How Much Does Dog Boarding Cost?
Dog boarding is a service that many dog owners use when going on vacation or gone for other reasons. A dog should not be left alone for more than 12 hours, so if there are times when you are not able to get home to take care of your dog, boarding him may be a viable option. A dog boarding service will provide the dog with a place to sleep, play outside, run, and eat. He may also get playtime with other dogs depending on his temperament.
How much is it?
- The cost of dog boarding will widely vary depending on the geographical location, the type of dog that has to be watched, the amenities the boarding company provides, and other various factors. On average, plan on spending $10 to $30 per day for a lower-end boarding company while a higher-class “resort” can cost upwards of $45 to $65 per day.
- For example, the popular pet store chain PetSmart offers a service called “Pets Hotel.” Here, the prices can range anywhere from $25 to $100 per night. This will greatly depend on the type of service you choose for your pet since they have different levels. In the many reviews, most people reported that PetSmart provides excellent services, but it tends to be on the higher end of the pricing spectrum compared to most other services.
- GoodDogHotel.com, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, charges anywhere from $25 to $32 per night. The prices will vary depending on the type of suite you want for your dog as well as other service you choose.
- PetParadiseResort.com, a pet resort franchise primarily located on the southwest side of the United States, can charge anywhere from $24 to as much as $46 per night. Again, it is going to come down to the type of suite you want for your dog.
What is going to be included?
- A lower-end boarding company will do all of the basic necessities for your dog. This will include feeding, exercising and playing with your dog for a certain amount of time. Keep in mind that your dog will more than likely sit in a kennel for more than 15 to 18 hours a day.
- A higher-end dog resort is very different than most of the ones we could imagine. As the name implies, a resort will offer a private room, more one on one attention for your dog, and many premium services such as longer walks, activities, premium treats and even daily advanced reports that can be emailed to you.
- Regardless of the setup, all boarding companies will include two to five outdoor sessions a day and two to three meals.
What are the extra costs?
- If food and snacks have to be provided, plan on spending $5 to $15 more per day than if you sent food with the dog. Most boarding companies will ask that you bring your own food, especially if the dog is on a strict diet.
- If you want to have the dog groomed during its stay, additional grooming fees can apply. SEE: “How much does dog grooming cost?”
- Some companies may only offer so much one on one time. If you want to have more individual time for your dog, each additional session can add to your total bill. Each session can cost anywhere from $5 to $15 each.
- Dogs that require medication can often see a surcharge that varies anywhere from $1 to $3 per dose.
Tips to know:
- If your dog does not get along well with other dogs, make sure that you let them know this. Many companies will often put all of the dogs in a yard to interact and play with each other; this would be dangerous if your dog is not friendly.
- 99% of the companies out there will not accept your dog if it is not up to date with its shots. To prove this, make sure that you bring along any necessary health papers.
- If you dog has never been away from you before, you may want to take some things to the boarding service to make him feel comfortable. For example, send the dog with his favorite toy or blanket so he will have something with which he can identify.
How can I save money?
- If you have more than one dog, many boarders will offer a discount up to 20% or more. Be sure to ask them what kind of discounts they offer before booking.
- Try to supply your food if you have to board them for a long period of time. By doing so, you will avoid food surcharges that add up day to day. Make sure to pack a little extra food; if you run out and the service has to provide some, it will be an unnecessary expense.
- There is a good chance that there are more than a few boarding companies in your town. Be sure to visit and talk with at least two to three. Most are more than happy to give you a quote over the phone.
- The easiest way to save money is by finding a dog sitter. Perhaps a neighbor would be willing to feed the dog and let it out few times a day so that it can stay in your home where it is comfortable.