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Our Doggy Daycare has grown

Due to popular demand, we have expanded doggy daycare once again. We have moved the small dogs back to the original daycare building where they don’t even see the big dogs anymore. The small dogs are loving it and seemed even more relaxed. We have taken further steps to make sure their visit is even safer. We have stretched netting across the outdoor play area to make sure no eagles, hawks or owls get any crazy ideas about their next meal.

Back up in what is now the BIG DOG daycare building, we separate the dogs with rambunctious dogs on one side and mellow dogs on the other. And now when we have two dogs that just don’t see eye to eye, we can separate them and they can both still have fun with dogs their own size.

As much as some things are always changing, some things always stay the same. Doggy Daycare is still open 6am to 6pm Monday through Friday. There is always at least two people in with the big dogs and one person in with small dogs. All dogs must be dog and people friendly, have proof of vaccinations from a vet for Rabies, Distemper, and Bordatella, and be spayed or neutered if over the age of six months. With all the room we have, daycare drop ins are welcome, but we ask all first time customers to call in advance of the first visit.

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Identity Theft

Here at the K9 Korral, we are doing everything we can to protect our customers. We never want to make headlines like Target or Neiman Marcus. We take a number of steps to try and protect you.

1) While it may be a little of an inconvience, we do not keep your credit card numbers on file. Even if our computers are hacked, there is nothing to find.

2) We process all credit card transactions through a phone line rather than the internet, again avoiding a possible hack.

3) We process all checks the old fashion way, again avoiding putting your account numbers in our computer.

4) When your dogs are being boarded, the kennel card we put on their kennel has only the customers name and nothing else. When we give a tour, nobody will see where live, or what your phone number is so they can pay a visit to your empty home.

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Boarding Kennels and breed restrictions

While working at our booth at the recent Scrub A Mutt and Poochapalooza dog events this summer, I had many people come up to me and ask if we had breed restrictions. With the number of very friendly “bully breed” dogs that we have boarded over the years, I started thinking about why any kennel would automatically have restrictions based on breed or size.

When considering which kennel is the best place for your 4 legged family member, take moment to think twice when a boarding kennel has breed restrictions. You might think that it does not matter because you have a nice, friendly small dog. You may think your dog will be safer at a kennel when there are no Rottweilers or Pit Bulls around. But you may want to look at it a little differently.

In an open boarding environment (no individual kennels for the dogs), breed restrictions may be a good thing, as long that kennel still separates the dogs by size, because even the friendliest Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever may suddenly think that the furry little Pomeranian is a squeaky toy in the middle of the night. With a big size difference the consequences can be tragic.

When a traditional boarding kennel has breed restrictions, is it because the owners or employees don’t really know how to care for all breeds of dogs? If they don’t know about the traits of German Sheppards and Doberman Pinschers, what makes you think they know about the idiosyncrasies of Miniature Dachshunds and Jack Russell Terriers? What is going to happen when your German Short Hair Pointer smiles at the people and they mistake for a snarl? How will your dog be treated when through genetics or abuse by a prior owner, your dog is anti-social? Will your cute little mixed breed mutt be confined to his or her kennel for the entire stay because the kennel workers don’t know how to less than friendly dogs?

Some boarding kennels have breed restrictions because their facilities are just not secure enough to ensure the safety of all the other dogs, if one of the “potentially dangerous breed” dogs has a bad day. Even in the best boarding facilities, dogs are under a certain amount of stress because the people caring for the dogs are just not mom or dad. You have to remember that while we may treat them like people, dogs are still animals that can have a bad day and do bad thing on that bad day. A medium size lab mix can be as destructive as a 120 pound Rottweiler when it is in a state of panic from a big thunderstorm. A kennel needs to be secure enough to protect a dog from itself in those situations.

Some family owned boarding kennels have breed and size restrictions because it a true family run operation and they have their kids working in the kennel. That is absolutely fine, and a great experience for the kids. But what about your dog, would rather have someone caring for your dog that is properly trained to handle all breeds or the 10 year old son of the owner who may not be as careful as needed? I know my employees are not going to be pulled over and lose control of any dog, even the most hyper active, friendly Alaskan Malamute sled dog.

A boarding kennel with no breed restrictions is less likely to have problems with any breed because they are not surprised by what a dog can do. They have seen a dog destroy a kennel gate in a state of panic and taken measures to prevent it in the future. They are prepared when they put a leash on a dog and it gets excited and pulls like a semi-truck.

Temperament restrictions are a different matter. Because of how they operate, some kennels will not take people aggressive dogs. Other kennels because of their design, will not take fearful dogs. Many times those competing kennels work together one sending the aggressive dogs one way and the other kennel sending the fearful dogs the other way. Here at the K9 Korral, we have no breed restrictions but we send the plain old people aggressive dogs to Sno-Line Kennels because she has experience with those types of dogs. At the same time, because of how our facility is designed, we have no problems with the fearful dogs and she sends them or way.

Even if you have a dog that is on nobody’s breed restriction list, you have to ask yourself if kennel with breed restrictions is going to give your dog the care and security it deserves.

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Planning your pet’s summer vacation

Are you planning a summer vacation? Have you thought about your pet’s vacation? Now is the time to think about both.

Now is the time to start planning for your pet’s care while you are on vacation. Do I get a house sitter, do I leave them at my Vet, or do I take them to a boarding kennel. Here are some things to consider.

With a house sitter, are you sure that person will be there to make sure they are let out to take care of business several times a day? Will they be kept on a normal feeding schedule? Is the house sitter use to caring for a pet? Can you really trust this person to leave your personal belongings alone.

At a Vet’s office, there is a real good chance the people caring for your pet, know what they are doing, but how big will the pets kennel be? How much exercise will they really get? A Vet’s office is good place for a really sick pet, but a basically healthy pet needs more exercise.

What about a boarding kennel? If this is your choice, you need to do a little research, because there are good kennels, and there are some not so good kennels. Start by asking your veterinarian for a referral, they know good ones and the bad ones, based on their customers comments. Some other questions to ask: Is the kennel licensed by Snohomish County? That does not mean much, but it start. Will your pet have their own kennel or is it open boarding environment, most pets prefer to at least some time in their own den. How often will your pet get to stretch their legs, take care of business, and just get in some good sniff time? Does that cost more? Can your bring your pets bedding? The scent of home will help keep them relaxed. Can you provide your pets food? Does that cost more? Keeping most pets on their own diet will help keep their stomach settled, and is one more thing that smells like home to keep them a little more relaxed. Can your dog have a favorite toy of theirs? Some dogs become toy possessive and some kennel do not let you bring any toys, while other kennels know how to handle dogs. And finally, is there someone on site 24/7 and what kind of alarm system tdo they have in case something does goes wrong.

A good kennel is the safest place for your dog in your absence. If this is your choice, start planning now, because good kennels are high demand, summertime and holidays also fill up early. A good kennel will start their 4th of July waiting list by mid May. They will also be booked for all weekends during the summer months 3 weeks in advance. Plan in advance and get the best possible vacation spot for your pet.

House sitters may have the best intentions, but here are a few horror stories. Mom was going on vacation and had a daughter house sit. Not use to living with a crazy Lab, she got careless the last night, when she opened the door, the dog dashed though it, out into the street, where she was hit by a car and killed. It even happened to Governor Gregoire when she went to the Super Bowl to watch the Seahawks. She had a friend take in her Pomeranian. It too door dashed and did not survive her romp in the street. Another family had an in-law house sit while they went to Hawaii. All the pets survived, but a candle turned the house into ashes.