·         Schedule setup: Ask about the pet’s schedule. Most facilities have specific times set up for the pets to eat, play and sleep.

·         Going for walks: Frequent walks ensure newly housebroken pets won’t lose their good habits.

  • Get a written contract: The contract should state the price that you are expected to pay and who is responsible for vet bills if your dog is injured or becomes ill. Make sure you get a copy of the contract as a receipt, so you can prove the dog was in their care.
  • Additional services: Some pet boarding facilities now offer grooming and training services. Others even have web cams on their website so you can watch your pet from a computer.

Angie’s List Tips:  Preparing Your Pet for Boarding:

  • Book early: Make your pet’s reservation as early as possible; especially during holidays when many kennels tend to fill quickly.
  • Test run: Give your pet a trial run at a boarding facility for a short trip, like a weekend. That allows you to work out any problems before boarding your pet for an extended period should you go out of town on vacation.
  • Be prepared: Be sure to provide the facility with your pet’s food and medications, if needed. They should also have your vet’s information and a couple of phone numbers where they can reach you in case of an emergency.
  • Consider other options: If your pet has an aggression problem, a boarding facility may not be the best idea. Another option would be to consider hiring a pet sitter to come to your home.

As always, get three estimates; check animal boarding kennel reviews on Angie's List; and verify a kennel's insurance and, if necessary, licensure information before hiring.

4 reasons a boarding facility might not be right for your pet:

·         Stress related to staying in an unfamiliar environment. 

·         Proximity to other pets who may expose your pet to health problems. 

  • Older or anti-social pets might not be comfortable around other animals.
  • The drive there could be hard on a pet stressed by car travel.