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Picking a quality kennel

You've made travel arraignments, booked your plane tickets and reserved a hotel room. But what about your dog? Our pet pro, Luciano Aguilar, has a helpful checklist when considering kennels.

When it comes to picking the right kennel for your dog, there are four main areas you should check.

The first thing to consider is the type of sleeping accommodations the kennel provides.  Will your dog have a room with a bed to sleep, or will he sleep in a cage? Because of behavioral issues, some dogs need to be kept away from other dogs and confined to a cage. Some facilities have both, while others specialize in just one type of sleeping arrangement. If your dog is used to sleeping in a crate, a cage will feel similar and it will certainly be cheaper. But if your dog is used to more freedom, then a cage could be distressing.

The second thing you want to check out is the kennel's amenities. The more services the kennel provides, the more it will cost. So you want to think about how comfortable you want your dog to be while you're away.  Will basic room and board be enough, or will your dog require VIP treatment? Some kennels provide bedroom suites where a staff member will spend the night with your dog so he doesn't get lonely. Even with a no-frills kennel, you want to make sure your dog will be given time to play and exercise.

The third thing you want to look at is customer service. Are the employees helpful and courteous? If the staff doesn't treat their two-legged customers very well, you can expect their four-legged customers receive similar treatment.

Last, but certainly not least, is cleanliness. The kennel you're considering should look and smell clean. If the facility isn't well kept, your dog may not be kept well either. And you don't want to spend your vacation worrying about whether your dog is being properly cared for.

"The best way to get a feel for a kennel and the quality of service it provides is to take a tour," says Luciano. "You'll quickly be able to assess the accommodations, the amenities it provides, the level of customer service and how clean the facility is kept. If the kennel doesn't offer a tour, it's probably not the kennel for you." 

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