Susie Q Boarding at its Finest is proud to provide some helpful tips for anyone interested in boarding their dogs. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
✓ Do your research. READ reviews. They really can provide you with insight about the place and the staff. Hopefully, you will know people who have boarded their dogs there. Word of mouth is priceless.
✓ Schedule a time to go by and tour the facility and meet the staff. Make a list of questions and/or concerns that you have about the boarding experience. No question is too insignificant.
✓ If your dog hasn’t been boarded before, consider a short overnight stay before an extended stay. If this is not an option, at least set up a meet and greet. This will help your dog get more comfortable with the experience and allow you to see firsthand how staff interact with your furry companion.
✓ As a way of reducing anxiety, consider leaving a piece of home with your dog, like a shirt, a special toy or blanket, anything that you think might give your fur baby comfort.
✓ Ask for updates on how your dog is doing while you are away. Have they been eating well? What is their behavior like? Anything that might give you better peace of mind about the whole experience.
✓ What should you expect when returning home... Your fur baby will be very excited to see you. Dogs do not have a sense of time; they will be just as excited to see you whether you left 15 minutes ago or five days ago. Your dog might be tired. Boarding places can be fun and exciting, but they can also be exhausting. Don’t feed them immediately after getting home. Give them a few hours to unwind.
Often the hardest part of leaving town is trusting someone else to take care of your fur baby. Taking the time to find a boarding option you trust and one your dog enjoys will make all the difference in the end.