say that they will never leave their dog in boarding kennels. However,
situations occur when you are unable to take your dog with you. During
these times, you have the following options:
stays at home and you arrange for a friend or relative to “dog sit”.
If this is not possible there are professional “dog sitters” who will
arrange for someone to care for your pet
while you are away.
friend or neighbor care for your pet in their home. This works well
when the dog knows the home and the people. When someone else cares
for your pet, you must accept that something unforeseen may happen. A
normally gentle dog may become upset and escape.
kennels. This is probably the safest option since well-planned kennels
are safe and secure. Many boarding facilities are associated with
veterinary hospitals are staffed with trained professionals to care
for your pet.
Will my dog
be happy in a boarding kennel?
spend very happy holidays in kennels and look forward to going. Plan
the visit well in advance and make sure to visit the kennels
beforehand to verify that the facility meets your expectations.
How will I
know if my dog will relax in the kennel?
fears of owners, most dogs settle into boarding life very quickly. It
is always worthwhile to board your pet for a weekend or a few days to
see how they do before your trip. One or two short stays at a kennel
will help your pet adjust to being without you and get used to the
boarding facility and staff. When you pick up your pet, check their
general condition, the standard of grooming etc. which gives an
indication of the overall standard of care received. Also ask the
kennel staff about his behavior and appetite. Many pets that are
unaccustomed to boarding will have a decreased appetite during their
stay. This is normal but frequent, short visits will help reduce your
How will I
find suitable boarding kennels?
advertise in Yellow Pages and local telephone directories.
Recommendations from friends or neighbors are often your best source
How will I
locate kennels in an area where I am visiting?
same procedure as above and also telephone local veterinary practices
and enlist their help. We can give you telephone numbers of local
practices where you are visiting or moving.
medical problems or dietary requirements should be fully discussed
before boarding your pet at a kennel.
any requirements necessary before boarding my pet?
that are boarded should be current on their vaccinations. Distemper
combination, rabies and upper respiratory tract infection vaccines are
universally required. Most boarding kennels will require written proof
of vaccination and all applicable pet licenses prior to boarding your
pet. Be sure to call and find out what is required to prevent last