Did You Know...
59% of those surveyed say pets are good for their health and the
health of their family and help them relax. 40% say that owning
a dog motivates them to exercise on a regular basis.
Three-quarters of dog owners consider their dog like a child or
family member and more than half of cat owners say the same (NPOS).
What to Expect From a Dog Boarding Kennel
If you've never boarded your dog before you may experience
anxiety about how they treat your dog at a boarding kennel. You
may imagine the time being stressful for your dog as well. Dog
boarding provides a safe environment for your dog where she will
be under the supervision and care of professionals working to
make her comfortable and happy. Many find sending their dog to a
pet hotel or boarding kennel a better alternative to leaving a
pet with a family member or pet sitter as kennels provide
services individuals cannot. The following will outline what you
need when boarding your dog and what the kennel or pet hotel
What You Need
Have your dog's vaccinations up-to-date including the
Bordetella, distemper and rabies vaccines. The up-to-date
paperwork will be required at check in, or before they'll
even take your reservation.
Provide any current medications or vitamins your dog is
taking and give detailed written instructions for
Contact information including your emergency and regular
Bring pre-measured food with you. This helps avoid any
stomach sensitivity your dog may have to a change in food
and possible diarrhea resulting from a food change. Most
kennels will provide a high-quality food at no additional
Check in advance if you can bring your dog’s favorite
What They Provide
Some provide regular exercise and companionship for your
animals under the supervision of skilled professionals; be
sure to ask. Dogs are usually walked, groomed (for an extra
charge) and provided indoor/outdoor kennels. Weather
conditions are monitored and outdoor exercise is limited if
adverse conditions exist.
Dogs are also allowed the opportunity to socialize with
other dogs if they show they are not dog-aggressive. Some
kennels or hotels offer agility courses, swimming pools and
Most kennels provide a bed and toy for your dog, and
some do not allow outside bedding or toys.
As most kennels are licensed through the state, bonded and
insured they are a safe environment for your dog to stay in
while you are away. Be sure to visit each kennel before making
your final selection and bring a list of questions you want
answered. Also be aware that many kennels require advanced
reservations and over the holidays, charge an non-refundable
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