Choose the Right KennelDecember 12, 2016
Do you need advice on choosing the perfect boarding kennel for your cat or dog? Do you want some easy to understand vetting tips of the trade? Today, we take a look at how you can ensure that the boarding kennel you are choosing is right for your pet.
Finding the right boarding establishment for your pet can be a rather trying time for many pet owners. However, with the right knowledge it can be a quick and easy exercise that will leave you with a ton of peace-of-mind as you prepare to head off on the holiday of your dreams. Let’s face it, we would all love to take our four-legged friends with us on our adventures, but many times this is not possible, or logical for Fido to join in all the fun. The important aspect is time. Give yourself ample time to find the right one, and don’t just rush in choose the easiest option without doing any valid research.
Word of Mouth
All good and bad boarding kennels have a reputation in the industry. Use your knowledge of the dog industry and ask around. Talk to your local dog trainer, your vet, vet nurse and other owners at the off leash park or beach. Take a notepad and start writing down the names of the boarding kennels you hear frequently. Remember, that your chosen boarding kennel does not need to be local, in fact many of the best kennels offer drop-off and pick-up services.
The reason they are not in suburbia is purely for reasons of room. Dogs love to run and stretch their legs. So, having a large property that can cater for this may mean that the boarding establishment is on the outskirts of town. Once you have a list you can then start your research. Check out their website and see what the kennel has to offer. Call the kennel and speak to front desk. It’s also very important that you ask if you can come and visit the kennel and organise a time. Viewing the kennel is paramount in ensuring your peace-of-mind before booking.
Once you have found a few kennels you are interested in viewing, it’s time to get the pen and paper out and write down a list of questions to ask.
- How long have you been in business for?
- Do you cater for dogs and cats?
- Do you have a veterinarian on call?
- Who is the veterinarian?
- What would happen if my pet got sick?
- What would my dog’s day look like …feeding times, playing etc.?
- Will my dog be actively supervised when interacting with other dogs?
- Do you provide food?
- What other services do you offer?
- What vaccinations does my pet need?
- Do you offer a pick-up/ drop-off service?
- What about special diets?
- Special behavioural needs?
- Can you administer medication for my pet?
- Are worming and flea treatments required?
When visiting the kennel, ensure you have your questions on hand and make notes next to each query so you can review it later down the track. Remember, your gut intuition is a wonderful thing when viewing a kennel. Ask yourself:
- What is my initial feeling of the staff? Are they friendly and knowledgeable?
- How do I feel about the environment and state of the grounds?
- Does it smell?
- Are other dogs leaving/ coming …do they look happy?
Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions.
BIT ABOUT THE BLOGGER:
Nadia Crighton is a well-known and accomplished Australian Journalist and pet magazine Editor. As a busy mum of four humans, two dogs, 50 sheep, one cat, a handful of chickens and a goat named Billy (and let’s not forget the axolotls!), she simply adores pets of all shapes and sizes. These are her personal thoughts and advice from many years of pet-ownership and working within the pet industry.