Going away, yet struck with guilt about leaving the dog? Feel confident you have picked the right kennel to care for your four-legged friend by following our guide, ensuring your dog has as good a break as you do!
The best kennels should be clean and well-ventilated, offer protection from the weather, provide adequate space for the size of the dog, and guarantee medical assistance if the dog gets sick in their care.
All UK premises are governed by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act of 1963, the act is quite vague in its requirements and as a result premises vary considerably, so you need to do your research.
Key questions to ask:
- Can you visit the kennel in advance of booking?
- How much will it cost to keep your dog there?
- How much daily exercise would your dog get?
- Are they exercised in a run or lead-walked, if by lead-walk how far are they taken?
- What are the dogs fed and can you bring your own dog-food?
- How big are the kennels? Will your dog have access to an outdoor run?
- How is the risk of spreading disease minimised? If they insist on all dogs being vaccinated, they will want to see a vaccination certificate from you.
- Do they have insurance should your dog become ill during its stay?
- If your dog is on medication, are they happy to administer this?
- Even the best of kennels can lose a dog.
- How would they handle this?
Lastly, remember to book early especially when going away during peak season. Enjoy your break!