Choosing a Kennel  
  When interviewing a kennel for your pet, make sure you see the actual space where your animal is going to stay. Have a good sniff around. Your nose knows.  
  Comfort While You're Away  
  If your dog is going to be boarding away from home for the first time, leave them with a t-shirt of yours that you slept in the night before or wore previously. This helps prevent your pet from feeling as if they're being abandoned.