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kennels vs home boarding?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by lucyandsandy, Apr 14, 2011.


  1. lucyandsandy

    lucyandsandy PetForums VIP

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    What is your preference? I will be going away for the weekend in June and have choosen home boarding as I think her being a cavie and needing a lot of human presence she would get to stressed being in a kennel which would worry me all weekend!!
     
  2. Milliepoochie

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    I looked into alot of options for our holiday (Getting married in Poland in July :D) in July / August.

    I have a number of kennels I had previously checked out for just Millie last year but I suddenly found problems when I got Makita. I was shocked at the amount of kennels who said 'Oh i'm not sure if we can accept an Akita!' so I assumed they knew little about the breeed and steered well clear!

    I personally can see the benefits of home boarding but I found the prices for two dogs (one large one medium) were alot higher than kennels. Also I was worried about someone else walking them together on the streets in public. We havnt had Makita long and he is by no means out of control or dangerous but is going to take alot of work (When he sees a cat you need to be seriously on your guard!)- I know I would be worried if someone else was walking them.

    Although i did get an interesting response from a homeboarder who wont accept Akita's into their home.

    I was offerred two 1 hours drops in's at my house for feeding and walking for £80 a day! Thats £1120 for 14 days! :eek: I think i am in the wrong business :eek:

    I have now booked them into the Kennels and feeling pleased with my choice. They dont 'walk' the dogs as the owners admitted they dont have time and dont like to take the risks of taking strange dogs out but they have 7-8 large fenced and grassy dog runs where they spend 2-3 hours a day out. The Kennels themselves also had smaller runs and were very clean.

    It's all about personal preference. :D I was really worried when we left Millie in kennels in Feb - She had a fantastic time!
     
  3. Bobbie

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    I know kennels are not ideal but to me as long as your dog eats and gets seen to with either walks or play ( away from the other dogs ) they are usually ok. But having said that I know we all still worry.
     
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    I had this issue at Christmas, and again recently.

    At Christmas Kenzie was only 4 months old and I looked into home boarding for her. Thankfully my friend offered to take her so I never needed to go through with it. I didn't have a great experience with the company that I almost used - I was all set to meet the carer and her dog, until I found out her dog was unvaccinated. Kenzie was only 10 weeks at the time and not fully vaccinated, so I asked to cancel the meet and greet for this reason. The lady from the company I was liasing with told me that I was being stupid and there was no danger to my tiny puppy meeting an unvaccinated dog. She was quite insistant about it, saying there are no diseases in my area and puppies need a bit of disease to make them stronger (kinda contradicted herself with that!) Now I have no problem with what other people choose to do with regards to vaccination but I wasn't happy that this stupid lady wouldn't respect my decision to vaccinate my puppy before letting her meet unvaccinated dogs! Unfortunately that put me off this particular company! Sorry for the rant, I still get angry with that lady!!!

    I'm going away for a week in July and Kenzie is going into kennels. I really like the one I choose - they only have 20 dogs at a time and the staff quarters are in the same building as the kennels so there is always someone around for the dogs.
     
  5. Milliepoochie

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    Oh good luck to Kenzie, I' sure he will have a fab time and love you even more when he comes home again :D

    I was under the impression all Kennels had to for insurance reasons legally have someone living onsite? But fantastic they are actually physically in the same building :)

    Where Millie / Makita will be going the owners farmhouse is about 30 metres from the kennels. :)
     
  6. lucyandsandy

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    I am looking at the home tommorow and she has asked that my puppy have kennel cough and all upto date on vaccinations. I may look at my local kennels too. When dogs have been away form home are they usually ok when they return home or can they start suffering from seperation anxiety?
     
  7. Milliepoochie

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    Millie spent 2 weeks staying with my fiances nephews (Who are adults - older than me hehe) in London last summer. She stayed in their home evironment, got walks in the morning and evening and spent all day sleeping in there flat and slept at night in one of there beds with them :D She went to BBQ's with them they bought her meat from the butchers - She loved it!

    But when she came home she was really neady - She missed them! His nephews came to stay and Millie was glued to them! :eek: She wanted to spend time with them not me cheeky sod, when they left after dropping her off she was howling/grumbling at the front door for them. It took her a good 2 weeks to settle and get back into routine.

    Due to change in their living arrangement she couldnt stay with them in Feb when we went home to Poland so she went in Kennels for the first time.

    I have to say she coped with kennels alot better than I thought and the transition to home again was a doddle, so much easier than when she had stayed in a family home. She wasnt needy and after the excitement of the first initial walk home she was absolutely like normal :D The only problemw e had was one 'wee' mistake because her normal toilet break routine wa smessed up but this only happened the once.

    Thus I dont feel to bad putting her in Kennels again especially as she will have Makita there to :)
     
  8. Smiffys mum

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    I have a 13 month old Airedale who had never been in kennels or away from home.
    We looked into kennels near to us and got reccommendations. Before Smiffy went to the kennels we were having issues with meeting other dogs whilst on the lead. his time at the boarding kennels seems to have cured this.
    The dogs are let out into a large paddock with toys and activities several times during the day which has really helped his socialisation.

    Apparently he was noisy the first 2 nights then settled down really well.
    I will not hesitate to send him there again - it was his little holiday too.

    If anyone lives in the Kent/Essex area and would like details please PM me as I am not sure that we are allowed to mention specific companies on here??
     
  9. Jobeth

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    If mine can't come with me he is home boarded. He loves it there and I get photos and regular updates. I have to book several months in advance as she has a limit on the dogs that she takes. I couldn't imagine him in kennels. There are also companies that will come to your house instead.
     
  10. Phoenix&Charlie'sMum

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    I would prefer home boarding, but as previously said I simply cannot afford it. I have 3 dogs and most boarders consider them large (if large is 28" high :rolleyes:)

    So just couldnt afford £58 per day!

    But we found a lovely kennels near us and the boys get excited about going there and seeing the lady who runs them, so I presume they have a lovely time.

    We tried them out on a one kennels who offered us a free overnight, and the boys hated it there, and their beds and blankets stank! So I would definately shop around.
     
  11. Jobeth

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    Mine is only £12 a day, so I doubt it is much different to a kennel. I think if they are happy when they see the lady then that is a good sign.
     
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    Your quote of £58 is really high! I am a home boarder in Norfolk. I think the things you need to look for when choosing a home boarder, is that they are insured, have a secure garden, where abouts the dog is allowed to go in the house, vaccination policies. (My dog is fully vaccinated and she also has kennel cough vaccine - due to dogs I have coming and going). How many dogs they take at a time, how many they walk at a time.

    I get booked up very quickly, and for labrador sort of sizes. I am no more expensive than a kennels. And I find that the dogs I have in, are completely relaxed. They have a lovely time!
     
  13. Milliepoochie

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    Wish could find a home boarder for £12 a day! So far people have freaked out when you Mention Rottie X and Akita - So then I started saying Mongral and Akita Puppy haha!
     
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    I know of two places one I did work experience in it's a farm house middle of dartmoor and they have all friendly dogs do I think I would send them there depending on what dogs they have in etc

    I dont think either if mine would cope with kennels at all bear I think would be very very stressed
     
  15. paşa's mummy

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    does anyone know any good boarders or kennels in yorkshire??? iam struggling to find one that i like the look at or one that isnt going to cost more then my honeymoon!!! wish i could just take them with me, i dont like leaving them to go shopping so it should be fun trying to leave them for 2 week :(
     
  16. Jobeth

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    Poppys Pet Services

    You have to book in early though as she is really popular. My dog is the one featured under boarding! If you pay £5 they also come back washed and groomed.
     
  17. paşa's mummy

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    this is fantastic, i really like what iam seeing with them. its worth £5 if they can get pasha clean :D your dog is so cute btw. thanks for the recomendation :thumbup:
     
  18. Jobeth

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    Thanks. My dog adores her and a friend took her dog and he was happy too. I like the updates and photos. When he comes home from day care he falls asleep as he has had such a busy time. She is council checked and you need to show your vaccination card.
     
  19. Phoenix&Charlie'sMum

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    Is that £12 per dog per day?

    Mine wasnt that much more, think it was £17 per dog per day, so £17 x 3 per day is just too expensive. The kennels that i take mine to is £14 per kennel per day and as mine stay in the stay in the same kennel then it makes it considerably cheaper.
     
  20. Milliepoochie

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    The Kennels we go to is £19 a double kennel a day, and the double kennels are huge. Its been an eye opener to me trying to find kennels which take larger dogs and multiple dogs.
     
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