Selecting a Quality Dog Boarding Kennel

Independent Guide to Selecting a High Quality, Reputable Boarding Kennel:

There will inevitably come a point in very dog owner’s life where the need for a boarding kennel will be unavoidable. Many dog owners prefer to leave their pets with friends or family, but this sometimes is not practical or possible.

Choosing a boarding kennel, therefore is an important consideration for any dog owner and forward planning is essential.

The planning should begin as soon as any departure dates are confirmed, it may be that your preferred kennel will be full and you will need the extra time to find another suitable kennel in the local area. Seek advice from friends or vets on which kennels are the most reputable.

Things to consider when making your choice of kennel are…

The food that the kennel uses. You will need to find out if you can supply food of your own. The food is extremely important, a perfectly good holiday could be ruined if you return to discover a malnourished or unhealthy looking dog.

The exercise regime that the kennel works to is of high importance. This is a matter of personal suitability. Some dogs may need more exercise than the kennel has time to provide, other dogs are in danger of receiving too much exercise (especially if your dog is old or has arthritis)

The boarding cost is always a matter of importance. Again, this is a matter of personal choice.

Depending on the size of your dog, boarding fees can be variable, but you should always place a value on peace of mind – after all, who wants to be away from their dog and be worrying about whether they are staying at a reputable kennel establishment?

The standard of cleanliness and hygiene is very important. A good look around a prospective boarding kennel is important, but a good indicator of standards can be sought with a little intuition. If the kennel staff neglect to ask you if your dog is fully immunized and in good health, then do not consider their services any further. Would you want your dog spending a fortnight amongst other dogs that are carrying diseases? This could happen if the kennel is so lax about such standards.

You should be able to get a feel from a kennel and it’s staff from a prior visit. The staff should be helpful and professional and be prepared to answer any queries that you have.
You should be able to expect your dog to be in his own kennel, with sufficient segregation from other dogs.
It may be wise to choose the kennel, which is the most similar to the dog’s home surroundings. Perhaps he is used to living outside, then maybe an inside kennel would be uncomfortable for him.

It is necessary to advise the kennel on any behavioural issues your dog may have. This will ensure that they are fully prepared to give your dog the best possible care.