Understanding The Pros and Cons of Long-Term Dog Boarding

A canina companion with a rope toy in their mouth plays outside at Canine Country Club & Feline Inn during their long-term boarding stay

There are many different reasons to consider long-term dog boarding, and most pet parents will need a safe care option for their furry friend on at least one occasion. Maybe you’re planning a vacation, preparing for a big move, undergoing home renovations, or expecting overnight visitors.

Whatever the case, boarding your dog can be an excellent solution that provides the peace of mind you need – and gives your pet a fun, enjoyable experience away from home. But before you decide on long-term boarding, there are a few things to keep in mind.

What is Long-Term Dog Boarding?

First, exactly what qualifies as long-term dog boarding? The exact length of time can vary, depending on where you book your dog’s stay.

But in general, long-term boarding is considered an overnight stay that extends beyond a week or two. It’s different than a short, single-day/night stay or even a doggie daycare session.

Advantages of Long-Term Dog Boarding

There are many benefits to dog boarding, and it can be a great choice for both you and your pet.

Your dog is professionally cared for, 24/7.

A dog sitter or friend/family member might seem like an affordable option, but can you be confident that they’re ready to properly care for your dog? There is always the chance that something unexpected happens while your dog sitter is away, or that they aren’t sure what action to take in case of emergency.

With dog boarding, your pet will be cared for by a team of trained professionals. They’ll be consistently supervised, reducing the risk of an accident. And if an emergency does occur, vet care is typically easily accessible.

Social interaction, play, and plenty of cuddles ensure that your dog has a good time.

Instead of being stuck at home while you’re away, your dog can take their own “vacation!” Quality dog boarding facilities provide a balance of playtime and relaxation, with plenty of activity to prevent boredom. Plus, with staff always there to give an extra belly rub or head scratch, your dog is sure to enjoy the attention.

You can visit your pet during their stay.

At Canine Country Club & Feline Inn, pet owners are always welcome to drop by and visit their dog at any time. Even if you just have a few moments for a quick snuggle, it can be a big help when you’re missing your furry best friend.

Your dog can bring items from home to keep them comfortable and at ease.

Are you worried that your dog will be homesick? We always suggest sending your dog with a few favorite items, such as a soft blanket or a plush toy, to make them feel at home. Some pet parents even pack a t-shirt they’ve worn, so that their dog can be comforted by their scent.

There are many different options for long-term dog boarding.

At Canine Country Club & Feline Inn, flexibility is key. That’s why we offer many different boarding arrangements, with options to fit your needs. Choose from indoor/outdoor runs, suites, spaces for senior dogs, and even dog “family” boarding. We’ll work with you to find the most affordable arrangement for high-quality care.

Disadvantages of Long-Term Dog Boarding

In most cases, any potential drawbacks of dog boarding can be resolved simply by choosing the right provider.

Being away from home could be stressful for your dog.

For some dogs, a change in their environment can be a trigger for anxiety. And because we can’t really explain the situation to them, it can be difficult to avoid a stressful situation. However, there are steps you can take to help get a dog ready for boarding:

  • Have them visit the boarding facility for short periods of time leading up to their stay (for example, book a few doggie daycare sessions). That way, they can get to know the space, the staff, and even make some furry friends.
  • Make sure to pack a comforting item from home, like a favorite blanket or cuddle toy.
  • If possible, make plans to visit your dog during their stay.

It can be tough to find a boarding facility you trust.

Leaving your beloved dog is a difficult experience, but being confident that they are in good hands makes it a lot easier.

Look for a boarder with extensive experience and positive testimonials, particularly one that has been part of the local community for many years. Also, make sure the boarding staff is open to answering your questions, and are responsive to your communication efforts.

Book the Best Long-Term Dog Boarding in Phoenix for Your Pet

Canine Country Club & Feline Inn has been a trusted provider of Phoenix dog boarding for 70 years, and we’ve welcomed countless furry friends to our safe, happy facility. We offer a broad range of boarding options for dogs, with services to suit every budget, dog personality, and need.

For more information about our long-term pet boarding services in Phoenix, contact our team or book your pet’s stay online today!

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