Choosing the Right Boarding Kennel for Your Dog
So you need to leave town for a bit but you haven’t decided what to do with your dog. You’ve asked family and friends, and of course, everyone is busy. A boarding kennel is a great solution to this problem.
Finding a vetted dog kennel that can take care of your dog is important for their well being. Here are the steps we recommend you take before choosing a boarding kennel.
The Planning Phase
You’ll need to do some research before you choose the right dog kennel. Here is a list of questions that will help you decide which ones to visit.
- – How far are you willing to leave your pet?
- – If your dog is energetic, it’ll need lots of space for exercise.
- – A good kennel will require all of its guests to be up to date on their vaccinations.
- – Does your dog have any special requirements? Make sure these can be taken care of.
Depending on where you live, not all kennels need to be certified. The process of being certified is also difficult and expensive, so not all kennels will opt for it. However, in many places, there is a minimal licensing and certification requirement.
Choosing a certified kennel offers many advantages. You can rest assured that the staff is well trained and the facility is properly equipped to handle any situation. Think about it, you wouldn’t choose a doctor without credentials, so why choose a kennel without them?
Go for a Visit
Once you’ve asked the necessary questions and determined the level of licensing, its important to visit the dog kennel in person. Here are some things to look out for while you take your tour.
- – Talk to the staff and get some insight into their knowledge. Their attitude toward the animals already in their care is a good sign of the service your pet will get.
- – Have a look around and see where your pet will be sleeping and eating. You know your pet better than anyone else and you should have an idea if they will be at ease during their stay.
- – A boarding kennel should be clean. Two ways to assess this are visually and via smell. There should be no smell of fecal matter or urine.
It’s best to ask someone who knows your dog, for example, a veterinarian or trainer. These are professionals that work closely with your dog, so they know your dog well. Not only that but they spend their day talking to other people in the field and are likely to know the best kennels.
You should also ask a friend who has experience with dog kennels. They will most likely know which ones are good since they have first-hand experience.
Prepare Your Dog
Once you’ve found an appropriate place to house your dog during your absence, it’s important to get your dog ready. Take them for a visit before the stay and let them familiarize themself with the environment. You can also bring home a blanket from the kennel so they can get used to the smell.
Choosing the right boarding kennel can be a challenge but if you follow the steps above, we’re confident your pet will be a happy camper.