You’ve finally decided to go out of town, but what about your dog? You could ask a friend or neighbor to take care of your precious pooch, but that can be a hassle for them. Instead, kennel boarding is often the best way to keep your dog safe and happy during your trip. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to find the best kennel for you and your pup, ensuring you come home from vacation with one less thing on your mind!
Find a kennel.
You’ll want to find a kennel that is close to your home, but not necessarily right next door. If you have an emergency situation and need to pick up your dog in the middle of the night, it would be easier if they were close by. Additionally, if you’re running late because of traffic or something else beyond your control, having them nearby will help prevent any unnecessary delays.
When visiting the kennel, make sure that it’s clean and well-maintained—this should go without saying! Make sure the staff are friendly and seem like they know what they’re doing. If one person seems stressed out or annoyed by questions about their business, look elsewhere!
Make sure your dog is up to date on its shots.
Before you bring your dog to the kennel, make sure it’s up to date on its shots. Most dogs should get these:
- Rabies vaccine: This is a one-year shot that protects against rabies and other diseases caused by the bite of an infected animal. It’s usually given at 12 weeks of age then every year after that until 16 weeks old.
- Distemper vaccine: This protects against distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus (a virus that causes vomiting). It’s given at 6-8 weeks old then every 3-4 weeks until 12 weeks old, then again every 1-3 years depending on your vet’s recommendation.
- Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccine: This helps prevent kennel cough in dogs (also called canine infectious tracheobronchitis). It can be given as early as 8 weeks old but most vets recommend waiting until 10-12 weeks before administering the first round of vaccines since this strain tends not to cause symptoms until puppies are older than 8 months old anyway!
Bring your dog’s food so you can avoid any accidents.
If you bring your dog’s food, he will be hungry. If you don’t bring his food and he is hungry, it can lead to some unwanted accidents in the kennel.
Bring a bed and favorite toys.
To make your dog’s stay a good one, you should bring a bed and favorite toys. A comfortable bed will help them sleep better, and it can also serve as a cozy place to rest during playtime. Make sure that the bed is safe for your dog (for example, if they have an allergy or are prone to chewing things up), and make sure they’re not allergic to any of the materials used in making it.
A variety of toys is important to keep dogs happy while they’re kenneled; toys should be non-toxic and appropriate for age and size of your dog. Toys that are too small can cause choking hazards; similarly, larger items could harm your pet if swallowed accidentally or get stuck somewhere they shouldn’t be (like their mouth). Finally, it’s best if the toys are easy to clean if they get dirty while playing—you don’t want unwanted odors lingering around from wet or messy playtime!
Pack your dog’s prescriptions.
If your dog is on any medications, it’s important to pack those. If you’re leaving for an extended period of time, make sure that you have enough medication to last the entire stay. If your dog will only be gone for a few days or weeks at most, then keep in mind that scheduled refills are not always possible and will require some planning on your part before leaving town if necessary.
Leave detailed instructions.
Include your dog’s medical history, any medications he needs to take, and any special requirements. If your dog has a behavior issue, be sure to mention that as well. Most kennels will have a list of instructions for their clients, so make sure you check this first before contacting the kennel yourself.
You should kennel board your dog.
Many dog owners wonder if they should kennel board their dog.
This is a question that only you can answer, but we can help!
If you decide to kennel board your dog, there are several benefits:
- Your dog will be happier. Does your pooch get nervous when he or she goes to the groomer? Or does he or she have issues being left alone at home? Kennel boarding is a great solution because it provides peace of mind both for you and your beloved pet. The staff at a kennel knows how to handle any behavior problems that may arise and give them plenty of attention while they’re there. They’ll also keep an eye on your pet’s health by administering vaccines, checking teeth, etc., so that all his needs are met while he’s away from home.
- You’ll have peace of mind knowing he’s safe and taken care of in an enclosed environment where other animals won’t bother him (and vice versa). Dogs who tend toward aggression will benefit from this type of environment as well; many boarding facilities offer “doggie daycare” programs where dogs with certain behavioral issues can socialize with other animals without incident—and no one gets hurt!
The most important thing to remember is that your dog will be safe and well cared for during their stay. If you have any concerns, be sure to reach out to the kennel you choose. Also, they can provide you with more detailed instructions on what to do if your dog needs special care.