The Complete Guide to Dog Boarding

So, something unexpected has popped up and you have to go away for a couple of days. Or, you’re planning a holiday and you can’t take your dog with you. You’re now faced with a question that many pet owners ask themselves: Who’s going to look after my dog while I’m away? Luckily, there are several great pet care solutions available to you and your furry friend. But which option is best suited to your pet? Dog home boarding? Dog boarding with a host family? The kennels? Read on to find out more about all the different dog boarding options.

Who Can Board My Dog?

Finding someone to take care of your dog while you’re away is an excellent idea. It’s a very flexible dog sitting solution that has lots of benefits compared to traditional kennels. You might, however, be wondering who can board your dog? Can you ask a friend or family member? Or is it better to hire a dog sitter? Find all the answers to your questions in our article "Who can board my dog?"

How to Find Dog Boarding Near Me?

For some people, the number 1 criterion for great pet sitting is convenience. Fortunately, these days, the internet makes it easy to find all the best dog boarding facilities in your area, no matter whether you’re looking to board your dog at the kennels or find a new dog sitter. Discover all the tips and tricks for finding the best dog boarding near you in our article.


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What is Dog Home Boarding?

If your dog has a nervous temperament, you might prefer to have them looked after in the comfort of your own home. This is where dog home boarding comes into play. If you opt for in-home dog boarding, a dog sitter will come to stay at your house to look after your dog while you’re gone. It’s a great solution that allows your four-legged friend to stay safe and comfortable in their surroundings without disturbing their daily routine.

Can I Board My Dog with a Host Family?

Boarding your dog with a host family is another great pet care option if dog home boarding isn’t possible or you’d prefer not to have guests stay at your house. Maybe traditional dog kennels just aren’t right for you either. In this case, boarding your dog at the pet sitter’s home is the best way to make sure that your dog is happy and well taken care of while you’re away. Rest assured, all Holidog pet sitters are real animal lovers who will take the utmost care of your pet.

Can I Board My Dog with My Relatives?

If you don’t want to leave your pooch at the kennels and hiring a dog sitter or boarding your dog with a host family just doesn’t feel right, then why not ask your family or friends for help? Boarding your dog with relatives has several advantages. Most importantly, you already know the person well, so chances are that your dog knows them well too. This makes leaving your pet much less of an issue, as they’re less likely to feel upset or anxious while you’re away. Plus, it’s much cheaper!

What are Dog Boarding Kennels?

Dog kennels, often referred to colloquially as the kennels, are facilities with a team of staff that accommodate dogs for a few days or weeks at a time while their owners are away. (A boarding kennel which only accepts cats is known as a cattery.) The kennels come in very handy when you can’t find a pet sitter or relative to help you out. You can find dog boarding kennels all over England. They range in price and function, from basic to luxurious, and will provide for all your dog’s needs in your absence, i.e. food, shelter, exercise, and activities. If you’re considering using a boarding kennel for your furry friend, read more in our article "Dog Boarding in a Kennel".

Where Can I Find Dog Boarding in London?

Going on holiday? Unexpected work trip that takes you out of London for a while? Or would you just like your pet to have some company while you’re working long hours at the office? You’ve come to the right place! Holidog makes it easy to find the best dog boarding in London. Simply enter your postcode into our online search tool to find all the best dog sitters and dog boarders near you. There are several options available and you can contact as many local pet sitters as you like, free with no obligation, to help make your decision. After all, you need to make sure that your dog gets all the love and care they deserve while you’re gone!

How Much Does Dog Boarding Cost?

The price of dog boarding can vary greatly depending on your location, the service required, the duration of your trip, and the size or breed of your dog. The cost of boarding your dog overnight with a host family will be more than a day at dog daycare or simply hiring a dog walker, for example. Find out more about the costs involved with dog boarding here.

How to Start a Dog Boarding Business?

Do you love animals? Do you want to become a pet sitter? Maybe you’ve even decided to start your own dog boarding business? That’s a great idea! If you’re all set up to welcome pets into your home, you might be wondering whether there are any legal requirements for dog boarding. What are the rules and regulations? In the UK, you have to apply to the local council for a dog boarding licence in order to offer dog boarding services in your home. Learn what’s involved with the licensing application for your dog boarding licence here.

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