Thursday's Top 10: Kennels for Your 4 Legged Friend to Enjoy During Summer Vacation

Family vacations often only include the members with 2 legs, make sure your 4 legged friend enjoys the summer too - send them on their own vacation to one of these great kennels!

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Summer vacations are in full swing, and most often our furry family members are not welcome to join the rest of the family.  As soon as your dates are confirmed, it is time to make your pet's reservations. Don't think of it as a punishment for your pet - boarding can be a  fun, interactive experience for your dog to enjoy themselves in.  Think of it as your pet's own private vacation - pet hotel guests spend the day playing with friends, chasing tennis balls, playing tug-a-rope and being pampered by a caring staff in a climate-controlled facilities.  They can relax in their own private suites, and some kennels even offer grooming (Sounds like my kind of spa vacation!). Many locations even allow for a "test run" of their accommodations, which will make the transition easier for both the humans and canines.  Don't be afraid to ask questions:  Kennels are used to dealing with doggie parents.  Make sure that your pet is prepared by making sure that all immunizations are up to date, packing food and a favorite toy.  Familiar items can reduce a dog's stress levels. Dogs can pick up on their owner's emotions, so  try to be happy and excited as you prepare for the drop-off.  Webcams are an additional service that some kennels offer, so that you'll be able to see your pet playing if a phone call doesn't suffice. Kennel staff understand how you feel about your pets, and will make sure that they'll enjoy their stay - making the kennel is a home away from home.

Here are some great boarding options for your dog:

  • Fido Fitness Club
    910 Railroad Ave.  Woodmere (516) 569-3647
    This 4,000 square foot air-conditioned facility provides a safe, off-leash space for dogs to run, socialize with their owners and other dogs.
  • Sportsman's Kennel
    75 Schultz Road, Manorville (631) 745-0333
    Country dog boarding on their beautiful 6 acres in Manorville.

  • Wags and Tails Boarding and Kennels
    101 Currans Road, Middle Island (631) 924-7777
    Your pet will be treated with TLC with their 30 years in the pet care business.  They also offer pick -up service from Montauk to Manhattan.

  • Hounds Town USA
    Multiple locations in Ronkonkoma, Port Jeff and Farmingdale
    Dogs stay in private townhouses and cats can enjoy kitty condos. All guests are given a temperament test to make their stay more comfortable.

  • Willow Pet Hotel
    1926 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park (631) 243-0000
    This ultra-posh retreat is for the most pampered dogs and cats.  All guests are covered by their pet health care warranty ensuring your pet leaves happier and as healthy as when they arrive.

  • Malibu Pet Hotel
    107 Guy Lombardo Avenue, Freeport (516) 379-6040
    Malibu Pet Hotel features cageless boarding and the finest care for dogs and cats.  They offer obedience training and have a grooming salon on site.

  • Best in Show Pet Resort
    244 Herricks Road, Mineola (516) 742-7387
    Your canine or feline can arrive in style by Pet Cab.  This resort features amenities including suites, bedtime packages ( Bedtime Story, Tummy Rub & Tuck-in Service), special room service snacks and salon services.

  • Cozy Noses Bed & Breakfast For Pets
    1535 Locust Avenue, Bohemia  (631) 567-7617
    At Cozy Noses they feel that during your pet's stay your dog or cat becomes their pet.  Cozy Camp is an active and happy environment for your dog- play time is given solely to your dog with one of their staff members.

  • Hampton Pet Club
    1070 Montauk Highway, Watermill (631) 726-7297
    Your dog will play with daycare dogs during the day, and then cuddle up with friends each night for a slumber party!  They will upload videos of your dog to it's own YouTube channel.

  • K9 Clubhouse Dog Hotel
    358 Little East Neck Road, West Babylon (631) 422-1971
    The cageless suites are quite luxurious.  Each guest will enjoy snacks, walks, playtime, flat screen TV's and listening to soft soothing spa music playing throughout the day.  They also will get a going home bath complete with SPA products.

There are many kennels all over Long Island that can provide your pet pals with the luxurous vacation getaway that they deserve.  Another option would be to have a pet sitter come to your home - a perfect option for pets who don't get allow with other animals. There is no need to feel guilty about going on vacation without your pet - these pet resorts have thought of everything to make your furry friend feel comfortable in your absence.  

Let us know about your pet's favorite place to board on the Long Forum!