From time to time even the most devoted dog owner will want to take a vacation that is just not suitable to take a dog on, and at the point, good local dog boarding will be invaluable. A good boarding kennel will try to make your dog’s time away from you as happy and as easy as possible.
The best way to assess what a boarding kennel is like is to visit it. Keep your eyes open and have a good look around when you visit and ask the staff lots of questions.
Find out what a typical day holds for a dog – do they get exercise, and if so how often and does this include free-running, or just on lead walking? To make the switch from home to boarding kennels easier, can you bring your dog’s bedding from home, and maybe a few toys too?
A change of food can be very unsettling for your dog’s digestive system, so a good dog shelter will let you supply food for your dog. The time at which your dog is fed is a big part of his routine too, and a good boarding kennel will try to replicate what your dog is used to at home. Make sure that the kennels will ensure that your dog will have fresh water available constantly.
If you have more than one dog, a good boarding kennel will allow them to stay together -within reason. For example, it’s reasonable to expect two or three dogs to be able to board together, but an establishment that could accommodate five or six dogs all together may be rarer.
This should not be taken as an indication of a lack of quality of care, and a good dog boarding kennel will try to allow your dogs at least some time together if they are used to living together at home.