Finding a Kennel For Your Boston Terrier
Posted by Lu
There may be times when you will want to travel without your beloved Boston Terrier. So finding a kennel for your Boston Terrier may be necessary. How can you tell if a kennel will take good care of your dog? Follow the tips below from canismajor
Call now to arrange a visit to see the kennel. Ask for an appointment in mid-week; good kennels are very busy on Mondays and Fridays as dogs come in or go home. If you can’t get an appointment to see the facility, you should cross that kennel off your list.
First impressions are important. When you arrive for the visit, check to see that most of the runs are clean — it’s almost impossible to keep all the runs clean all the time, so cut some slack for a few dirty runs here or there.
Sniff the air. The kennel should have a clean smell, not one generated by stale urine or old feces. If sour kennel smells waft into the office while you’re chatting with the owner or manager, you’ll probably want to go somewhere else. You’ll be able to tell the difference between a kennel that has urine and decay soaked into the woodwork and a kennel that is basically clean with a run or two that was dirtied after the morning scrubbing.
If the kennel yard is full of debris, if the building is in need of serious repair, if the food bowls are dirty and the water bowls scummy, go to the next kennel on the list.
Take a look at the kitchen where the dog meals are prepared; it should be clean, food should be in barrels or in the refrigerator, etc.
Ask questions about feeding schedules, extra charges to give heartworm pills or medications, or anything else you wonder about.
If you like the kennel and it’s booked for the time you’ll be away, get put on a waiting list and make a reservation at your second or third choice. If a space becomes available, don’t forget to cancel any other reservations you have made.
After your first impression look specifically for:
- Clean and clean-smelling kennel runs, hallways, feed storage and preparation areas, etc.;
A caring staff;
A breakdown of costs (most charge extra to give medications, for a going-home bath or grooming, etc.)
A list of required vaccinations (many kennels now require Bordatella vaccination against kennel cough).
Once you’ve eliminated the obviously inadequate kennels from consideration, you have to decide which level of care you want for your family pet, how much you want to pay for that care, and how comfortable you are with the people who will be providing that care. Ask questions.
Never leave your dog in a place that is not clean and well staffed. Trust your first impression and instincts on this. If absolutely necessary, some veterinarians will kennel your dog for you (but it generally expensive).
Finding a kennel for your Boston Terrier is very important. It will take you some time, so start early. Alot a couple of weeks to find one. Whenever possible narrow your search by making phone calls first.
If you have any experience with boarding your Boston Terrier at a kennel, tell me about it below.