Considering Boarding Your Puppy at a Kennel? What You Need to Think About

Sometimes it's necessary to travel in a hurry, particularly when it's work related. If you have a puppy, and friends or family members are not able to take care of him or her, you'll need to consider a dog boarding kennel. Not all boarding kennels will take puppies, so you might need to ask around to find one that can accommodate your needs.

Even if a kennel is able to board a puppy, you need to check that their facilities are adequate to ensure that the dog is safe, healthy, and perhaps that even socialisation and training can continue. So what are some of the things you need to think about when finding a boarding kennel for your pup?

Where Will the Puppy Be Housed?

Is there a separate boarding area for puppies and younger dogs? It's not about housing your puppy with dogs of a comparable size, but housing them with dogs of a comparable age. Smaller dogs (namely the dachshund, the chihuahua, and the Jack Russell terrier) are statistically more likely to bite a human or another dog, and you don't want your poor puppy to be on the receiving end.

By having a dedicated area for puppies and younger dogs, you'll know that your four-legged baby is being kept safe from any potential bullies.

Are Your Puppy's Shots up to Date?

Check with your vet about any upcoming shots that your puppy might need. It can be necessary to bring these forward slightly to ensure that your puppy's shots are up to date. This means that interaction with numerous other dogs (and any assorted illnesses that can be passed on) won't put your dog's health at risk. It's vital that your puppy is vaccinated against kennel cough, which is a respiratory infection common in dogs. This needs to be done 10 to 14 days prior to boarding.

Is It Possible to Continue Your Puppy's Training?

Will kennel staff be able to provide any kind of obedience training? You will have no doubt already begun your puppy's obedience regime, and it would be helpful if staff were able to continue with this to ensure that your good work is not wasted by the time your puppy returns home. You will need to provide the kennel staff with the list of commands you've decided upon, so that the puppy does not become confused.

By making a few quick checks, you'll know that your puppy is in great hands. And who knows - perhaps when you take him or her home, they will have learned how to sit!