Everett dog trainer gives tips on boarding your pet

Rhonda Greenwood will soon celebrate her 10th anniversary working for The Common Dog, where she is the office manager and one of two trainers. She’s been around animals her entire 
life and gained experience working in a pet store for 10 years.

How can I make sure my pet has a happy stay?

“Check out the cleanliness of the facility, and make sure the employees are friendly and caring. Make sure you visit the kennel before a long boarding, especially if the dog is not used to being around other dogs. We require an interview with the dog before their first stay to see how they interact with other dogs and to the environment. If you have a dog that’s nervous due to genetics or they’re under-socialized, we can work with them to get them acclimated for their stay. The interview also gives us a chance to meet your dog. We want to make sure your dog will be happy here, and we want to make sure we don’t take in any aggressive dogs. We don’t allow American Staffordshire terriers (pit bulls) 
or variations of that breed in day care. Additionally we reserve 
the right to refuse admittance to any animal that we feel would 
be incompatible with our play group.

“You can bring a favorite toy or any special treats 
your dog is used to. You are required to bring food for the dog, and you can also bring bedding for them if you’d like. However, we won’t keep it for you if it 
does get damaged. All dogs have to be up to date on rabies, distemper and kennel cough vaccines, and need to wear a flat collar with an identification tag. All dogs over 1 year old have to be spayed or neutered.

“We separate our dogs by play style. We typically have 
a group that likes to play hard all day and a group that is mellow and easygoing. We think it’s just as important for the health and development of your dog to socialize with other dogs as it is for children. Your dog will socialize with as many as 25 other dogs and several day care providers. We provide constant supervision and play.

“We have a full-service grooming spa where dogs can be bathed, groomed or get their nails trimmed. We even offer 
‘pawdicures’ that include doggie nail polish that is safe if the animal ingests it. These services come in handy — especially since the dogs get dirty playing. The dogs play outside all day 
in a fenced-in yard so a lot of people utilize bathing — 
it’s definitely the most popular amenity.

“We offer boarding, day care, training and grooming. Boarding is $43 per night. 
Day care is $33 per day.”

If you’ve been a customer of The Common Dog, please submit a report about your experience.

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