While going on short trips, such as a weekend getaway, you may feel comfortable dropping your dog off at a boarding facility with its typical services. However, you might be planning a long trip where you will be away from home for weeks or months. A dog boarding facility is ideal for your dog to stay at during your trip. But you may want to consider getting extra services to guarantee a positive experience for your dog.
Spending one-on-one time with your dog is something you may do on a typical day. When traveling for a few days, you may feel confident that your dog will still be comfortable without one-on-one time. But going away for weeks or months can leave a major hole in this area. An excellent solution is to get one-on-one time for your dog with a boarding employee.
These services can include cuddle time, playtime, or nighttime tuck-ins. You can get a mix of these additional services to ensure your dog is comfortable and happy at the facility.
Depending on how long you are away, you can get all these services once and ask the facility about your dog's response to each one. For instance, your dog may love cuddle time, so you can prioritize several more cuddle sessions throughout the duration of your trip.
Another service worth getting while boarding your dog is grooming, especially when you have a dog with a medium to long coat that requires routine upkeep. A grooming service will naturally include basic services, such as a bath and nail trim. You can also find boarding facilities that include ear cleaning, teeth brushing, and anal gland expression with their grooming.
A smart move is to consider your current grooming routine and incorporate that into the boarding service. Bathing your dog every two weeks makes it worth getting a bath for them every two weeks they are boarded. When your dog gets dirty from outdoor activities together, you can reduce the grooming to every three weeks or so because they may not get as dirty.
Being active with your dog is an excellent way to keep them healthy, happy, and stimulated. Going on a trip means that they will stop getting guaranteed walks. Fortunately, you can pick a boarding facility that offers group or individual walks that your dog can go on regularly. This extra service will ensure your dog gets at least some of the exercise they are used to getting.
Consider these extra services to give your dog a positive boarding experience while you are away on a long trip. Contact a local pet boarding service to learn more.