How to Make Sure That Your Four-Legged Friend Is Okay When You Jet off to the Sun

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Have some members of your family got four legs instead of two? If so, you will probably go out of your way to make sure that they are integrated into all your family activities. Your daily schedule will ensure that they are well cared for, and always pampered and loved. Ordinarily, you'll want to take each and every member of your family away on an annual family holiday, but while the kids are always welcome, your dog may not be. In this case, you've got to bite the bullet and make alternative arrangements, and if this is your first time doing so, you've got to find a good boarding kennel. But where do you start?

Far Afield

Don't assume that a kennel may be suitable simply because it is fairly close to your home. You may have to travel to find the best one, but it'll be worth it for your peace of mind, if nothing else.

Research

Do plenty of research before you even visit the facility. Every kennel has a website today, of course, and you can pick up a lot of information from their portal. Use the facility name to do an online search, and delve into the most popular social channels as well, to see what kind of feedback you can find.

Visitation

Next, you should schedule a visit to have a look at the facilities firsthand. Ask the management team about vaccinations to make sure that all dogs are required to have protection against kennel cough and other common ailments. You have to make sure that your own dog is up to date as well, so don't forget.

Walkies

Have a look at the outdoor facilities to make sure that the dog will be able to exercise each day and that there is enough shade and protection outside to deal with the hot Australian sun.

Cleanliness

The facility should be properly disinfected and have first-class ventilation to keep the place clean and the inhabitants comfortable.

Interaction

Your dog may be particularly playful and loves to be around people. If this is so, are the staff trained to be interactive with the animals, and if so, to what level? Ask these questions to make sure that your dog will be happy during his or her stay.

Segregation

If you animal happens to be smaller and more timid, make sure that playtime is segregated by dog size. There will be far less chance of trouble in this case, where a larger animal may attack a smaller one.

Care and Protection

Finally, make sure that the facility has access to first-class medical care and carries appropriate insurance as needed. It's always best to be safe, rather than sorry.

Peace of Mind

If you use these criteria, you will find and select a fantastic kennel. You'll be able to enjoy your holiday all the more, knowing that your pet is well looked after.

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16 December 2018

The Paws Between Breaks

All pets, no matter what the species, are at their best when at home with their owners. Removing them from that environment; for instance, for a holiday, can be hard on them. This is why I created this site. My name is Mary Eldridge and once upon a time, boarding my dog, Mist, was a struggle. The first few business trips I took, on the advice of a friend, I used a casual dog sitter she had recommended. Mist; however, didn't take well to that arrangement. He wouldn't eat, which then caused him to lose weight, and after each stint with the dog sitter he seemed subdued. I realized then that I had to find an alternative. So, my journey began. Five years on and this site was born. I hope that the information and experience I share here will benefit you as much as it has me.