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  • Writer's pictureMeileen Yee

What is Dog Boarding? The Difference Between Dog Sitting & Dog Boarding

Leaving town can be stressful as a dog owner. If you’re flying, staying at a dog-free location, or doing business that requires you to leave your furry friend at home, it can be a lot of work trying to figure out who is going to take care of your dog. And if you don’t have anyone you know who can watch your dog, it can seem like you’re out of options. Luckily, dog boarding is always available. Dog boarding is an overnight care option for your dog at a boarding facility, which will provide your dog with ample playtime, food and water, and any additional care needed.

Dog Sitting vs. Dog Boarding

Dog sitting and dog boarding are both good options for making sure your dog is cared for while you’re away. To choose between the two, consider your dog’s needs and the difference in the environment.

Dog sitting allows your dog to stay in his comfortable home, which is undoubtedly better for anxious dogs. Additionally, there’s no chance of him getting canine cough or another sickness from other dogs if he doesn't leave his house or private yard. Dog boarding, on the other hand, is great for social dogs who love company. Most dog boarding facilities have a lot of playtime and yards for dogs to play and mingle.

When it comes to cost, dog sitting tends to be cheaper, especially if you are paying your neighbor or a friend. Though with dog boarding, you usually get what you pay for, which is thorough care for your dog and peace of mind. Caretakers at dog boarding facilities are trained to give your dog the proper care she needs.

How to Prepare for Boarding

If you’ve decided to go with dog boarding for the next time you leave town, be sure to do some research beforehand. Visit the facility you’re considering and ask to see all the places your dog will be, including the sleeping quarters and play areas. Consider your dog’s comfort and safety when looking around and asking questions. Ask if certain accommodations can be made, if necessary. Besides contacting and checking out the boarding facility, read their reviews. This will give you an idea of how your dog’s experience will be.

The next time you leave town and have to leave your dog behind, don’t forget to consider dog boarding. It may be the perfect option for what your dog needs.

How Is Thousand Hills Different From Other Boarding Facilities?

We’re so glad you asked! At THPR, we pride ourselves on providing a home away from home for your fur babies. We have 16 tailored play yards that include specific yards for the seniors, small and toy dogs, medium-sized dogs, and large dogs. Since we want to make your pets feel comfortable, we do have a free evaluation day that is required before boarding. This will help us get to know your dog’s personality, play style, energy level, and more.

Some things that separate us from our competitors, is that we encourage pet owners to bring their pet’s bedding, toys, food, and treats! Secondly, your pet will stay outside all day and play with new friends from around 9 am to 4 pm every day. Lastly, our pet resort is fully nonprofit. All of our proceeds go to New Life K9s to help provide service dogs to veterans and first responders with PTSD at no cost to them. Your pet’s comfort and safety is our top priority so feel free to contact us or check out our boarding page!

We hope this was helpful to anyone thinking about boarding their pets!


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All proceeds from Thousand Hills Pet Resort support New Life K9s. New Life K9s provides service dogs to veterans and first responders with PTSD at no cost to them.





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