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Kennel or Private Boarding?

By July 18, 2011March 26th, 2015No Comments

When planing a trip there may be several occasions in which your dog will not be able to travel with you. You might be forced to take a business trip, want to go on vacation with your spouse, or need to visit family in another state. Ideally, you would be able to leave your pooch with a trusted friend or family member while you’re away. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible.

When you have to leave your canine behind, and cannot find someone you trust to care for him in your absence, a kennel or boarding in a private home may be your a viable option. Some are good while others are decidedly less so. In this article, we’ll offer a few suggestions to help you identify trustworthy facilities that can make the transition as easy as possible for your pooch.

Tip 1 – Tour The Facility

Before you leave on your trip, invest the time to tour the boarding facility at which you intend to leave your dog. Most kennels/pet sitters will be happy to oblige as long as you make an appointment.

When you visit, take note of the smell. If you notice a pervasive odor of urine or feces, that suggests a sanitation issue. Also, check out the floors and bowls being used by the other canines. Are they dirty? Do they appear as if they’re not regularly cleaned? Take note of the bedding and crate sizes. Are they clean? Do the other dogs seem comfortable, or are they stressed? These are all subtle indications that a given facility may not be adequate for your canine.

Tip 2 – Talk To The Employees

You’ll learn a lot about the care provided to pets who are boarded at various facilities by speaking with the staff. You might be surprised to discover that the employees who are tasked with feeding and caring for the dogs harbor a disdain for their jobs. It’s hard to hide. If you notice that any of the staff have such an outlook, take your pooch to another facility.

Tip 3 – Ask Questions In Advance

Take a moment to ask the kennel’s manager to explain a normal day for the canine boarders. Ask how many meals they receive, how much time they spend outside their cages, and who works with them. Ask whether there is a veterinarian on duty, or if the facility works closely with an emergency clinic. You should also double check the vaccination requirements necessary for all pets prior to arrival.

Tip 4 – Pack Special Supplies (If Necessary)

If your dog has special needs, be sure to pack the appropriate supplies for the kennel’s staff. For example, you can ask the facility’s employees to feed your pooch a special diet. You should also provide the kennel with any medications your dog may need. If usually better to bring supplies with you, although it is possible to call and make arrangements for such requests after dropping your dog off. You might want to even leave your dog’s favorite brand of dog treats, to remind him of home.

Leaving your dog at a boarding facility can cause him stress, especially if it is his first time. Try to make his stay as comfortable as possible by carefully choosing the right facility.

This article was taken from and modified by New York Dog Nanny.


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