Boarding your dog involves more than just making a reservation and dropping him off. You’ll also need to meet certain requirements that are in place to protect your dog’s health and safety. If you’ll be making arrangements for Chicago dog boarding at our facility, these are the requirements you’ll need to meet beforehand.
Under state and city laws, you’ll need to show proof of the following:
- Up-to-date rabies, bordetella (kennel cough), parvovirus and distemper vaccines
- Microchip number
- Fecal exam with no evidence of parasites within the past year
- Valid city dog license, but only if you live in Chicago
These requirements are designed to make sure your dog is as safe as possible while he’s under our care. The vaccine requirement lowers the risk that your dog will catch a contagious illness from other dogs, such as kennel cough. The fecal exam requirement also helps keep your dog and our other dogs healthy by preventing parasitic infections and infestations. Laws requiring a microchip number are there to make it easier for us to locate your dog if he happens to get loose. The dog license requirement is a standard one for Chicago dog boarding facilities, since all dogs belonging to city residents must legally have one.
We have a couple of other requirements that go beyond what the law requires. All dogs that are at least 6 years old must be spayed or neutered in order to stay at our facility. This requirement reduces the chance of having dogs display aggression or get into fights with other dogs.
Our other major requirement is a temperament assessment, which is necessary in order for your dog to participate in our play sessions. This assessment evaluates your dog’s behavior to help us determine whether he can safely play with the other dogs at our facility. We’ll meet your dog, get some information from you about him and have him join a play group if he passes the initial assessment. He’ll then have to spend up to 6 hours with us, so we can complete his assessment. Keep in mind that your dog must go through a re-assessment if it’s been at least a year since he’s stayed with us.
More Boarding FAQ
- May I tour your facility?
- Why are DoGone Fun rates more expensive than other kennels?
- Why didn’t my vet tell me to get a Bordatella vaccination and/or a fecal exam?
- My dog has had the kennel cough (Bordatella) vaccine and still came down with kennel cough at another facility. Do they really need it?
- What is a temperament assessment?
- Is there a charge for the assessment?
- What if my dog doesn’t pass the assessment?
- Can I watch my dog play?
- Can my dogs stay together?
- Can I bring my own food?
- Should I bring his favorite toy or blanket?
- My dog has special needs, can Dogone Fun staff administer medications?
- Can my dog be trained while he/she is boarding?
- Where does my dog go to the bathroom?
- How do you keep your facility clean?
- What happens when a pet becomes ill?
- Do you have someone on site 24 hours?
- What are your check-in/check-out times?