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.
Make sure the temperature is adequate, not too warm and not too cold.
Ask to see the outdoor area.
Ask how frequently the areas are cleaned.
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.
Remember to bring 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!”
Keep the goodbyes short and sweet. You may return and find that your dog enjoyed his “vacation” just as much as you did!