Tips to find dog boarding in Indianapolis
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Chris Strack's life has gone to the dogs, but she wouldn't have it any other way. Sixteen years ago, she switched from helping feed dogs as a pet food sales representative to helping walk and sit dogs while their owners were away. And her latest venture, an 8,400-square-foot dog day care and overnight stay facility in downtown Indianapolis, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. "It was just a natural progression," Strack says. "I had so much fun taking care of animals, I thought it'd be great to do as a business."
How can I make sure my pet has a happy stay?
"Visit the kennel first, or call, and see how they take care of the pets and what the situation is. Ask questions: What do they do with the animals when they stay there? Do the animals stay in crates? Are they in an open room? You also want to get a good look at the place before you leave your pet overnight. You want to look for things like making sure it's clean. You want to see that the staff is interacting with the pets and that they're not just left alone with nobody paying attention to them. The animals there should be having fun and be happy, not stressed out. It's also good to see how the facility keeps the animals separated.
"Before any dog ever stays here, we ask the owners to have them stay for a session of day care to see how the dog likes it. We find it's really helpful because if a dog does end up staying overnight, it makes them more comfortable when they come. But a lot of interaction with other dogs, like what we have here at day care, may not be a good fit for all dogs. Some dogs just don't get along well with other dogs. You should check with your vet about your dog's recommended level of activity. For older dogs, a more traditional kennel may be a better fit.
"We also ask that our clients bring their dog's food and whatever toys they want so the dog feels more comfortable. It's also helpful to bring their bedding, because it smells more like home and helps them relax."