|Barked: Fri Aug 26, '11 11:06am PST |
|I think it can go either way- NOT ALL BOARDING FACILITIES ARE CREATED EQUAL. I don't think it's fair to pass a set judgment on all boarding facilities. Some are awesome and some I would never set foot in myself, let alone board my (very special woofers) there!
However, I have been working at a large, up-scale vet and boarding facility (In the Houston, TX area) for the past 9 years (I have been the manager for 8) and I have just about seen and heard it all.
Most of the time it is harder on the owners then it is the dogs. I have heard to no end "this is the first time they have ever been away from me" or "I know they won't eat anything" or "they are going to be so depressed, they are outside all day, the kennel will stress them."
Most dogs are very adaptable. Very few dogs, out of the thousands I have handled in boarding, ever get truly depressed or stress that much. MOST do quite well. If my outside, stress at everything, claustraphobic wolfdogs can handle boarding, most doggy dogs can handle boarding!!!
But of course you have to be careful! Same way you have to be careful if you are looking into a pet sitter!!! Look into every detail, ask questions and be specific. Get references if possible and check the place (or person) out for yourself!
I have heard just as many horror stories and accidents happening with pet sitters as I have about boarding facilities. It's up to you- use YOUR best judgement!!!
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