Dog Boarding Options – How to Choose the Best Option for Your Dog

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Whether you travel the world, attend business conferences across the country, or fly to see your relatives or friends, we all spend time away from home. Although we know every pet parent would love to travel with our loyal companion alongside us, this isn’t always possible, for various reasons. Sometimes, as much as it may break our hearts, we have to leave Fido at home. When this happens it’s important to know your dog boarding options and what will work best for you and your dog.

If you know you will be traveling in the future, it is a good idea to consider your options for leaving your pup behind. Will you hire a pet sitter? Will you drop them off at a pet boarding center? All dogs have unique mannerisms and personalities – pet boarding is not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. There is a multitude of options available when considering dog boarding. This article will explore these options so that you can spend your time away from home without a single worry about your furry companion.

Your Dog Boarding Options

Kennels or Crate Boarding

In our opinion, kennel or crate boarding are some of the safest dog boarding options. These establishments offer a semi-private or private boarding experience for your furry friend. Kennel/crate boarding is a great option for aggressive pets or dogs that don’t get along with others well. However, dogs that dislike small spaces or kennels may have a tough time at this type of boarding center.

Some things to consider before deciding on this option:

  • The cleanliness of the facility. Kennels should be clean, hygienic, and spacious enough for your pet to move around, eat, and sleep comfortably.
  • The kennel should be well-lit and well ventilated. 
  • All enclosures should have proper drainage and sanitation arrangements in order to keep your pet clean and dry.
  • Open areas where your pet can run around, relieve stress, and do their business.

Home Boarding or Crate-Free Boarding

One of the current most popular dog boarding options is crate-free home boarding. Typically,  this is provided by individuals or families who love having furry guests visit their homes. They usually only take in one or two pets at a time, which makes this a good option for pets that aren’t good in large groups, who are picky eaters, or who are shy and timid.

Some things to consider:

  • The house where your pup will stay must be hygienic, and your dog must have enough room to jump and play. The house should be puppy-proof in case your dog likes to chew.
  • If the boarding admits other animals, make sure they have a good arrangement to isolate them in case any of them get into a fight.

Pet Resorts

Pet resorts offer semi-private and private spaces for pets, along with a large open space and, oftentimes, a pool area. This type of boarding facility is great for dogs with a lot of energy who love to run around and play with other dogs.

Some things to consider:

  • The pet resort should have adequate fencing that won’t allow your dog to escape.
  • The pool area should be supervised by experienced pet professionals.
  • Any plants that dogs may have access to should be pet-safe to avoid pests or accidental poisoning accidents.
  • The facility should have an area where dogs can rest that is cool, well-ventilated, and hygienic.

Luxury Hotels for Pets

Luxury hotels for pets offer a comfortable environment for pets that mimics a luxury experience. This option offers private or semi-private boarding that is typically accompanied by air-conditioning, premium bedding, gourmet food options, and even spa treatments.

Some things to consider:

  • Luxury hotels should be supervised by pet professionals.
  • The hotel should have adequate means to break off a potential fight.
  • The resort should have pet-safety mechanisms.

Choose Dog Boarding From Fon Jon Pet Care – Your Furry Friend’s Home Away From Home!

When considering your dog boarding options, we know that you have a serious decision ahead of you that you don’t take lightly. All pet parents want to do what’s best for their beloved dogs, but it’s difficult to feel sure that you’ve chosen what’s best for your pup. Fortunately, things like your pet’s preferences, diet, and personality can help determine what type of dog boarding facility is best for them. For example, a timid dog may do best in a cage-free environment with little to no accompanying animals. Dogs that are high energy will do better with a wide-open space where they can run and play. Following our tips will help you have a worry-free trip away from your furry best friend!

Fon Jon Pet Care in San Diego County may also be the best option for your dog! Our unique dog boarding facility is perfect for your camper to spend his day outside running around and playing with other dogs. Dog boarding and daycare campers are monitored all day so we can maintain an active and safe environment. Our outdoor play yard is very spacious and has a park-like setting, offering a variety of ramps, kiddie pools, and other fun-filled activities available for them all day! In addition to this, we offer private play for dogs that aren’t social so they can get one-on-one time with our staff.

We have more than 70 years of experience providing top-quality dog boarding, dog grooming, dog daycare, and dog training in San Diego County. Visit our website or call us at (858) 490-2117 to learn more about our dog boarding packages. You can also contact us online.