3 Things You Should Know When Selecting A Pet Daycare And Boarding

Leaving your pet alone at home may not feel right to you. You will need a pet resort to take care of your pet when you are not around. Pet daycare and boarding will offer your furry friend a place to stay and interact with other animals. It also provides your pet with a safe place to play.

What's more, you will have a peace of mind knowing that your dog or cat is under close supervision. Pet resorts will also improve the social skills of the pet. Keep the details below in mind as you evaluate potential pet resorts for your pet.

1. Guided activities

Ask the caregivers about the pet activities for each day. They should offer pet training as well as group activities that improve the pet's behaviour. Inquire also about their routine. They should provide playtime, mental stimulation, ample exercise and time for relaxing and resting. Tell the staff about particular behaviours or commands that you would like to improve.  Read reviews from customers to check if their training and service are effective with dogs in particular.

2. Pet preparation

Ensure that you adequately prepare the pet for daycare through vaccinations and removal of fleas and ticks by a vet. Check the resort's vaccination requirements and ensure that your pet complies. Dog resorts will call for a Bordetella vaccine, rabies vaccine and DHPP vaccine (distemper, hepatitis, parvo and parainfluenza). Cats will require vaccinations such as rabies vaccine, leukemia vaccine and FVRCP vaccine (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia). Your pet should also have proof of heartworm prevention.

3. Transparency

The resort staff should be transparent when answering your inquiries and openly discuss their daycare and boarding policies. They should inform you about the pack training and management methods and philosophy. What's more, they should be truthful when discussing the pet's behaviour within the resort's environment. A reliable resort should be willing and happy to indulge you in the things they do and allow you to tour the facility. However, some daycares may prohibit in-person tours when the pets are present. The consistent coming and leaving of visitors may cause unnecessary stress on the pets.

Introduce your pet to a pet daycare or boarding centre with a constant routine. Introducing the pet to the resort in an ad hoc way will cause difficulty in management and unnecessary stress on the pet. Be sure that you can trust the caregivers at the resort, their judgement and their policies before you leave your pet in their hands.