Traditionally, your only option was to board your sweet fur baby at a dog kennel, but kennel boarding is not always the best option for you or your pup. Here are the top three things to look for when considering boarding your dog, and why at Hounds Lounge we do things differently:
Tour the facility.
Dog kennels are unfortunately notorious for cramped quarters and not always holding the best cleanliness standards. Your dog can’t send an SOS-text while you’re on vacation, which is why it’s incredibly important to personally tour the dog boarding and kenneling facilities before making a reservation. The facility should be clean, and the staff should be well-trained.
At Hounds Lounge, we’re staffed 24/7 unlike a traditional dog kennel which usually shuts its lights off at 6pm, and doesn’t return until the next day. We also welcome you to stop by between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see the pup-play in action and check out our luxury suites. We’re happy to show you the facility and we’re pawsitive you will also be greeted by welcoming, slobbery kisses from our Hounds Lounge pack. No kennel here, just cozy suites and indoor and outdoor play, all day long.
Confirm there are a variety of play options.
Most boarding and dog kenneling facilities do not provide open play options. Usually, your dog is kept in a kennel and then let out for leashed walks for a set number of times per day. In addition to this, the kennels that do provide more play options don’t provide a temperament test or grouping per size for your sweet pup.
Dogs are pack animals. They like to socialize and have plenty of mental stimulation. But, it’s also important that every pup is safe. At Hounds Lounge, your pup can participate in a full day of exercise and socialization – instead of being stuck in a cage all day. We separate our doggy day care by size and play-style so that everyone remains safe. Maybe your fur baby thinks they’re a human and can’t be bothered by the other pups. They’ll be best suited for our private retreat option, which is perfect for dogs who don’t do well in social settings. When it’s time for you to pick up your fur baby, we’ll give you a full report that includes a temperament evaluation and who they best played with during their stay.
Gather the necessary paperwork.
At reputable kennels, you’ll be asked to provide your furry friend’s vaccination records. If a kennel takes your pup without requiring vaccination records, they are most likely doing the same for others who may be sick or carrying a disease your pup can catch too.
While rabies is the only legally-required vaccine, many facilities will require your pet to have more. We want our furry guests to be happy and healthy during their stay, so we make sure all the main health concerns for our area are taken care of. Check out our FAQ page to find out which vaccines are required and how to send over the records.
At Hounds Lounge, you don’t have to feel guilty for leaving your pup behind. With group play, a private luxury suite with turn-down service, and around-the-clock care, your furry friend may end up having a better vacation than you planned for yourself!