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What to look for in a dog kennel

How to find a boarding kennel near me?

Begin your dog boarding kennel search by checking with other dog-owning friends and neighbors who travel without their dog. Are they happy with the kennel they use? Does your veterinarian board pets for other than medical reasons? Are you satisfied with their facilities and the care they provide for your dog at other times? If so, then you may want to consider leaving your dog with them. In case your vet does not board, ask your trusted veterinarian for a dog boarding kennel recommendation.

For convenience, check with those dog boarding kennels that are located near your home or business first. Set up appointments to visit their facilities and meet the staff who will be caring for your dog. Ask the boarding kennel owner or manager for references.

Amenities in dog boarding facilities may include live webcams, climate-controlled environment, kennels that feature both indoor and outdoor space, heated floors that are especially appreciated by older dogs, comfortable dog beds and spacious yards for dogs to enjoy. Some dog boarding facilities may even feature a swimming pool where dogs can get a nice swim and cool off during warm weather. During the last few years dog boarding kennels started to take advantage of live webcams in their facilities so that pet owners could easily monitor their pets during their stay at the dog boarding facility. In more upscale dog care facilities there may be boarding rooms instead of kennels where dogs can enjoy listening to calming music or even watch "Animal Planet" on flat-screen TV. A home-like atmosphere helps to keep dogs relaxed and comfortable during their stay at the boarding facility.

Some dog boarding kennels may provide other services in addition to round-the-clock dog care. For example, dog day care or dog day camps are very popular among working people who want to keep their pet active and busy during the day while the owners are at work. Dog day care facilities offer group play where dogs get to socialize with other dogs and learn important skills. Dogs with separation anxiety may especially benefit from dog day care and instead of staying home alone during the day these dogs get to play and enjoy different activities that dog day care centers offer their customers.

Other services that many dog boarding facilities offer may include professional dog grooming. Your dog may get a haircut and a bath in addition to mani/pedi during their stay at the facility. Large and medium-sized dogs may be difficult to bathe at home and dog boarding facilities often offer convenient dog bathing at their center where it is much easier to give your pet a much-needed bath.

Dog training classes may also be offered at dog boarding centers and your pet may take obedience training during their stay. For novice dog owners training a dog may be a challenge, especially with more stubborn dog breeds and obedience classes may be necessary in order to successfully manage the dog.

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What to look for in a kennel

When you arrive at dog boarding facility, get a tour of the kenneling and recreation areas. If a tour is refused, this may be a warning not to board your dog there. On your tour, look for or ask the boarding kennel staff following questions.

Is the dog boarding facility clean, including dog crates, dog runs, and yard areas?

Are outside views or runs provided? Is the building where the dog kennel is located safe from fire hazards?

How frequently are dog crates and dog runs cleaned?

How often are the dogs taken out for exercise and potty breaks?

Do the dogs in kennels have fresh water?

Does the boarding kennel staff truly like and understand animals, and are they attentive to them?

Are the staff members willing to accommodate your dog's special needs?

Will kennel staff administer your dog's daily medication or feed the same diet given at home?

Is your dog permitted to keep toys in his run?

Discuss the dog boarding kennel's policies. Most boarding kennels require that all animals be current on their vaccinations. What type of proof of vaccination will you need to provide? What does the kennel do in case of a medical emergency involving your dog? Are their rates competitive with other boarding kennels, and do they reflect the quality of the care given? Is payment due before you leave or when you return? Do some services cost extra? Get a schedule of their hours and times when you can drop off and pick up your dog.

Once you select a dog kennel, give them detailed, written care instructions for your dog. Leave a list of your travel itinerary, along with phone numbers where they can contact you in the event of an emergency. If permitted, send your dog's favorite chew bone and bedding to the kennel. You may want to leave one of your unlaundered shirts with your dog - an item that has your scent and smells like home. This will comfort your dog while you're away from him, and remind him that you will return.

Informational resources for dog owners

Traveling with dogs

Dog diseases

Does my dog need to be vaccinated?

Separation anxiety in dogs

Dog grooming

Dog care

Dog training

Best dog foods

Dog crates

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