Your dog is a part of the family. However, there are some situations when it’s not very feasible for dogs to come along with you, such as business trips, vacations, and emergencies. Whether it’s too expensive, too difficult or just impossible due to travel restrictions, sometimes we need to leave our dogs in the care of someone else. Boarding kennels are a great and practical option for anyone needing a place for their dog to stay for a few days. Many boarding kennels have professional, caring and experienced staff and comfortable areas for the dogs to stay and play. However, there are some key things to look out for when selecting a kennel for your dog.

First, check over all of the basics of the boarding kennel company itself. It needs to be clean, well-organized, properly ventilated, have plenty of room for running and playing and kept up in regards to updates and repairs.

Second, the facility should be adequately staffed. The staff should be knowledgeable, caring, interested in the specific needs of your dog, professional and courteous. Try to have your dog meet the staff before they stay over to allow them to get acquainted with their temporary carers. This also allows them to adjust to the kennel itself. The smells, sounds and overall feeling of the kennel are critical factors for your dog to take in before having them stay there for an extended period. If they seem scared or upset when interacting with the staff or while exploring the kennel, it may not be a good idea to select that kennel.

Third, go over all of the services offered by the kennel. Most professional kennels provide services such as overnight boarding, daycare, at least two meals a day, grooming, walks, play or exercise time and possibly even training.

Once all of those aspects are covered, go over more specific details. What type of bedding do they use? What types of toys are available? What brands of products, such as food, treats, and shampoo, do they use? Can you specifically request them to use your personal brands? What veterinary service do they typically employ if a dog gets sick or injured? How is play time handled? How much play time do the dogs get per day? Do they have any special features of the kennel that enhance your dog’s stay?

After you have fully analyzed some kennels and made your choice, you will have the responsibility to ensure the safety of your dog, the other dogs in the kennel and the staff. Ensure that your dog is up to date on their shots. Inform the staff of any medications or treatment that your dog needs. Tell them about any allergies or temperament issues that may cause problems. The more information you offer, the easier the transition will be for your dog and the employees at the kennel.