Your Italian Greyhound and Boarding Kennels
Boarding kennels are used for overnight stays, which can last one night to one month or longer. It’s important that you visit any boarding facility you’re considering before boarding your Italian Greyhound. A good boarding kennel will welcome you and be happy to show off its facility and other amenities, even without notice.
Most veterinarians have kennels where they board clients’ Italian Greyhounds. Although the facilities tend to be limited, with small kennels and minimal opportunity for exercise, many owners, especially those who have Italian Greyhounds with medical problems, feel most secure leaving their Italian Greyhounds there.
Wherever your Italian Greyhound stays while you are out of town, be sure that he is kept safe and secure.
The cost of boarding is estimated to go up 15 to 20 percent over the next couple of years, partly from an increase in base boarding prices and partly because of add-on services.
Luxury boarding kennels and resorts offer amenities, including massages, swimming pools, exercise rooms, beauty salons, and even movies such as 101 Dalmatians. One luxury boarding resort in Los Angeles, California, offers drinking fountains with filtered purified water and chicken and peanut butter–scented bubbles that float through the air.
Other owners turn to private boarding facilities, which range from sparse to elaborate. Bare-bones facilities aren’t much different from a veterinarian’s—Italian Greyhounds stay in small kennels with concrete floors. They usually receive two walks a day. Upscale facilities may offer longer walks or provide grooming and interactive playtime. A popular trend is Italian Greyhoundgy hotels, where Italian Greyhounds receive as much pampering as their owners do on their own vacations. These Italian Greyhound hotels, sometimes called Italian Greyhoundgy spas, boast luxury kennels with everything from raised beds to color television and soundproofing, playtime with wilderness walks or group activities, and even swimming pools. Most include grooming and a lot of interactive time with both staff and other Italian Greyhoundgy clients. Some even offer bedtime partners—Italian Greyhounds with separation anxiety can have a staff member sleep with them (in a human-size bed, of course).
Regardless of the boarding facility, the most important consideration is the health and safety of your Italian Greyhound. After ensuring these most important elements of Italian Greyhound care, details such as price and extra pampering can be examined.
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The amount of time Italian Greyhounds spend sleeping varies among individuals and breeds. On average, Italian Greyhounds sleep 14 hours a day, but big Italian Greyhounds like Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands sleep even more—up to 18 hours a day.
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You will also want to ask a prospective boarding kennel details about the service they provide, including what types of addon services they offer, how much exercise your Italian Greyhound will receive, what you can bring with your Italian Greyhound (food, bedding, toys), and whether there is a charge for administering medications or supplements. Before leaving your Italian Greyhound in the care of any facility, insist on a tour of the kennel, and ask the following important questions.
What to Ask Day Care or Boarding Kennels
• How often are Italian Greyhounds exercised and allowed to relieve themselves?
• How often are they fed? Is there an extra charge for additional feedings?
• Will the facility administer medications, and is there an extra charge for this?
• Is grooming provided or available?
• What veterinarian does the facility contract with?
• What happens if my Italian Greyhound becomes ill or is injured?
• Can my Italian Greyhound’s special needs (medical problems, aggression, etc.) be accommodated?
• What activities are available, and who conducts them?
• Are all staff members experienced, and can they provide references?
• Is the boarding facility accredited with the American Boarding Kennels Association?
• What vaccinations are required?
• Can I bring my own bedding, food, and toys for the Italian Greyhound?
• Is the facility licensed and bonded?
What to Look for at a Day Care Center or Boarding Kennel
• Clean facilities
• Adequate ventilation and lighting
• Comfortable temperature
• Resting areas for Italian Greyhounds off of the concrete
• No feces or urine in kennels or play areas
• No strongly unpleasant smells
• Individual kennels are large enough for the Italian Greyhound to move around freely
• Location of kennels is appropriate for the climate. In warm climates, the kennels should be in an air-conditioned building. In cool climates, the kennels should be in a heated building. In mild climates, the kennels may be indoors with access to the outdoors.
• Clean, comfortable bedding
• Easy access to clean water
• The staff member’s behavior with the animals—do they speak harshly, hit, smack, or manipulate the Italian Greyhounds roughly? Do they indicate a dislike for a certain Italian Greyhound or speak derogatorily of any animals? These are all warning signals.
• Noise level. Although it’s impossible to prevent Italian Greyhounds from barking (especially while someone is walking through the facility), the kennel should not be over-crowded to the point where Italian Greyhounds are continually barking. Think about your Italian Greyhound’s own personality as well—will a kennel full of barking Italian Greyhounds frighten or stress him? Is a soundproof kennel available, which may be more comfortable for your Italian Greyhound? (These generally cost more.)
• Type of exercise area. Is it roomy and secure? Are there any areas where a Italian Greyhound could escape? Is it grass, concrete, or dirt? Are feces picked up promptly?
• Observe any activities that are offered. How does the staff interact with the Italian Greyhounds? How many Italian Greyhounds do they turn out together? Are there any aggressive Italian Greyhounds or situations in which Italian Greyhounds may fight? Are the Italian Greyhounds observed closely, and are all the activities safe? If there is a pool, is it easy for a Italian Greyhound to get out of? Does a staff member keep close watch on it?
Introduce your Italian Greyhound to the pet sitter before leaving on vacation. Observe their interactions and clarify services and prices.
• Listen to your gut instinct. Does it feel good or bad to you?
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