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View Poll Results: Have you/would you board your dog?
Yes I have and/or would 20 52.63%
No I haven't/would not 9 23.68%
No I haven't/yet 1 2.63%
Yes I have but would not do it again 8 21.05%
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:31 PM
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Oh, and I've never boarded Rosey after that, and never would again, just because the type of dog she is. She isn't happy with it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:49 PM
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I've never boarded and I'm not comfortable doing so.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:50 PM
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I won't board Jackson just because he's the kind of dog that would flip out. I left him overnight once at the vet and came back to a dog whose butt was all gross and smelly (from his anal glands, he expresses them when very scared) and just very shaken up. I felt awful. He does not do well in loud situations with lots going on, or new people, he just completely breaks down. Thank goodness I have family that knows him so well and that I trust. If I didn't, I'd have to find a trustworthy in home pet sitter and do a few meet and greets with me there first.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:59 PM
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I would probably never be comfortable boarding Zander. No one believes me when I say he's special needs, extremely skittish AND WILL RUN.

Then I have to deal with a broken and/or escapee dog.

So, fook 'em. Not even professionals know how to follow simple directions.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:16 PM
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I have, and worked at the same place, so quite comfortable that the dogs are in good hands. The dogs are in crate or xpen sized 'suites' during the night and turned out in huge pens to play during the daytime on grass or bark.

With family looking after the dogs, I had several phone calls in a panic because the one relative never had dogs and wasn't used to 'normal' dog things like runny eyes - she also didn't find any pine sol so went and bought a big jug and cleaned everything so the house reeked. Then my parents left the gate open, lost the dog, then didn't want to tell me (they called my friend who called me, figured out where he was in the pound but couldn't get him out) OR go to the pound to get him so we had to come home early to get him. A neighbor fell for every 'sad' look the boogers gave her, cooked things like roasts and mac and cheese for them and I came back to butterballs - never thought dogs could gain that much in three days. And the last straw, the same nice lady didn't think not eating, drinking a ton of water and thick discharge was something to pick up the phone and ask me about - came home, got on the phone, emergency pyo spay the next morning.

So now, yeah, use the kennel. If the dogs have anything, they have a mini drug store on hand, everything from vetwrap and cones to antibiotics and IV's.

And the dogs don't get away with acting up either. Auntie is strict.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:27 PM
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Meg's been "boarded" once, although I almost hesitate to call it that. My good friend runs an in-home boarding business, so Meg went and lived with her for 3 days while I went to Florida. It went completely fine, but it was several years ago and I'm not sure I'd do it to Meg now. I'd absolutely trust the care, I just know she's an older, more settled dog now and wouldn't enjoy it much.

I haven't left the dogs since getting Gusto, and I'm not sure I will. It's in the forefront of my mind right now, because my family is going to Florida in a few months again and I'm trying to figure out if I'm even going to be able to go because of the dogs. I have one person who I'm going to ask about house-sitting, because both my dogs adore her and I'd trust them with her for sure. If she can't do it, I'll stay home. Meg is not a dog who would handle kenneling well; Gusto is a bit more resilient, but I still don't think I'd put him through that unless it were an emergency. My desire to see the Harry Potter world at Disney doesn't constitute an emergency
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:38 PM
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I'm not a fan of boarding clinics. Honestly, I'd rather have a neighbor kid come over and take care of Boo at our house (second to that would be sending her to someone else's home) while we are gone.

I worked in the boarding kennels at a (reputable) vet clinic. The kennels were cleaned and disinfected 3x/day (occasionally would end up being 2x if the dog kept it clean, but would be more if the dog soiled his or her crate). The dogs were walked 3x per day. Clients could pay for their dog to have 15 minute play sessions separate from the walks (either 1 or 2 per day). Water was changed at every cleaning or more if the dog tipped it over. Each dog got a towel or blanket in its crate unless it was proven to be a blanket shredder. The dog kennels were housed in a separate room from the cats. Each time they were walked/fed, notes were taken on whether they relieved themselves and/or ate their food. Overall a pretty solid, reputable boarding clinic.

Yet, I would say that fewer than 10% of those dogs had a comfortable time. Those that were prone to being shy or skittish were terrified of the new people and loud dogs nearby. Those dogs that were more outgoing were clearly feeling deprived of attention. The young, active dogs were clearly not happy being locked in a kennel only slightly larger than their body size for the vast majority of each day (even those with "play sessions" barely had enough time to burn off any of their energy). I felt bad for the older dogs when an employee would follow regular protocol (of 1 towel per cage) and not give them extra padding. I felt horrible for the few puppies that we would get in boarding because of the crucial socialization and interaction that they were missing out on (not to mention housetraining!)

I also think that a lot of people are unaware of just what "3 walks a day" can mean. When I think of a dog walk, I think of a nice half an hour stroll through the park. Unfortunately, when the clinic closes at 7 PM, and there is one kennel worker, 25 dogs, and the dogs are not allowed to be fed before 5 PM (understandably, because we couldn't walk them until after they were fed and their morning walk wasn't until 7:30 AM or so), walks are short. Five minutes per dog to walk and clean the kennel was an average. I'd give the "good dogs" a chance to wander around the hallway of the boarding area while I cleaned their kennel, but still, if you didn't pay for play sessions, your dog was probably seeing daylight for about 10 minutes a day and out of its kennel for 10-20. The aggressive dogs, the ones that would play hard to catch, the ones that tried to get into things, or the ones that would try to "fence fight" with the other dogs through the cage doors were tied to the door of their kennel and then put straight back in once it was clean.

So personally, no it's not something that I would ever do unless it was absolutely necessary. Misty has been being boarded lately when we go away because of her oral medications, but for Boo at least, unless it's for a medical reason such as that, I do not feel comfortable using a boarding clinic.

Of course, I will say that with a boarding clinic, you should get knowledgeable staff, a regimented schedule, and a safe, healthy dog upon your return. It's just all that little stuff that worries me. I'd rather run the possibility of the neighbor kid accidentally letting Boo out the front door than know for a fact that she would be safe, but stressed and locked in a 2'x4' kennel for 99% of the day.

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:41 PM
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I think all the dogs I've had have boarded at least once, and probably will board again.

I do not use kennels that do daycare kind of things involving the dog being out with other people's dogs. I don't consider that particularly safe with any dogs, and really not something I want my Staffords involved with. The last thing I would want would be my dogs to get involved in a fight, and I don't really trust most people to know enough to avoid that kind of situation. The kennel I've used is a very basic, old-fashioned kind of boarding kennel where my dogs are in their own indoor/outdoor runs. I could pay extra for walks or playtime, but usually don't. My dogs aren't the easiest to handle (just powerful, and kind of unruly, not aggressive), and when they are in their runs, I know they are safe. Maybe not happy, but completely safe. That is what is important to me.

I do have a friend who is opening a new dog business, and will have boarding, so if I need to board again, I'm actually going to go there. A little more expensive, but not excessively so, and she won't require vaccines, which most boarding kennels do. She still won't be turning dogs out together.

At other times, I've had people stay with my dogs in my house (once it was a person who worked with a friend, once, it was my sister), and paid them for that, and it worked fine, but I did worry more about the dogs, since there was potential for escape. And the last time I made a trip while Tully was still alive, I hired someone who works for my vet to come over twice a day to feed her- she also walked Tully once a day. I left Tully with the run of the house and the dog door open for her to go in the yard. At that point, the Cushings was affecting Tully pretty badly, and she couldn't do much that was bad, but tended to stress a lot if she was away from home, so I thought that was the best option. It's the most expensive of the pet care options I've used, it cost me $25/visit, so $50/day. But worth it under those circumstances.

My next trip (in 10 days), Pirate is actually going to go stay with a friend. I think that's the best option of all, if you have a nice enough friend. I wouldn't trust just anyone to manage the unruly beast, but she's known him for a long time, and is very dog experienced. And he actually will be playing with other dogs in that situation, but the difference is that I trust this person to supervise correctly.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:02 PM
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My problem with people coming into my place to watch Frodo is that they would have to manage him out to go to the bathroom, I don't feel comfortable with that.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:42 PM
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I have boarded Juno before. Given her anxiety issues now, I would rather not do it again (even though she's been to that place numerous times before for daycare, I don't think her brain would comprehend that), but if she would have remained a normal dog I'd have absolutely no issue.

We typically don't go anywhere so it's not really an issue. The time Juno was boarded, I had a friend stay at the house with Lucy (our boarding place is cage-less, and Lucy hates dogs. And people.), but Juno was only 1 year old and still ridiculously high maintenance, so I didn't want to put that burden on anyone lol.

I don't like boarding at vet clinics just because oftentimes it's just an on-the-side service they offer. There's not a lot of effort and attention put into the dogs. The only time vet clinic boarding would be an option for me is if I had like, a grumpy cat with a bunch of medications.

I like my boarding place because it's cage-less. Employees get to know your dog. Boarders get a stuffed Kong at bedtime, free. Baths are given, free. Employees stay overnight. There are webcams. Many employees have vet tech training.

What I really hate are places that offer all these little additional services for a fee - want your dog to get an afternoon walk? $15. Want your dog to play with other dogs for an hour? $15. Treats? Another $5. Those are all things I want my dog to have, but it gets way too freaking expensive to tack them on. So then I would feel like she's just rotting in a kennel all day because I can't afford the fun stuff.

It's so dog dependent though.... it was easy for me to find a place for Juno, but I don't think I would ever truly feel comfortable bringing Lucy somewhere.
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