Imagine this if you will – you pay for an “all inclusive luxury resort and spa” but when you get there, you find out you actually have no privacy from any of the other guests, they can stare at you or yell at you all night if they want to, and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s hard to get comfortable since your bed is a thin blanket on the floor, and even if the next guy over is sleeping, he’s still basically in your personal space since the only space you have is just big enough for you and your suitcase. If you’re lucky you’ll at least get to go to the bathroom alone 2 or 3 times a day, but often you have to share that experience too with teenagers bouncing off the walls around you, bullies getting in your face, etc. The personalized service you were promised consists of someone dragging you from one room to the other and back again. (And if you resist this treatment you are labeled “aggressive”) Would you stay, or would you demand your money back and go somewhere else? This may be an extreme example, but this IS what SOME boarding kennels are like.
I know dog’s aren’t people, and they’re not babies, but they are living beings with physical and psychological needs. Dogs have made my life better in a million ways, have forgiven all my numerous mistakes, and the list goes on. I’m sure you could make a list of your own. I’d like to return the favor and see if I can improve their world! I think they deserve to be given as much consideration when it comes to finding them a vacation spot as we give to our own accommodations. There are a lot of kennels out there, and they range in quality from terrible, to fantastic. Amazing kennels are out there, and they are worth looking for. Some of the things I’m about to talk about are going above and beyond basic care (which is exactly what I want in a kennel), and are great to find but not entirely necessary. We’ll get to those things in a minute, but let’s start by looking at the basics and see if we can find kennels that provide at least this level of care. These things are important for your dog’s safety, comfort, and well-being. The lack of these things can cause stress, illness, injury, and depression.