Choosing the Right Seattle Dog Boarding Facility

By | February 19, 2013

 Choosing the Right Seattle Dog Boarding Facility

Vacation time—hurrah! But maybe it’s not a hurrah for your pet, if he’s going into boarding while you take it easy. Sadly, for many Seattle dog owners, it can be a challenge locating a safe, clean and healthy environment to leave your dog while you’re away. Before you check your pet into a boarding kennel, here’s what to look for:

Take the Tour of the Boarding Kennel

Tour the boarding house and try to do so at a couple of different times of day. Also plan for plenty of time; you’ll not pay proper attention if you are rushed, advises Dianna Young, owner of Stella Ruffington, a Seattle-based dog boarding and doggie daycare facility.

Does the Kennel Have Eager Employees?

Are the staff polite, professional, welcoming and willing to answer questions? Look at the staff: Do they look bored or engaged? Are they interacting with the animals? They should never be yelling at your pets. Make sure there’s at least one human employee per five dogs and find out what those employees offer in terms of interaction, unstructured or structured play and walks.

The boarding house employee should ask you a lot of questions about your pet. For example: what they like and dislike; allergies; what they like to play; what they like to eat and how they eat.

Is the Boarding Facility Keen on Clean

Look at where your pet will sleep and be toileted and check for cleanliness. “There might be hair on the floor but you should never see urination or defecation,” Dianna points out. Also check that there is always fresh water for the animals.

Ask about cleaning:

Do they use dishwashers and how do they sterilize if they use common feeding bowls? How do they clean the play areas?

Does the Boarding Kennel Offer Playtime for Your Pet

Try to find a facility that includes some kind of exercise with a human and has interaction with a human included in the fee. The employees should be able to tell you how often the dogs get outside and for how long each time. According to Dianna, they should be out at least four times a day for 20 minutes each time to get some exercise and go to the bathroom.

When Your Dog Comes Home From the Kennel

When you’re home and have picked up your pet, make sure they’re happy so you know if you should take her to that boarding house again. Sometimes animals are really tired when they come home, but only because they’ve had a good time and run around a lot, says Dianna.

Make sure your pet looks and smells clean. If he comes home dirty it shows the boarding house doesn’t really care about your or your pet.

Above All, remember to always ask these four questions before you select a boarding house:

1. What are your hours of operation and the services and schedule you provide? Every facility should have some kind of schedule.

2. Do you have a relationship with a local vet? This ensures your pet’s safety.

3. Do you perform staff training and development?

4. What happens if my pet becomes sick or injured while in your care?

Hopefully this information helps you in your search for a desirable dog boarding facility. For those in Seattle and the surrounding area, be sure to visit Stella Ruffington, a quality Seattle dog boarding facility. They provide expert care, a safe and healthy environment, and have had a stellar reputation for many years.

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