Is it Cruel to Put a Dog in Kennels? (Solved & Explained!)

Putting your dog in kennels may seem like a cruel idea, especially if you have an anxiety-prone pet. However, most kennels are run by professionals who are exceptionally dog-friendly. Your dog will be well looked after and won’t feel abandoned, but may miss you if you leave them there for a long time.

What Should I Know Before Boarding My Dog?

Firstly, you should make sure you only leave your dog with an accredited kennel that adheres to all hygiene and health rules.

Secondly, you should check whether there are cool, shaded places where the dogs can cool off and water is always available, especially in hot weather.

Talk to the kennel owners one-on-one, do they love to do this job, or are they looking for a commercial purpose, you should try to understand this, after all, your dog will live with them for a certain period.

You should inquire as to the quality, storage, and preparation of the dry and wet foods provided.

The most important point is to find out whether the kennel that you will entrust your dog to has official documents and veterinarians available in an emergency.

Will My Dog Be Comfortable in The Kennel?

Do your research, if you find a reputable kennel with good reviews that adheres to all the safety standards then your dog will likely be happy there for a short stay.

But there are some dogs, mainly those with high anxiety, who may struggle to adjust to a kennel and may feel abandoned. Don’t worry, most kennels will allow your dog to visit before they stay overnight, and the qualified dog trainers will inform you if your dog is unsuitable for boarding.

The psychological state of your dog is just as important as the quality of the kennel. You should think about all this and decide before you leave your dog there.

What Are The Negative Effects of Leaving My Dog in Kennels?

Leaving your dog in kennels can have negative effects, both physically and psychologically.

First of all, your dog may have anxiety disorders due to feelings of abandonment and fear. In addition to this, symptoms of depression are also at the top of possibilities. 

Since the adaptation process to a new environment will take time, your dog may stop eating for a short time while she adjusts. Conversely, some dogs may overeat for comfort. Your dog may not want to socialize with other dogs in the kennel and may exhibit aggressive behavior as a result.

There is also the respiratory disease called “Kennel Cough”, which is contagious. However, reputable kennels always ask all dog owners to produce a Kennel Cough vaccination certificate before they allow the dog to be boarded. So you can rest assured that no other dog is a carrier.

Do Dogs Like Being in Kennels?

Dogs adapt their kennels quite easily for the most part. If it is warm in winter and cool in summer, clean, and there are lots of friends for your dog to play with, most dogs like being in kennels more than at home!

Dogs are creatures that adopt the places they live in quite quickly. If you leave their favorite toys and food bowls behind for them to enjoy, the presence of something familiar will help the transition.

Whether your dog is comfortable in the kennels with other dogs depends on the quality of the kennel and the type of services it offers. Dogs that do not have social cohesion problems can easily adapt to kennel life.

How Bad are Kennels for Dogs?

Dog kennels can be one of the best or worst places for your dog, depending on the kennel. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there that charge high prices and offer the best services, but scrimp on actual dog care and dogs come away neglected, depressed and anxious.

These kennels usually do not screen the dogs coming in and are rife with kennel cough, canine distemper, rabies, parvovirus, and canine influenza that can affect your dogs’ health.

However, it is easy to spot a good kennel. Good reputable kennels are run by professionals who will present their qualifications when requested and will be happy for you to look around before boarding your dog.

Do Dogs Think You’re Never Coming Back?

Dogs do not have a sense of object permanence, so they may perceive all departures as abandonment, even if it is for a short time. 

If you keep to a routine your dog quickly learns that you are coming home at a certain time, but when a new routine is introduced this can be anxiety-inducing for your dog, at least at first.

Will My Dog Get Stressed Out in The Kennel?

When you leave your dog in the kennel he will be stressed at first because it’s a new environment. He will hear unfamiliar barking sounds, see new faces, and wonder where he is.

Reputable kennel owners go out of their way to make a new dog feel comfortable and right at home. They get to know your dogs’ temperament and introduce them to new dogs that will match their play style so they don’t feel lonely.

What Does a Stressed Dog Look Like?

Stressed dogs are on high alert. Their pupils will dilate and their eyes will widen. Their ears will either be pinned back on their heads which tells you they are feeling vulnerable, or they will be straight up, showing that they feel threatened.

They will often seek out a place of safety, either in the corner of a room or under a table.

To Board, or Not to Board?

If you are going on a short holiday, it is recommended to board your dog in a kennel, if you can’t find someone to care for them at home. 

Kennels are also great if you are going away for a few weeks if your dog is already used to kennels. 

It is advised to leave them just a night or two at first to see how they react. If your dog is happy then you will feel more comfortable leaving them for longer.

Can I Board My Dog for 2 Weeks?

Yes, you can board your dog for 2 weeks, under normal conditions well-socialized dogs can stay in the kennels for up to 1-2 months, but longer than this is not recommended.