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01-17-2014 09:54 PM
doggiedad if my dog came back happy and tied i would think differently
of him.

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Originally Posted by Baillif View Post
You don't need the tech. If your dog comes back to you happy and tied as **** and super excited to go back you have the right place.
01-17-2014 09:51 PM
doggiedad there's day care/boarding place near me. they have a webcam setup throughout
the building and yard. they also have a phone setup that projects your voice.
you can call your dog. you let them know when you're calling and they bring
your dog to the phone.
01-17-2014 09:45 PM
Baillif You don't need the tech. If your dog comes back to you happy and tied as **** and super excited to go back you have the right place.
01-17-2014 09:38 PM
Sookie ChicagoCanine: I can't believe they had you pay extra for bedding - that's ridiculous! Like having to pay for food and drink on a budget airline. Some things just need to be included in the price.
01-17-2014 09:30 PM
Sookie I don't need reviews from people I trust, I need to go there, like it, like the owners, and know my dog likes it. Trust your own opinion. If you think it's weird they don't let you come by unannounced and have such tight visiting hours (which I agree is odd) then I'd consider elsewhere or talk to them about your concerns. When we go on vacation a petsitter comes to care for my cats and degus, but Sookie requires so much exercise and attention I know we will have her stay at her daycare when we go away next. She loves it! I'm attaching some pics of the place so you can see what I mean when I say it's small, their house is *right* there, and the stalls are awesome
01-17-2014 09:15 PM
Chicagocanine Some places do have webcams so you can check on your dog while they're boarding or at daycare. I know some places around here do.
I think a lot of dogs, unless it's a dog who is used to going to a daycare all the time already, would prefer to be at home with a petsitter vs at a strange kennel where they won't get much individual attention.

I usually take my dogs with me on trips unless I'm flying, but a few times I have taken them to a kennel for "day boarding" while on a trip when we wanted to go somewhere that wasn't dog friendly and would take several hours. For example in Springfield when we went to the Lincoln museum, my GSD stayed at a kennel and we picked her up in the evening. I'd checked out the place ahead of time online, called them, looked up reviews etc...
I used to leave my terrier at home when I went on trips and had a friend watch him, because he didn't do well on car rides (whined the whole time, too excited). I boarded him once when I couldn't get a petsitter, but I didn't like it much. The place was very basic and they made me pay extra for him to have any bedding in the kennel, and he had hip dysplasia/arthritis so he could not sleep on a hard floor comfortably. After that though I discovered he actually would quiet down as soon as the car got on the expressway, so I started bringing him along. When I visit my brother I fly so I don't take my dog, but there's still family at home so they watched my GSD for those trips. I usually need a petsitter coming anyway though, to medicate my cats. Bianca my GSD would get depressed when I was gone so I tried having my petsitter walk her hoping it would help that. I think it did a little.
01-17-2014 09:10 PM
halo2013 In my opinion not knowing the people is not trusting. Because i feel it takes more then a pretty brochure and kind words. Anyone can be nice. I personally wouldn't even consider any kennel until I had personal reviews from people o trust.

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01-17-2014 09:08 PM
Alley
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Originally Posted by Sookie View Post
When I said "check in" I didn't mean "spy" - I really did just mean check in. Before we left Sookie at daycare for the whole day we did a trial run for a couple hours, (they required this, actually, to see how she was with them and other dogs), then we came back to see if she was having fun (she was!), went to the grocery store, and then came back again to pick her up.

The couple who runs the daycare is fine with people coming by at any time because they are always there (the converted stables that are the kennels are like 5 yards from their front door). The woman is a dog trainer and behaviourist, she has her own dogs out with the daycare ones, and there is only room for about ten dogs, so it's nice. Actually the converted stalls are super cute - each dog has its own stall complete with armchair, carpet, table, blankets (like a mini living room) - and these open onto a play area with agility equipment and kiddy pools where they can play. There are fields behind the property, and the whole thing is basically doggy heaven
This is the one thing that worries me about the daycare/boarding facility I found. They don't allow clients to just drop in at any time. They say that because they're small, they just don't have the staff to handle that kind of drop in situation. So they only allow tours on Tues. from 3 to 4. That's the only weird thing I've found.

I'd always heard to visit kennels without an appointment to see what they're like. Otherwise I like this kennel: small, very daycare/play outside oriented etc.

The other thing that's scary is that while the place is alarmed nobody is on the premises at night. Is that cause for concern?

Alley
01-17-2014 09:04 PM
Alley
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Originally Posted by marbury View Post
As a person who worked in a kennel, collars come off for safety. Plus that's just really rude to me. If you don't trust a place, don't take your pet there. Don't try and 'catch' folks. It makes you look super paranoid and makes the staff feel like you don't trust them (which obviously you don't, if you feel the need to spy like that).

Instead, get to know the facility and do trial runs. Ask around for word-of-mouth reviews. And if you need to imbed a microphone into your dog to 'check' and be sure that the place is 'treating him right', you're not ready to leave your pet somewhere.
It's not a matter of "not trusting" . . . it's a matter of not knowing the people. When people started "spying" on nannies by using a nanny cam back in the 80's they found horrific abuses that would have otherwise gone undetected.

I'd like to know what's happening with my dog -- and there's no real way of knowing.

Alley
01-17-2014 08:57 PM
Sookie When I said "check in" I didn't mean "spy" - I really did just mean check in. Before we left Sookie at daycare for the whole day we did a trial run for a couple hours, (they required this, actually, to see how she was with them and other dogs), then we came back to see if she was having fun (she was!), went to the grocery store, and then came back again to pick her up.

The couple who runs the daycare is fine with people coming by at any time because they are always there (the converted stables that are the kennels are like 5 yards from their front door). The woman is a dog trainer and behaviourist, she has her own dogs out with the daycare ones, and there is only room for about ten dogs, so it's nice. Actually the converted stalls are super cute - each dog has its own stall complete with armchair, carpet, table, blankets (like a mini living room) - and these open onto a play area with agility equipment and kiddy pools where they can play. There are fields behind the property, and the whole thing is basically doggy heaven
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