Unfortunately, we cannot take our dogs everywhere we go. This may be because dogs are not allowed in the same places we are going, or it is simply too much to take them. A boarding kennel allows you to go out of town and know that your furry friend is safe and having a good time! A good boarding kennel will give you peace of mind and reassure you that your dog is getting the best care possible.

How Do I Find a Good Boarding Kennel?

The best way to find out what Kennel is best for you and your dog is by asking! Ask a trusted friend, a dog trainer and your veterinarian for their personal recommendation. Once you have a few options go online and look for ratings. Many people will leave reviews on sites like Google, Yelp, and Facebook.

If someone has a negative experience you want to know about that and the best way to find that is by looking at these reviews. You can also search the Better Business Bureau for information regarding that particular Kennel and any recent complaints made against them. Always do a background check on the kennel! Find out what your state requirements are when it comes to boarding kennel inspections and ask to see the kennels license or certification showing that the kennel meets the mandatory standards from the state.

Some boarding kennels belong to larger operations such as the American Boarding Kennel Association. This is an associated founded by reputable owners, who hold kennel owners to a higher standard of pet care then the state. Not only do they require the kennel to subscribe to a high code of ethics they must be inspected and meet the ABKA’s standard of professionalism, quality of car, and safety.

What to Look for in a Kennel:

These are some questions to keep in mind when visiting different kennels while choosing your perfect place!

  • Is the facility clean?
  • Is the staff knowledgeable, open, and caring?
  • Do they maintain a comfortable temperature for the dogs?
  • Are pets required to be vaccinated, including a canine kennel cough?
  • Does each dog have an adequately sized indoor and outdoor run?
  • Is there a schedule?
  • Are there beds and bedding for dogs?
  • Are cats housed away from dogs?
  • How often are the animals fed?
  • Are there other services such as grooming and training?
  • What are the rates?

How do you know if the Kennel is bad?

As you are doing your research on kennels you will start to notice what kennels are held to higher standards. Some warning signs of a bad kennel are a smelly kennel, one that might not appear clean or kennels that are unwilling to give tours. It is important to watch the dogs staying at the boarding kennels behavior. Watch for barking dogs that are pacing anxiously, aggression, lack of supervision, and unclean animals. It is a bad sign if the kennel itself is unclean.


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