Whether you’re leaving your dog in a kennel because you’re going on holiday or you work full time and need doggy daycare, you want your furry friend to be safe, happy and comfortable while you’re away. It’s important that they get the best out of their experience at the kennel. After all, they are your family.
It can be tough attempting to find a fully licensed boarding home for your pup; a place that will not only house them, but give them fulfilling entertainment that will alleviate the stress of being away from the comfort of their home and trusty owner.
To make sure you choose the perfect dog kennel for your best friend, take a look at this guide from Wragby Grange Day Care and Boarding.
Choosing a dog boarding kennel
Dog kennels must provide a satisfactory environment for your dog throughout their full stay.
Whether day or night, your dog should always have:
- Access to their own sleeping area
- A kennel with enough space for them to stand at full height, lie down comfortably, stretch, wag their tail and turn around
- At least one outside walk every day that should ideally last for around 20 minutes, but will align with their age and health
- Companionship from daycare workers
How to check if a dog daycare is licenced
For a dog daycare to be fully licensed, they must abide by the following requirements to ensure your pooch is in a safe environment:
- Assess you dog before they are taken into care to check if they’re nervous or scared around other dogs and humans
- All dogs must have access to a toilet area that they can use whenever they need to
- All dogs must have access to a safe space where they can go to avoid other dogs and people if they want to
Daycare providers should also document your dog’s interactions and behaviour throughout the day, to show a higher level of care and respect for your furry friend.
Dog daycare centres and kennels should have a copy of their licence available for you to check before you leave your dog in their hands. Any good daycare centres will be more than happy to show you their licence upon request.
What to look for in a dog kennel
Now that we’ve taken a look at the legal requirements for dog kennels, there are a few other things that you should check before leaving your dog in their care. This is to ensure that they will be as comfortable as possible while you’re away.
- Are the staff friendly and knowledgeable?
- Does the accommodation look safe, secure and comfortable?
- Do they insist that dogs are vaccinated?
- Do they get to know your dog before they stay, or ask for written information about their behaviour and needs?
- Do they have access to a local vet in case of emergencies?
- If you have more than one dog, are they allowed to board together?
- Is the kennel heated, ventilated and in good lighting?
- Is your dog allowed their own toys and blankets from home?
Wragby Grange Daycare & Boarding provide the best dog daycare and boarding for dogs in Wakefield. For stimulating care, a social environment with other dogs and people, and even paddling pools for warm weather on over 12 acres of secure farm land, choose Wragby Grange.
Contact us today to discover how we can look after the mental and physical health of your dog while you’re away.