Dog boarding: how to choose it?


Face the strong request, dog boarding has developed particularly in recent years. These professional establishments, approved and certified, have infrastructures adapted to the needs specific of our dogs. Before your absence, take the time to find out about the reception conditions in order to entrust your animal with complete safety. trust. Our tips for finding the perfect place for your loyal companion to have a great vacation.

What is dog boarding?

The canine pension – also called chenil – is an establishment dedicated to welcoming pets for shorter or longer stays. A capable staff and qualified y fulfills missions relating to the comfort and environment of the dog, his diet, his health monitoring, his safety andhygiene places. At the same time, the structures undertake to take care of their residents through various activities : regular walks, games, grooming sessions …

What facilities does a dog boarding offer?

From a simple kennel to palace for dogs, reception conditions vary from one pension to another. Most establishments have individual boxes with heating, window, basket and are extended by a courtyard where your furball can bask. Structures offer the animals small individual pavilions surrounded by a garden ranging from 40m² to 120m2 for large dogs or “large families”. In some boarding houses, the animal is taken out several times a day indoors if the weather is bad or in an outdoor wooded park. Additional services are sometimes available such aseducation canine or fitness sessions in a secure swimming pool! The structure provides quality food but may also ask you to bring the kibble usual of your dog. A good solution not to disturb your digestive system.

How to choose a dog boarding house?

Ideally, you should be able to take your dog all over but if this is really not possible (hospitalization, professional travel), the choice of a pension must be made with thoroughness. Indeed an unfortunate experience can generate in your animal troubles behavior that will complicate his custody later. To find the best kennel for your pet, be sure to consider the following:

  • The staff. It is imperative that you entrust your pet to someone who inspires you trust, otherwise, turn to another establishment. By talking to professionals about your dog’s character and his habits, you will be able to see if they can respond to his needs. Also check if the workforce are sufficient in relation to the number of boarders received;
  • Accommodation. To promote the well-being of your dog, it is recommended to select boarding houses with large boxes (20m2 per animal) equipped with an enclosure in which the animal can roam free. Ask if the box has a heater and note whether a specific space for games and contacts with fellow creatures is made available;
  • Hygiene. Examine the cleanliness of the premises and boxes. Baskets and beds must be disinfected every day. If the place seems neglected, do not hold it back as your dog should not come home with parasites ;
  • Physical activity. If your dog is sociable, he will need interaction with his fellows under the close supervision of the staff. It is indeed necessary that your animal can benefit from games and outings regular. Ask the professionals about the program for a typical day in the pension;
  • Security. Places must be fenced to prevent any risk of running away. Ask how the night call system is ensured. Also find out about the procedures deployed in the event ofemergency veterinary.

What the dog boarding staff should ask you

When depositing your animal for boarding, the managers of the establishment will ask you for several elements:

  • The cardidentification your dog because his admission is subject to his obligation to be identified by an electronic chip or a tattoo;
  • The notebook health certifying that your dog has been vaccinated for more than two weeks and for less than a year against distemper, Rubarth’s hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, kennel cough and rabies;
  • The guarantee that a treatment pest control (fleas, ticks and dewormers) was administered to him;
  • Your contact information or those of a loved one in case of emergency as well as the telephone number of your veterinarian;
  • The last recommendations concerning the habits and possible health problems of your dog.

Are dog boarding places subject to a legal framework?

Dog boarding is the subject of numerous regulations and guidelines issued by the European Convention for the Protection of Companion Animals. In France, their reception within a structure is a supervised activity on aspects in particular of reception capacity, follow-up sanitary, hygiene and safety of premises and equipment. On the other hand, owners of dog boarding houses must have one of the aptitudes following:

  • Professional certificate (agricultural diploma for example);
  • Animal capacity certificate (this type of capacity was issued before January 1, 2016);
  • Certificate of knowledge for pets of domestic species issued by a DRAAF (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry).

The establishment must also have a insurance covering in particular the risks of running away, theft, disease or contamination of animals.

What budget should you plan to keep your dog in a boarding house?

Depending on the standing of the establishment and services offered, dog boarding can cost between 12 to 23 € per day. Beware of structures charging too much enticing because reception conditions could suffer. Namely that the price is degressedf according to the number of animals and the length of stay. Do not hesitate to visit several dog boarding houses, to talk to the staff on site and to request a quote free. Take your time to compare in order to put your pet down without tying a knot in the stomach!