggie events, don’t forget to ask about how you can get involved in the local community!

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