You and your family are finally going on your summer vacation. However, taking your dog along for the ride is simply not feasible. How do you choose the best place for your furry friend to vacation while you frolic at the beach? Below are some tips on how to choose the best dog kennel for your pet.
Inspect the Kennel
Any reputable dog kennel will allow you to completely inspect their facilities. The best kennels will have large common areas for the dogs to run around in. Also, where the animals relieve themselves and where they eat should be in two different areas. In addition, the general area of the dog kennel should be relatively clean and well kept.
Inspect the Caretakers
Every pet owner wants to be able to leave their pet with someone who will care for them as their own. So when you go to choose a dog kennel for your pet, but sure to take the time and sit down to talk with those who will be caring for your pet. Ask them questions such as these: How long have they been caretaker there? How often do they play with the animals outside? How much interaction will your dog receive at their dog kennel? What vaccines are required to stay? These are all valid questions that any reputable caretaker would be glad to answer.
Access to Veterinary Care
Perhaps one of the most important aspects when choosing a dog kennel for your next vacation is whether or not the establishment has access to veterinary care. Ideally, there will be a vet on site to care for your dog if something goes wrong, but access to something like a 24-hour VCA hospital is also acceptable. Be sure to get specific information as to who will perform the care, and what additional cost will ensue if something would happen while you’re gone.
Another good point in favor of choosing a particular dog kennel for your pet to stay in is whether or not they have an “initial interview” meeting with you and your pet. Because certain animals can be difficult to deal with, it is essential for both you and the dog kennel owners to have a meet and greet session to make sure that your dog can behave well with other animals and take direction. In addition, it allows your dogs to become used to the idea that they will be staying in some place else for a few days, and that you’ll be coming back for them. That way, there is less anxiety all around.
By taking a bit of time, and doing a little bit of research, you can easily choose the best dog kennel for your pet.