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 two areas for
boarding dogs: our Indoor/Outdoor runs, and our Indoor runs.
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. There
is a television in this area, so these dogs also have the sounds of home,
plus a radio/cd player.
Our other area, which houses
the majority of our dogs is all indoor runs. There is a variety of run
sizes to suit each size and temperament of dog. There is almost always
something going on in this area - from feeding, to cleaning, to playing
with individual dogs. Our boarded pets seem to thrive on this activity
level. This is a very social room. The runs are placed in such a way
that dogs can see other dogs without being too close - somewhat a "kennel
in the round".
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.