Thinking about boarding dog….HELP!?

We are getting married out of state. I would love to take my dog with us, but I don’t think he could make the 12+ hour trip & I don’t want him spending the whole week in his cage while we are out doing things.
I’m having a mental break down over boarding my dog. I have cried twice lol. I have an 8lbs mini dachshund. I have found 3 I like. But 3 are pricy & the other is about 45 mins away from my house. What are some important questions I need to ask?
What is Kennel Cough? Does he need a shot for it? 1 kennel mentioned it. (but say they are super clean)
Is it ok for him to be around other dogs?

Leaving him with family is not an option. (We don’t like how they take care of their dogs)
I don’t trust dog sitters in my house. Or in theirs! I just feel more comfortable with a kennel.
I don’t like the idea of him playing with other dogs. Just because I don’t know the other dog. My dog knows nothing of humping or other male behaviors. (he’s almost 3) I would love to keep it that way. He’s a cuddle bug!

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9 Responses to “Thinking about boarding dog….HELP!?”

  1. Micki 48 says:

    If you’re going to board, then your dog needs to be vaccinated for kennel cough. Most good boarding establishments require it, even if they are super clean. Visit the places you like, and pick the one you think is best. If you don’t want your dog playing with other dogs, or turned out with other dogs, tell them. Reputable places that board will comply with the owners wishes, and you can take your dogs own food, bed, etc. that will make him feel more comfortable, and you can specify such things as whether you want your dog around other dogs or not. Ask about these things, and seem how the boarding establishment responds. It’s hard to board and be away from our dogs, but sometimes it’s necessary. On the plus side, I had a friend who boarded her dog when she went overseas, and everything went just fine. It will most likely be the same for you and your dog too.

  2. Myra says:

    I have always boarded my dogs with my vet and never had a problem and yes you should get your dog the shot. Congrats on the marriage.

  3. greygarious says:

    Do not board anywhere that doesn’t require kennel cough vaccination. That tells you they aren’t committed to their boarders’ health and well-being. I boarded my dogs only once, in a kennel that is a very spiffy building, part of a national franchise. It cost an arm and a leg. They were able to be together in a large stall/run, which was important for the insecure one. Apparently the Eukanuba was too rich for them, because they were stained with diarrhea when I got them 2.5 days later. The paperwork said they ate well. If that’s true, they must not have slept well, because they lost 5 and 7 lbs. (large dogs). Perhaps they paced the whole time. Never again. They did fine when someone came into the house to take care of them the next time I had to be away. What’s your objection to petsitters? The professional ones are bonded, insured, and have references.

  4. CanineTruth says:

    All kennels should have required a kennel cough vaccination – if they don’t, you know right away to pass on them. While a vaccination doesn’t 100% protect a dog, it greatly reduces the risk of catching the disease.

    FYI: Kennel cough is a highly contagious cold-like virus. Any dog that spends time around other dogs OR that goes to a kennel should be vaccinated against it. A kennel should NOT take a dog for long term stay without this vaccination (or without a rabies or DHLPP series.)

    As for him being around other dogs, that’s 100% up to you and him. If he doesn’t get along with them, mention that at the kennel and they won’t try to introduce him to anyone for "play time." If he has limitations, they should be willing to work with them as well.

    The biggest thing i look for in a kennel is how many times my dog will get to go outside and how often they will be played with or interacted with. Where i work the dogs get let out more than 6 times a day and the dogs that do well in the play yards get let out at least once or twice a day (weather permitting.)

    On the other hand I know of a place that only takes the dogs out once or twice but you have to pay EXTRA for "loving" (meaning the employees never get in to interact with your dog unless paid to do so).

    Look for a small to medium size kennel – too many dogs means less chance your dog will get the attention deserved. Look for a place that seems organized (stress during pick up or drop off times where people swarm to pick up or drop off their pets not withstanding of course) and the staff seems knowledgable about the facility. Look for staff who know about dog care and behavior.

    If i had to i would drive the 45 minutes if it meant my dog was properly cared for and safe – i would pay quite a bit too.

    Take a tour of these places, if you haven’t already. We welcome tours even if you just drop by (though we like to know in advance is you’re coming on a certain day.)

  5. R. Lee says:

    I would look into hiring a pet sitter if you can afford it. That way the dog is in familiar surroundings and should do better. Kennel cough is a disease that requires a vaccine which here in Texas you have to have had done to board your dog. If you must use a kennel get recommendations from friends, etc.

  6. bluasakura says:

    You definitely need to board him. Go by word of mouth. All dogs in the kennel must be current on shots (it goes by state). If this is a licensed kennel it will be fine. Just go make a visit down there to see if you think it’s a friendly place and your dog will probably figure out that the kennel is for dogs to be at for short while, then their people will come.

    If you time it right your dog and you can even see another dog being picked up and the dogs will perceive that there will be a pickup at the end and it will be easier for him to wait knowing there’s going to be a happy ending. Dogs know what they see, and if they see another dog wagging at its owner and a reuinion taking place it’ll know it’s not a dog pound where they go in and never come out.

    Just go for the visit and find out about shots, about emergency evacuation and after hour care and that sort of thing.

  7. Judy Christofferson says:

    One key of importance—always get the Kennel Cough Spray —it’s a nose spray to protect your dog! When you board a dog in a Kennel it is important to take this precaution. Clean Kennel or not–the disease can pop up at any time! I would make some surprise visits to those Kennels, and really look at them for cleanliness and also how the dogs are cared for!

  8. srm2256 says:

    Boarding can be very stressful for dogs.. a better alternative would be a reputable dog sitter. Some even watch them in their house if you’re comfortable with that.
    Kennel cough vaccines are needed when dogs will be in close quarters with other dogs. Most boarders require it. You should get it anyway if you plan on leaving your dog at any boarding facility.
    Anyway… You should ask how much exercise they will get.. when they get fed.. etc.

  9. Berner Sennenhund says:

    Kennel cough is the common name for bordetella brochiseptica… kind of like a dog version of whooping cough.. very very contagious but not fatal. If the dog has never been vaccinated for it before, intranasal should be done, if it has been vaccinated for it before, an sq injection is fine. Vaccination should take place no later than 10 days prior to boarding.

    Q’s to ask:

    How often are dogs walked or played with
    Do they only provide individual runs, or is there a common space in which they can socialize with other dogs
    Are the runs indoor/outdoor or only indoor..
    Do any kennels face each other and what material are they made of (beware of kennels that face each other.. this allows for easy transmission of disease, as do chain link kennels that are side by side)
    How often are runs cleaned while the dog is staying there
    Is there anyone there overnight
    Do they require all dogs to be on a parasite prevention and require proof (if not make sure you put your own dog on it so he doesnt pick up fleas, worms, mites, etc.. advantagemulti is great)
    what are you required to bring
    What is their emergency policy
    and anything else you want to ask..