If you're looking to go on holiday and need to find someone or somewhere to look after your dog, you might feel anxious. This can be a worrying time, not only for the dogs but the owners too!
Some dogs are happy about their holidays at the kennels, after all, there are lots of other dogs to play with.
If your dog is stressed about the whole process, there are things you can do to make the stay as easy as possible for your best friend. Here, we explain how to choose a dog boarding kennel for your pet.
Choosing a Dog Boarding Kennel
When choosing a boarding kennel for your dog, it’s always a good idea to take a look around a few of them so you can decide which is most suitable.
There are some key areas you should consider when choosing a dog boarding kennel, including:
- Exercise areas
- Feeding times
- Sleeping areas
Temperature at the boarding kennel
The temperature of the kennels is important and it should be at a comfortable level for your dog. Spend enough time in the kennel itself to assess the temperature; is it too hot, too cold? If the kennel receives sunlight, are there areas with shade too? You should be sure that your dog will be comfortable in the kennel. This will help your pet to stay happy and calm while you’re away.
Exercise at the boarding kennel
Where and when will exercise take place, and do these areas look fit for purpose? Is there enough space for your dog to run in the exercise area?
As you know, exercise is incredibly important to dogs and you should ensure there are adequate exercise regimes in place to keep your dog healthy.
Feeding times and dog food at the boarding kennel
How often will food be given to your dog? Is this similar times to when your dog is fed at home, or within the boundaries of a set regime at the kennel? Make sure there is a regular feeding process in place; ideally, your dog will be fed at the same time you feed them at home, to maintain their routine, but if this isn’t possible, you should at least see a regular schedule in place. Check about the food that’s given to dogs at the kennels, too. If your dog is used to a particular brand, is a fussy eater or has a sensitive tummy, you may prefer to take a supply of your dog’s usual food with you.
Sleeping areas at the boarding kennel
What are the sleeping areas like at the boarding kennel? Ask to have a look so you can see if it will be comfortable for your dog. Will there be enough room for him to stretch out, stand up and turn around easily? Like humans, all dogs are different, with their own unique needs and personalities. You know your dog, so it’s important you’re happy that they are in the right environment for them whilst you are away on holiday, otherwise you’ll never relax!
Preparing Your Dog for a Stay at the Kennels
Once you’ve chosen your kennel, be sure to prepare your dog for their stay.
Before taking your dog to the kennel you must make sure that their vaccinations are up to date so they are not susceptible to infectious diseases. In any case, most kennels will refuse to accept a dog unless they have had all their vaccinations, this includes kennel cough. If they require a Kennel Cough vaccine, this should be done at least 2 weeks before their stay in kennels. We do recommend though, that you check the requirements of the boarding kennels with them directly.
Once at the kennels, it helps for dogs to have something familiar with them that reassures them and reminds them of home; perhaps some of their bedding, a favourite blanket, a cuddle toy or even an old t-shirt of yours that has your smell on it.
Finally, make sure the kennels have contact details for you while you’re away, your vet and a family member or friend should they need to get in touch with anyone. It’s unlikely they will need to make contact but it is always best to be on the safe side.
Having followed these tips you’ll be able to enjoy your holiday knowing your dog is having a wonderful vacation all of its own. Bon voyage!