Boarding or Moving?

What you need to do prior to boarding your pet or moving into a new apartment

Most kennels require Distemper/Parvo and Bordatella (kennel cough) as well as the Rabies vaccination. Check with the individual kennel. Some kennels have additional requirements, ask before you arrive. Bring an updated copy of the vaccines from your vet. If your dog need to be updated on their vaccines please do it at least two weeks before their stay. If your dog is going to have a reaction to a vaccination then you don’t want it to happen at the boarding kennel. Sometimes a dog will not feel well for a day or two after vaccinations. It is better for them to be in their normal environment during this time.

Some apartments will require many of the same items that a kennel would require. Please be sure to check on their rules in advance of moving. If you dog is going to need updates on shots before moving you need to ensure enough time to get an appointment with your veterinarian.

Please note: vet schedules are extremely busy and it may take a week or more to get an appointment, the more you plan the less stress you will be putting on yourself prior to a wonderful vacation or a move to a new home.

Additional tips for boarding your beloved pet

Prices and services for kennels vary, but whether you choose your vet’s office or a lavish “bed-and-biscuit” resort with complementary grooming and aromatherapy, keep these considerations in mind.

  • Trust your senses (as well as your common sense) when visiting a kennel as a possible “vacation” spot for your dog.
  • Make sure that the whole kennel, outdoor and indoor runs included, is clean and orderly.
  • Make sure there are no offensive odors. There should be adequate ventilation. A well-run kennel should not stink of doggy odors.
  • Make sure the temperature is adequate, not too warm and not too cold.
  • Ask to see the outdoor running area. It should be close to spotless and made of gravel or concrete.
  • Ask how frequently the areas are cleaned.
  • All responsible kennel owners and operators will ask you about your dog’s vaccinations and will require proof of certain shots.
  • All responsible kennel owners and operators will show you each area in which the dogs are kept.
  • The outdoor runs — and the whole kennel should be very secure. Many dogs will attempt to break out, so talk to the kennel owners about this if you’re worried.


Bring along your dog’s bed or favorite toys. When you leave, be positive and upbeat. Tell your dog “Here we are, Fido–it’s your summer vacation. Good boy/girl!!” Do not apologize to your dog, he will sense your discomfort and become upset himself. Keep the goodbyes short and sweet.You may return and find that your dog enjoyed his “vacation” just as much as you did!