Mastiff Kennel

Need to go out of town?

A boarding kennel can give your Mastiff quality care—and can give you peace of mind. Before loading Fido or Fluffy into the car and driving over to the nearest kennel, though, it's important to find the right kennel and prepare your Mastiff for boarding.

What are the pros and cons of using a boarding kennel?

Your Mastiff depends on you to take good care of her—even when you have to be out of town. Friends and neighbors may not have the experience or time to properly look after your Mastiff, particularly for longer trips. So next time you have to leave your Mastiff behind for a while, leave Mastiff care to the professionals, such as a Mastiff sitter or boarding kennel.

A facility specializing in care and overnight boarding allows your Mastiff to:

avoid the stress of a long car or airplane ride to your destination.

stay where he's welcome (unlike many hotels).

receive more attention and supervision than he would if home alone most of the day.

be monitored by staff trained to spot health problems.

be secure in a kennel designed to foil canine and feline escape artists.

Potential drawbacks to using a boarding kennel include:

the stress related to staying in an unfamiliar environment.

the proximity to other Mastiffs, who may expose your Mastiff to health problems.

the difficulty of finding a kennel that accepts Mastiffs other than dogs .

the inconvenience of the drive over, which can be especially hard on a Mastiff easily stressed by car travel.

How do I find a good kennel?

Ask a friend, neighbor, veterinarian, animal shelter, or dog trainer for a recommendation. You can also check the Yellow Pages under "Kennels & Pet Boarding." Once you have names—even ones you got from reliable sources—it's important to do a little background check.

First, find out whether your state requires boarding kennel inspections. If it does, make sure the kennel you are considering displays a license or certificate showing that the kennel meets mandated standards.

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