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State fails to inspect some dog day care centers, groomers

State fails to inspect some dog day care centers, groomers


Doggy Day Care facilities are popping up all over New Zealand but how good are they really? The industry is pretty much unregulated anyone can start a day care. Having a love of dogs isn’t enough or a good reason to be in the business. Anyone who takes their dog to day care, trusts that the people who are running it, have the knowledge and expertise to provide a safe and healthy environment for their dog. Big dogs should not be running with little dogs. And all dogs should be watched all the time, in other words, staff should have their “Eyes Wide Open” all the time. Although this incident happened in the US, it could easily happen here.

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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in About


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Another dog attacked and killed in a Boarding Kennels

Another dog attacked and killed in a Boarding Kennels
Although this incident happened in Canada, How many Dog Boarding Kennels in New Zealand run large and small dogs together when exercising them. Again here is another aspect of Dog Safety that seriously needs to be looked at.
Large and small dogs should be separated if they are let out to run in large compounds. There should also be someone standing watching the dogs at all times, in other words they should have their “Eyes Wide Open” watching out for signs of stress, distress or aggression.
For many these days, the word supervise means just keeping an eye on the dogs as they are walking around doing other things, which is not good enough!
After all, many boarding kennels ask clients to sign a contract and if you read the small print, many state they are not responsible for anything that happens to your dog while in their care.
I do get that because they are running a business but they can reduce the risk by having someone watching the dogs at all times, when dogs are being exercised in groups.
Prevention is better than cure. After all, when dog and cat owners for that matter place their pets in these establishments, they trust that they, have their pets best interests at heart.é-kennel-owner-negligent-after-dog-fatally-attacked-1.2793484


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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in About


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Things Dog Owners need to do, to help make their dogs stay, in a boarding kennels, a happy one

Things Dog Owners need to do, to help make their dogs stay, in a boarding kennels, a happy one

I have been monitoring the number of hits ( which are quite high) I have been receiving on both of my articles “Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!” & “Tips for boarding anxious/nervy dogs” there seems to be a lot of concerned owners out there.

Unfortunately, even now, it still never ceases to amaze me, how many dog owners ring me and ask if I have room to board their dog and their dog has never been in kennels before. Dogs need to be introduced to a kennel environment early on, not at the last-minute. They need time to adjust and get used to a new environment, besides the kennel you choose, may not be the right one, for your dog.

Many Boarding Kennels, not all, leave dogs to exercise in groups unsupervised, If dogs are run in groups there should be someone physically present, at all times to watch out for signs of, stress, distress, aggression. Always ask, how the kennel exercises the dogs.

Click on the link below to read what can happen, when dogs are left unsupervised.

Please take the time to read the above articles and:

Things Dog Owners need to do, to help make their dogs stay in a boarding kennel a happy one

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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in About


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The Financial Costs of Boarding Your Dog

The Financial Costs of Boarding Your Dog

The financial cost of boarding your dog, may vary from place to place. In the Manawatu for example its anything from $12-$30 per day.

You will find most kennels also charge an extra surcharge, if you board your dog during public holidays, such as Christmas or if your dog has not been spayed or neutered.

You may also find, many kennels may ask you to bring your dog in for day stays, if your dog hasn’t been in a kennel environment before. There is a good reason for that.

Please read my Kennel Stress articles on this blog, they will tell you everything you need to know regarding stress in dogs.

Some may also have a policy of not taking certain breeds of dogs. Most will not take dog aggressive dogs, as they are not setup to do so.

If you are going away on holiday, dog boarding costs need to be factored into your holiday budget and seeking out a boarding kennel needs to be done sooner rather than later.

I am still surprised by how many people don’t do this, they wait and then ring around a couple of weeks prior to them leaving to go on holiday, looking for a kennel to board their dog and asking for a discount to boot, which personally I think is a bit rude.

If you are interested in boarding your dog with me:

Click the link below: I take all breeds, dog aggressive dogs, entire dogs & bitches, no surcharges for public holidays and dogs are all individually walked twice a day by me, for hour in total.


Posted by on December 11, 2013 in About


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Boarding Kennel Stress: Tips for boarding an anxious/nervy dog

Boarding Kennel Stress: Tips for boarding an anxious/nervy dog

Tips for anxious/nervy dogs

So you have an anxious/nervy dog who needs to go into a dog boarding facility, what do you do?

Leave it to the last minute and expect your dog to be ok. Yes well, you can do that. It still suprises me how many owners do, even though, they know their dog displays this behaviour.

Staying in a boarding kennels can be stressful for any dog but even more so for dog who is anxious and nervy. The wellbeing of your dog should be your main concern, so in the case of anxious, nervy dogs, dogs who need more space or dogs who have separation issues, a few visits/stays maybe required. As they need more time to adjust. Their experiences have to be good ones, depending on the dog.

To read more click on the link: Boarding Kennel Stress: Tips for boarding an anxious/nervy dog

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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in About


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Koolhound Dog Boarding Kennels. Just a few photos of the dogs I have had staying with me in June & July 2013

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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in About


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KoolHound Dog Boarding Kennels

Here’s a few photos of some of the dogs I have had staying with me in May.


Posted by on June 3, 2013 in About


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Pet Photography: Focused Fotos

Having fun at the river
Pet Photography:
We all love our pets, they are a big part of our life, they are great company and always manage to make us laugh, even when we are down. If you would like have some great photos of your best friend.
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Posted by on June 1, 2013 in About


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‘Battery farm’ puppies die in pet stores

Words of advice, Let the buyer beware, if you buy a puppy, one of the 1st thing you should do is take it to your vet and ask them to do a health check. The health check needs to be done within couple of days of you taking your puppy home, don’t leave it any longer. If your puppy fails its health check, ask your vet to write you a report. Then inform the breeder, pet shop etc, you are entitled to an exchange or refund. Also make sure when you pay for your puppy you get a receipt, too many people just exchange cash/cheque etc and have no prove of purchase.


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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in About


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Did My Dog Just Cough

“Did My Dog Just Cough” is a very good article on Canine Cough (Kennel Cough) and a must read for all dog owners.

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in About


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