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 at one point or another. Although we would all love to travel with our loyal companion alongside us, this is not always possible due to numerous factors. Sometimes, as much as it may break our hearts, it is best to leave Fido at home.

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 pet 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.

 

Types of Pet Boarding

 

Kennels or Crate Boarding

 

Kennel or crate boarding is one of the safest options for pet boarding. 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. Dogs that dislike small spaces or kennels may have a tough time at this type of boarding center.

Some things to consider:

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

 

Home Boardings or Crate-Free Boardings

 

Nowadays, many boardings offer a unique experience of cage-free home boarding for your pet. Typically, these boardings are run by individuals or families who love having furry guests visit their home. They usually only take on 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. Pet resorts offer both home boarding style and kennel style boarding. This type of boarding facility is great for pets with a lot of energy who love to run around and swim with other dogs.

Some things to consider:

  • The pet resort must have adequate fencing that won’t allow your dog to escape
  • The pool area must be supervised by experienced pet professionals
  • The plants must be pet-safe to avoid pests or accidental poisoning accidents
  • The resting area must be 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 must be supervised by pet professionals
  • The hotel must have adequate means to break off a potential fight
  • Must have pet-safety mechanisms

 

When considering your options for pet boarding, make sure you consider every factor. Your pet’s preferences, diet, and personality can help determine what pet 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 need a wide-open space where they can run and play.

After you have chosen a center to board your dog, do your research. Read reviews, meet the staff, and check up on your pet regularly while you are away to ensure they are comfortable and happy. Following these steps will ensure a worry-free trip away from your furry best friend!