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.

There is no regulatory body for places that board dogs or other animals in Texas. This means that anyone can open a facility. This makes it easier to open your own business. It also puts the burden of making sure the facility and staff are reliable squarely on the pet owner.

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.

As any business owner knows, repeat business is the key to success. Pet owners who have had a good experience and come home to a happy dog might well be customers for years, pet after pet. New customers might want to tour the facility, drop in unexpectedly once or twice (armed with a question that involves an inspection), and maybe plan an overnight stay to see how the dog reacts before leaving it for any extended period.

Owners can ask friends for recommendations, check with their vet's office, or talk to their groomer. This might work better than a brief inspection or relying on advertising. Hopefully, they will know someone who's got a kennel they've been using with for years. A facility might be run very professionally, or it might be a family which will treat your dog like a welcome visitor.

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.

Choosing a 'babysitter' for a faithful companion deserves a lot of thought. No one wants to come back and collect an animal that seems traumatized, that smells like a dirty pen, or that has fleas. No one wants the heartbreak of losing a pet at a facility that should have been trustworthy. Do the homework and you can find a good place for your dog.

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