You may have found yourself frustrated after hearing a friend highly recommend a boarding kennel only to find your pup does not do well at that facility. This is not surprising given that dogs are individuals with unique needs and desires. There is no “one size fits all” dog boarding experience and a good facility should have accommodations and activities designed for different types of boarders. In the event you can’t find such a multi-dimensional facility, take time to find the right kennel for your pet. We’ve identified a few different common “boarding types” to get you thinking about what your dog might need.
The Old and the Not-So-Bold –
The Situation: It’s no surprise to any of us that our senior pets slow down a lot in their old age and are more interested in sleepy-time than romping play groups. In addition, the extremely timid (many chihuahuas fit this personality type) don’t do well with the boisterous antics of other pups in the kennel.
The Solution: A boarding area that provides some privacy from the noise and excitement of neighbors suits this crowd much better. This may mean an enclosure that oozes privacy or an entirely separate boarding room where raucous puppy antics are not permitted.
The Easily Pleased-
The Situation: To be quite honest, there is no situation at all. These guys (many labs are like this) thrive almost anywhere. As long as they have their food, water, TLC, and a safe space, they’re all good.
The Solution: Love, food, water, and fun.
The Party Animals –
The Situation: Many young dogs fall into this category as do many breeds that are built to work. Think shepherds, border collies, pointers, hounds, etc. These guys just need to get out there and have a good time!
The Solution (Part 1): Extracurricular activities become very important for this group. The optimal scenario for this crowd is to play with others. If you know your dog plays well with others, find a facility that offers group playtimes and get an idea for the number of playtimes per day as well as average duration of said playtimes.
The Solution (Part 2): Your dog does not play well with others? Bummer… but, don’t lose hope! Does your dog love to play fetch, play tug of war with a toy, or simply get out and run? Find the facility that is geared toward the type of activities that suit your pup the best. For example… at one of our facilities, we had a pit bull who loved to play tug-of-war. Yet, our pet care attendants would practically get their arms ripped off by his strength. We ended up attaching a rope and a spring to a tree so he could play till he was exhausted. He was a happy and tired boy upon his return to his enclosure and our staff still had their arms intact. Talk about a win-win!
Don’t assume that the fanciest or cutest facility is best for your dog. Rather, take some time to find the facility that has the flexibility and willingness to work with the unique needs of your pup.