Before you arrange boarding for your dog either in kennels or in home boarding there are several things you should do.
You love your dog and he/she is precious to you so it makes sense that you would want him/her to be happy and comfortable wherever you leave them.
Ask your friends with dogs to recommend somewhere to you - your local vet may also be able to suggest a good place.
When you've selected somewhere I would suggest that you make at least one visit to check the facilities. Any boarding kennel worth it's salt should show you around without any problem.
If there's anything that you don't like then don't make the booking. If you give yourself enough time you can visit several places until you find the one that meets your requirements.
Ask plenty of questions such as:
- The cost
- The accommodation
- What type of food will be provided if any
- How much and what type of exercise will be provided
- Whether your dog will be segregated from others
- Anything else you consider to be important or relevant
If you can't find anywhere suitable there are other options you might wish to consider.
Home boarding companies will generally always allow you to visit the place your dog will be staying to give you and your dog the opportunity to meet the family and other pets if they have them. If you are not happy with one carer; most operations have others for you to meet.
There is always the option to hire a house sitter who will come into your home and look after your pets and plants. Some will even do basic housework.