What are Chicago dog boarding requirements?

What is required for my dog to come for boarding?

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.

Legal Requirements
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.

Other Requirements
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