Post # 1
Would you board your dog where there was no outside area for them to play in?
I am reseaching places that ofer boarding as we are going to need to find a place for our 3 dogs to stay for 2 nights for the wedding. I have never boarded them before and it gives me butterflies everything I think about it because I don’t want to think about them being in their cages the whole time and not getting lovin’. I found one place that sounds amazing- it gave me a schedule of what they do all day and it has webcams so I could go on (if I wanted to,) just to see how they are doing! But it has no fenced in area for them to play outside. (we have a fenced in back yard) They obviously take them out to use the bathroom, but no free running outside.
I also like how it is a free range doggie daycare during the day. The dogs aren’t required to be in their crates and they can play with the other dogs all day (except from 12-2 which is nap time!) All dogs also have to pass an evaluation before they are allowed to stay there (hope my puppies will pass the entrance exam! )
What is your opinion?
Post # 3
7 a.m.- Doggie Daycare dogs begin arriving ready to play
8- 12- Open play time
12-2 nap time
2-7- more playtime
7:30-8:30- dinner time
8:30- 10- relaxing playtime
10- bed time!
Post # 4
I think what’s most important is that he’s allowed to run around and play most of the day! I wouldn’t be too concerned about the no outside areas as long as they had a place to go to the bathroom. Have you taken a tour of the facility?
Post # 5
I agree that as long as they are allow to run around and play, indoor vs outdoor, is not as important.
The other thing I would be worried about is if there are on staff vets?
We board our pup at a vet’s office that also has boarding services. It’s not our pup’s vet but they were IL’s dog’s vet and they have access to our vet at all times. IT gives me piece of mind that there are vets on staff and not just doggie sitters!
Post # 6
very few of the boarding facilities in my area have a large outside area. as long as they can be in an open room with a bunch of other dogs, that’s great!
Post # 7
Ideally a place would have both free range play and a fenced yard, but if it’s only 2 nights, I would be ok with it. I would definitely pick a place with free range play all day long rather with no fenced yard over a place where the dogs are stuck in cages for hours and can play in the fenced yard for 20 minutes a day or whatever.
Post # 8
I worked at a kennel that didn’t have an outside run, and the dogs were kept in their cages all day, except for a 10 minute walk in the morning and evening. A lot of the dogs went stir crazy like this. I usually avoided boarding my dogs there if at all possible.
Post # 9
I am going to tour it on Saturday. Hopefully my little Lola will pass the evaluation! If she doesn’t, back to step 1.
Post # 10
Is there a dog service that will come to your home 3x a day? We have found that far less disruptive for the pawkids
Post # 11
@retreadbride: We are having a back yard pig pickin the day after the wedding, so we don’t want the dogs at our house. I also, don’t want them staying alone over night. But thank you for the suggestion!!
Post # 12
I have small dogs, so I actually prefer that they are not allowed outside.
This year will be the first time I board my dogs at a kennel with an outside area, but I know the woman and I know her yard is secured properly for small dogs, her kennel ONLY deals with small dogs. She takes out 1 of her boarded dogs at a time, and the yard is double-fenced.
If I was boarding at a larger facility that had employees instead of an individual owner (as I have done before), I would only board at an indoor-only facility that has an indoor play area. Because quite frankly, I don’t trust someone getting paid minimum wage to adequately watch my dogs in an outside setting.