Leaving your dogs when you go away on holiday

It’s that time of year when we are all thinking about our summer holidays.

However, you must also remember to book your dog’s holiday. Good dog care gets booked up quickly.

There are different options to suit your budget and your dog’s needs. Standard kennels are the cheapest, most common option. Luxury kennels are a bit more expensive.

There are also pet sitters who come and live in your house or pop-in three or four times a day, depending on your requirements.

Then there is also the host family option. Whichever one you decide on, make sure you do your research, talk to friends and see who they have used and get their feedback, look on the internet and read reviews.

Boarding kennels are still the most popular choice, but don’t just book the first one you find. Make a shortlist and call them to arrange viewings.

Make a list of questions to ask, do the kennels provide the same food that you dog normally eats, are they walked daily or are they put into exercise compounds, are they walked/exercised individually, do they carry insurance and are they licensed by the Local Authority – all certificates should be on display.

Check what vaccinations are required, a reputable kennel will ask for full vaccinations including kennel cough and they will need to see your dog’s vaccination card.

If your dog requires medication or special needs will the kennels be able to cater for these?

Once you have selected your choice, book a day board or an overnight stay before your holiday. Some kennels offer this at a reduced rate or even for free.

This gives your dog the chance to experience the daily routine of the kennels and more importantly that your dog knows that you will be coming back.

If your dog is happy and its normal self when you collect them you have found the right one.

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