Many dog owners will eventually have to travel and in many cases, they won't be able to take their dogs with them on their trips. These could be business trips or vacations somewhere where they will be flying to their destinations. If they can't get friends or relatives to look after their dogs (or hire a pet sitter), then a puppy dog kennel will have to be used.
Dog boarding is not as bad as it sounds as I have used the puppy kennel a lot in the past for all of my dogs when I had to travel. There are usually many dogs there so they won't necessarily be alone. I would still use a puppy kennel for my own dogs if I can't get a pet sitter for a trip.
However, in my experience, not all dog boarding facilities are the same. Don't just book your dog into the closest or least expensive dog kennel in your area without visiting it first. Always make a visit and insist on taking a look at the actual puppy kennel area, not just the reception or outside. The puppy kennel area is usually behind closed doors from the reception area and they might not automatically give you a tour unless you request one.
You want to see where your dog will be spending its time there and you want to make sure that it is safe and clean. You also want to get a good feeling for the setup. I've been to some facilities that just didn't jive with me for some reason. Personally, I don't like the puppy kennel places that are not connected to an outdoor run of some type. To me, the facilities without a direct connection to an outdoor area for the dogs is not better than some cage. And I don't want to have my dogs in some cage for a week. Unfortunately, this is the setup at most vet clinics that also offer boarding facilities for dogs. Although it's nice to know that vet professionals are in the same place, I just think that other puppy kennels with perhaps more dogs and outdoor access will be nicer.
Many puppy kennel facilities will have it set up so that dogs can choose to go outside to an outside run and back inside whenever they want or at least quite frequently at certain time intervals if the weather is warm. This is one of the criteria I look for in a puppy kennel. Many also have separate areas for smaller and larger dogs just to make the smaller breeds feel more comfortable in case they don't like big dogs.
Many dog kennels now offer scheduled playtime and walks in the trails for additional costs. Grooming services may also be available at some locations. I even saw one such dog boarding facility with a special bone shaped swimming pool.
Good puppy kennels should also be able to accommodate special dietary needs if your dog requires it. You can bring your own dog food or they can supply for you. My dogs are trained to use a dog litter box so we always bring it and use a space that is large enough to have the box right inside their kennel but far enough from where they will sleep. All professionally run locations will also insist proof of kennel cough vaccination. If they do not, than do not use this facility. You don't want to board your dog in a place where there might be infected dogs.
So do your research before booking a puppy kennel where your beloved dog will be spending time while you are away. Even though your dog might not be at home, at least he or she will be taken care of in a secure, safe location run by professionals.
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