For basic kennel services, you can expect to pay an average of approximately $25 for a day stay, while an overnight stay will cost around $40, while a full week will set you back about $150. The important thing to check is if they will be simply housing your dog or if it is a full-fledged ‘boarding’ type establishment.
This is important to know, especially if you will be gone for more than a day. A boarding house style stay includes things like play, interactions with other dogs, treats, and is more like having a family member of friend watch your pet.
By contrast, sometimes when you hear ‘kennel’ it means they will simply put your dog in a cage with some bedding, feed them regularly, and interactions will be at a minimal at best.
So, be sure to do your homework and check around before your vacation or your work trip – your dog and your conscience will be much more forgiving about your absence if you do!
In this article, we’ve collected popular questions about housing options for your dog. How much should you pay a friend to help? Do dogs actually like kennels sometimes? Find out the answers to these and other important questions by reading on through the sections that follow!
Table of Contents
- How much does it cost to kennel a dog at PetSmart?
- How much does it cost to kennel a dog UK?
- Do dogs like being in a kennel?
- How much should I pay someone to watch my dog?
- Where can I leave my dog when I go on vacation?
- How early can you board a puppy?
- How much do you pay a friend to dog sit?
- Is putting dogs in boarding kennels cruel?
- How long can you leave a dog in a boarding kennel?
- What is the difference between kennel and boarding?
How much does it cost to kennel a dog at PetSmart?
If you are looking to kennel your dog at PetSmart, this is a great option, but keep in mind that prices are going to vary a little from location to location. On average, expect a ranger between $15 up to 41$ to stay for the day or even an overnight stay in their kennels.
How much does it cost to kennel a dog UK?
If you are looking to kennel your dog and you live in the UK, then the average rates to expect for a dog will be approximately £17 to £18 per day, while a 2-week visit will run an average amount of around £243.
If you also have a cat that needs kenneling, the rate is a little lower, with an average daily rate of £9.50 and a 2-week stay will set you back approximately £134.
Do dogs like being in a kennel?
While many owners absolutely hate having to kennel their dog, a recent study has indicated that we may have less to worry about when it comes to your dog’s experience in the kennel.
The study seemed to show that in the more active kennels, where dogs have toys and time to interact, that dogs left there tend to view it in a somewhat similar way that we would to a vacation.
So, while your dog certainly will miss you, just remember that they’ll also get plenty of treats and time around other dogs while you are gone. As long as you don’t make a habit of it, that kennel is not necessarily so bad!
How much should I pay someone to watch my dog?
If you need to hire a petsitter, rates can vary a bit, but on average a short visit is going to run around $25 to $35, while overnight pet sitting is a bit more expensive, but not too much so at around $75 to $85 per night.
Just be sure to check local boarding options, as you might be able to get a lot more at a very competitive rate – it all depends on the individual sitter and the boarding standards of the local kennel house.
Where can I leave my dog when I go on vacation?
You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to housing your dog while you are away. You can hire a pet sitter, for instance, and depending on the sitter, many of them are quite good and will keep your dog entertained.
Next, a traditional boarding house is another good option, and don’t forget your friends and family – some will be quite willing to spend a few nights at your place for free food and a little cash, or simply willing to let your dog stay at their place until you get back.
How early can you board a puppy?
It depends on how timely you’ve been in getting vaccines for your puppy. Usually by 12 to 16 weeks of age your pup should have run the full gamut of their vaccinations and thus will be safe at the boarding house and also safe for the other dogs.
Expect to bring in your paperwork to show the boarding house that your pet has indeed had their shots and then you should be able to board them.
How much do you pay a friend to dog sit?
The easiest way to determine the ‘friend rate’ for doggie assistance is to take the professional cost and give them 30% up to 40% of that.
A quick visit to walk your dog for 15 minutes would thus be around the 7$ to 10$ range, though if you’re a really good friend then a 20-minute walk for 20$ should make everyone happy and make sure that the friend will want to make themselves available if you ever have an emergency!
Is putting dogs in boarding kennels cruel?
Used in moderation, there is nothing wrong with boarding your dog in a kennel. In a good kennel, they will be around other dogs, and should be getting the occasional treat, exercise, and a little interaction with the kennel-keepers so it’s not like sticking them in a prison.
Just be sure to see their setup on your own and ask what the typical day will be like, beyond that, be sure to only use kennels when you absolutely have to. In small amounts.
That way, it’s fairly harmless, but if your dog has to spend a lot of regular time there then there is a risk that they could become depressed or even develop separation anxiety
How long can you leave a dog in a boarding kennel?
It depends on your dog, but veterinary experts advise that 2 to 4 weeks should be the absolute longest time that your dog is in the kennel.
Remember, dogs are pack animals, and when they move into your home then you and your family are now their pack – too much time away depresses your dog and they can act out or even harm themselves from the stress of living against their instinctual ‘pack’ programming.
So, use the kennel sparingly whenever you can and try to get family members and friends that your dog knows to help out from time to time, as this can help to keep your dog in a good mental state when you must be gone for long periods of time.
What is the difference between kennel and boarding?
While some places interchange the terms a bit, technically a kennel is just going to be a place leave your dog so that they will be regularly fed and can’t get into trouble. A boarding house, however, goes the extra mile to keep your pet stimulated.
This includes treats, petting, and playtime so that your dog is treated more like one of your friends or family would treat them, rather than simply fed and housed.
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
I currently live with two yorkies and a chihuahua mix.