Planning a getaway? One thing to consider is what you’ll do with Fido. In some cases you may be able to bring your pal along, but other times it just isn't convenient. Luckily there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to dog boarding. But what will it cost? The price will depend on a number of factors, including what you want out of your dog's boarding experience. Here we’ll review the cost to kennel a dog and pricing for other options for having your dog cared for while you’re away.
Option #1: Dog Kennel
A dog kennel is a traditional boarding facility. The accommodations offered will depend on the facility you choose, but most include basic services such as meals, water, a place to sleep (usually a crate with bedding), daily walks, and playtime with other dogs.
The Cost: The cost of boarding your dog in a kennel will depend on your geographic location (in some cities, prices may be higher), and the kennel that you choose. Common pricing for overnight boarding in a kennel is $25-$45 per night. Discounts may be offered for long-term stays and additional dogs.
Option #2: Dog Hotel
Some pet parents love to spoil their furry babies. If you are looking for a more upscale boarding option, consider a dog hotel. Dog hotels differ from dog kennels in that they have deluxe facilities and premium services. Basically, your dog will be getting the full, five-star treatment. Upscale dog hotels offer luxuries such as swanky private rooms, comfy beds, gourmet food, personal televisions, spa treatments, extra daily walks, lots of playtime, 24 hour supervision, and more.
The Cost: Expect to pay a pretty penny for this type of ritzy pet lodging. Dog hotels start at around $50 per night and go all the way up to several hundred dollars. Just like with a kennel, pricing can depend on your geographic location, and you may get a discount for long-term stays and additional dogs.
Option #3: In-Home Boarding
In-home boarding is a great option for owners who don’t want to expose their dog to potential contagions that can sometimes spread in kennels, or whose dogs are especially nervous or anxious around lots of new people and other pets. With in-home boarding, your dog stays with a dog babysitter in their home. There are a lot of benefits to this type of boarding, including a comfortable home environment, personalized attention, and reduced risk of catching diseases that can sometimes show up in traditional boarding facilities. With great in-home boarding websites like DogVacay.com, finding an in-home boarder is easier than ever. Owners can search by geographic location and browse the profiles of boarders who have already passed a background check.
The Cost: In-home boarding is very affordable, since canine hosts set their own prices. Most boarders are dog-lovers who provide this type of service for extra money, and many set their prices low, costing as little as $15 per night.
Option #4: Pet Sitter
If your dog is a real homebody, you may want to consider hiring a pet sitter instead of boarding. Pet sitters will come to your house several times a day for feeding, walks, and playtime. You can also hire a sitter to stay with your dog overnight. To find a pet sitter, ask for recommendations from your veterinarian, or search the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International.
The Cost: The cost of pet sitting will depend on what you are asking of the sitter as well as their experience and qualifications. For stops by the house, a sitter may charge $20-$50 per day (depending on the number of stops). The price goes up for overnight stays.
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