Elisabeth Catalano, M.A., CPDT, CDBC
Trusting your best friend’s care to a boarding kennel can be scary. There are some things that you can do however, to ensure their safety and happiness. Always check out your kennel first with an in-person visit. It should be clean and odor free. Check with Veterinarians in the area of the facility and ask if they have any recommendations or any complaints.
Director of Behavior and Training
The Coventry School, Inc.
Make sure to determine where your dog will spend the majority of the day. Some facilities house the dog in the kennel and only take them out during pre-paid sessions. Others keep the dogs in crates and take them out only for potty breaks and feeding. These options can be safe, but not very fun! Some kennels offer all-day play. The appropriate place will depend on your dog’s personality and energy level.
You will want to know where your dog will potty. Some facilities have specific indoor potty areas for dogs while others require that the dogs eliminate in their runs. Your at home house-training rules will determine which is the right choice for your dog.
Most importantly, is there staff on duty 24/7 or are the dogs left alone at night? Knowing someone is there in case of emergency will ease your mind. Boarding is not right for every dog. Dogs that are anxious or fearful of new places or things can be extremely stressed at a kennel. If your dog does not do well in new situations, then boarding may not be appropriate.