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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Vacations: How to Choose a Kennel/Dog Hotel

When searching for a good boarding kennel or dog hotel, consider asking friends and family members for recommendations first. If no one can offer any suggestions, then start to search the Internet for referral services and reviews. There are some sites that offer reviews for kennels in the same way people can get hotel reviews. Here are some further actions to take to make sure a spitz is left in a safe environment at a boarding kennel.

What to Look for in a Boarding Kennel

Once a list is compiled of possible boarding kennels, check them out personally. Any reputable facility will have tours that can be scheduled. When calling, simply ask if they have a tour available, and if they can spare a few minutes to talk with someone about the facility. This is the time to ask questions and have a good look at what is offered. Check out all the areas for spitzs to see how much space they have to roam. Get a look at the sleeping area and the play areas as well. Look for cleanliness, professionalism, and observe to see if the other spitzs seem to be enjoying the stay.

While visiting the facility, make a point to inquire about the feeding schedules. Most boarding kennels will feed twice a day and use the same brand of food for all of the spitzs. If a spitz is a picky eater, find out if the facility can offer additional feeding options, or if food can be brought in from home. Some facilities will charge more for extra feedings and some will not allow this option. While most facilities do allow food to be brought in, a few will charge over five dollars for each feeding for the extra effort.

Also consider the bedding used, as well as the toys available. Most kennels will offer items similar to what any spitz currently uses, such as bones and chew toys. This can greatly add to the comfort level of a spitz in a new surrounding. Make sure that any toys used are sterile and used only by one spitz and not shared. Even though the other animals may seem healthy, colds can be transferred before any symptoms even appear. Ask if owners are allowed to bring in a spitz's favorite toy from home. This may not be the icebreaker for the place chosen, but it is nice to know. Also ask about activities such as walks or games that will be played.

Health Concerns in a Boarding Kennel

Health issues can be a major concern when leaving a spitz with someone new. There are few questions to ask each boarding kennel that is under consideration, such as:
  • Does the facility administer medication, if a spitz needs routine medication?
  • Is there a veterinarian on call for emergencies or injuries?
  • Will the facility contact an owner immediately if something happens?
  • Are there procedures in place to monitor the health of the animals in the facility's care?

Any qualified facility should be able to recognize any issues that arise, and be able to handle them caringly and professionally.

  Boarding Kennel Prices

Price is also an issue when choosing a boarding kennel. There are really good places for a cheap price, but be careful not to sacrifice service for price. In general, just like any other facility, prices will vary by the amenities and facilities provided. Checking out at least three boarding kennels before making a decision should satisfy the price issue.

Make sure the facility chosen understands the stress boarding your spitz can cause to both the owner and the pet. They should be willing to answer all questions asked, and should be very understanding if an owner wants to call and check in. Once a quality boarding kennel is found, the hard part is done. There will be a safe environment for the family pet, hopefully for years to come.


  1. Hi, in the UK we are lucky enough to have a company called 'Barking Mad' where host families look after your pet in their own homes. Our german spitz is very happy with this, and the host family even has a yorkshire terrier to stay at the same time to keep him company (and to calm him down!).

  2. Arabella this sounds so great and like a real home for your dog, can you write us a bit more about this?