It can be really hard to get an insight behind the scenes of a boarding facility and very hard to choose a dog boarding facility. Online comment is a remarkable evolution, but reviews are from other people outside of the inner workings and priorities.
There is no substitute for a visit at a pre-arranged time that works for you and the dog boarding facility. But of all the thousands of thoughts and concerns you may have, what could you ask to find out what priorities a venue is driven by? How does your favourite furry friend fit in?
Over the years, we have conducted small group tours, and I have loved the insightful questions that some people have shared with their little group. Here are a few of them, and a few from me…!
Dogs love routine. Is the routine predictable, and about them and their real needs, or creating simplicity in how to look after them?
Dogs love to sleep. Real rest is essential for their health, happiness and safety
Not all dogs will fit a single approach. What lengths would be taken in particular circumstances of need?
How open is the facility to their Achilles heels? Are they working around it, or tackling it with a plan to bring their environments to and maybe beyond the minimum standards?
I have met and collaborated with so many incredibly hard working people within the Dog Boarding Industry, all of them passionate and unrelenting in their drive to improve their facilities for the benefit of their guests and team. These are the people you are looking for, and I hope these questions help you find just the right place, that has philosophies and motivations that sit nicely for you and your furry family.
Kind Regards Ben from Waglands Dogs’ Holiday Retreat http://www.waglands.co.nz
At Waglands we have a ‘dogcentric’ approach to our care. Which means we put every dog’s needs front and centre. Over the years we’ve learned what dogs really need and love, and also what their owners want too. Because you are both super important to us.
It boils down to three simple but important elements – you want your dog to stay happy, stay healthy and stay safe. So these three elements drive our dogcentric ‘Stay’ philosophy