Your dog should know basic commands and be somewhat social for a better boarding experience. Most kennels separate dogs from each other to minimize the chance of injury or accidents. Active and social dogs will get a chance to play during daily, supervised outdoor exercise. Socialized kennels
, which have an open play and sleeping area, are an option for friendly dogs.
Aggressive dogs should have their own area (or atrium) in the boarding kennel to reduce the chance of fights. Nervous or timid dogs should be made as comfortable as possible, with toys, treats and a living space that reminds them of home. If your dog rarely sees anyone but your family and isn’t used to seeing or hearing other animals, some kennels can put him in a separate area.
Some kennels offer individual dog runs where your pet can exercise at will. If your dog needs a certain amount of exercise a day, let the staff know. Alternatively, if your dog has a heart condition or other medical conditions that limit his exercise, make arrangements to limit his play time.