During this holiday season many have to board their dogs. I wanted to share great list of what to look for when findings a boarding kennel. This list is from the Humane Society in my are. Ask a friend, neighbor, veterinarian, animal shelter, or dog trainer for a recommendation. Call your state licensing board to find out if your state requires boarding kennel
What to look for:
- Does the facility look and smell clean?
- If your state requires license or certification~ when you visit make sure the kennel displays their license or certificate showing that the kennel meets mandated standards.
- Is there sufficient ventilation and light?
- Is a comfortable temperature maintained? Cool in warm months and warm in cold months
- If you have a large dog..is the kennel large dog friendly. I recommend you also check on breed friendly. Many kennels are not comfortable taking care of large breed dogs, especially certain breeds (German Shepherd, Bit Bull, Doberman, and etc.)
- Does the staff seem knowledgeable and caring? If the staff are crabby with you.....my thought process is that they will not be very nice to the dog.
- Are pets required to be current on their vaccinations, including the vaccine for canine kennel cough (Bordetella)? I make this a mandatory requirement on my list.
- Does each dog have his own adequately sized indoor-outdoor run or an indoor run and a schedule for exercise?
- Are outdoor runs and exercise areas protected from wind, rain, and snow?
- Are resting boards and bedding provided to allow dogs to rest off the concrete floor?
- Are cats housed away from dogs?
- How often are pets fed?
- Can the owner bring a pet's special food? This is very important to me...since Kingers only eats natural dog food.
- What veterinary services are available? I require that my vet be contacted ASAP for all emergencies. I contact my vet prior to boarding to make sure they are aware I am gone and that Kingers is at the kennel.
- Are other services available such as grooming, training, bathing?
- How are rates calculated?
I leave Kingers at a local kennel only in Emergencies. The last time was a funeral when both my children also attended with me. When I do leave him...I always recheck each time. If a kennel was fantastic last year does not mean it will be the same this year. New management and new staff can make a world of difference in quality standards.
Again...I always recommend that you talk to your vet prior to all actions taken for your 4 legged friends.