Boarding your dog? How to Choose the Best Option for His Needs During COVID-19?

By Claudia Bensimoun

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With many of today’s dog boarding facilities more like hotel and pet resorts, let’s take a look at how COVID-19 safety measures have affected the way we board our dogs, and what safety measures are in place today to prevent against COVID-19?

If you’re planning a family vacation without Fido this holiday season, you may need to choose between a pet sitter or board your furry best friend at a pet resort or dog boarding kennel during COVID-19.

Finding the perfect kennel or pet sitter during COVID-19 may be stressful, but we have a few suggestions to help you during the festive holiday season.

1.Make sure that they’re following COVID-19 safety measures.

For a safe, and pleasant stay, the kennel should be following Stay Safe Guidelines that ensure employee, guest health, and physical distancing measures to keep everyone safe. These safety protocols allow for pet resorts and kennels to follow current CDC guidelines.

For example, Paradise 4 Paws, airport cat and dog resorts welcomes all pets, and have also enhanced all safety measures post COVID-19 with curbside drop-off and pick-up with card-on-file to enable contactless payments and limit in-person interaction. They are requiring advanced reservations for boarding and advanced notice for drop-off outside of normal daycare hours.

For those clients not using curbside drop-off, there’s a limit of one client at a time in the lobby with limited direct interaction with staff members. All clients need to wear masks or face coverings and fresh gloves as per CDC guidelines.

2. Be transparent about your dog’s needs

Consider your dog’s personality, and make sure that the kennel is able to meet the needs of your dog. For example, if your dog is stressed out in new environments, inquire about whether someone will be able to spend one-on-one time with him. If he has immediate veterinary needs, find out ahead of time if there is emergency veterinary care available 24/7.

3. Tour the facility ahead of time

If your dog is prone to being stressed out when you’re away, first take a tour without your dog. Look for clean and sanitized runs, watch how handlers treat dogs, and check out playtime with other dogs. Another important thing to consider is temperature. How hot or cold will the kennels be during the summers or winters?

Is there an air-exchange system to control bacteria and viruses throughout the boarding facility? If you’re looking for additional services like canine massage, longer walks, swim time, DogTV, or even nail trims, inquire about them ahead of time.

4. Consider budget

Always inquire about extra costs, and see what’s included as to dog sporting activities, and extra services like clipping, most especially if your pooch needs one-on-one time. You should never choose cheaper boarding, but instead opt for ample room- to- run, and an array of mentally stimulating activities like swimming, hiking, positive dog training clinics, and group play. Find out about the ratio of dogs in group play, and ask about how workers are trained to handle dog fights if one had to break out.

5. Opt for a pet sitter if your dog is anxious

If you haven’t found your ideal kennel, and find that your dog would be happier and more relaxed at home with a pet sitter, listen to your pooch! Some dogs are so stressed out at kennels, that it may be best to hire a screened pet sitter at home.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to take that trip and know that your dog is going to be well looked after when you’re away.

Thanks for visiting!

Woofs & Wags!

C.B

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