(Closed) Boarding with no outside free run area?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 10
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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 # 12
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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.

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