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I am going away on holidays, what should I look for in a boarding kennel?
Dogs have sometimes come back from some kennels in a very poor physical and mental condition. So if you have decided to board your dog you should choose a kennel very carefully to ensure that your pet has an equally positive, happy, healthy and enjoyable a holiday as you do.
Where to look:
Friends – word of mouth referral from happy owners is the best!
Your local vet
Dog training schools and clubs
First impressions when you ring
Are they friendly? [If not, go elsewhere!]
Will they talk to you about your concerns?
Do they answer your questions about level of attention?
When you visit [always do so as a place can sound better than it actually is!] look for:
Happy healthy dogs
Clean fresh water
Professional friendly staff
Questions to ask about exercise and play time
Are the dogs exercised daily, if so for how long?
Where are they exercised? How large is the exercise area?
Is it concrete or grass? Do they offer a choice of joint or single exercise?
Do they provide a variety of dog toys? What sort?
Questions to ask about food
What is fed and when is it fed?
Do they leave food out if it is not eaten immediately?
What do they do if, due to a change of environment, a dog won’t eat?
Do they weigh their dogs regularly to make sure that a good weight is maintained?
Questions to ask about accommodation
How many dogs does the kennel look after at its maximum capacity?
Do dogs share accommodation? If so, on what basis are roommates selected?
Is there an indoor and outdoor section to the run? How large is the run area?
Is the indoor section protected from the weather?
Is bedding provided? Is bedding off the ground?
How are the kennels cleaned? Do they hose down while the dog is still in the kennel?
Questions to ask about the kennels pre-requisites
Are all dogs vaccinated and certificates shown before entry?
Are all dogs on a flea treatment that kills fleas on contact?
Are all dogs on all wormer for whip, hook, round and tapeworm?
Do they ask for other relevant information about your pet (e g. afraid of thunderstorms)?
What specialist care do they offer for elderly dogs, timid or frightened pets, and dogs suffering from separation anxiety, overweight dogs?
Does the kennel have a vet on call?
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