As most of you are aware, Orlando is one of the largest vacation destinations in the world. Those of us who live here do not appreciate the fact that millions of people visit this city each year. There are two main reasons that people come to Orlando. #UniversalOrlandoResort @universalORL and #DisneyWorld. Many of you may have an annual pass to one or another, but when it comes to our vacations, we cannot wait to get out of Orlando and away from the crowds. Am I right? However, when we make plans to go away, we have to figure out what to do with our 4-legged fur babies. There are many travel destinations that are not dog friendly, therefore we face a decision…do we put our dog in #dogboardingfacility or hire a #petsitter? if you are like me, a few blogs back I introduced you to my pack, so many personalities and eating habits, would they be well cared for in a #dogboarding facility. Would they be able to stay together like they are at home? And would they be closely watched? These are questions that any pet parent worries about when they have a large pack. Today I will address dog boarding in Orlando.
In Orlando, there are several places that you are able to board your dog while you are away. I will go with the two that I know fairly well since I worked at both of them. There are numerous #dogboarding places in Orlando, but these are the two that I would recommend if you were going to go that route.
Photo credit: Orlando Canine Country Club
- Orlando Canine Country Club (OCCC)- Voted #1 in dog boarding and daycare several years in a row by Orlando’s A List
They are conveniently located about 3 miles from the Orlando International Airport. #OCCC offers something that none of their competitors can even come close to…7-half hour outdoor play times per day for each group of dogs in their care included in the one overnight price.There are no extra charges here for outdoor play, medications, or one on one time. Dogs are put into groups by size, and sometimes temperament, and are exercised regularly throughout the day by the animal loving staff. The rooms are spacious and clean and they have these great rooms called Caddie Shacks that have webcams and actual beds for the dogs. My pack could all fit quite comfortably in one of these Caddie Shacks, if they could all share a bed! They have an in ground pool with zero entry for those dogs who would rather wade in than jump, and a 1/2 acre back yard full of fun items to play with including tennis balls and obstacle course items. There is something for dogs of all sizes! The back yard has four webcams as well so you can watch your pooch while out in group play! This is a great environment for dogs with good social skills, who love playing with other dogs. All dogs are given a temperament test before boarding to ensure that they are able to get along with others in group play. To set up an appointment to see the facility, contact OCCC here.
Check out their virtual tour here!
Or check out their webcams here!
2. The second place that I would like to give you information on is Pet Paradise Resort. Website here
Photo Credit: Pet Paradise Resort
#PetParadiseResort is conveniently located about 2 miles from Orlando International Airport. They have rooms up off the floor for the smaller dogs, larger rooms for bigger dogs. They also have an in ground pool for the dogs, however, this location is an all indoor facility, with two play areas both of which are inside. The room with the pool is large and spacious with plenty of room for the dogs to run around, there is no zero entry. The second room for play does have artificial turf and some play equipment. In my opinion, and all indoor facility leaves a lot to be desired, however, in the scheme of things, the #PetParadiseResort is the second choice for this blogger. The dogs get 3 play times a day, there and additional play times can be purchased. They have VIP suites for an upcharge, these include automatic waterers, TV’s, webcams, and raised beds. The rooms are relatively small and could not comfortably hold my pack. I would have to do two VIP suites to hold my pack comfortably. You can view their webcams live here.
And take a virtual tour of the facility HERE
If you would like more information on #PetParadiseResort click here
These are my choices…
With so many dog boarding places to choose from, these two are my top picks for Orlando. 1. Because of their location in relevance to the airport and 2. because they offer the most for your money with clean and comfortable rooms for your pack as well as Play time. I have visited several other facilities in Orlando, and while some may be fine for some people, I do believe these two to be the best. Some that I visited, had only a VERY small patches of grass where they would walk the dogs 1 at a time and offered very small inside play areas. Those of you following, know that 1 of my fur babies weighs in about 125 pounds and another about 80, they need space to move!
Some things to help you decide…
- Pet sitters will have only your dog (unless they are sitting in their home where they may have a few others)
- Pet sitters will try to follow your schedule the best they can
- Pets will not have their daily routines upset
- Pets will remain in the home if you so choose and will feel more comfortable with someone coming into their home
- If your dog is very social and loves other dogs, boarding may be a lot of fun for them
- If your dog is not social, they will be anxious and nervous and boarding will not be much fun for them
- Boarding or sitting is a choice that only you (and your pets) can make
Make the best decision based on you and YOUR PETS needs. Have you used #dogboarding? Or do you choose a #petsitter for your home? Why or why not? Comment below…
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