In addition to providing individualized care for pets, dog boarding facilities should
possess a number of other characteristics that signal quality. Among other things, any
kennel you are considering should be:
Licensed – don’t board with pet boarding facilities that have no state or city license
Clean – a build-up of feces, hair and other debris is unacceptable
Safe – areas should be protected from the elements and secured with proper enclosure
Well lighted and ventilated – animals should get plenty of natural light during the day,
darkness during the nighttime hours, and fresh, non-recirculated air at all times
Spacious – animals should be provided with large enough runs and proper space for
Comfortable – adequate bedding should be provided for both small and large animals
Open and communicative – staff should be eager to answer questions and provide a
An additional word about safety: Ask if the kennel requires vaccination records. If not,
move on. Verification of rabies vaccination is vital to protecting your dog’s health during
his kennel stay.
NOTE: The Web sites listed above are intended as resources only. They are not a substitute for professional veterinary
care. We recommended consulting a certified animal trainer before beginning any pet training program.
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