My usual home boarder can't have DDog next weekend

(9 Posts)
belindarose Sat 29-Sep-12 09:04:59

I have to go away for 5 nights and can't take him. Only friend who could have had him is also away. I'm looking at other local home boarders but put off by one that says 'We also provide basic training based on Cesar Milan's methods'. Others want them to be 'good with cats'. Well, I have a cat but I wouldn't say he is 'good' with her, she just stays away from him.

Anyone have experience of kennels? He's used to a crate, but I'm a bit wary.

NimpyWindowMash Sat 29-Sep-12 09:13:38

I have had no problems with kennels and feel that my dog has been well cared for. But I would prefer not to send an older dog to kennels who had previously had only home boarding. Might be a bit of a shock for them. I think it's a good idea to introduce a young dog to the idea of kennels so that they see it as normal.

PleAse don't go for the one that uses that dickhead CM training.

I can't bear him. He is possibly the most foolish horrible man I've ever seen.

Is there no family or friends available?
When are you going? Is there an oppourtunity to go and have a look around before you decide?

All home boarders (and boarding kennels) should be licensed by the local authority. Why not ring them up and ask for the list of licensed premises? You can also (under FOI request) require to see inspection reports which is very helpful too. I really don't understand why more Councils publish these lists on their websites - it would be helpful for dog owners.

We very occasionally (about once a year) put ours in to kennels - a good kennel will take care of your dog well. Many kennels offer a free "day stay" as a taster and to help your dog familiarise - this could be worth thinking about? These days lots of kennels will send you texts, photos and even video updates about your dog too while you are away, which is nice if (like me) you are frettting.

I would also Google your shortlist of premises, and see if you can find any reviews. It can be very interesting what this throws up.

Our springer loves our local kennels; but he also goes there once or twice a week for day care! Go and have a look round some local ones - you'll get a feel very quickly whether they're right or not.

Our kennels spend loads of time playing with the dogs - I regularly turn up to find mine hanging out in the staff room playing than in her actual kennel!

kid Sat 29-Sep-12 21:59:09

I couldn't put my dog in kennels but thats just because he is like my baby and the thought of him being locked up in a small space is too sad for me to imagine.

When we go on holiday, he goes and stays with a dog trainer that I know.
What area are you in? Maybe someone here can recommend someone they know?

jellybrain Mon 01-Oct-12 21:03:13

Where are you I know of 2 in the Oxford area we've used if u r interested.

belindarose Mon 01-Oct-12 23:53:33

Thanks. I've found one that I'm happy with. Don't have time for a taster day as it's quite short notice, but thought it was a good sign that they offer it generally (free).

I think he'll be fine...

jellybrain Tue 02-Oct-12 14:52:38

Good to hear smile it must be a weight off your mind.

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