I only accept up to two additional dogs at a time, because my boarding program is directly out of my house with my two dogs.
The boarding dogs become part of my family, get free roam of the house, and become a part of my routine and schedules (on a trust basis). In order to ensure that this cohabitation will go as easily on everyone as possible, I need to make sure that boarding dogs get along with my girls and with me. It makes no sense for me to board a dog that is too stressed out to enjoy boarding at Green Paws.
I am studying to become a canine behaviorist and take into account how the dogs interact with each other, with me and being in a new place. In order to be able to do that, I schedule a "meet and greet" before I agree to board any dog. My clients' dogs' safety and my own dogs' safety are too important to me to not take all of these things into consideration.
The "meet and greet" is scheduled for 15 or 30 minutes at my house. During the meet and greet we will get to know one another, the dogs will be able to safely (leashed if appropriate) meet and we are going to discuss the things Green Paws does and the overall stay of your pet.
You are encouraged to ask questions! Good things for me to know would be for example behavior quirks, presentation of any aggression during any scenarios, crate trained, leash manners, etc.
30 Years and Counting
I have been surrounded by my family dogs and clients' dogs for close to 30 years at this point, and have enjoyed meeting all kinds of dogs, and assessing their needs prior to them boarding at my house.
I have two dogs myself, one being an eight year old Jack Russell Terrier (DOB: 08|2014) and the other a 2 years old Border Collie (DOB: 10|2020).
Both of them tolerate almost any dog after proper introduction, and make the transition for boarding dogs from home to being away, very easy! Both of my girls are kind, respectful, playful (terrier more so than the border collie) and always up for a walk, hike or training session.
Boarding dogs are treated like family. They get to sleep in bed with me, snuggle on the couch or hide in one of the many open crates around the house.
During the day we usually practice quiet and calm behaviors with potty breaks and an afternoon walk. Towards the end of the day, we go for our big evening walk, usually covering between 1-3 miles. Boarding dogs get to play and run around on long leashes to stay close for loads of treats.