Dogs are a huge source of joy to their owners, but they are also a big responsibility. Life sometimes calls for travel, whether it's a wedding out of town, a business trip, or a family vacation. When you think of dog boarding, you probably think of kennels—big boarding facilities housing countless dogs. However, in-home dog boarding is another option that has been growing in popularity in recent years.
Why should you consider in-home dog boarding?
1. No crating
- While crate training is a recommended practice for dogs, dogs who haven't been crate trained can find being kenneled upsetting. In-home boarding facilities usually do not crate dogs, according to Cesar's Way. Your dog will be able to roam freely, which means he can skip the stress associated with unfamiliar crating.
2. Fewer dogs
- Although you should speak with the owner of the in-home boarding facility to ask about the number of dogs that will be present during your pet's stay, these facilities will usually house fewer dogs than a traditional kennel. This means your dog will receive more attention and closer supervision. Your dog will be safer, and the extra attention will make him feel happy and content.
3. More opportunities for playtime
- Since dogs are not crated in in-home boarding, they have more opportunities to play with each other and with their caretakers. If your dog is going to be staying with other, unfamiliar canines, your caretaker may schedule a "playdate" between the pooches, in order to ensure that all the dogs get along. Being around other dogs can make your absence less frightening for your dog.
4. Greater comfort level
- If you plan on going away more than once, in-home boarding is a good choice for repeat visits. Unlike traditional kennels, which often have larger staffs, in-home boarding is usually run by one or two people. This is great, especially for shy dogs, as your dog will be able to get used to them. Any subsequent stays will be much less stressful: as far as your dog is concerned, he's visiting an old friend!
If in-home boarding sounds like something that will suit you and your dog, you should consider choosing it the next time you need to get out of town. As long as you choose reputable businesses, and know what questions to ask the proprietors, in-home boarding, such as at Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital, can be a gentle, fun alternative to traditional kennels.