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Choosing a Suitable Boarding Kennels


You will need to locate a good and reputable kennel to board your dog, but where do you start? For many owners the decision to use a boarding kennels is a last resort, after family and friends have been discounted as babysitters for their precious family pet. All boarding kennels should be licensed by the local authority, which means they comply to the statutory regulations for accommodation and administration – but these are the minimum standards you should expect from any boarding kennels. Licensed boarding kennels is a minimum starting point, not your main consideration when making a decision, you will have to find some additional information.

There are a number of questions that may lead you to a more informed decision to create a short-list of potential places to board your dog while you’re away. To assist, we have added flowcharts to guide you through the telephone enquiries and when visiting a potential Boarding Kennels.

Start by telephoning those kennels convenient for you to establish initial information:

Is the location convenient for you?

If travelling is a restriction for you, then you’re going to need a boarding kennels which is local to you, or local to the place you need to be (airport, relative’s home, train station, etc.), or which offers a pick-up and delivery service. You will find a list of boarding kennels located in Greater Manchester on this site, separated into north or south Manchester and then listed by town.

Do you know anyone who has used the kennels for their own dog?

Word of mouth is a reliable way of getting an opinion on the quality of accommodation and service from any business and boarding kennels are no exception. So if you have a relative or friend who has boarded their own dog in the kennels, speak to them about their own experience of that business. Your own vet is also a good source of information or recommendation about local boarding kennels. If you’re a member of any training clubs or canine associations ask people there for opinions on kennels.

Does your dog need to have an up to date vaccination certificate?

If the kennels does not require a veterinary certificate to show that your dog’s vaccinations and boosters are up to date walk away immediately! Not only is this a requirement of the boarding kennels licensing, but it exposes your dog to risk of infection from others. In addition to the annual vaccination/booster, most kennels also ask for proof of treatment to prevent kennel cough, which can be a severe illness in dogs if contracted.

Are the dogs exercised daily?

Most dogs require exercising twice a day, if the kennels doesn’t provide a daily exercise routine for it’s boarders then you should consider if such a poor quality of care is acceptable for your dog. It is most unlikely that the staff will have the time to walk each of the dogs for an hour twice each day, but an exercise area where they can play or a short lead walk will break the boredom of your dog’s day, give him some exercise and a chance of toilet facilities away from the kennel and run where he sleeps.

Will your dog occupy an individual kennel?

Unless you are boarding more than one dog (it is not uncommon for dogs from the same family to be housed together, unless you specify otherwise) it should always be the case that your dog has his own individual kennel and outside run area. Do not accept shared kennel facilities for your dog, unless it is with another dog that they normally live with.

What are the daily charges for boarding your dog?

You cannot judge the quality of the boarding kennels by price alone, the cheapest isn’t necessarily the worst and the dearest is not necessarily the best. But you do need to establish the cost of the facilities that the kennels offer to be able to make a judgement of the cost comparable to other similar facilities and your own budget

Can you visit the kennels to have a look around?

If the prospective kennels do not allow you to look around before you book your dog in for accommodation, then simply don’t book your dog in at all – it is sometimes the case that there’s things that the business does not want you to see or be aware of. Don’t be surprised if visitors are only allowed at certain times of the day, as the staff do have cleaning, feeding and exercising routines to take care of at other times.

When you have narrowed down your list to just two or three possible places for your dog to stay while you’re away, arrange to go and take a look at them. Check that the site looks presentable, well maintained and cared for, this is the first indication that the owners have a genuine interest in their business. Check if the place is clean throughout and the level of care that’s apparent while you’re there.

Are the kennels clean and well maintained?

Depending on the time of day you visit, you may see mess in some of the kennels or runs. They should be thoroughly cleaned daily (normally each morning) and maintained throughout the day, plus poo scooping as required. Ask what the daily cleaning routine is, to satisfy yourself that you will be leaving your dog in a clean environment.

Are the staff friendly, open and cooperative?

Good kennels staff are proud of their kennels and are happy to meet owners who genuinely care about their dogs, they will be pleased to show the kennels to you and discuss how they operate. Don’t be surprised that the existing boarders will bark while you are there, something is happening in their environment and it’s normal that they will express their opinion on it. Noise (especially barking) is quite normal in kennels while people are present, when everything is settled and calm they are quiet while the dogs are relaxed. Experienced kennels staff will notice if your dog is not coping with the dogs in adjoining kennels and move him/her to a quieter location if necessary.

Are the staff or supervision qualified?

Many people say that you can’t beat experience – and there is some merit in that. In addition to experience, good skills and knowledge means that your dog will be cared for in a professional manner both practically and aesthetically. Common qualifications for boarding kennels staff are Animal Care, Kennel and Cattery Management and Animal First Aid.

What provision is in place for illness or accidents?

Make sure there is good provision if your dog is injured or suddenly taken ill, a good quality boarding kennels will have a member of staff who is qualified in canine first aid, to assist your dog prior to veterinary treatment. In the event of illness or injury establish if the boarding kennels will contact your own vet first of all. In that event, ensure they have facilities to transport your dog to and from the vet. If your own vet isn’t available, ensure that the kennel has an arrangement with a local vet for 24 hour on-call cover for their boarders.

Do you need to supply your own dog food?

If the kennels supply food for their boarders, establish the brand(s) and type of food available to ensure it is suitable for your dog. If you wish to supply your own dog food, or your dog has particular dietary needs, make sure that the boarding kennels is able to use your supplied food specifically for your dog.

Can the kennels handle special medical needs?

If your dog requires regular medicines or injections, are the kennels staff able (and experienced) to handle these needs. Some kennels have specialist or experienced staff who will take responsibility for administering veterinary prescribed medication.

What toys and bedding can you include for your dog’s stay?

Most kennels accept a piece of clothing or fabric that carries your scent, to give comfort and reassurance to your dog. Some kennels will accept that you take the dog’s bed along for their stay, but not all as this can interfere with daily routines, under-floor heating systems or be unsuitable for the kennelling facilities. Toys are a dilemma for boarding kennels, as they do not want any risk of choking or accidents as a result of toys provided by the owner. It is the case that anything which you are allowed to leave with your pet whilst boarding will be at your own risk only, as some dogs behave differently when in kennels than when at home with their owners – meaning that the well behaved house dog you live with the rest of the year may well chew and shred everything you have left with them in your absence!