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I didn't want to do it, but I had to leave my dog at the Kennel's for 6 days. I had checked it out before hand and it was neat, clean and looked well run. Also talked to a couple people who left their dogs there before. When I got my boy back, he had a gouged paw, they say from pawing at the kennel's door and they said it had a piece of the wire sticking up. Well why on earth did they have that there?? Okay, accidents happen, but my boys paw will never be the same. A piece of the pad is gone and it's kind of deep. Healing now, thank heavens.
The other thing is, he lost 6 pounds in 6 days. They said he ate. I'm highly doubting it.
Anyone else have a kennel experience to share? Is this the norm at kennels? I'm going to have to find another one again. This is the 3rd kennels he's been in and I haven't been satisfied at all with any of them. Am I just too picky? Well, I'm his mom and I love him. Thanks for hearing me out.

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Anyone else have a kennel experience to share? Is this the norm at kennels?

No, but there are a lot of lousy ones out there. And one of the best ones I used to use, many years ago, looked like hell (run-down rural boarding kennel that took spectacular care of my dog). One of the worst ones I've used locally (dog came home with fleas and diarrhea) was spotless if I recall correctly the staff were all wearing lab coats. Looks can be deceiving.
I'd ask around at classes, etc., and not go strictly by visuals. There's no substitute for a personal
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The other thing is, he lost 6 pounds in 6 days. They said he ate. I'm highly doubting it.

This isn't necessarily abnormal. Dogs handle stress in different ways. Not eating is one of the more common ways. He may have eaten, just not his usual amount.

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The other thing is, he lost 6 pounds in 6 days. They said he ate. I'm highly doubting it.()

Can I ask you a few questions?
Did you leave your own food at the kennel for the dog to eat?

How do you know he really lost 6 pounds in 6 days?

How much does he normally weigh?
How often do you normally weigh him?
How did you weigh him before his stay?
How did you weigh him after his stay?
When did you weigh him(yes, the exact day, time, etc.) each time?

Where did you weigh him(i.e., where's the scale at) each time?

Thanks!

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Yes, his own food.
Because I take him to PetSmart once a week and he gets on the scale there...Yes, the same scale every time. I weighed him the usual way. I put him on the scale. The exact same scale every time.

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Hi, I didn't want to do it, but I had to leave my dog at the Kennel'sfor 6 days. I ... any of them. Am Ijust too picky? Well, I'm his mom and I love him. Thanks for hearing me out.

Sorry your dog had a bad experience. That's not good about the wire, they should have noticed that.
Dogs can easily lose weight in a kennel even when they are eating normally. Some stressy dogs will spend all their time running up and down barking. Some dog are a bit down the first couple of days and may not eat much.
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Hi, I didn't want to do it, but I had to leave my dog at the Kennel's for 6 days. ... any of them. Am I justtoo picky? Well, I'm his mom and I love him. Thanks for hearing me out.

It sounds to me like your dog isn't well suited to kenneling. I can kennel my fellows for two days before they get depressed (and they have each other) so I choose a dog sitter, or a stay at a friends house instead of kenneling when necessary. When possible, we take dogs on vacation.

No matter how "clean and nice" the kennel is, they can't MAKE your dog happy there. Perhaps a different type of boarding arrangement would make him happier.
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Yes, his own food.

How much did you leave? And how much was left over?

Did you do the math?
Because I take him to PetSmart once a week and he gets on the scale there...

You go to PetSmart once per week?
Why?!
I know people who supposedly work there who don't go there that often.
And you just happened to go the very day you took him to the kennel, and the very day you took him out?
And at the exact same time of day?
Yes, the same scale every time. I weighed him the usual way. I put him on the scale. The exact same scale every time.

You didn't say how much he normally weighs?
I assume he's a medium to large dog?
Anyway, it's not that unusual for a dog to lose a few pounds during a kennel stay, especially those dogs who normally get little to no exercise at home, aren't used to being kenneled, etc. I assume this kennel allows for daily exercise, right? Maybe even along with other dogs, you know, running and playing? Maybe more than he normally gets to do?

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