Top Questions To Ask A Boarding Kennel

If it’s not possible to bring your dog along on a family vacation or leave him with a trusted friend or family member, you may consider a reputable boarding facility. Although there have been horror stories about disreputable kennels, there may be a great “bed and biscuit” in your area and your dog may even enjoy the company of other dogs. Without a doubt all kennels are not the same. DO your homework on them — some can be full-service and provide grooming, massages, and aromatherapy, while others not so much…

You’ll need to do some research to reassure yourself and take a tour ahead of time. Here are some tips to notice on your tour to make it easier for yourself, your dog and the kennel staff:

  1. How big are the kennels or runs? Are there both indoor and outdoor?
  2. Is there adequate ventilation and light?
  3. Is the kennel kept at a comfortable temperature?
  4. How many times a day is the dog exercised? Are they exercised individually or in a group?
  5. Am I allowed to bring my dog’s favorite blanket, toys and food? If I don’t bring my own food, what type of food is provided?
  6. How many times a day are the general areas cleaned so they don’t smell? Are the kennels cleaned after each boarder?
  7. Is EVERY dog up-to-date on current vaccinations?
  8. If your dog has special needs can these be accommodated?
  9. How many times a day is the dogs fed? Is there clean water in the bowls?
  10. What are the qualifications of the staff?
  11. What is the policy when your dog gets sick? Are the dogs taken to a 24/7 clinic or a veterinarian close by?
  12. How secure is the facility? Is it locked overnight? Are the outdoor fences at least 6’ high?
  13. Is the facility accredited by the American Kennel Association?
  14. Can I put a video cam in the kennel so I can interact with my dog or see how he is doing?
  15. Are cats and dogs kept separately?
  16. Are any other services provided like grooming, nail clipping and bathing?
  17. What are there hours of operation of pickup and drop offs?

The best way to choose a kennel might be to ask your veterinarian, friends or family members.   Also check with your local better business bureau for reports or write-ups.

As you are dropping your dog off, be strong. He/she can pick up on your anxiety or distress at your departure!

If you are happy, thank the boarding staff for a job well done. They are taking care of your dog and you want them to feel appreciated so they continue to do a good job. If you board your dog often, consider tipping the staff or getting some extra goodies for them!

5 thoughts on “Top Questions To Ask A Boarding Kennel

  1. Thanks for the tips for choosing a pet boarding facility. My wife and I are planning a vacation this summer, and we want to find the right place to leave our dog. I appreciate you mentioning to ask if every dog that will be there is fully vaccinated. That way, you can be sure your dog will be safe from illnesses and infections. I will make sure to ask this.

  2. I thought your tip to take a tour of boarding facility was a great suggestion. This seems like it would be the most reliable way to see how qualified the staff is, along with how clean and orderly the facility is. I’d feel a lot better leaving my pet at a facility that I’ve been given the chance to thoroughly inspect myself beforehand.

  3. It’s good to know that when it comes finding a dog kennel for our puppy to stay at while we are on vacation, that there are some questions that we need to consider asking to make sure that we choose the right one. I like how you mentioned that one thing that we should ask is how secure the the facility is and if it is locked at night. Personally, it will make me feel better knowing that everything is going to be okay for him while we are away.

  4. I like how you mentioned figuring out the size of the kennels at a dog boarding facility. My husband and I are going on a trip, so we need to leave our dog somewhere. We want to make sure he has enough room to have an enjoyable stay, so we’ll check the size of the kennels.

  5. I like that you mention asking how big the kennels are when looking for dog kennels. My sister loves dogs and is looking to take one of her dogs to a dog kennel. I’ll be sure to talk to her about asking about the size of them before making a final decision.

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