Dog boarding kennels
Those facilities are a handy option when you have to be away and can’t take your dog with you. There are many all across the country, ranging from the most standard to the most luxurious. But what are those dog sitting facilities and how much does it cost? Here’s a quick overview.
What are dog boarding kennels?
They are facilities that accommodate dogs when their owners are away. They usually consist of one or several buildings surrounded by an outdoor space. Dogs are hosted in cages or crates though upscale facilities have private rooms.
Dogs are looked after by trained staff who take them out for walks and games. Some places also offer a range of services and activities to help dogs settle in and keep them entertained.
What are the prices of dog boarding kennels?
The prices depend on your location, the level of comfort, your dog’s size and the time of year. On average, the cost is £18 per day and per dog. It can be a bit cheaper for small breeds. On top of the daily rate, you’ll probably have to pay for adds-on such as extra walks, activities or services like grooming. Many places also ask for a non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking. Some facilities can supply food for your dog for an extra charge.
Most places offer a discount when booking one week and more. You can also benefit from reduced rates if boarding several dogs at the same time. It’s best to request a quote and go through the figures before booking to make sure that it’s in line with your budget.
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What are the things to remember when looking for dog boarding kennels?
As a rule of thumb, you should never leave your dog in a kennel that you haven’t seen before. Though those facilities must have a license to operate, not all of them are equal when it comes to cleanliness, space and activity. Take your time to do your research.
If you’re looking for somewhere to board your dog in, you can start by asking people around you. Some may have a couple of places to recommend. You can also search on the Internet: not only will you be able to see if there’s any near you but you may also be able to read reviews left by other dog owners. They won’t exempt you from viewing the place for yourself but should give you an idea of what to expect.
When viewing a place, remember to check:
The crates: they need to be clean, ventilated and odourless. They also need to be large and tall enough. If there is any doubt, enquire about the size. The Welfare Animal Act specifies the minimum size crates should have.
The outdoor area: is it fenced and secured? Is it clean? Can dogs access it freely? How many dogs can it welcome at once?
The staff: how do members of staff interact with dogs? Do dogs seem stressed? Or happy?