How Much Does a Dog Kennel Cost?
A dog kennel is a place where a dog is housed temporarily, similar to a pet sitter. Dog owners often leave their dogs at a kennel when going out of town for business, vacations or even for the day. Dog kennels offer services such as feedings, exercise, as well as giving the appropriate medication if necessary. The cost of a dog kennel is going to depend upon the number of dogs being housed, the geographical location, days staying and the services needed.
How much is it?
- Dog kennels generally charge on a daily basis. A simple dog kennel that only has a concrete slab with no other additional features can cost anywhere from $15 to $30 per day.
- Higher end dog kennels that can provide a climate controlled environment, special one on one attention, and more can cost in the range of $35 to $60 per day depending upon the kennel.
- For example, the Shelmar Kennels in Houston, Texas charges a fee of $40 per day for 1 dog. Each additional dog will cost an extra $35 per day.
- For a built-in dog kennel that can be placed in your backyard, the cost of one can range anywhere from $200 to $600. This would greatly depend on the size of the kennel as well as the height of the fence.
What are the extra costs?
- Emergency medical situations where the dog is required to go to the vet’s office can incur a fuel surcharge fee, depending on how far the vet’s office is from the kennel.
- Dogs that are on medication can cost more since they will require more attention as well as have scheduled medicine times that need to be attended to.
- Dog food and medications such as heartworm can cost extra if these items are not brought to the kennel. Most kennels will recommend that these items are brought since each dog is on a different diet.
- Leashed walks and baths can cost extra if these are requested by the dog owner.
- Additional dogs can cost extra, but discounts are given.
What is going to be included?
- A dog kennel will feed on a daily basis, as well as take the dog out for exercise at least one to three times a day. Most kennels keep each dog within its kennel to avoid contact with other dogs. If a dog requires special attention, medications, etc., the staff is more than happy to accommodate.
- Most dog kennels are semi-private leaving the dog in there by themselves. These kennels generally have a concrete slab with a smaller dog bed.
How can I save money?
- It is best to visit a kennel before a dog is taken in. Get an idea on how the staff communicates with the dogs as well as what the grounds look like. Look for a kennel that has a clean atmosphere and friendly staff.
- Instead of paying for a dog kennel, ask a friend or fellow dog owner to watch the dog for you. You can even trade services to save each other money.
- Most dog kennels will offer up front discounts to those that pay in advanced. There are even kennels that will offer discounts to those that are repeat customers. Be sure to inquire about these discounts to see what you can take advantage of.