Beach Bound Hounds
Each dog is housed in their
own private kennel run. There are solid dividers on the sides for privacy
and noise reduction. Dogs like a solid divider between them and their
neighbors, like their own little retreat where no one can see them from
the sides. It also greatly reduces dogs barking at each other, (out of
sight, out of mind) and thus reduces the stress on the dogs. Plus, the way
our kennel is set up, dogs are in more of a "round", so that no one is
directly across from each other which also reduces barking. This design
also keeps the kennel from looking like a shelter with a walkway down the
middle and runs on either side.
Dogs are let outside
to exercise/potty individually.
We do not let dogs
out in groups
We have three areas for
boarding dogs: our Indoor/Outdoor runs, our Indoor runs, and our
giant dog runs.
In the Indoor/Outdoor
run area, the dogs are able to go in and out as necessary during the day.
Except on hot days or cold days, when the doors are kept closed to
conserve energy. The doors are also closed when the kennel is closed
and after 7 pm at night. These runs have in-floor radiant heat in
the indoor run area. Outside runs are covered completely, each
individual run gives the boarder his own area to walk outside.
Surrounding the outside runs is a chain link security fence that goes from
the concrete floor to the roof, preventing any possible escapes.
These dogs are also taken individually outside to the exercise area 4
times a day, as long as the dog is manageable and friendly.
The indoor run
area houses the majority of our boarders. The decor is bright and cheery
and really reflects our beach theme. There are a variety of run
sizes to suit each size and temperament of dog. Even sizes that
family members can stay together. There are custom painted solid
dividers in each of these runs, so the dogs can feel safe and secure in
their own space. These dogs are taken outside individually to our
outdoor runs for exercise and potty breaks.
Our giant runs are just that,
giant. Built for our Mastiffs, they are 12ft by 13ft inside and 12ft by 15
ft outside. Each run has a roof over it outside, so the runs are
protected from the elements. As in the indoor outdoor runs,
these also have doors which are closed at night, and during the day if its
very hot or very cold to conserve energy. The dogs in this
area have extra large Kuranda beds that comfortably fit great danes,.
mastiffs, or a couple of labs. These runs are especially nice for labs, or
any high energy dogs. Lots of room to run, and there is always some
form of wildlife in the fields behind the kennels for them to bark at.
We continuously observe
the dogs during the day to assure they are comfortable and stress free and
may move them if we think they'd be happier in another area. Sometimes a
dog who is shy at first will come out of his shell and will want to be
nearer to the "action". It's all based on our observations of each
individual dog's behavior and comfort level. I also have security
cameras placed strategically throughout the kennel so i can check on them
even when I'm not physically in the kennel.