This depends on many factors including your dog’s temperament, whether they experience kennel stress, whether the kennel is properly vetted, how your dog handles separation from you, as well as how they manage being near other dogs.
In the following sections of this article, I will cover the pros and cons of choosing to kennel your dog and how to make sure you are choosing the right kennel for your dog. I will also discuss how to prepare your dog for boarding them at a kennel.
Table of Contents
- What are the pros of boarding your dog at a kennel?
- What are the cons of boarding your dog at a kennel?
- What is kennel stress?
- What is kennel syndrome?
- Is it true that my dog can get sick from being boarded in a kennel?
- How to choose the right kennel?
- What are signs of a good, safe kennel to board your dog?
- How much does boarding your dog at the kennel cost?
- How do I prepare my dog for being boarded at a kennel?
- What do I need to bring for my dog when I drop them off at the kennel?
What are the pros of boarding your dog at a kennel?
The benefits of boarding your dog at a kennel include the safety of having round-the-clock care unlike with a pet sitter, who would only be around 2-3 hours a day maximum. Your dog will not have all the stress of traveling, as being in the car or a plane can be extremely uncomfortable and stressful.
The likelihood of your dog being boarded with other dogs is extremely high, so there is a good opportunity for socialisation with other dogs and play, which is important for them as well.
What are the cons of boarding your dog at a kennel?
Your dog may not get enough opportunities to empty their bladder, which can lead to urinary tract infections. Your dog could pick up diseases carried by other dogs in the kennel. Your furry friend could also develop kennel stress or kennel syndrome.
If your dog is prone to separation anxiety, boarding your dog in a kennel may not be a great idea, as it may cause undue stress and lead to things like kennel stress and kennel syndrome.
What is kennel stress?
Kennel stress is condition that some dogs can develop while being boarded. Common symptoms include pacing, aggression, digging, barking, depression, and loss of appetite. It’s important to realise that with adequate preparation, you can help your dog acclimatise to being boarded and avoid kennel stress.
What is kennel syndrome?
Kennel syndrome is a phenomenon where dogs who have been left in kennels for too long actually experience periods of temporary insanity. In a study conducted at The University of Bristol’s Anthrozoology Institute, videotapes of some 30 police dogs were viewed after being placed in their kennels after work.
The dogs after a little while displayed signs of distress, including temporary mental illness, even though these dogs were having a lot of attention and handling throughout the day. So, it is incredibly important that when boarding your dog at a kennel, that your pet receives enough time outside of his or her kennel.
Is it true that my dog can get sick from being boarded in a kennel?
Yes, it is possible for your dog to contract diseases while being boarded at your chosen kennel, no matter how much cleaning and sanitising the kennel does. Diseases like Kennel cough, rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus, and canine influenza are contagious and spread by sharing food bowls, sharing other contaminated items, and direct contact with other dogs.
How to choose the right kennel?
There are several key things to look for when choosing the right kennel for your dog. Talk to your friends and veterinarian and see if they have any recommendations for good kennels. Next, visit and inspect your choices.
Be sure to ask a lot of questions of the people who will be looking after your canine friend. Some important questions to ask include:
- Can you bring your own dog’s food to avoid bowel upset?
- How often will the dogs get 1-on-1 time with a member of staff?
- If the dogs are allowed to play together, will there be any supervision to prevent dog fights and escape attempts?
- Have there been any outbreaks of kennel cough or other diseases at the kennel?
What are signs of a good, safe kennel to board your dog?
A good kennel will be clean and provide adequately sized lodging for each dog that allows for their own food and water bowls and protects against wind and rain. The kennel should also look escape proof and safe.
The staff should show a genuine interest and care about the health and wellbeing of your dog. The staff should be willing to answer any questions you have about their facilities as well as how they will be looking after your dog.
How much does boarding your dog at the kennel cost?
Kennel prices can vary depending on the type of boarding kennel you choose, the size of your pooch, and the length of stay. The average price of a full day’s stay in a kennel is anywhere between $30 and $80. If you are planning to leave your dog for several days at a time, the kennel may offer you a discount. The average cost is around $150 to $200 for a week.
How do I prepare my dog for being boarded at a kennel?
There are several things you can do to help get your dog ready for its stay at the kennel. Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are all up to date. Schedule an overnight stay at your chosen boarding kennel so they can get used to the environment. If your dog has never spent any time in a crate, then spend a few weeks before boarding them getting them used to be in a crate.
It’s also important that your dog understands basic commands and has had some socialisation with other dogs prior to boarding them.
What do I need to bring for my dog when I drop them off at the kennel?
When you drop off your dog, be sure you brought some of their own toys and their dog bed to help them settle into the kennel. Bring any medication and food they will be eating while there. Provide your dog with a few chew toys and stuffed animals, so they can keep themselves occupied while they are in their kennels. Including one of your clothing items, like a tshirt, will also help the dog feel less lonely if in the kennel alone.