The Hunt for a Boarding Kennel

by | Dog Care |

The time has come!   Oliver, my 4 year-old Terrier/Poodle will have to be placed in a boarding kennel for the first time ever!

I researched the different facilities in my area but didn’t really know what to look for.  I started by  reading the fact sheet Choosing a Boarding Kennel on the Ontario SPCA website which really helped determine what I need to be looking for.

  • Does the facility look and smell clean?
  • Is a comfortable temperature maintained?
  • Does the staff seem knowledgeable and caring?
  • Are cats housed away from dogs?
  • What veterinary services are available?
  • Are other services available such as grooming, training, bathing?

All this information was very useful.  However, while checking out some of the recommendations by my veterinarian,  I soon realized I have  a very spoiled little boy.  Going through some of the boarding kennels’ checklists, I soon discovered that Oliver did not make a good candidate.

  • Does your dog play well with other dogs?  (If he can pee on them first, then maybe.)
  • Any issues with dogs of different sizes, breeds or temperaments?  (Oliver once bullied a really old blind dog who was half his size…not a proud moment.)
  • What types of activities does your pet enjoy?  (Hmmmm…sometimes I think Oliver should have been a cat.  Laying in the sun, sleeping, and pouncing on his stuffed animal.  Not your typical dog activities!)
  • Does your dog understand simple commands?  (Understanding them yes…actually obeying is a whole different story.)

What have I learnt so far?

1)  It is extremely important to socialize your dog.

2)  I might be a bit soft in the discipline department.

3)  We are doomed.

To my defence, Oliver has only been part of my life since last July, although I do realize that the progress in shaping his behaviours has been really slow.  While I doubt I can reform him in the short time before I need to go away for the weekend, I am determined to work on his socialization skills now as I continue to look for places that will board Oliver for who he is.

To be continued…

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