How To Find The Best Local Dog Boarding Kennels
Have you ever considered placing your dog in local dog boarding kennels while you’re away from home?
Understandably, leaving your dog to be cared for by others can be worrying for you, as a caring dog owner. So you will want to make sure you make the right decision.
In this post we lay out important points to consider when making your decision, along with pros and cons of boarding your dog in local dog boarding kennels vs home boarding or dog sitting in your own home.
Finding The Best Local Dog Boarding Kennels
Every year millions of dog lovers are faced with the task of finding reliable holiday care for their pet whilst they are away. The best local dog kennels are often booked up months in advance, particularly for popular holiday periods, so it can be difficult to find a suitable boarding kennel.
There is certainly no shortage of advertising for dog boarding kennels both online and offline. However, asking other dog owners about their experience is always a good place to start.
Make sure you contact several kennels in your area and ask plenty of questions about the service they offer. Once you’ve narrowed down your selection, take time to actually visit your favourites.
Dog Kennels ‘Must Haves’
All dog kennels must be licenced by their local authority and should have a current certificate on display to prove this.
Some local dog boarding kennels welcome visits without a prior appointment which is an excellent way to see what the kennel is like day-to-day. When you visit, have a good look around at the places your dog will be sleeping, playing and exercising. Some facilities have a range of kennel sizes, so check which your dog would stay in.
Kennels should provide your pet with a sleeping area and an exercise run. Dogs should also have regular walks or access to a large secure exercise pen for play times. Check with the kennel the frequency and duration of the walks provided. A dog that does not get enough exercise will become more stressed in the kennel environment.
- Boarding facilities should be designed so that dogs from different households cannot come into contact with each other (to minimise infections)
- Kennels should be clean, tidy, light and well ventilated.
- Pens should be secure, well built and well maintained.
- The animals currently being boarded should look relaxed and, although dogs may initially bark and be excited, when you visit they should quickly settle.
Pros and cons of boarding your Dog in a kennel
- Avoid the stress of a long car or airplane ride to your destination.
- Stay where your dog is welcome (unlike many hotels).
- A kennel is convenient but it is important to find a facility that you trust.
- Some dogs need the 24 hour care and attention which some boarding facilities will provide.
- Some dogs don’t get the play and attention they desire. Extra walks and play time can be optional “add-on” to your base fee.
- Many dogs are more stressed at kennels than they are by staying in their own environment.
- Some dogs are fed or given different food which can lead to gastrointestinal upsets such as vomiting or diarrhea. This seems to be worse with the additional stress.
- It is possible for some dogs to acquire infectious diseases such as kennel cough while boarding. The combination of lots of dogs in a small area and stress can induce a viral infection in some dogs.
Pros for a Pet Sitter
- You have someone checking your house, getting your mail and making your home looked “lived in”.
- Your dog is in his own environment which is generally less stressful.
- Your dog will eat his own food and have his own routine. A change of food or an addition of treats can sometimes induce gastrointestinal upset.
The Key to Choosing the Right Option For Your Dog
As you can see, there are many things to consider when looking into local dog boarding options. Some people feel that a boarding kennel is the best option for their dog. Others feel that their dog will feel more safe and secure in his/her own home.
If you feel a local pet sitter is the best option for your dog and you live near Balsham or one of the surrounding villages then take a look at what we offer here at My Contented Pet. We are a small local business, offering dog walking and in-home pet and house sitting.
Free consultation – We will come to meet you and your pet to discuss your exact requirements before we get started. Our aim is to offer bespoke, seamless care for all our pets and pet owners!