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Dog Boarding: In-Home Dog Care vs Dog Kennel

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

Your vacation is booked and you and the family are super excited to pack your bags, but who will watch your fur baby? Don't worry, thankfully, you have options. In this blog post, we will discuss the difference between using an in-home dog boarding service vs a boarding facility.

Let's jump in!

Dog Boarding Kennel

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of dog boarding are kennels. These are usually facilities meant to house a high number of dogs daily. You may think this is your best option, but it truly depends on your dog and its needs.

Boarding kennels have their dog in their own designated area, where they are left alone overnight and for the majority of the day. Being around so many other dogs and in closed areas raises the risk of your dog contracting a disease called kennel cough.

Some kennels are located on a massive property where the dog can run free. That is great, but unfortunately is not the ideal situation for some dogs. This type of environment can be very chaotic and stressful for your dog. With new dogs of all different sizes and personalities, it can leave your dog feeling uneasy and lead to possible aggression.

Dogs love having their routine and appreciate their feeding at the same time every day. At a kennel, their whole routine will change. Potty time, walks, fetch, and feeding will all be at different times - which may cause added stress and confusion.

Another important factor to keep in mind is that if your dog requires raw food, medication or any special treatment, the cost can add up quickly!

Not all boarding kennels are bad, it comes down to how your dog interacts with other dogs, their day-to-day life and how they would adapt to sleeping alone overnight. You know your dog best, and hopefully, this article can help you find a suitable option for you and your dog!

In-Home Boarding Care

More and more owners are choosing in-home boarding care, but why? In-home boarding care takes away a lot of worries that owners have.

When leaving your dog at in-home boarding care like Bobby Doggy Daycare, your dog is a part of our everyday life. Our dogs are allowed to sleep in our bed, cuddle with us on the couch and play in our big fenced-in backyard.

Compared to kennel boarding, in-home boarding typically has fewer dogs. At Bobby Doggy Daycare, we carry a maximum of 4 dogs at a time and make sure all dogs staying with us get along well and are around the same weight class. Having fewer dogs reduces the risk of catching any airborne illnesses or contracting any form of worms.

If your dog eats raw food, takes any medication or needs any special treatment on a day-to-day basis, then in-home boarding is right for you. We are able to meet any of your dog requirements to make sure your dog is fully taken care of. Whatever your dog's routine is, it will remain unchanged throughout their entire stay. We do not charge extra for any special request you have for your dog.

In-home boarding allows the owner to have immediate contact with the dog sitter. We give our owners the ability to contact us at any time. We also send updates throughout the day letting you know your little one is happy and healthy.

Since the service is from our home, in-home dog boarding allows for any time pick up or drop off. This is perfect for the early flight and the late-night drives home back from the cottage.

Which Dog Boarding Service is For You?

At the end of the day, you know your dog best. You know where they will feel more happy, safe and secure. You will always do what you think is best for the well-being of your dog. Whatever service you do choose, make sure you feel completely comfortable.

Bobby Doggy Daycare offers a free play date to ensure we are the best fit for you and you will leave feeling 100% comfortable with our dog care.

Interested in our doggy daycare services? We are here to chat! Contact us today!

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