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Dog Boarding -- Who Babysits Fido?

Updated on September 19, 2011

All About Dog Boarding

Dog boarding, we all have to do it at one time or another. It's hard to leave the babies behind. So where should you take them and how do you know if they are in a reputable place?

There are many types of dog boarding. You have the standard kennel or veterinary office. These places will take good care of your pet. They should get exercise, some will even bathe them before they go home. Be sure to check these places out very carefully. If they do not require a copy of your dog's current vaccinations -- especially rabies, parvo, and bordatella find another place.

Then there are the luxury dog boarding facilities. These cost more, lots more. However, the dogs usually get a bed or couch to sleep on, they are pampered with one on one playtime plus group playtime. Your pampered pooch might have a massage or aromatherapy session, scheduled activities, it's like going to a doggie spa or camp. Again, be sure to check them out. The good ones are definitely worth their weight in gold. Then you have luxury dog boarding and daycare. The daycare part is for dogs whose owners are away for the day but the dog may need supervision.

Some dogs do not behave well at home if mommy or daddy come home late. Others really need to have food on a regular basis or need to be walked or may even need medication. Doggy day care is just the thing for these types of dogs. They are very well suited to rambunctious puppies and for older dogs or those with health issues. Doggy daycare is a great way for you leave early for an all day trip, return later, and rest assured your baby has been well cared for.

What about starting dog boarding business? The best advice is to have a business plane and before you get too involved in the start up process check zoning laws. Many places will not allow you to board animals. Others will require several licenses. Find out if you can legally do this before investing time and money into the project. Legal issues aside, you need to decide what type of dog boarding you are going to do.

Are you only interested in day care for dogs? Is extended boarding something you wish to offer? Are you going to be just a kennel or are you going to be an upscale luxury dog boarding facility? These are the questions you need to answer before starting dog boarding business. Other items to think about are holistic care. You could offer aromatherapy, massage therapy, and other holistic services like nutritional counseling and allergy relief. However, you will need people who are qualified to perform these services if you are not able to do them yourself. There is a lot to think about why starting a business. Keep all of these ideas in mind.

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