It’s that time of year again. While you’re planning your summer vacation, it’s also necessary to plan caring for your dog’s getaway. If your dog is not joining you on your retreat, it’s necessary to consider several things before you decide upon the appropriate boarding kennel for your dog.
As you start calling various kennels, be sure to interview them on the phone. Feel free to ask questions. Ask for references so you can reach out to fellow dog owners. Visit the facility and see if it is clean. Ask someone who works for the boarding kennel where the dogs are walked, where they’re boarded, etc. Ask additional questions – how long are dogs walked at this dog kennel? Would your dog interact with other dogs?
Feel free to network! After your visit or even before, ask around – ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers where they have boarded their pet. What was the kennel like? What was the experience? Better yet – would they consider boarding their dog there again?
Once you’ve done some homework, it’s not done. After all, shopping around for a reputable dog kennel is not a light manner. Can you leave your dog’s leash, collar, or harness or special toys? Can you bring your own food and treats? If not, what type of food does the dog kennel feed? We recommend that you not only bring your dog’s food to the kennel, you specifically request that he/she is only fed their own food. As for the reason? Your dog will be in a new environment and will likely experience a little anxiety while at the kennel. Not only is it a good idea to remain consistency by keeping the diet the same, for health reasons you don’t know what the dog kennel would feed your dog. Sometimes the food and treats can result in stomach problems.
Once you’ve decided on the appropriate dog kennel which will board your dog, ensure they have contact information where you can be reached in case of an emergency. In addition, indicate your veterinarian’s contact information. Plus, prior to boarding your dog in the kennel provide the kennel with your dog’s medical record. This should include medications, allergies, diagnosis, and any problems. This should also include anything behavioral related such as if your dog is aggressive towards cats. And, if your dog is taking medication, leave special instructions with the dog kennel. This would include the name of the medication, dosage, and frequency.
To find out more about boarding your dog at a dog kennel it is always wise to do some research - your pet is worth it!