How to Choose the Right Kennel For Your Dog…

Have​ ​you​ ​ever​ ​had​ ​to​ ​go​ ​away​ ​on​ ​a​ ​trip​ ​but​ ​couldn’t​ ​bring​ ​your pets?

Kennel Choosing Tips for a Better Place to Leave Your Pet Dogs

I​ ​mean,​ ​don’t​ ​get​ ​me​ ​wrong,​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​travel​ ​a​ ​lot,​ ​but​ ​when​ ​I​ ​do​ ​I prefer​ ​bringing​ ​my​ ​dogs​ ​with​ ​me,​ ​however​ ​sometimes​ ​that​ ​just​ ​isn’t an​ ​option.​ ​

So​ ​in​ ​that​ ​case,​ ​what​ ​do​ ​you​ ​do?

The​ ​first​ ​thing​ ​I​ ​try​ ​and​ ​arrange,​ ​is​ ​to​ ​have​ ​family​ ​come​ ​to​ ​my house​ ​and​ ​watch​ ​my​ ​dogs​ ​while​ ​I​ ​am​ ​away.​ ​But…​ ​once​ ​again, that​ ​is​ ​not​ ​always​ ​an​ ​option.​ ​So​ ​when​ ​you’re​ ​out​ ​of​ ​options​ ​and you​ ​just​ ​aren’t​ ​sure​ ​who​ ​to​ ​leave​ ​them​ ​with​ ​or​ ​where,​ ​what​ ​do you​ ​do?

Lets​ Talk​ About​ ​Dog​ ​Kennels

Dog​ ​kennels​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​bad​ ​rep​ ​with​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​people.​ ​But they​ ​aren’t​ ​all​ ​bad.​ ​Sure,​ ​I​ ​won’t​ ​deny​ ​that​ ​there​ ​are​ ​some kennels​ ​out​ ​there​ ​which happen to be ​way​ ​under​ ​par,​ ​but​ ​does​ ​that​ ​mean we​ ​should​ ​avoid​ ​any​ ​kennel,​ ​anywhere,​ ​any​ ​time?​ ​No,​ ​not​ ​in​ ​my humble​ ​opinion.​ ​

There​ ​truly​ ​are​ ​some​ ​good​ ​kennels​ ​out​ ​there, but​ ​how​ ​do​ ​you​ ​go​ ​about​ ​choosing​ ​the​ ​right​ ​kennel​ ​for​ ​your dog? ​Let’s​ ​woof​ ​about​ ​that​ ​for​ ​a​ ​minute. To​ ​me,​ ​leaving​ ​my​ ​huskies​ ​is​ ​like​ ​leaving​ ​my​ ​children​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first time,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​hard!​ ​They​ ​are​ ​my​ ​kids… with​ ​a​ ​little​ ​more​ ​fur​ ​than​ ​the human​ ​ones​ ​of​ ​course.

When​ ​I​ ​was​ ​out​ ​of​ ​options​ ​and​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​turn​ ​to​ ​a​ ​kennel,​ ​I began​ ​searching​ ​the​ ​web​ ​for​ ​local​ ​kennels.​ ​There​ ​were​ ​a​ ​few that​ ​I​ ​found,​ ​but​ ​one​ ​in​ ​particular​ ​stood​ ​out​ ​to​ ​me.​ ​It​ ​just​ ​gave​ ​off a​ ​warm,​ ​happy,​ ​caring​ ​vibe.​ ​I​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​phone​ ​them.

The​ ​lady​ ​I​ ​spoke​ ​with​ ​began​ ​by​ ​saying​ ​how​ ​much​ ​she​ ​loved huskies.​ ​At​ ​first​ ​I​ ​thought​ ​she​ ​was​ ​just​ ​saying​ ​that,​ ​and​ ​she probably​ ​says​ ​that​ ​about​ ​every​ ​breed,​ ​but​ ​she​ ​went​ ​on​ ​to​ ​say certain​ ​things​ ​about​ ​their​ ​behavior.​ ​She​ ​knew​ ​all​ ​about​ ​the breed.​ ​She​ ​knows​ ​they​ ​wouldn’t​ ​do​ ​well​ ​in​ ​her​ ​small​ ​outdoor area​ ​because​ ​the​ ​fence​ ​would​ ​be​ ​too​ ​low,​ ​and​ ​huskies​ ​can​ ​jump them​ ​easily.​ ​Just​ ​little​ ​things​ ​like​ ​that​ ​already​ ​made​ ​me​ ​feel more​ ​comfortable.​ ​

She​ ​had​ ​asked​ ​if​ ​they​ ​had​ ​any​ ​special​ ​needs she​ ​would​ ​be​ ​tending​ ​to,​ ​told​ ​me​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​free​ ​to​ ​send​ ​something of​ ​mine​ ​that​ ​has​ ​my​ ​scent​ ​on​ ​it,​ ​and​ ​she​ ​was​ ​just​ ​super​ ​friendly. I​ ​was​ ​invited​ ​out​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​her​ ​and​ ​see​ ​the​ ​place​ ​after​ ​she learned​ ​that​ ​I​ ​was​ ​a​ ​concerned​ ​paw-rent.​ ​So​ ​out​ ​I​ ​went! The​ ​place​ ​was​ ​nice​ ​and​ ​clean,​ ​there​ ​were​ ​several​ ​other​ ​dogs staying​ ​there.​ ​There​ ​was​ ​no​ ​poop​ ​in​ ​the​ ​yards.​ ​(meaning​ ​she cleans​ ​it​ ​well.)​ ​I​ ​saw​ ​how​ ​she​ ​interacted​ ​with​ ​the​ ​other​ ​dogs there.​ ​They​ ​loved​ ​her!​ ​She​ ​gives​ ​them​ ​treats,​ ​and​ ​they​ ​were​ ​all happy​ ​to​ ​see​ ​her​ ​when​ ​they​ ​saw​ ​her​ ​face.​ ​Also,​ ​she​ ​lives​ ​right there​ ​on​ ​site.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​convinced.

I​ ​decided​ ​this​ ​was​ ​the​ ​right​ ​place​ ​for​ ​my​ ​fur​ ​babies.

When​ ​I​ ​dropped​ ​them​ ​off,​ ​she​ ​made​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​ask​ ​if​ ​they​ ​had allergies​ ​or​ ​anything​ ​she​ ​should​ ​know,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​making​ ​sure​ ​I had​ ​my​ ​vet​ ​papers,​ ​etc… She​ ​let​ ​me​ ​know​ ​it​ ​was​ ​ok​ ​to​ ​give​ ​her​ ​a​ ​call​ ​to​ ​check​ ​on​ ​them while​ ​I​ ​was​ ​away. Long​ ​story​ ​not​ ​so​ ​short,​ ​when​ ​we​ ​picked​ ​them​ ​up,​ ​the​ ​second they​ ​heard​ ​my​ ​voice,​ ​they​ ​started​ ​to​ ​howl,​ ​she​ ​let​ ​them​ ​out,​ ​and the​ ​joy​ ​and​ ​smiles​ ​on​ ​their​ ​faces​ ​was​ ​just​ ​beautiful!! I​ ​was​ ​thrilled​ ​to​ ​see​ ​that​ ​after​ ​they​ ​greeted​ ​me,​ ​my​ ​dogs​ ​went over​ ​to​ ​the​ ​lady​ ​and​ ​they​ ​were​ ​wagging​ ​their​ ​tails​ ​and​ ​asking​ ​for her​ ​attention,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​knew​ ​they​ ​liked​ ​her​ ​too!

What​ ​did​ ​I​ ​take​ ​out​ ​of​ ​this?

  • Go​ ​with​ ​your​ ​gut!​ ​If​ ​it​ ​doesn’t​ ​feel​ ​right,​ ​it’s​ ​not​ ​right.
  • Talk​ ​to​ ​the​ ​owners​ ​of​ ​the​ ​kennel,​ ​are​ ​they​ ​friendly?​ ​Do​ ​they seem​ ​like​ ​legit​ ​dog​ ​lovers?
  • Visit​ ​the​ ​facility.​ ​Is​ ​it​ ​clean?​ ​Are​ ​you​ ​welcome​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​the facility?
  • How​ ​do​ ​the​ ​other​ ​dogs​ ​react​ ​around​ ​the​ ​owners?
  • Do​ ​they​ ​ask​ ​if​ ​your​ ​dog​ ​has​ ​allergies​ ​or​ ​other​ ​things​ ​they?
  • Do​ ​they​ ​require​ ​vet​ ​papers?

All​ ​of​ ​these​ ​things​ ​are​ ​huge,​ ​for​ ​me​ ​at​ ​least. A​ ​kennel​ ​that​ ​requires​ ​vet​ ​papers,​ ​want​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​the​ ​dogs coming​ ​in​ ​are​ ​healthy,​ ​and​ ​vaccinated.

Make​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​check​ ​that​ ​the​ ​kennel​ ​is​ ​clean. Checking​ ​to​ ​see​ ​how​ ​the​ ​dogs​ ​who​ ​are​ ​already​ ​at​ ​the​ ​kennel act​ ​when​ ​the​ ​owner​ ​goes​ ​near​ ​them​ ​is​ ​huge​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​If​ ​they​ ​are happy​ ​to​ ​see​ ​them… good​ ​sign… if​ ​they​ ​seem​ ​scared​ ​or​ ​just​ ​not thrilled​ ​to​ ​see​ ​them… bad​ ​sign.

Bottom​ ​line,​ ​a​ ​gut​ ​feeling​ ​tells​ ​you​ ​more​ ​than​ ​you​ ​think. Trust​ ​yourself.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​feel​ ​comfortable,​ ​that​ ​means​ ​you should​ ​keep​ ​checking​ ​for​ ​a​ ​better​ ​kennel.

How​ ​about​ ​you?

Have​ ​you​ ​left​ ​your​ ​dogs​ ​in​ ​a​ ​kennel,​ ​if​ ​so,​ ​how​ ​did​ ​you​ ​know​ ​it was​ ​the​ ​right​ ​kennel​ ​for​ ​you?

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jenna drady headshotJenna Drady

Jenna Drady is the author and creator of She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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2 Responses to How to Choose the Right Kennel For Your Dog…

  1. Jay says:

    Excellent post! A great way in keeping our buddies safe. =)

  2. Cathy Armato says:

    Excellent points Jenna! Your really shouldn’t just choose anyone from a list of kennels without asking the right questions and visiting the place. We usually take our dogs with us when traveling but sometimes we can’t. We always use PetSmart boarding because I know they have very strict guidelines and processes about the care of the pets in their Pets Hotel and there is always someone there, even overnight. Great post!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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