Post # 1
Hi bees! I was wondering for those with pets have you used a boarding kennel before and how did it work out? We are going on a holiday (yay first one in three years!) and are unable to take our dogs with us. My family has always looked after them in the past but this time no one is able to. My digs are 5 & 6 years old & have never been to a kennel before. I’m really nervous about leaving them. Any advice or experiences would be appreciated! Thanks In Advance
Post # 3
My dog loves going to the kennel! We call it “Doggie Camp”.
The place we take her has a big open play area outside where the dogs (well, any who play nicely) get to run around and play together all day. The also have indoor play areas for when weather keeps them inside. The only time she spends in the cage itself is for meals and to sleep at night. She comes home exhasted and absolutely loves it there.
Post # 4
I’m probably not the best source to ask since the only kennel we have ever boarded her at is also a veterinarian office that my ILs use to take their dogs to. They no longer live locally.
It’s a place similar to @FutureKMM: . They really love her there and remember her name every time we bring her which has only been like 3 times in 5 years!
But this past Christmas they were fully booked and my husband and I were so uncomfortable with taking her to a new kennel esp one w/o a vet on staff we ended up asking a friend to watch her.
Post # 5
@regberadaisy: Our kennel is the same way. They know her by name when we walk in the door and they recognize me and know exactly which sweet dog is mine when I go to pick her up. Gives me such peace of mind and I know they love her and take good care of her.
ETA: This is where we take our girl. Just in case its helpful for comparisons when you’re looking at places. http://www.dogsruleresort.com/
Post # 6
My FI’s coworker had a horrifying experience (won’t elaborate) and so I’m absolutely terrified to use one with my small dogs (Poms). I suppose for those with larger dogs it isn’t as scary.
@regberadaisy: I didn’t realize that vets do boarding. I should ask our vet if this is an option, that would make me feel a lot better too.
Post # 7
I don’t know if all vets do and it seems when I was calling around to ask kennels that it’s not common to have a vet on staff.
This vet I think does it only for their patients and we only got in because my IL knows the girls there really well and have been taking their dogs there forever.
It’s definitely a peace of mind for us majorly. Especially with her recent seizure in June of 2010 we did not want to put her somewhere without a vet on staff.
ETA: I would definitely recommend asking for recommendations from people you know and trust. Ask how big their kennels are, how often they stay in there. Is there always someone on staff? Are they OK with you calling all the time to check in on your pets? Google/yelp for reviews/complaints etc. maybe ask your Vet too for recommendations.
Post # 8
@regberadaisy: Thanks very much. I know the popular thing now is webcams within the dogs kennel so that you can closely monitor your dog. That would be such peace of mind. That being said it is the stuff that can’t be controlled like dogs getting out around my little dogs.
Anyway thanks again! I will definitely call around and see what I can find when it is closer to our wedding.
Post # 9
We’ve taken our malamute to a kennel probably 3 times now. The first time was when we left the state to go “home” to get married. It was the first time I’d ever NOT spent the night with my pup since we’ve had him, and i have to say it was probably much, much worse for me than it was for him! LOL That was the longest two weeks…and I’m probably the only person who has ever been anxious to return from her honeymoon!
The kennel we go to has outdoor, individual dog runs for each animal. They can’t get to each other, but they can see each other and “talk” (which I’ve been told my dog LOVES to do). At night, they are kept in an indoor area attached to the dog run (again, there is only one dog per cage).
I’d check with your kennel to see what kind of toys (if any) you are allowed to take for your dog. We took a couple stuffed critters that smelled like home and us for ours to play with while he was there. We also took a bag of our own food with us. Our kennel does have a generic dog food they feed to all the dogs, but our malamute has a very sensitive stomach and gets massive (*sorry!*) cases of the “runs” if the eats anything with corn. You might think about taking your own food so you don’t have to deal with any tummy problems that come from switching brands!
Post # 10
I work at a vet clinic and have for 4 years. We make a point of knowing all our client dog’s names and about them (this one likes ear scratches, this one loves tummy rubs!) I’m the Kennel Technician which basically means I take care of all boarding pets be they recovering from surgery or just there while their pet parents are away.
I love my job and animals love me. We don’t have a play pen area so I enjoy taking each dog individually for lengthy walks around the property and make sure they get time to run around and play. We allow clients to bring whatever they want – pillows, blankets, a doggy bed, bone, toys, treats, even bags of food for their stay. Whatever helps make the pup at home.
As for dogs who have never been to kennels before well sometimes they’re timid but I make it my goal to get them used to me and try to make sure they have a good experience. I like to let them out so they can follow me around in the building when we’re closed and I make sure to give them lots of love!
When owners come to pick up their babies I bring them out and they usually comment on how well behaved their dog is and how much they’ve taken a liking to me.
So to make you feel more comfortable you should call all the kennels you’re looking in to and see if they’ll give you a tour of the facility and will give you any information (they should). Hope this helps!
Post # 11
We left my dog once at a home dog boarding place, and he was great, and once at a more traditional boarding place and he actually didn’t like it. He’s getting old and I think it was just a little much for him– he likes his own space. If I were going to leave him again, I’d try to bring him for doggie day care first a couple of time to help him adjust. I think he was just overwhelmed (it was private ‘rooms’ for each dog, but there was a play time, and it was kidn of loud with lots of dogs barking.
But I think most dogs love it. My old guy is just getting grumpy in his old age and likes to chill in his bed.
Post # 12
I might not be the best person to ask.
My dog has to get boarded a lot and she HATES it. She cries and cries. The staff members refer to her as the crier. Whenever I come back to get her, she’s always sitting on the receptionist’s lap.
Another thing I’ve noticed about kennels is that they always drug my dog and they lie to me about it. My dog (who probably needed some tranqs and is psycho) can barely walk and they’ll still tell me they gave her nothing. It infuriates me.
Post # 13
@PinkMagnolia: That is very bad practice, I would stop going there.
Personally I’ve dealt with upset dogs and we NEVER drug animals. ESPECIALLY without consent from the owner.
I’m very well trained in handling those animals and actually there is a good way to get them to trust you and it involves working with the animal and not just skipping any effort and drugging them.
Post # 14
Thanks for the advice, I’m almost making myself sick over this. My older dog has been with me since she was a puppy and usually comes with me where ever I go. The younger of the was already 3.5 when I got him and while I don’t like the thought of leaving him either I know he would do a little bit better. We are new to the area and don’t have many friends that we could ask to look after them. In the past I would either drive home to drop the dogs off with my parents & sibs or we would meet halfway between our two cities.
It helps hearing that others pets have thrived in a kennel and love going there hopefully my pups will be the same. The place I’m going to look at this weekend has an open door policy where ppl can come by unannounced to look around the kennel and dogs are not mixed together, but are kept separated in dog runs, but are taken out for walks and play time with the staff.