The following resources may help you develop a greater understanding of our animal companions. There is much to discover!

Organizations and Agencies on the Web

Humane Society of the United States
National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Los Angeles Adopt a Pet
Shelter Locations

On the Web

Dog Care Tips
Cat Behavior and Training Guide
Loving Your pets
Ways to Communicate with Your Pet
Dog Training 101
Prevention of Animal Behavior Problems
Dog Behavior Blog


Licensing and Registration under the Animal Welfare Act

How to Find Safe Dog Boarding Facilities

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 material
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 their size
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 tour

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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