The Hunt for a Boarding Kennel
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…
As an animal lover all the work you do
As an animal lover all the work you do to help ensure that every dog and cat can find their forever home that is filled with love is greatly appreciated.