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PostSubject: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:33 pm

Ok so the weekend of june 28th i will be out of town, then also again the next weekend. Both weekends ill leave friday be back sunday. So im not 100% sure what i want to do with koda yet. In the winter when i spent a night snowboarding i left him in his kennel for the night and he was fine. Its indoor and outdoor with dog door. But this is going to be longer and i will get nervous if its hot cause there is no ac in this kennel.. So i was thinking about boarding him. I dont really know what to look for, and honestly a little nervous about boarding him. So any advice on what to look for? Or if anyone minds to help me look for places in my area. I live in struthers, ohio. Im willing to drive like 30 minties to take him if there is a nice place.. I really like the idea of a place with a webcam but idk if anywhere around here allows that. I plan on asking my training center if they recomend any where too.
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:55 pm

I was just out of town last weekend and kept the dogs with a friend. After several texts about eaten socks and someone getting bit while I am 500 miles away, I will NOT be doing that again. My current plan is to enroll the dogs in a local doggie daycare someone recommended a few times a week to get them used to the place (and to make sure they're good) and then use them for boarding when I go out of town in July.
Keep in mind that if your dog hasn't had the bordetella (kennel couch) vaccine, that you will need that if you board. And it's two shots 3 weeks apart.
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:04 pm

He had the bordetella it was only one shot though
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:30 pm

If you are nervous about boarding him, you could look into an at home service. Where either you take him to a pet sitter, or have a professional come stay in your home. Honestly though, I wouldn't worry too much about boarding him in a kennel for the weekend. I'm sure he'll be fine. I used to do that with mine all the time, and will with Dizzy when the need arises. The only downside is that if you have a cement run for him, he'll probably have accidents in his run for a few days after being boarded. Kennels let them go in the runs then hose them down twice a day. Its a pretty safe option, there is very little chance of them getting away (I worry that friends, or pet sitters without husky experience don't get that they try to back out of their collars, or jerk the leash out of their hands). Boarding kennels usually have covered chain link runs with an indoor area and an outdoor area, with a secondary fence around the outdoor runs as a backup. Its not the most personal attention, but one of the safest options.
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:34 pm

I'd look into all the different options available to you and determine which few offer the services and amenities you prefer. Once you narrow down your list visit them and see how you feel about each of your choices after talking with the staff, watching them interact with your dog, and seeing the facilities first hand.

Everyone has different preferences so what works for one person may not be what you prefer. Things I prefer in a boarding kennel:
-indoor/outdoor run where my dog can freely choose to be inside or outside during the day (most places lock the door to outside at night which I prefer for safety reasons)
-option to bring my own dog bed, blanket, toys, etc (some places do not allow you to bring any items from home)
-doggy daycare option (so you can choose whether or not your dog will get to play with all the other dogs in doggy day care during the day)
-webcam monitoring that I can log into at any time to see how/what my dog is doing
-written report/daily log of everything that goes on with my dog (I like having a daily report of his actions/activities/walks, pottying/bowel movements, when and how much he eats at each meal, etc) that I can take home at pick up and/or have them review with me over the phone if necessary
-option to bring titer test results to prove immunity rather than being forced to get all the vaccines boarding places require
-several daily walks and/or play sessions offered so that if doggy day care is not chosen the dog is not bored out of it's mind stuck in a kennel all day and night
-no crating (some places crate dogs at night which I do not like)
-grooming option (I like the option of having my dog bathed on the day of pick up so he's nice and clean before coming back home, especially if he participated in doggy day care while boarded)
-air conditioning in the kennel is a must also when boarding in the summer

There's probably more that isn't coming to mind at the moment but I'll leave it at that for now. Vaccination requirements can vary from facility to facility so be sure to find out what each place requires several weeks in advance so that you have time to get that sorted out if you are missing any that the facility requires.

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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:40 pm

I know my vet does boarding so that might be something to look into as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:55 pm

The kennel I took my other dog to was also a vet. I didn't use them as my vet, but it was good for my peace of mind to know there was a vet clinic as part of the kennel. Also helps with any special needs pups.
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:11 pm

I really want one with a webcam and a rub where they can go inside and outside freely cause that is what he has and he is used to it. But i havnt found one by me with webcam service. I found one about a hour away from me but its not indoor out door run. Grr this is frustrating.
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:43 pm

What do you guys think about this place. Its a little farther away and kind of pricy but i think i like the concept. Pick it apart as if your fur ball was going their please. http://www.ultimuttinn.com/
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:14 pm

This place sounds pretty amazing, I almost wish I lived close to there cause it would take a lot of worry out of traveling, which I never do cause I'm to scared to leave them any where! But if you go there and everything looks as great as it sounds, I see it being an awesome place to board your dog! Plus if your anything like me, I don't like the thought of any one walking my dogs accept me, so its nice that they just have a bunch of play yards and stuff that is always fenced or enclosed!
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:26 pm

I Boarded mine for 9 days at Camp Bow wow here in Tulsa Area. I notice they have some in Ohio you might check into them they also do day care and the first visit is free for day care.

http://www.campbowwowusa.com/Ohio/

They have web cams for during the day but not at night when they are resting .

They play for several hours in the morning they put down for a rest period for a few hours then they get to play in the after noon, have supper and rest then a bit more play time before put down for the night.

They get their own cabins for rest times and night time.

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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:27 pm

There aren't many reviews online about it, this link has the most I could find. http://cleveland.cityvoter.com/the-ultimutt-inn-and-pet-resort/biz/56316 It sounds like for the most part its great though. If you add day care or play times at other places, I think the rates end up being about equal. I would visit the location and follow your gut. You'll know if you trust them or not and you know Koda best. Honestly, if he gets outdoor playtime, I wouldn't worry too much about the fact that he can't go in and out as he pleases, especially since they have unlimited potty breaks. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:49 pm

What part of Ohio are you in?
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:50 pm

I live in struthers.. Right outside of youngstown
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:50 pm

I'm just looking around and researching is all Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:51 pm

Im actually coming up to michigan for one of my trips lol
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:52 pm

Thats great thank you i apprectiate it.. I plan on talking to my training center wed. To see what they suggest too
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:06 pm

which part of michigan Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:11 pm

Honestly im not sure. We are going to visit family. My aunt and uncle live in burhrun but i think we are going to my cousins house and im not sure where they live
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:28 pm

I found this boarding place when i was looking around. All i can say is.. Wow!! I would love to stay here!!! I cant imagine how much it cost though. http://www.thebarkleypethotel.com/accommodations/canine_quarters.aspx
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:50 pm

Wow that is one fancy pet boarding.
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:28 pm

How does everyone get over the guilt of boarding your pet?

I have to go to Colorado next month to get everything set up for moving and I planned on going with a friend and leaving my boyfriend home with the dogs but now none of my friends can go so we are debating on boarding the dogs or leaving them with his parents. I completely trust his mom, because she is crazy careful with them, but he also has a brother, a sister, and a father in a wheel chair so the doors opening just makes me a little crazy and worried.

So I know they would be safer in boarding, but Siku has really bad anxiety, and I can't handle the fact that he will be so upset and scared there, that I don't know that I can actually leave him, and know he will be feeling that way. I am literally almost crying right now at the thought of that. I completely trust the kennel that we would take them to, they have an indoor outdoor suite where they can stay together, I wouldn't let them be walked because I don't trust anyone, and they aren't allowed to go to daycare, so they will just be a room with cement floors and be let out every hour in there enclosed space to play for 4 days. I just don't know if I can handle it, and Siku is so sensitive, I don't want him to hate me when I get back.

Has anyone else dealt with this, and what would you suggest me doing? No one that I know and trust would come stay at our house, so these are our only two options and he is just as stressed at my boyfriends parents as he would be at the kennel without us.

Here is their website: http://www.bearbrookkennel.com/index.php?id=426&sub_id=327
I like that I'm able to watch them, and the top of the fence is completely enclosed, and the bottom is all cement so they can't dig out. But if you look on the daycare page, Siku is on it as a puppy! Smile.
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:51 pm

I have no idea and I'm anxiously approaching a similar deadline. We have a short vacation planned for January, and I'm stressing about what to do with Diz, and I'm guessing it won't feel like much of a vacation. We're going to be gone from 1/1-1/4 and I really don't know what to do with Dizzy. I think I might actually take him to stay with his breeder. At least there, there will be other dogs around, but man I'm nervous about it. He likes daycare, but does not like to be left anywhere else alone. He's never been a kennel dog, so I'm sure he will freak out if I leave him in a traditional boarding setting. I have visions of him hurting himself on chain link and what not. I'd rather leave him with a friend, but I don't trust anyone with a husky. Sad Let me know what you decide and how it goes.

On another note, that is a super cute pic! That boarding kennel looks pretty great!
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:26 pm

We used to board Bodhi at a totally safe kennel, where he wouldn't have interactions with other dogs.
He was in his own kennel that had outside access.
He would be walked twice a day.
But when we picked him up he was so psycho that we felt guilty.

Now we board him at his doggy daycare.
He plays with the other dogs all day, and then sleeps in a separate kennel at night.
It's like a vacation for him.
He comes home spent, and we don't feel guilty.
He's glad to see us, but he's not desperate like before.
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PostSubject: Re: Boarding questions   Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:19 pm

Jen, yeah the kennel is amazing and I love their daycare. We tried a couple other ones in the area because their hours/days are kind of weird, but we just coming back to Bear Brook and we just make it work, because they are so great. But I really think I just won't go to Colorado because I seriously think I will cry and have anxiety attacks the whole time. Its pretty sad how codependent Siku and I are on each other, but I honestly can't handle the thought of being away from him and him not being with my boyfriend where I know he is safe and happy. I think if I were you, the breeder sounds like an awesome idea. I mean it is a familiar area for him, he could play and you obviously have someone caring for him who has breed knowledge.

Michael,

Thats what I wanted to do, I thought because they were boarding at that kennel, that they could still do their normal daycare days but they said they don't allow that. They can get walked, but I don't trust them to do that (because they have younger kids that work the kennel areas) so it would literally be them in room with a run for four days together. We also don't have to many other ones around here, and the ones that are really nice and allow you to do that have waiting lists like crazy because you have to go to their daycare to be able to board them.
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