Finding boarding kennels near me
Leaving your dog behind when you have to be away is never easy. You want to be sure that your dog will be well taken care of and won’t miss a thing (or you!). While there are more flexible pet sitting options available to dog owners, boarding kennels remain a firm favourite.
There are so many things to prepare before boarding your pet that the last thing you want is to add a long car journey on top. So, how do you go on finding the best boarding kennels near you?
How do I know if there are any boarding kennels near me?
There are a few ways to check if there are some of those facilities around you. However, remember that finding them is one thing, finding the perfect one is another. A short distance from home is definitely a plus but never the guarantee that it’s the best place for your dog. You will need to view them in person before booking.
How to choose a boarding kennel near me?
The first thing you need to make sure is whether your dog will be happy staying in a kennel. Not all dogs are fine with being around other dogs. Likewise, those places may not be the best pet sitting option for dogs with disabilities or special needs.
To choose the best boarding kennel, you need to do a bit of research and go view all possible places. The nearest place is not necessarily the best suited. Kennels need to be maintained and odourless. The staff has to have the right qualifications. And of course, the place needs to have a valid license to operate issued by their local council.
How much do boarding kennels cost?
The prices of boarding kennels vary according to several things, like your location, the level of comfort and your dog’s size. Adds-on, like extra daily walks or grooming services, can also increase the daily rate. The average price per day and per day is £18.
Many facilities offer discounts if you board several dogs at the same time or if your booking exceeds a set number of days. Please bear in mind that food comes on top unless you provide enough food to last the entire stay. Some facilities also ask for a non-refundable deposit to protect themselves from no-show at a period of high demand.
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Tips for a successful boarding kennel experience
There are a few things you need to prepare before boarding your dog in a kennel.
Vaccinations & health
Your dog must be up to date with his annual vaccinations. You will be required to show proof of it on arrival. Some centres also require dogs to be vaccinated against kennel cough as a precautionary measure. Your dog also needs to be fully wormed and free from fleas.
If your dog has a medical condition or has special health requirements, don’t forget to discuss it in detail before the boarding starts. Kennel staff can give medication but you will have to give a copy of the prescription and write down clear instructions (drugs, dosage, etc.).
No matter how used to kennels your dog is, it’s always best to bring a few things to help him settle. This can include:
Food and treats: this is especially important if your dog is a fussy eater or follows a special diet. Make sure you bring enough food for the whole stay.
A few of his favourite toys: it’s best to select a couple of toys that your dog can use at all times or that can be used for playing with his dog sitter. Avoid anything too big or too noisy.
His bed or his crate if he uses one: though dog kennels provide beds, your dog will certainly feel more comfortable sleeping on his own.
Your dog’s health records and the contact details of your veterinary: even if your dog is perfectly healthy, don’t forget to bring those with him to the kennel.