Servicing Milton, Guelph, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, Brampton, Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area
Contact Kennel Land at (519) 853-9680 or info@kennelland.com

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I bring my dog to a licensed kennel and not just board him/her e.g. with my dog walker?

Why does my dog need more exercise than a 10 minute walk twice daily?

Why do you not have adjoining outdoor runs?

Do you offer cage-free boarding?

Why should I bring my dog's toys, bed etc?

Why should I bring my own food and do you feed raw dog food?

How far in advance should I book my dog's vacation?

How do you ensure my dog's safety?

Do you take intact males or females?

What is holistic medicine and what can it do for my dog?


 

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Why should I bring my dog to a licensed kennel and not just board him/her e.g. with my dog walker?

As a licensed kennel we have to adhere to a high level of standards and we get inspected regularly. If somebody is not licensed for a kennel operation but does run a boarding business, this person does not operate within the law and there is no control mechanism to ensure the well-being of your pet. Insurance will not cover any costs if something happens, like if your dog causes an accident or bites somebody. And what happens to your dog during the day while the dog walker is working? It will be cooped up alone at home. With us your canine friend will have entertainment the whole day long.

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Why does my dog need more exercise than a 10 munite walk twice daily?

Apart from what we explained in our philosophy that a dog as descendant from the wolf is a very active and curious animal there are several other reasons, too. The more exercise a dog has the less destructive and the more relaxed he will be. That also means less barking and less bad behavior because the dog is more content. Lots of exercise also translates into the animal being fitter, having less health problems and in the long run a longer life expectancy. You wouldn’t deem a one-hour walk per day on paved roads as appropriate exercise for a race horse now, would you? Just like a race horse, your dog is born and bred to run and be active.

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Why do you not have adjoining outdoor runs?

Instead of having adjoining small outdoor runs for each individual dog we rather offer lots of space in our big runs in the company of other dogs if possible. Having to take each guest out of their indoor suite by hand gives us also the opportunity to be closer to our friends, examine them for problems and it allows for much more personal attention. It also improves manners and adds a little extra training each time we deal with them.

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Do you offer cage-free boarding?

During the whole day all of our canine guests play and run in a group environment indoors or outdoors, weather depending. Dogs of different temperaments (e.g. active and playful versus laid back) or sizes (small dogs, big dogs) can be easily accodomated because we have several different play areas. Since this is a very social environment we do not accept aggressive dogs that would attack other dogs. Posturing and being somewhat snarky initially is normal dog behaviour when meeting new dogs and therefore ok. We are very flexible in order to satisfy our customers but we also want to keep all our guests happy and safe. Therefore our guests are accommodated in extremely spacious individual suites at night, feeding and nap time so that other dogs cannot bother them. The suites exceed legal requirements multiple times and we also offer huge family rooms for multiple dogs from the same family. These group suites are 10' x 12' (120sq.ft!) whihc is the size of a small room in a house and can comfortably house up to three large dogs or five small dogs.

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Why should I bring my dog's toys, bed etc?

From your dog’s point of view he’s coming to pretty much an unknown environment – at least initially. He might be afraid that he will never see you again and he will certainly be wary of all the new things going on around him. To relieve this stress it is important to give him something that he is used to and that smells like home. After a couple of hours he will know that he is loved and safe with us, too, but something familiar is always reassuring. And he might have a favorite toy that we do not have in our assortment and that will give him greater pleasure during playtime.

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Kori with his ball

 

Why should I bring my own food and do you feed raw dog food?

A well-balanced nutrition is very important to the well-being and well-feeling of our canine friends. Even slight changes in their diet can throw sensitive dogs off and abrupt changes in food can tax the adaption ability of any dog’s digestive system quite a bit. To make the transition from home to visit to home smoother, it is very helpful to keep your pet on the same kind of nourishment and we will feed as per your instructions. In case your dog runs out of food while in our care we provide brand name dog food free of charge . To accomodate guests that eat raw food we have a fridge/freezer in the kennel that will keep raw food safely fresh even for weeks.

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How far in advance should I book my dog's vacation?

If you plan to bring your four-legged friend for a vacation during peak times like March break, summer holidays (June, July, August) or Christmas we strongly recommend to book at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance. For all other times we are usually able to take boarders even on short notice but would still recommend to book at least a couple of weeks ahead to guarantee a spot.

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How do you ensure my dog's safety?

At the initial meet 'n' greet we will assess your dog in regards of temperament, energy and fitness, compatibility, special needs etc. This allows us to determine if the dog will fit into our very social environment. Aggressive dogs or dogs that will attack other dogs are not welcome. We will also be able to find some like-minded dogs that will become his new buddies after careful introduction. The playgrounds are securely fenced in with a minimum height of 6 feet. Double-gated access to the playgrounds and indoor suites prevents escapees. The property is fenced and gated towards the road. Kennel building and property entrance are secured by an alarm system with cameras and smoke detectors in the building. And since we live and work on the farm someone is close by pretty much 24/7.

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Do you take intact males or females?

No, in general we do not accept intact males once they are mature which happens approximately at the age of 8-12 months old. At this point young males will start testing the boundaries and start challenging other dogs by demonstrating dominant behaviour e.g. by humping them. Even though your un-neutered male might be the nicest dog in the world and never attack another dog, older and fixed males might still see him as a threat and attack HIM. So our recommendation is always to get your young male dog neutered early so taht he never develops dominant and challenging attitudes because once established they are extremely difficult to erase again. We will accept un-spayed females as long as they are not in heat and are not likely to come into heat while staying with us. But again, if you do not intend to breed your female our recommendation is to get her spayed early since studies have linked early spaying/neutering to less health problems later on in a dog's life.

 

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What is holistic medicine and what can it do for my dog?

Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person. That is, instead of treating an illness, as in orthodox allopathy, holistic medicine looks at an individual's overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing before recommending treatment. A practitioner with a holistic approach treats the symptoms of illness as well as looking for the underlying cause of the illness. Holistic medicine also attempts to prevent illness by placing a greater emphasis on optimizing health. The body's systems are seen as interdependent parts of the person's whole being. Its natural state is one of health, and an illness or disease is an imbalance in the body's systems. Holistic therapies tend to emphasize proper nutrition and avoidance of substances—such as chemicals—that pollute the body. Their techniques are non-invasive.
Holistic medicine encompasses a lot of different approaches such as nutrition therapy with a healthy diet and vitamin and mineral supplements, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, Bach-Flower treatment,  laser therapy, light therapy and Reiki to name only a few. All those methods can be used for humans, pets like dogs, cats, birds and other small pets or even for livestock such as horses, cows, sheep and swine.

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