What vaccines are required to board my dog?
Rabies vaccination (1 or 3 year)
Distemper vaccination (1 or 3 year)
Bordetella (every 6 months)
All dogs should be on flea and tick preventative, and free of parasites
Puppies must have their complete regime of shots, usually around 14-16 weeks old, before staying at Jezzie’s Place
We request vaccine histories emailed prior to your first reservation, to ensure they are all set before you arrive with your dog. Many vet clinics are willing to email directly to email@example.com.
* Jezzie's Place reserves the right to refuse any pet that is not up to date on vaccinations or shows signs of illness or injury.
What is Bordetella?
From the AKC: "The Bordetella vaccine is a noncore vaccine that is given to dogs that are frequently exposed to other dogs in boarding or social settings. Canine facilities, such as dog daycare centers, boarding kennels, shows, dog parks, and training classes often require dogs to have the vaccine. This is because Bordetella bronchiseptica is the most common bacterial agent responsible for kennel cough in dogs.
Bordetella bronchiseptica causes inflammation of your dog’s upper respiratory system. This inflammation leads to coughing and illness and can expose your dog to secondary infections. However, you probably won’t hear anybody telling you that your dog has Bordetella bronchiseptica. Instead, most veterinarians and canine professionals call the disease kennel cough, which can lead to some confusion about what the Bordetella vaccine is for."
At Jezzie's Place, we require the Bordetella vaccine every 6 months to prevent the spread of kennel cough between your dog and other dogs in our care. Please note that even with the Bordetella vaccine, it is still possible for your dog to contract kennel cough, though the symptoms are likely to be less severe if vaccinated. And even the best boarding facility can have an outbreak of kennel cough.
Do you allow intact dogs?
We allow intact males, and intact females except while they are in heat.
Can I board my puppy?
Yes, however we require all puppies to have gone through their vaccine regime, usually by 14-16 weeks of age, before boarding.
Do you accept all breeds and types of dogs?
Absolutely! We do not believe in discrimination of any kind, and welcome ALL breeds, mixes, and types of dogs!
Will my dog get to play with other dogs?
It is not 100% guaranteed that your dog will have playmates, since it is possible that all of the other dogs staying on a particular day might not be dog-social. With only 4-8 dogs staying at one time, sometimes none of the personalities are a good fit for playtime. But if your dog enjoys the company of other dogs, we will absolutely try to match your dog up with compatible dogs to play with or hang out with during their stay. Safety is very important, and each new dog will be tested with the other social dogs to see if they will get along for supervised playtimes. If we feel there is ANY chance of aggression, the dogs will not be allowed to play together.
Please note: We do not do hours of playtime. Dogs play or hang out outside together, then take a break, then get to play together again later. The duration of the play session depends on the intensity of the play: more intense/rough play = shorter play sessions to avoid overstimulation. We also do not leave dogs outside for hours at a time. We often have several dogs staying that can not go out with other dogs, and we only have one fenced yard, so we must rotate and split up the time outside accordingly.
What if my dog doesn't like other dogs?
That's fine! We do not require dogs to get along with other dogs to stay at Jezzie's Place. Your dog will still get plenty of one-on-one time and breaks in the play yard.
Your dog should be able to walk by other kennel suites, and have dogs walk by their kennel suite, to get in and out from the play yard, without extreme displays of aggression. If your dog has extreme reactivity and aggression during this, we may not be able to continue boarding your dog in the future, as it creates a hostile environment.
* If your dog has extreme dog aggression, and it becomes a safety risk, Jezzie's Place reserves the right to refuse further boarding services.
My dog requires special needs - can I still board my dog?
Special needs can mean anything from excessive medications, to incontinence, to certain behavioral challenges. Please feel free to call or email to explain your dog's exact situation and needs, and discuss prior to making a reservation. Most special needs can be accommodated.
* Extreme cases of aggression will not be accommodated for safety reasons.
What if my dog has separation anxiety?
COVID-19 presented many challenges for the world, and one of those challenges was an increase in dogs with separation anxiety. Everyone was at home all the time. Dogs became accustomed to having owners home, or puppies were raised in an environment where someone was always there. Now that people are going back to work and traveling again, some of those dogs are having a hard time adjusting. Also, some dogs may have already had separation anxiety issues prior to COVID, and some puppies/dogs can develop it even if owners work outside of the home.
Some dogs with separation anxiety do okay staying at Jezzie's Place, and some do not. Boarding dogs have their own individual kennel suites that they stay in throughout their time here. They of course come out of the suite for outside time and indoor breaks throughout the day, but they do have to stay in the kennel suite while we work with other dogs, speak with clients, handle drop offs and pick ups, clean, have our own breaks, and during the night. It is not feasible to have the dog with us the entire day, so your dog must be okay being in a kennel suite.
There have been a few cases where dogs with severe separation anxiety have not done well here. What that looks like is constant barking/howling, hyperventilating/stress panting, fast heart beat all day, not going the bathroom, not accepting treats/food, not drinking water, pawing/scratching/jumping at the kennel door and walls, and inability to settle down and relax at all. Most dogs will bark during periods throughout the day, especially if it's busy and things are happening, but most dogs will also settle and decompress during the quiet periods. If your dog is unable to do that, and is instead panicking and in distress all day long, Jezzie's Place will suggest alternatives such as in-home pet sitting. Unfortunately, it's just not good for the dog's well-being to be panicking and in that much distress all day. It also can stress out the other dogs staying here. Jezzie's Place can recommend reputable pet sitters and dog walkers if you would like suggestions. It may also be worth speaking with your veterinarian about medications to help your dog.
What happens if my dog gets sick while boarding?
If your dog should happen to get sick or injured while boarding, we will contact you at the numbers you have provided, as well as any emergency contacts. We will also contact your regular veterinarian. If they are not available, or if it is after hours, we will bring your dog to the nearest available 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital.