There may be times when you will have to leave town and you may not have anyone to take care of your dog. If you have no one to take care of your pet the only alternative is to put them in a boarding facility. There are probably several boarding facilities in your area and it can be difficult for you to decide on which kennel you should choose. To make the right decision, you need to know what to look for in a kennel. Here are some tips to assist you.
Ask Your Vet
Many veterinarian offices offer kennel boarding services. Ask your vet if they have the service and find out as much as you can about it. You will need to know the capacity of the kennel and the cost. If your vet does not have this facility, you can ask him to recommend others in your area.
Some boarding kennels have cages that do not give the animals much room to move about. Other kennels may provide your dog with the opportunity to move about more freely. The best way to determine if a kennel will be right for your dog is to visit the facility yourself. While you are visiting a facility take a close look at how clean the place is. Take note of the smells in the atmosphere. While there will always be the smell of animals in the air, any kind of overpowering foul odor is a sure sign that this is not the place for your pet
Ask About Pet Interaction
Before you choose a facility make sure you know how the animals will interact. If your pet is not the sort that likes a lot of company they may become withdrawn. On the flip side, they might become aggressive. Aside from how the animals interact with each other, you need to find out how the staff will interact with your pet. The last thing you want is for your pet to be stuck inside a crate all day. You need to know how often your pet will be fed, given a bath, and taken out for potty breaks.
Finding the right kennel for your dog when you have to go out of town can be difficult. However, if you ask the right people, do your own investigations, and find out as much as you can about the facilities in your area the process will be easier.