Whatever breed of dog you own, you want to know that your dog is being well taken care of while you’re on vacation or out of town for several days. You want to be sure to find the right mastiff kennels. As a Mastiff owner, however, you want to know that those who staff the kennel know how to handle your precious baby.
Not every kennel suits every dog owner. Every boarding kennel has a unique personality, and as an owner of a mastiff, you may have to search a little more than the average dog owner for one that you are both happy with.
Any dog belonging to a guarding breed will continue guarding while he’s being boarded at kennels. Considering the number of different people as well as dogs your Mastiff encounters at kennels, the situation will prove challenging and probably traumatic for him. After all, you have placed him in this situation where he feels he needs to continually guard his new territory.
And of course your loyal friend will also miss you terribly, so don’t be surprised if your Mastiff shows real signs of separation anxiety. Of course, you need to make sure that the kennel will be able to deal with these particular mastiff reactions. The mastiff dogs need special attention.
Only you can decide if you Mastiff will “survive” the kennel experience while you’re gone.
Before choosing your kennel and before you make arrangements, check if the staff has experience boarding Mastiffs. If they have never boarded one of these very special dogs before, you need to keep looking. When you find one who knows about Mastiffs, then it’s time to visit it.
In addition to this, find out how much the staff knows about their boarders. Not only that, but check how much they know about dogs in general. The staff should have a love of dogs and some type of knowledge in this area.They should appreciate that finding the right mastiff kennels is important to a mastiff owner.
The kennel should not only be clean but should smell clean as well. The bedding the dogs use should also be clean and look comfy for your mastiff. All the sleeping areas should be dry as well as free from drafts.
Be sure that your Mastiff has access to an outside exercise area during the day. He should also have access to water at all times. Ask about the feeding schedule your dog will be on, which should, ideally, be as close to his home schedule as possible.
If you happen to have started boarding your Mastiff while he’s young – even as young as six months – then he’ll generally become acclimatized to the environment there. You should use the same kennel every time, since the staff will get to know your dog better, and your Mastiff won’t feel as if the kennel staff are strangers. And he’s less likely to spend all his time on guard!
If you have a long vacation or trip coming up, consider a “trial” boarding, where your Mastiff can spend a day or so at the kennel while you’re still at home. If it turns out not to work, you can pick him out, but the chances are that the arrangement will work. So that when you do go out of town, you won’t have to worry needlessly.
Your Mastiff needs particular attention. That’s just the nature of the breed, and why you love him. So be prepared to put extra time and energy into your search for a kennel that knows the special character traits of the Mastiff and is willing to give him the time and attention he needs.