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Thread: Boarding Kennels - Possible for Dog to Enjoy?

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    Hi

    I will be putting Bear in boarding kennels again for a couple of days. He has been there before and seemed to go OK.

    I am trying for this to be a normal part of his life with me. I wouldn't leave my previous dog and that reduced by ability to lead a normal life. Bear is fairly easy-going but I wonder how their minds work when they are in boarding kennels.

    House-sitters and taking him with me are not an option. The other option would be to leave him at home alone for the 2 days I will be away and get a neighbour to feed him. But I think that might be more traumatic, at least he will have company in the kennels.

    What do you think?

    Gerri

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    Depends entirely on the kennel.

    May I ask who you're planning on using?

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    As A&B said it depends on the kennel. Some put the dogs in runs and don't take them out until the owner collects them. Others offer services including free-runs or walks daily for an extra charge.

    I would always prefer to keep a dog at a boarding kennel than rely on neighbors to watch them, even if they were just in a run all day. There is always a chance they could hurt themselves at home and no-one will know until they come and check, at a kennel they have staff who constantly monitor the animals health.

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    We used to have boarding Kennels and some of the dogs could not wait to get out of the car. They used to have a great time and loved being there. It depends on the dogs personality and the Kennel.
    Mostly what the staff are like, same as vets, some are great, some not so great, some terrible
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrib View Post
    Hi

    I will be putting Bear in boarding kennels again for a couple of days. He has been there before and seemed to go OK.

    I am trying for this to be a normal part of his life with me. I wouldn't leave my previous dog and that reduced by ability to lead a normal life. Bear is fairly easy-going but I wonder how their minds work when they are in boarding kennels.

    House-sitters and taking him with me are not an option. The other option would be to leave him at home alone for the 2 days I will be away and get a neighbour to feed him. But I think that might be more traumatic, at least he will have company in the kennels.

    What do you think?

    Gerri
    I'd put him in the kennels. Anything could happen while he is by himself for two days and you are not there to care for him. He'll Be safe In the Kennels.
    You could always leave him a jumper or rub youself on a blanket so it smells like you.

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    Mine loved it. Two were 9 months old, I boarded them for a week and their mother was at home being checked on and fed once a day.
    Now with the big dog yard I have all 3 (now 4) the pups now nearly 2 years old stay in it and are checked on and fed etc by my FIL or others if we are away.

    They have much more room to run, shady trees, clam shell pool and snug beds in their shed here so This way now is what I prefer.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    My dog loves the kennels I take her to. She always gets loads of play time with other dogs and the staff adore her. And she adores them.

    When I show up she doesn't know who to schmooze first which while I get a tiny bit jealous makes me feel good about the kennel.

    I like that the fencing is very secure and she's got buckleys of escaping. Or if by chance it did happen, it would be noticed immediately. My brother's house has very insecure fencing and I'm not sure my dog wouldn't leave to look for me. And my mum's house doesn't any yard. And she drives my friends and their neighbours nuts. They love her but can't cope full time.

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    With my old dog I was very lucky that I had a friend who'd look after her when I had to leave her. She'd grown up with his old dog and he loved her to bits. He was also retired, so plenty of time for walks and cuddles. She loved staying at his. I think she was a bit autistic, not good at adapting to strange environments, so kennel would have been very traumatic for her.

    I don't know if my friend would look after my new dog. I hope he will as she gets on like a house on fire with his staffy.

    But if I had to find another place for her, I think I'd still avoid kennels only for the fact that she is absolutely not used to sleeping alone. So I think I would find one of those carers who look after dogs in their own homes. I think the price is about the same.

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    Thanks for all your replies. I think Bear might be the sort of dog who actually enjoys all the action at the kennels

    I'm using the boarding kennels in Beechworth, Victoria. The owners are very caring.

    Gerri

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    I hope he enjoys it. It makes such a difference when you can go away and feel relaxed in the knowledge that your dog won't get depressed without you.

    I once left my dog with the friend who minded my house when I went to Europe for a few weeks. Got a distressed email a few days after I left because my dog refused to leave the house. She even pooed inside, something she'd never done before! So I got the friend who usually looked after her to go pick her up and she was fine with him and I could stop worrying.

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