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    I have read a series of horror stories in another forum - about SBT killing other dogs. Not that they should have been allowed to exercise with other dogs - especially very small ones - but once the fight is on - even if the exercise yard is well supervised - it's hard to stop another dog from being seriously hurt.

    But I wonder if the particular kennel has a no Husky, GSD, Malamute etc policy too.

    One of the places I board my dog - has limited exercise area - so they check how each dog gets along with the other dogs before allowing them to run together. It would be really inconvenient but not impossible for them if they had to run some dogs on their own.

    So I guess - if the kennel has had previous bad experience with SBT or other breeds - that they might ban them. But that means it's the wrong kennel for SBT (and probably any other dog) anyway.

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    Excellent explanation.

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    I looked at the website and they also don't take in Huskies and Malamutes.

    I'm currently at my partners house so its not Bears usual kennels. He has been to 2 that have been great. The current one he goes to he is looked after by my friend so I know he is in good hands.


    That kennel was my last option for this area. I went out to the one closer to my partners house and it was horrible. The cages were tiny, he said the routine was that he checks on them during the day, lets them out for 15 minutes of an afternoon then they get coaxed back inside for their dinner and that was it. Bear goes for 2 walks a day and I've been taking him to the dog park for an hour or 2 of an afternoon so 15 mins of exercise is not enough.
    Luckily my bfs brother has agreed to look after him for the price I would have paid at the kennels, Bear likes him and at least I know he wont be cooped up alone for 23 hours and 45 minutes every day :|

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    When ever I drop Harley & Bella off I always remind the kennel people not to let them in with other dogs, I kennel my them in the same run as I don't think they would cope being separated.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    MAC - very well said and exceptionally well explained.

    I too run a small home based dog minding business and have done so for the past 8 years. I do not take Staffy's for all the reasons you mentioned plus my own clients are loath to mix their dogs with certain breeds (including German Shepherd and anything with bull in its name). I decided long ago it was not my job to change their minds or lose business. I want my job to be as easy as possible (in relation to dealing with dog owners who can be quite particular as they should be when having their dogs cared for) and as pleasant as possible for my clients. It is important they drop their dog off happy with the boarders.

    And before I get verbally bludgeoned let me state my decision does not necessarily reflect my own personal views.

    But we have a large population of staffy's in the area I live in and unfortunately a lot are owned by young males who think it is okay to not neutered their dog, parade them around in studded collars off leash. These dogs are not afraid to approach anyone or anything and though the tail is wagging they are still extreme intimidating in their approach. Young owners do not call their dogs away. Hence the start of a bias of opinion towards this breed of dog in my area.

    I am not saying this is right it is just the facts.

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    Personally - I would prefer to judge each dog on its merits. But I can't even reliably predict what my own dog will do - eg if another dog is rude or stomps on her during the greeting process, she has told it off very loudly and scarily. This is a relatively new behaviour as she matures and dragging her away from the other dog seems to make her display worse. Mostly - she's an absolute grovel dog. But I never promise that. I don't know how well behaved the other dog is going to be.

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    I've worked in several kennels now. And most have the same policy. It's NOT a reflection that the kennel is bad or poorly managed, it's called business and managing risk. For starters do you know how hard it is to get experienced staff with qualification that also want to scoop up poo for a living and get paid crap money for it too?

    During peak times the kennels are full.

    Not all kennels mix their dogs, two that I've worked at do. We find on the whole that a social dog will enjoy it's experience with a couple of companions. And no we don't walk in on fights or chunks missing from dogs on a daily basis. Quite the opposite. Careful matching means there is basically no trouble.

    But most kennels do have group exercise time. Otherwise they wouldn't be able to run a business because they couldn't hold many dogs.

    They are matched to the right type of dogs and often you may try two different runs to make sure you got the right mix.

    It's also surprising how many times you end up with 3 or 4 chocolate labs together, all the goldies together, dogs do gravitate to their own breed because we are matching exercise requirements and personalities.

    We also have three separate blocks. Little dogs, medium sized dogs and large dogs. Little dogs don't get anywhere near the others for obvious reasons. In little dogs often terriers are the ones you are careful when matching.

    Puppies are often matched up because an older dog doesn't want to board with them. So there are lots taken into consideration.

    As I said the kennels I work at don't not accept SBT we just can't take them during peak time when we don't have the space for them to be on there own. There are a couple of regulars who we take because their owners board them often due to work commitments, that's just called looking after your regulars. Out of school holidays we love having them. They are put into their own run and always become a favourite with staff.

    And as I said some other dogs are rejected during peak times because they are anti-social.

    We don't get many purebred Mastiffs in, but when we do they are pretty goofy, the mixes however generally have issues.

    Go to any pound or shelter website and see the amount of SBT's and X's of that are in there. They are bought and then people don't put in the effort, can't walk them without their arm being pulled off, not socialised properly etc. A good SBT is wonderful but I got to tell you they must be going to their friends or family for boarding because we don't get many of the good ones.

    I've also said that BC's are hard to match, low tolerance for idiot dogs or the silly over the top ones, these are often the types of dogs you get in boarding because friends/family don't want to mind them, they are a handful.

    When you have dog aggressive dogs in boarding even putting them out for exercise is difficult because we don't use the exercise yard next to them because they will go at the dogs in the next yard thru the fence and possibly causing a problem in there. This is what I mean by management and costs.

    A small family run kennel that doesn't mix any dog (except dogs from the same family) will probably take SBT's, this is great for the SBT but it's not going to be a high earning kennel.

    Cats are never mingled, but they require much less man power to look after and make a good profit.

    Boarding kennels are a business.
    Last edited by MAC; 10-26-2012 at 09:30 AM.

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    The two boarding kennels Frosty has stayed at - love her cos she has gotten a long with any dog they put her with. The old ones, the young ones, but farm dogs especially kelpies are her faves.

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