Choosing to board your dog is never an easy decision. Fido is family and sending him somewhere without us is never easy. Unfortunately, needing to send our four-legged friend to a kennel is sometimes the only safe and viable option. Sometimes you need to find a place last minute. This can because of an unexpected family emergency, business trip, illness or a myriad of other reasons. Knowing what a tricky situation this can be, we wanted to help by listing a few important things to consider for the next time you find yourself having to board your pup in a hurry.
Ask a friend
One of the easiest things you can do to help ease the burden of selecting a kennel for your dog is asking one of your dog owning friends where they have chosen to board their dog. Most friends are all too happy to give us an honest opinion when it comes to talking about a pet hotel they have decided to patronize. With a friend, you can also feel safe and comfortable sitting down to pick their brain about a particular place. Who knows, you might even find that a particular kennel may offer a referral discount.
Look for customer reviews online
The Internet has helped to make the lives of many much easier. And now it can make your pet’s life a lot easier as well. If you are in the process of finding a safe place for your pet to stay while you are away, go to the World Wide Web and look for customer reviews. Many individuals are eager to post their experiences, be that positive or negative about a place. Kennels are no different. Online you can find hundreds of reviews about kennels and pet hotels. If you have a certain kennel or kennels in mind see if you can find reviews for them. You may be able to narrow down your search based on what people are saying about certain places. It could save you time and energy in the long run.
Visit the kennel
One of the best ways to get an idea about a kennel is to go and visit the kennel during normal business hours. That way you can get a fairly accurate picture of how the kennel operates. See if your state requires a license and if so make sure this kennel has one. While there, you can ask to go on a tour. During your visit you can see places where the animals will be eating, exercising, sleeping and taken if medical treatment is required. You can note how clean the establishment is and observe how close to other dogs or cats your pet might be. Pay attention to the temperature and any strange smells or oddities in the environment. Most importantly, you can get a feel for the place. Trust your instincts. If it does not feel right to you, then it is probably not the right place for your pooch.
Finding a place to keeping your dog safe and happy in a pinch can be difficult, but it can be done.