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I won’t deny that what’s going on has been terribly upsetting, it has left me feeling constantly worried, because there is nothing in the world that I love doing more than being around dogs and looking after them.
I’ve always had an exceptional love for dogs and as a child, I wanted nothing more than to receive a puppy in a box with a big bow on top, under the Christmas tree. That might sound awfully silly but my parents, who ensured that I had to be responsible enough before getting me a dog, waited till I turned 17. It was definitely worth the wait
However, as time went by, I grew up and had added responsibilities. I made the difficult decision of pursuing an education overseas and eventually my work required me to move about a fair bit, which left me with very little time to be with Skotch. That was the beginning of boarding for him. I hated to be away from him, but I had no choice.
I boarded him at various places but I never really knew how he was doing. This is why I make it a point to update my clients every single day so they know exactly how their little ones are doing. I basically try to do everything that I felt was missing when Skotch was boarded and I try my best to ease the insecurities owners have. I worry about many things, when a dog isn’t eating well, when a dog isn’t playing, when a dog isn’t socialized. I always want them to leave my home healthy and with new skills that they can bring along with them.
I don’t know if I will be able to continue doing what I love and while many of you still read this blog, I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the owners who have been overwhelmingly supportive and for trusting me with your their little ones. I know how difficult and worrying it must be to be away from your dog and place him/her in the hands and home of a stranger. Your little ones have brought me tremendous joy and without them, I’m guessing I would be a lot more upset right now. It’s their funny, silly antics and uniquely adorable personalities that cheer me up despite everything that’s going on. I mean, anyone who has a dog will know that all you have to do is look at them, and they’ll immediately react to you. If you’re feeling upset, they’ll bury their head near you, or pounce on you and smother you with kisses. How can that possibly not cheer anyone up?
To my little furry clients, it has been a pleasure and an honour watching you! Even though some of you throw up in my hair, chew my pretty shoes and always jump in front of the mirror whenever I try to put on my moisturizer (I’m starting to believe dogs prefer their dog sitters to look unkempt, hahaha), I wouldn’t give up taking care of you for anything else! All of you are cute, beautiful little princes and princesses and I will never forget each and everyone of you Your mummies and daddies are lucky to have you!
I’m sure many of you, especially first-time doggy mummies and daddies, get worried before dropping your dog off for boarding. Then you go off for your holiday, have a ball of a time, and just can’t wait to get back to pick up your furry baby! Your pooch is just SO EXCITED to see you again and can’t stop jumping up and down, demanding you bring him/her home right now! But as soon as you get home, you suddenly wonder, why does my doggie seem so listless? Is that a ’cause for worry? Here I talk about some of the normal, and abnormal behaviours to look out for after your doggie goes home
“I just picked my dog up from his dog sitter/dog boarder and he is sleeping so much!”
This is actually normal behaviour J During your doggie’s stay, he probably experienced a very different routine than it is used to at home. For example, your doggie may go on 2 walks a day, but with its dogsitter/dog boarder, it may walk more. To top that off, it’ll be busy playing with other doggies during the day too! J So don’t worry when you pick him up and he takes a nice, loooong nap!
“My dog seems disinterested in us, and is sitting in a corner without moving. When we approach him and carry him over to us, he runs back to his corner.”
Unfortunately this isn’t normal behaviour and highly suggests that your dog sitter/dog boarder may have caged your dog at a corner or insisted he stay there for extended periods of time. Unless your dog behaves like this on a regular basis at home, this shouldn’t happen. What you can do is just sit by his side and give him lots of pats, hugs and kisses. With lots of patience, you’ll be able to help him adjust in no time! J
“My dog seems a little down and unsure of his usual routine.”
Doggies are extremely intelligent little beings and understand that different rules and routines apply at different places. However, if your doggie is really young, he may still be getting used to this. It might feel a little down because it had so much fun playing with other doggies at his dog sitter/dog boarder’s place. Don’t worry though! A little play time, a walk or two and he will be a ball of furry happiness again!
“My dog returned this morning and was fine. After we fed him dinner though, he suffered from soft stool. Did my dogsitter/dog boarder feed him something wrong?”
If you brought your doggie’s diet along, or was specific with what was to be prepared for your doggie during its stay at the dog sitter/dog boarder, this should not happen. However, if your doggie was on a completely different diet during his stay, the sudden switch back to his regular diet will definitely cause an upset tummy and this is completely normal. Try to find out what your dog sitter/dog boarder will be feeding your doggie during his stay and feel free to ask for a small portion to bring home to mix in with his regular diet J A good dogsitter/dog boarder will be more than happy to oblige!
“My dog has been having soft stool since he got home. Is it stress?”
While stress can cause some dogs to have soft stool, dogs don’t usually get stressed out when they go home. They might pee from excitement upon seeing you (if this is normal behaviour for them), but nothing more than that. It’s highly likely that your dog ate something that doesn’t agree with him during his stay. Check with your dogsitter/dog boarder about what was fed to him and try to avoid feeding him anything for 12 hours (except honey water). If he’s still unwell after that, bring him to the vet.
You’ve heard it all before,
“Dogs are a lifelong commitment.”
Well, not exactly. You do live more than the 15 years most dogs do. But to most people,
“Dogs are a commitment as long as they remain puppies.”
Which means all the caring and cuddling and attention stops around 6 months of age because dogs no longer look like the little fluffy innocent balls they once did.
If you are one of those people, I suggest you never, ever get a dog. If you already have one, find it a good home. That is YOUR responsibility as a horrible dog owner. To be a good, responsible dog owner you need to:
1. Ensure it gets enough attention
2. Ensure it gets enough exercise
3. Ensure it is brought to the vet when it is ill
4. Ensure it gets a balanced diet
5. Ensure it has a decent place to sleep at night
6. Ensure that it gets socialized from a young age
7. Ensure that it receives its necessary vaccinations
8. Ensure that it gets a shower every week
9. ENSURE YOU HAVE PATIENCE (just like people, every dog is different and some dogs require more care than others)
It is extremely painful to listen to people speak of their dogs as “time and money wasters.” Many people need to be educated on what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. This entry may seem blunt but it frustrates me to hear about dogs being neglected or abused. I love and adore dogs, which is why I do this and I welcome every dog with open arms and will do everything I can to ensure he or she gets the care and attention required- especially when it has been neglected for a significant period of time. I’ve met some of the best dog owners to date but unfortunately, some of the worst as well.
Please, treat your pets with respect. It was your choice to buy them and it is now your responsibility to take good care of them.
Many of our customers have asked us why we can’t take in large breed dogs. Honestly, we really wish we could We love dogs of all sizes and if we had the luxury of uninhibited space, we would be boarding more than just dogs. Unfortunately, till next time (fingers crossed), we’re gonna have to stick to boarding tinier breeds.
You see, little dogs are very afraid of the big ones. It doesn’t matter how friendly they are, the sheer difference in size scares them and they tend to get very stressed out which leads to an array of problems. They won’t eat, can barely sleep and are too afraid to play. We can’t allow that to happen to our little furry clients We wouldn’t like it if a huge, burly guy stood right next to our bed or hit us really hard because he wanted to play- big dogs don’t realize how strong they are and how the tiniest of movements might actually injure the little ones.
Unless they grew up together, there’s little chance that a small dog will be accepting of a giant one- especially when it’s already facing the stress of being away from home. We try to do our best to keep the dogs happy because we know what it feels like to be home sick. It’s hard enough being away from home as an adult, imagine being thrown into an unfamiliar home when you’re a kid! It’s a nightmare.
Of course, we do accept large dogs for daycare when we don’t have any little ones with us! There’s a resident chihuahua here, but he’s a little old man who spends most of his time in the room so he’ll be okay So do check with us for availability if you’d like to place your friendly giant here for the day We’re sorry we can’t take in large breeds for now. Hopefully we’ll move to a bigger place in future!
P.S: A big thank you to all our wonderful customers for their constant support! We do hope to see you again real soon at Crystle’s Dog Boarding!
dogs relaxing at Crystle's
If you own a dog, you know there are many more considerations about dog boarding singapore services right before you go on a trip! There’s that very tough decision of where to home your best friend, your dog.
One thing you can do is place your dog with a Dog Boarding service in Singapore. It’s a great answer because you’ll feel comfortable knowing right where your Dog is. There are many different Dog Boarding services in Singapore you can choose from. Even then, you should find the perfect Dog Boarding Singapore service so you can go on wherever you have to go with a ease of mind.
So, how do you find that great Dog Boarding Singapore service?
Here are things that come to mind:
- First and foremost, you have to decide whether you would want your dog to be boarded in a caged or cage-less environment.
- A Dog Boarding Singapore service that uses a caged environment tend to be cheaper (<SGD $35) but of course provides less personal care and attention for your dog because of the high dog-human ratio
- Cage-less Home environments that provide more space per dog and personal care to your dog tend to cost slightly more (<SGD $60)because of the immensely better personal service, and lower number of dogs that such services accept. Crystle’s Dog Boarding Singapore is one such highly-personalized dog boarding service. Personal care at Crystle’s includes, more dog walking time, more play time to cheer your dog up from missing you, personalized diets to sooth your home-sick doggy’s nerves, and even customized requirements (E.g. medication for rashes, eye-drops at certain times of the day). If you want the real best for your dog, choose a Cageless Home environment for a Dog Boarding Singapore service.
- It’s always a good idea to get referrals from friends & family. If someone’s has had a good experience with a Dog Boarding Singapore service then the probability is that the mentioned Dog Boarding Singapore service will be a good option for you too!
- You should definitely want to visit the person or Dog Boarding location. You’ll get to see how they manage your dog & whether or not you like their personality(s). It is super important that your dog feels comfortable around the Dog Boarding Singapore service providers.
- A good provider of a Dog Boarding Singapore service will ask many of questions so they know how to manage your Dog. If the Dog Boarding service provider does not ask any questions, they are most likley not qualified to take good care of your dog. Look elsewhere.
- You should ask for customer testimonials. If they are experienced Dog Boarding service in Singapore, they should have people who are ready to vouch for their services.
- When you visit the Dog Boarding service in Singapore. You should leave the dog alone for a while to see if any problems pop up. When you come back, you can effectively tell from your dog’s reaction to see if it had a good time or hate the place.
- Understand and follow to your gut-feel. If you feel unhappy about a person then you should never try their service. If you feel like the Dog Boarding in Singapore then hire them!
- The final thing you have to do is to leave all important instructions for your selected Dog Boarding service provider in Singapore. This should include your contact details, emergency contacts, & the vet’s contact
Follow these points you will be sure that your selected Dog Boarding Singapore service is the best
In the future, when you make your travel plans, make sure that choosing a great Dog Boarding service in Singapore is one of the many important decisions!
Crystle’s Dog Boarding Singapore!
Happy Dog Boarding Singapore Clients!
Your dog's Home away from Home!
Are you looking for a Dog Kennel Singapore service? Maybe you should choose otherwise.
When you are in a situation where you have to leave your beloved pet it is always best to make sure they will be as happy as possible while you are away.
You wouldn’t want to leave your pup in a situation where it would be more traumatized by being away from you in a strange place. If you are going on a holiday and cannot take your pet with you there will be a hard decision to make about where to leave them.
There are many different kennel and dog sitting options so, which is the best for your dog? Dog sitters are a much better choice, especially if you have a small breed dog.
5 good reasons to consider a dog sitter instead of a Dog Kennel Singapore service:
- Your dog will receive a lot less attention if you place them in a Dog kennel Singapore service. A Dog kennel Singapore service will not be able to address the stress that your little guy or girl will be experiencing from leaving their home. Your pup will need attention and care.
- The dog to human ratio is too high in a dog kennel Singapore. Dogs will receive less personalized care and not get as much play time as they would with a pet sitter. They will also not be walked as much along with the safety issues that can arise from kenneling your pet.
- Disease can be spread easily in kennels. You may come home to a sick dog that has been infected with kennel cough, fleas, or infectious worms that your dog is not immune to.
- You cannot know what type of dogs your dog will be associating with. Many smaller breeds will return home with scratches and bite marks. These get infected very easily and may even take months to heal up!
- As there are too many dogs, a Dog kennel Singapore service may inadequately handle an emergency with your dog. Your small dog could be attacked by a larger dog and be seriously injured if not killed in the process.
Interested in a loving Home environment for your beloved Doggie?
Email us at info@DogBoardingSG.com
to arrange a visit to Crystle’s!
So really, maybe it’s time to consider a service outside of a Dog kennel Singapore service
The best way to make sure that your small dog will be safe in your absence is to hire a good dog sitter for the job.
Dog sitters may cost a little bit more than a kennel but you will get a huge return. Dog sitters will normally only take on a few clients at a time so your dog will receive maximum attention. There will always be someone to watch out for your dog while you are gone with a good pet sitter.
There are not as many dogs to worry about so you will not have to fear about your dog catching a disease while you are gone. Some dog sitters specialize in small breeds so you can trust they will keep your dog safe. In case of an emergency a good dog sitter will be available to help your pet as soon as it needs their care.
Dog sitters are the best option when you have to leave your pet, pamper your dog a little, try not to choose a Dog Kennel Singapore service.
Crystle’s Dog Boarding Singapore!
Happy Dog Boarding Singapore Clients!