When it comes to boarding your dog, it can be daunting for both you and your dog. For some dog owners it can be very stressful as leaving their dog in the hands of someone else, building the trust in the boarding facility and trusting your dog’s life with somewhat a stranger.
To help take some of that stress out of boarding your dog I have listed the common questions all dog owners have and also listed the questions you should be asking the facility before boarding your dog.
How to find a boarding kennel
It can be hard to find a reputable boarding kennel, first place to start is with your friends and family and your veterinarian. Your vet clinic may have a list of kennels for you which you can investigate the best option for your dog.
Research: It’s time to start scrolling the internet and Facebook for boarding kennels and looking at the reviews that people have left.
List: Once you’ve made a list of kennels is time to start calling and booking in a tour and ask for references. Think of it as a job interview and you’re the boss wanting to hire them. It’s highly recommended that you visit the kennel without your dog, so you can thoroughly give the kennel a good look. Bring your dog for the first visit will be very distracting to you and you may miss something. Bring your dog on the second tour, your dog will sense whether it’s a good place or not.
If you’re not 100% satisfied with the kennel, visit the next one on your list and keep visiting kennels until you find one that answers all of your questions and ticks of the boxes.
Evaluation of the boarding kennel
- Is the kennel clean?
- Is it busy?
- Can you provide your own food?
- Can your dog bring their own bed from home?
- Can you bring your dog’s toys from home?
- How many staff are on during the day and night?
- Is there a first aid kit or veterinarian at the kennel or close by?
- Are the staff friendly to you and fellow dogs?
- Is there an exercise area?
- Does the kennel have security?
- Can staff administer medications?
- Will they accommodate to your dog’s dietary requirements?
- If you have two dogs, can they stay together?
- Do all dogs boarding have their vaccinations up to date?
- Are big dogs kept separate to small dogs?
Will your dog be happy in a boarding kennel?
Most dog’s will adjust to staying in a boarding kennel quickly, especially if your dog is a social butterfly towards other dogs and people.
How to make your dog’s stay more comfortable
Boarding your dog can be stressful to your dog, it is recommended that you take your dog to the boarding kennel for a few short stays. First, take your dog to the kennel and leave them there for a few hours to let your dog get used the facility. Do this a few times so your dog becomes for comfortable. This will allow your dog to get used to the staff members as well.
Tip: If you are leaving for an extended amount of time it is recommended that you board your dog for one or two short stays – up to a week at a time. This will allow your dog to get use to the facility and also it will allow you to evaluate your dog’s physical and mental condition after their stay.
Also related: Easy tips for travelling with your dog
Now that all of your questions, concerns and visits are over you can now relax and enjoy your trip. Remember not to make a big deal when leaving, your dog will pick up on your stress levels and making a fuss may make things worse for your dog’s stay.
Gina & Harley