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Any business is going to have a few disgruntled clients, and they are the ones most likely to post something negative. OTOH, I don't blindly go on ANYONE'S word, though that might lead me in the direction of checking a place out. As far as groomers are concerned, I don't leave Kodi anywhere. If I couldn't stay with him, I would have continued doing it myself.
For boarding, I will only do in-home boarding, and only with a couple of people I know well, and have seen how they keep their own and boarded dogs. In both cases, I left Kodi there for only a weekend to start with. When he so clearly ENJOYED his time there, and RUNS to see both of these people the moment they are in sight, I knew I had HIS vote.<g>
In terms of day care, I just don't see how you can do it with a coated dog, so that's the first question. Do you want your dog in a long coat or a puppy cut? After that, I think you need to be very, VERY careful about the setting. Some people seem to like their day cares, I've heard enough problems that have arisen from day cares in general that I wouldn't be willing to put my small dog into that situation. (and I could have, for free, because my son worked for one for quite a while) But I have a choice, I know some people don't. If you HAVE to put your dog in day care, I would insist on multiple shorter visits with you observing before leaving your dog full days in one of these facilities. A lot will depend on the group dynamics. I'd also choose one that has video cameras running (many do, these days) so that you can check in on your dog and see how things are going. It keeps the staff on their toes.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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