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Old 06-20-2014, 11:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What all do you all look for in a good boarding facility when you have to leave your dogs for some reason? We just went on vacation and I couldn't take the dogs with us and I don't know of anyone who could have taken them in for the few days we were gone.
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I haven't had to board my GSD yet, but I'm lucky to have a few good GSD training facilities in the area, it's seems more important that they like and understand the breed. Also, I like a smaller place, feels less overwhelming for a dog who misses his family. With the huskies, we had great experiences boarding at our vet's, but they boarded as a "family" so they didn't need as much.
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We're getting ready for vacation in 5 weeks and we cannot take our GSD. I did plenty of internet searches as both my mom and I have to board our dogs. I checked out the facility where we took puppy prek classes and came to the quick conclusion it wasn't for our dogs. Why? Bc we free feed our dogs and they weren't willing to do that. They also wouldn't give them enough rest time before going outside to play( I'm very cautious of bloat even though they're parents have no history) they would also only get 2 10 minute play groups and not enough potty breaks.

I did however end up finding the best place for them and even took a tour. The kennel smelled great. The dogs they had there didn't not have any pee or poop in the kennels and they get 5 30 min play groups everyday. The dogs are sorted by size and type of play to ensure no dog gets injured. They will free feed our girls for the most part and give them enough time to digest before play. The play area is large and fence in. The floors are temperature controlled and we can bring bedding and treats. In the event of an emergency they will take the dogs to our vets office. They made me feel really good about leaving Lucie there for 8 days. Bc I've been super nervous about it.


Do your research and make a list of things you're looking for. Take a your and really talk to the people. Your instincts will tell you if you should or shouldn't use that kennel!!!


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I haven't had to board my GSD yet, but I'm lucky to have a few good GSD training facilities in the area, it's seems more important that they like and understand the breed. Also, I like a smaller place, feels less overwhelming for a dog who misses his family. With the huskies, we had great experiences boarding at our vet's, but they boarded as a "family" so they didn't need as much.
The place I used also boards them together, so mine had each other to get through it. They are definitely mamma's babies. Our vet doesn't board anymore or I would have gone with that option. Neither of mine are purebred GSD's, one is a Chi mix and Nonny is Terrier/GSD mix-ish. (I SO want to do a DNA test on him). So the breed part would be overlooked no matter what. They are both raw-fed and that seemed to be the biggest problem - the feeding routine. The girls at the place I brought them seemed overwhelmed with it and as though I were a 'demanding' client, like they couldn't get rid of me fast enough. They were good with the dogs though. Except for feeding, there was way too much left when I picked them up.
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I did however end up finding the best place for them and even took a tour.

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Those two things were on my list of con's about the place I used. They wouldn't allow me into the kennel area but let me look through the glass at the area. They were sort of vague about exercise/play/outdoor time and them being walked or let out for potty breaks. They did say that b/c it is so hot, they're not letting the dogs outside as much.
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The consensus is that I'm not entirely thrilled with the place we used. The two young girls that I talked to seemed put out by my questions and feeding routine. Although they allow the dogs to have their own bedding and items from home, they seemed put out by what I brought. I brought their large kennel b/c they both like to lay in it and one is fed in it to keep separate from the other, plus a couple of toys and blankets. And treats! They were really good with the dog though.

The worst of it is that both came home with kennel cough. The place requires that they be vac'd for it, and they were, and still got it. I know the vac does not guarantee protection b/c of the different strands of the virus. It is disappointing none the less.

If I had to make a list, familiarity with raw feeding would be on it for sure. And the vibe is really important. Next time, maybe I will board them in the same city that we decide to vacation in.
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If I had to make a list, familiarity with raw feeding would be on it for sure. And the vibe is really important. Next time, maybe I will board them in the same city that we decide to vacation in.[/QUOTE]


I've done this and like it, if it works. That would be boarding them near the location you are going to. One would still have to research the facilities. This assumes you are driving somewhere & don't have a great spot to board.

I'd check with local breeders to find recommended boarders. The breeder may even do it.
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I usually hire a pet sitter/college student to take care of my dogs. They are eager to do a great job (incentives for referral) and knowledgable about GSDs and other breeds. Additionally, dogs are home and watching your place. Another option to think about.
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