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Going Away? Have You Considered a Home Boarder for Your Dog? – What Every Pet Owner Needs To Know.

When it comes to our furry friends, we all want to ensure they’re in the safest hands possible, especially when we can’t be with them. Dog home boarding offers a homely and loving environment for your dog while you’re away, but finding the right service can be fraught with pitfalls. At First for Pets, we understand your concerns and are here to guide you through selecting a trustworthy and compliant home boarding service, wherever you are, ensuring peace of mind for you, and a safe and happy experience for your dog.

Common Pitfalls in Choosing a Dog Home Boarding Service

  1. Lack of Licensing: Not all services operate with the necessary licenses, which are crucial for ensuring they meet the Animal Welfare standards.
  2. Inadequate Facilities: Some home boarders may not have the appropriate, safe environment your dog needs.
  3. Overcrowding: Too many dogs in one place can lead to stress and health issues.
  4. Insufficient Attention: Dogs require adequate attention and care. A lack of personalised care is a significant drawback of some boarding services.
  5. Poor Health and Safety Measures: Without strict health and safety protocols, your dog may be at risk of illness or injury.

To navigate these pitfalls, here’s a list of crucial questions to ask your prospective dog home boarder. These questions will help you ensure they’re not only licensed and compliant but also a perfect fit for your beloved pet.

Essential Questions for Your Prospective Dog Home Boarder

  1. Can you provide your current licensing documentation?

    • A legitimate service should readily show you their license issued by the local council, confirming they meet the necessary welfare standards. Licenses are rated 1- 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest.  
  2. How many dogs do you board at any one time?

    • This will help you gauge whether they might be overcrowded and if your dog will receive the attention they deserve.
  3. What is your daily routine for the dogs?

    • Understanding their daily routine can help you assess if your dog will adapt well to their new environment and receive adequate exercise and interaction.
  4. How do you tailor your care for individual dogs’ needs?

    • Every dog is unique. A good home boarder will want to know about your dog’s habits, dietary requirements, and any medical needs to provide personalised care.
  5. What are your emergency procedures?

    • Confirm they have clear protocols for emergencies, ensuring your dog’s safety and well-being at all times.
  6. Can I see where my dog will be staying?

    • A visit can help you see firsthand the living conditions, safety, and cleanliness of the environment. If your dog has not been home- boarded before, book a trial night before committing to a longer booking. 
  7. How do you handle dogs with special requirements?

    • If your dog has any specific needs, it’s vital to know how these will be managed.
  8. Can you provide references or testimonials from other clients?

    • Feedback from other pet owners can give you insight into their experiences and the level of care provided. Don’t be afraid to ask to speak to other clients. They will understand your need for reassurance.  

Why Choose First For Pets?

At First for Pets UK, we pride ourselves on offering a licensed, safe, and loving home boarding experience for your dog. We currently hold 5 x 5-star-rated Animal Boarding Licenses with 5 different borough councils. (Lichfield, Tamworth, Cannock Chase, Birmingham, and Walsall). All councils hold a register of licensed boarding providers so you can verify the validity of the license of anyone offering home-boarding in that area, or check whether they hold a license at all.  

We understand the importance of peace of mind when it comes to your pet’s care. By asking the right questions, you can ensure your dog will be happy, safe, and well-cared-for in your absence. Remember, the welfare of your pet is paramount, and choosing the right home boarding service is the first step to enjoying your time away with the confidence that your dog is in the best possible hands.

The First For Pets Team

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