Dog owners and veterinarians alike know that the happiest dogs are those that can run and play at will. Likewise, exercise while away from home helps dogs to stay healthy and well rested, even in unfamiliar spaces. Unfortunately, many dog boarding facilities have neither the space nor the staff to allow for access to regular exercise. What is a discerning pet owner to do?
Develop an Exercise Plan
Whether leaving your dog for a day or a week, it is important to develop an exercise plan with the boarding facility. Talk to the staff about how your pet will receive exercise. Ask questions like:
– Will my dog be walked? How many times per day?
– Does my pet have outdoor space? How much time will he/she spend outside per day?
– Will my dog play with other pets or be left alone?
– How many different people will care for my pet?
Only once your questions are answered satisfactorily should you decide whether or not the amount of exercise offered is right for your pet. Many dog boarding facilities will work with you to offer more or less exercise depending upon your pet’s own special needs.
Plan Boarding in Advance
If you know you are going to be out of town for an extended period, you have the opportunity to choose from a variety of dog boarding facilities ahead of time. Unfortunately, sometimes emergencies arise that require you to find boarding with the first dog hotel that has availability. Instead of waiting for that last minute emergency, plan now.
Talk to different dog hotels to find those that have the best facilities for your friend. Build a relationship with the staff by taking your dog in for an afternoon stay. Use pet hotels that provide bathing and training. Take advantage of these services so both you and your dog can become familiar with the facility.
Oceanside Pet Hotel has been in operation since 1979. The pet hotel offers boarding, training, and doggy daycare for dogs as well as bathing for both dogs and cats. Oceanside Pet Hotel is devoted to providing dogs and cats with adequate space to stretch and play while staying in their home away from home. Our caring staff ensures that all pets receive the exercise they need so they can remain healthy and happy. If you have any questions about how you can ensure your dog has adequate exercise while being boarded, give us a call today at 760-433-3088.