Taking your dog to a kennel might be advantageous for some people (and dogs), but for others, it isn’t.
When you take your dog to a kennel, most of the time your dog will need to be temperment tested if he’s never stayed there before.
That in and of itself isn’t a hassle, in fact, it’s awesome to have your dog temperment tested. The hassle is the fact that you need to make an extra trip there.
You need to take time off work or maybe rush home, get the dog and rush to the kennel before they close.
Alternatives to Boarding Your Dog At A Kennel
While your dog is at the kennel, he will have one-on-one contact with lots of dogs if it’s an open concept kennel. This concept is super awesome for dogs that are social and dog-friendly, but what if yours isn’t. Your dog will stay in his crate, while dogs run and bark all around him. Not a happy place for a dog that likes to chill at home on the couch in a quiet place. Nor is that environment good for some older dogs or ones who are compromised medically.
Also when you kennel your dog, most reputable kennels will want your dog updated on vaccinations and to have a bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine. More than likely your dog will also need to be on flea preventative.
All of those are well and good and we encourage these but don’t require them in order to take care of your dog.
You see, we know some people give their own vaccinations or titers. We know that some people do not go by the recommended guidelines by their veterinarian. And that’s fine as long as your dog doesn’t have any contagious diseases or viruses.
Keeping your pets safe, our pets safe, and other clients safe is our #1 priority and we can’t jeopardize the safety of other pets because your dog has issues that need addressed.
In saying that, we do offer a great alternative to boarding your dog. Consider that the next time you need to go out of town and are thinking about kenneling your dog.
Pet sitting is a responsible alternative you might consider.
During our pet sitting visits, your dog, cat, rat, chicken, horse, alpaca, just about any animal you have, will be taken care of, in the comfort of their own home.
You don’t have to get last-minute shots. No last-minute temperament testing.
All you have to do is contact us to set up a consultation, which is free. We’ll come to your home, meet your pet or pets and fill out paperwork that asks about pet care, pet feeding, pet medication, all the important stuff we need to know in order to take care of your pet the best way possible.
Once all your paperwork is complete and you’re ready to take your trip, just give us the dates and make sure we have two working house keys. Why two? One for our emergency key file which stays in a secured location and another one for the pet sitter to actually use. We’ll always have a back-up if your key gets broke or doesn’t work.
Consider hiring a pet sitter instead of taking your dog to the kennel. Your dog will probably be happier and if you have multiple pets, like dogs and cats and even farm animals, going with us is so much easier because we can take care of everyone.
sit-stay-play provides pet care in Muncie, Anderson, Yorktown, Daleville, Dunkirk, Albany, Hartford City, Jay County, Fishers, Noblesville, Carmel and Broad Ripple.
Kelley Stewart, CEO|Pet Sitter
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