Wednesday, October 25, 2017

About Boarding Dogs Houston Texas

By Angela White

Are you considering running a kennel for those who have a dog and need to be away from home? Do you need to find a place to board your pet when you travel? There are things to think about either way when you're faced with boarding dogs Houston way.

In Texas, there is no agency overseeing boarding kennels, so there are no regulations to enforce standards. This makes opening a facility easy for those who have the experience and equipment to do it right. Unfortunately, it's also easy for people who don't really qualify. You, as owner and responsibility-bearer for your pet, have to make sure you choose a reputable, dependable kennel.

Anyone who wants to start a kennel operation should know what clients want, so that they can provide satisfactory service and be prepared for routine questions. It's best to establish policies, which reassure owners and direct any staff you might employ as to proper procedures. The policies can be part of your advertising or presentation when you're hoping to attract business.

Owners will want to know how big the runs are, if animals are allowed out of the run at all, and if there is a flea control procedure. No one wants to leave a dog in close confinement for any length of time, but many pet owners don't want their dog turned out with others, for instance, or 'trained' to conform with a kennel owner's idea of behavior. A kennel might be able to offer indoor and outdoor runs (for shelter from the midday sun) as well as an exercise yard where a boarder might be able to run free for an hour or so.

If you run a kennel, it's an advantage to post an accurate description online, so potential clients can see what is on offer. Pet owners might drop in unexpectedly, to see how things are in reality. Some may want to try things out, leaving their pet overnight once or twice to see how it adjusts to the new surroundings. They may then feel comfortable with longer stays.

Recommendations can be gotten from groomers, vets, and other pet owners. Any reputable business should be able to supply references. Owners should ask about years of operation, since experience helps, and how much time the operators will spend with the animals. Some kennels are very impersonal and professional - which is fine - while others welcome a visiting pet into the family.

One thing seems sure: there's a lot of variety in kennels around Houston. Some people sound like professionals, while others seem to be auditioning for surrogate grandmother to your pet. There are sites that list kennels in the area online, if you haven't anyone to ask for recommendations. Kennels may offer references that you can check out.

Leaving a loved companion is stressful enough without making sure that the 'babysitter' is competent, caring, and reliable. You won't want to come home to a dog that smells like an uncleaned pen, or one who has fleas, or one that seems unhappy with the recent experience. If you do the research, you should find a place both of you can be happy with.

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