20 Oct Boarding your dog
Dog Boarding Franklin, TN & Murfreesboro, TN
You’re going to be out of town for a bit – a few days or more – and you want to know what to do with your dog? Leave him at home and have a friend stop by? Or, board your dog in Franklin, TN and be sure he is safe and happy?
Here are some things to look for when choosing dog boarding in Franklin, TN and Murfreesboro, TN
Boarding and Cleanliness
Good basic hygiene is the first and foremost requirement of any kind of kennel in Franklin, TN. The operators simply must have a good system and adequate personnel to guarantee that feces is picked up promptly and urine is absorbed or washed away. Also, while it is critical that the boarding facilities look and smell fresh, it’s also important that the chemicals used to clean the kennels, crates, or runs are nontoxic and safe for pets. Ask the operators how the facility is kept so clean, and specifically ask about their disinfectants. Look for the use of safe, natural disinfectants, like citrus-based products.
Also, the dog boarding facility should have a method of disposing the dogs’ feces on a daily basis, whether it is a well-built and maintained composting system, a septic system, or access to a sewer system. Storage of feces on the property invites flies and other pests.
Choose comfortable accommodations when boarding your dog in Franklin, TN
Whether your trip takes you to a tent in the woods or a luxury resort, you’ve chosen it with your personal comfort in mind. Do the same for your dog.
Kennels in Franklin and Brentwood, TN vary widely, and you have to choose a place that has the sort of accommodations that your dog will be comfortable in. Some dogs can spend a weekend in a cage, with occasional potty breaks, without much stress or discomfort, while the same environment could practically kill other dogs. Some dogs can cheerfully handle life in a run, while others would have a nervous breakdown in any situation that didn’t resemble a home. You have to know your dog, and allow him to sample some different environments, before you commit him to a weekend stay.
Boarding – What happens after hours?
Some dog boarding facilities are open only from 9 am until 5 p.m., after which the employees turn out the lights and go home for the night. As every pet “parent” knows, dogs can get sick at night, and the promptness of medical attention can make the difference between life and death. Choosing a dog boarding facility in Franklin, TN, Brentwood and Murfreesboro, TN that has caretakers within hearing range of the dogs at night is recommended, and a place that provides all night supervision (a caretaker who is awake and who occasionally checks on the dogs) is ideal.
What about exercise for your dog?
Ask how long each dog gets out for, and whether anyone plays with your dog to ensure that she runs around and gets some exercise. At some boarding facilities, the dogs are walked on leash, rather than turned out. This makes the handlers’ training even more important. You don’t want your dog being yanked around while you’re gone. At Franklin Kennels in Franklin, TN, Brentwood and Murfreesboro, TN, all guests go outside into our play area at least 3 times per day.
What about feeding?
Keeping any dog on the same diet as he is accustomed to is very important, especially while he is under stress. However, some kennel operators may be unwilling to prepare raw and/or fresh food diets. Discuss your dog’s diet in detail with the boarding managers, and make sure they understand all the ramifications of feeding such a diet; don’t assume they know they must wash the dog’s bowls out with soap and hot water after each feeding of raw meat, for instance.
Let us be the safe place your dog calls home when you’re gone! Franklin Kennels offers dog grooming and dog boarding in Franklin, TN, Brentwood and Murfreesboro, TN.