If you have decided to leave your dog at a boarding kennel, there are a few things you should know and do before you choose one.
First, you should go to the different boarding kennels you are considering.
Ask the people at the front desk if you can take a tour of their facilities.
Observe the conditions in which the animals are kept.
Are the runs or cages clean? Do the dogs have food and water provided for them? Are they allowed to have beds and toys from home? All of these things are very important for making sure your dog has a comfortable stay at the kennel.
Also, try to get a feel for the employees.
Do they seem happy with their work? You want someone watching your dog who clearly loves animals and is not overwhelmed by the stress of working in what is probably a loud and sometimes dirty environment.
Another thing you need to find out is how they plan on exercising the dogs.
Some kennels have a person who walks the dogs once or twice a day.
Others have a large play enclosure where the dogs can get their exercise, either alone or with a group of other dogs.
It is very important that your pooch be allowed to have play and exercise time while you are away.
Most kennels allow you to bring your own dog food for your pup, and they usually also offer the option of feeding your dog with their food.
If you are going to be using their food, make sure it is a good brand and make sure they are feeding your pup out of clean dog bowls.
Another important aspect to consider is pricing.
Of course you want to save as much money as possible, but you also don't want to leave your dog in the lowest quality boarding kennel available because you wanted to save an extra few dollars.
These are just a few things to consider when looking for a boarding kennel for your pooch.
Of course it would always be preferable to get some traveling dog supplies and bring your pup along, but if that isn't possible, follow the tips outlined above and most importantly, choose the kennel that feels right to you.