Vacationers increasingly search for alternatives to kenneling their dogs while on vacation. In response, “Uber”-model businesses like Wag and Rover have exploded to meet the demand. These online companies promise to match dog lovers looking to make a little extra money with dog owners who need someone to watch their pet. With so many strangers competing for your dog (and dollars), who can you trust?
Unfortunately, a mere love of dogs and good intentions are not enough to keep beloved pets safe and tragedies have ensued. Dogs have escaped, been lost, mauled, and killed due to inexperience and neglect.
Questions to Ask
Before deciding on whether a long-established boarding facility, a newly established business, or an online individual will be responsible for your dog’s care in your absence, ask the following questions:
- What experience do you have? How long have you been boarding dogs?
- What are the facilities like? Will my dog be confined to a limited space like a crate or room? Does your property have a securely fenced yard?
- Will my dog be left alone? If so, for how long? If not, who watches them when you are not there? Someone with the appropriate experience? (Children or teenagers in the house increase the risk of a dog’s safety. Too often they forget to securely shut the front door or gate.)
- How will my dog be exercised? Will my dog leave the property? Are they taken in cars? Are safety harnesses or crates used for transport? If they leave your property for exercise, where do they go? To non-fenced parks, the beach, or size-specific, enclosed dog parks?
- Do you care for more than one dog at a time? If so, do you limit the number of dogs? Do you accept both large and small dogs at the same time? Are there any other kinds of animals present?
- Do you pre-screen all dogs before you agree to board them? Do you accept dogs that are not spayed or neutered? Do you require proof of vaccination?
- Do you have insurance specifically for pet boarding?
- Are you Red Cross-certified in pet CPR and first aid?
You can’t ask too many questions. Your dog’s life may depend on it.
Safety & WellBeing
Here at Little Pup Lodge, our philosophy and reservation requirements ensure your dog’s safety and wellbeing are our utmost care and concern. Contact us today to learn more about how we care for your dog like you care for your dog.