How to Find a Good Boarding Kennel for your Dog

If you’re planning a holiday or trip where you’re unable to take your dog, you’ll need to find a good boarding kennel for your dog.

Wed 14 Mar 2018

By Judy

How to Find a Good Boarding Kennel for your Dog

How to Find a Good Boarding Kennel for your Dog

If you’re planning a holiday or trip where you’re unable to take your dog, you’ll need to find a good boarding kennel for your dog. So, how do you ensure you find a kennel where your dog will be happy and secure?

Word of mouth

Word of mouth is always a good way of finding a good boarding kennel. A good boarding kennel will normally have a good working relationship with local vets, so do ask your veterinary surgery for advice. Dog groomers and walkers will normally have good knowledge of boarding kennels in their area. Asking other dog owners for recommendations is always a good way of finding your perfect boarding kennel.

Boarding kennels will normally be advertised in the Yellow Pages, vets waiting rooms and on many pet related websites on the internet.

What to ask your boarding kennel

Once you have found a boarding kennel, you should visit in person. Staff should be happy to answer any questions, and be genuinely interested in your dog.

You should check the premises is adequately insured. Most kennels will display their insurance details in a prominent position. If the policy is not displayed, do not be afraid to ask to see it.

What happens in an emergency?

It’s important to know what happens to your dog in the event of accident or emergency. Don’t be afraid to ask about their emergency policy. Make sure you give your kennels your mobile phone number. If you’re travelling abroad it’s always a good idea to give contact details of a trusted friend or relative who can liaise with the kennel in case of emergency. It’s also important to take your dog’s insurance details to the kennel and the details of your vet.

Ask about exercise

Dogs should be exercised daily, so do ask how long exercise sessions are provided, and how many dogs are walked together at the same time. Remember to tell your kennel if your dog can be problematic with other dogs.

What are the kennels like?

A good kennel should be clean, airy and have plenty of room for your dog. Some have separate sleeping areas, which should provide a quiet and comfortable area for your pet to rest. Boarding kennels, especially larger ones can be noisy and stressful for nervous dogs.

Temperature of kennels

Will your dog be cool enough in the summer months, and warm enough in the winter? A good kennel will be air conditioned in hot weather and well heated during spells of cold weather. Some boarding kennels even provide background music in kennels, which can create a more relaxing and homely environment for your dog!

Book well in advance

Once you’ve found your perfect boarding kennel, make sure you book your dog in as soon as you know what dates you will be going away. Many reputable kennels quickly fill up, especially in the summer months and especially over the Christmas and New Year period.

How to prepare your dog for kennels

Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date, including kennel cough which is not covered by routine vaccination. Kennel cough is extremely contagious and can be very distressing for dogs and their owners. A good kennel will insist on vaccination for kennel cough, as an outbreak can quickly close a kennel. Expect to pay around £30 for a kennel cough vaccination  Remember to worm and de-flea your dog before taking him into kennels.

To make your dog at home in the kennel, take along favourite toys and bedding and even an item of your clothing that will have your scent on, this can provide comfort for your dog!

Tell your boarding kennel of any illness or injuries your dog may have, and ensure you take along any medicines he or she may be on. If you own a bitch that has not been neutered, ensure she is not in season. Some kennels are happy to accept bitches on heat, if they have isolated kennels, but many will not accept dogs in season.

When you collect your pet from kennels, he/she should look happy and relaxed. If you are a returning for another stay in kennels, your dog should be keen to enter the premises, which is always a good indicator of how happy your pet is.