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Boarding Your Pets? Keep These Must-Dos in Mind!

By: Christy Mara

As of 2016, there are more than one million dogs in Quebec. This means one in four Quebec households includes a dog. The percentage has remained consistent for over two decades.

Statistics indicate dogs are well-loved in Quebec. With that said, it does not come as a surprise many people would go to great lengths to find the best pet boarding facility for their beloved fur babies when they travel for business or pleasure.

While there's no shortage of pet boarding facilities available, finding the best one can be challenging. Make boarding a stress-free and enjoyable process for your furry friend by keeping the following must-dos in mind:

Ask for referrals.

Ask friends and family about their experiences with boarding facilities. Make a list of recommended boarding facilities you can check out. You can also ask your veterinarian for recommendations.

Check the facilities out.

Visit the prospective facilities and check if it's clean and hygienic. You can also inquire if a veterinarian is one call 24/7. Meet the staff and observe if they are friendly and if they are knowledgeable about dogs.

Tour the grounds.

Check out the entire facility. Take note if the yard is securely fenced and if there are dog-friendly structures your pet can play on.

Ask for a single room.

Ensure your boarding facility of choice will not bunk your dog with another dog they are not familiar with. However, if you have two bonded canines and there's enough space in one kennel, ask if they can share it.

Know the hours.

Inquire when the facility is open and when you can pick your furry friend up. Also, ask for a copy of your dog's schedule so you'll have a clear idea of what their day will be like.


Boarding your dog does not have to be a stressful experience for both of you. Just put in the work and find a boarding facility you can trust so the process is effortless and enjoyable for you and your fur baby!


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