Dog boarding kennels near me
We can’t always bring our dog everywhere we go. And when we can’t, we want to make sure that it will be well looked after during our absence. Kennels are a great dog sitting option as they are dedicated to accommodating dogs and taking care of their well-being while their owners are away.
There are lots of things to think about when you’re leaving your dog in a kennel, from preparing its toys and checking that its vaccinations are up to date to buying enough food for the whole stay. The last thing you want is to have to drive for a long time. So finding a facility near where you live can definitely make things easier!
How do I find dog boarding kennels near me?
You can start by asking people you know. Some may have booked their dogs in such facilities in the past and may be able to recommend a few places. You can also do an Internet search to see on a map if there are any dog boarding kennels near you. Your local pet shop or even your vet should also be able to give you a couple of names. Once you have those, you need to do a little bit of work to decide which one is best for your dog.
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How to choose the best in all the dog boarding kennels near me?
That’s no secret: if you want to choose the best place for your dog, you’ll need to view a few. The shortest distance from you may look good on paper but there is no guarantee that your dog will be happy boarding there. Select a few places and call them to arrange a viewing.
There are a few things you should be paying attention to while viewing:
Your overall first impression of the buildings: is it airy? Is it bright? Can natural light go in? Are they clean?
The crates or the cages: remember that, by law, those have to respect a minimum size. If in doubt, ask a member of staff to confirm the size. They should also be clean, ventilated and odourless. Dogs need to have a bed and a bowl of water.
The staff: pay attention to how staff behaves towards dogs. Do they know their names? Do dogs look stressed? Is there enough people compared with the number of dogs?
The outdoor area: is it big or small? Is it secured? How many times per day can dogs access it? Is there a playground? Some toys? Is it clean?
How much do they cost?
The cost depends on several things: your exact location, your dog’s size and the comfort and services provided. The daily average rate in the UK is £18. Other things, like food, extra daily walks or grooming can add up to the total price.
Many places offer some discounts if you board several dogs at the same time or if you board your dog for one week or more. You may also be asked to pay a non refundable deposit to secure your booking. This often happens at times of high demand like Christmas or summer.