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    Default Choosing a Kennel

    Were going on holidays very soon (YAY) but in order to do so we need to find a good kennel to take on chloe for 17 days...

    And of course, i've never had to do this before and have no idea what to look out for so am going insane hoping i am making the right decision..

    SO my questions (which i'll answer with the one i think i have chosen)are

    Who do you use

    What did you look for

    why did you go there?

    And special requirements made from the kennel?

    Any special requirements you wanted?

    Did they meet your expectations?

    How much was it?

    What was the set up like?

    How often did they get let out for a play?

    Did you provide food or did they?

    anything else you want to add or think i should know ??

    Next post will answer my own questions and please tell me what you think!!

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    Who do you use The place is called praeline i think, it's a family run kennel where they live on the property.. They are registered breeders of poodles, run an onsite grooming business along with the kennel and she's a judge at dog shows. She also has a kennel for rescue dogs rehabilitation

    What did you look for Cleanliness, how much dogs they had, the happiness of the dogs, the runs and how big they were, clean water bowls that were full, how hot it was in their area, how open she was about showing me around, the times they ran, food etc..

    why did you go there?
    Came as an offer from a friend as its her in laws that run it, after i told her of the one i first went too which seemed horrible.

    And special requirements made from the kennel? she insisted that i show all documentation (vac's desexing etc) and also that I deflea with frontline or revolution due to the other businesses she runs she cant afford fleas!

    Any special requirements you wanted? not particularly i didnt really know what to look for, i just wanted somewhere that LOVED dogs, and i like the fact shes a an ex vet and has lives on the property etc.. I also wanted a place that i could take her blanket and toys too which the first place (not this one) said no to.

    Did they meet your expectations?
    Well find out!

    How much was it? $17 a day, includes all food, kenneling and a wash

    What was the set up like?
    theres 4 massive areas that the dogs can run in, they kennels are the same as the rscpas in terms of all steel water bowl, concrete with a bed, a clam shell with water a food bowl etc.. The water is automatically refilled with a refridgerated dispenser thing so it doesn't matter if the dogs knock it over.. There is bore water sprinklers on top of the shed roof which cools it down a heck of a lot (i went today it was 42 outside but heaps cooler in the shed)

    How often did they get let out for a play? 2ce a day, in separate pens, for an hour - hour and a half at 6am,, and then again late evening when it cools down for the same time if they want to of course..

    Did you provide food or did they? they provide everything, from chicken necks, to mutton, to chicken mince, prota pet dog roll if thats what they like kibble only if thats what the dog has.. Only things she doesn't have access to is roo meat.

    anything else you want to add or think i should know ?? probably heaps!!

    how does that sound???

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    SO my questions (which i'll answer with the one i think i have chosen)are

    Who do you use? I refuse to use a kennel, I either ensure that puppy can come too, or have him visit a very close friend of mine

    ETA: Or I hire a pet minder for him


    What did you look for? Firstly, someone I can trust, someone with the ability to understand why I treat my dog the way I do and that there is a reason I do everything.

    why did you go there? Because I feel there is too much risk with a kennel, there is too much of a chance that he will catch a disease, get out or get hurt.

    And special requirements made from the kennel?

    Any special requirements you wanted?

    Did they meet your expectations?

    How much was it?

    What was the set up like?

    How often did they get let out for a play?

    Did you provide food or did they?

    anything else you want to add or think i should know ??

    Next post will answer my own questions and please tell me what you think!![/QUOTE]
    Last edited by Angela's Gone Batty; 01-20-2010 at 06:58 AM.

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    Having worked in kennels there are a few things that I look for.

    Are the owners actively involved?
    How long have the staff been there?
    Recommendations, recommendations & more recommendations?
    How long do the dogs have out in the exercise yards?
    How much shade is there for this time of year?
    What do they feed or can I supply my own food?
    Will my dog be on its own or with another dog and if so how many. You don't want them overcrowded but you'd be surprised at how much happier they are with company provided the staff are experienced with matching non-family dogs. This is not an option if your dog is aggressive.
    If you have a little dog are they kept separate from medium and large dogs?
    If my dogs needs veterinary attention while here who do you use.
    Can I come for an inspection and see where my dog will be housed, the exercise areas, where it will sleep and on what? Remember that a large kennel must go for cleanliness over fluffy blankets etc because these harbour germs.

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