If your yearly break is not a pet friendly holiday, it is likely that you will have to put your furry friend into kennels, or a boarding home. This process can be particularly confusing and upsetting for dogs, as it often leaves them confused and feeling a sense of abandonment. Therefore, it is essential that the right kennels are found.
It can be a bit challenging when trying to find the right kennel for your dog, it can take some time and effort, maybe consider a last minute dog friendly holiday in the UK before starting a kennel mission. You have to find a kennel that feels both physically comfortable for your dog and emotionally comfortable for you as an owner. Finding a kennel may seem like it would be easy, but that’s not always the case when trying to find the right kennels for your dog. So how do you go about finding the right dog kennel facility? Below are some tips to help you.
The first tip when finding the right kennel for your dog is to make research your priority. You will want to research all the dog boarding kennels in the area before you can select a suitable one. You have to ask questions like, will your dog be in a cage all night or will there be outside space for leisure time? Will there be someone watching over your dog overnight? Can I meet the person who will be supervising my dog? Is there a policy put in place for in case of emergencies? What have other people said about the kennel?
Get advice from family and friends, as decent recommendations will help you to make the best decision. You can also get advice from your local vets and pet store to know if there are any kennel boarding facilities they can recommend
Always ask about the assessment procedures for admission that are in place, making sure the kennel has behaviour assessment, vaccination proof procedures, whether they require dogs to be spayed/neutered, and their procedure for socialising dogs (i.e. which breeds they mix, how they decide which dogs will play with each other.)
A kennel with a more rigorous admission assessments are more likely o avoid issues with accidental breeding, aggression or the spread of disease and it is always best to pick one that puts a lot of effort into perfecting these procedures.
Take a tour of the facilities
It may be a good idea to visit several different kennels in order to gauge the sort of quality and to compare the top rated ones. Paying them a visit can help you find out more about them and their mode of operation.
The most reputable kennels will offer 100% transparency, allowing you full access to all parts of the facilities to see where your pooch will be spending most of their time while you are away. Some kennels take photos of the day to day goings-on at the facility, allowing you to keep up with what your furry friend is getting up to no matter where you are in the world. This can help to give you peace of mind, so find out if that is something they can offer.
Finding the right kennel can be hard, but the work that goes into the task can pay off in the long run, as the peace of mind you get while on holiday really makes all the effort worth it.
If the pain of finding the perfect kennels is too much, or perhaps you don’t like the idea of leaving your best friend in the hands of strangers (no matter how well qualified), then taking your dog on holiday may be the best option.
There are loads of pet friendly and dog-friendly options for UK holidays, from camping to rented cottages, and even hotels are becoming more open to our four-legged friends.