Dog boarding kennels

You are planning a trip to unwind for a while but you are not sure how your dog might fare without you? Maybe the idea of a temporary stay in a dog kennel has crossed your mind and you’re wondering if it’s the right fit for you. Keep reading to learn about dog kennels near you.

What is dog boarding?

Dog boarding is when dogs stay overnight, for a few days or weeks either at the pet owner’s, a pet sitter’s home or at a pet lodging facility like a kennel. Dog boarding in the UK requires a licence which is why certified dog boarding services are a good option.

What is a kennel?

Dog boarding kennels are handy when you can’t have a pet sitter come to look after your pet at home or if no relatives can help you out. You can find this type of facility in any area. They cater for all budgets and range from the most basic services to the most luxurious perks. Kennels usually host more than one dog so having other animals around can be stressful.

Dog boarding kennels cost

The price depends on the services provided and the length of your dog's stay. The prices of luxury kennels can reach £80 per day. Before booking, always ask for a breakdown of the costs to make sure you're not paying for services you don't need.

Research thoroughly

There are different kind of kennels and before selecting one for your dog it is important to do research on the facilities. Find out if the kennel follows the latest laws and regulations and what their security policy is. Before you book the stay, be sure to visit the premises and let the employees give you a tour of the buildings. It’s important that your dog will feel comfortable in the environment and will get along with the other pets present during the dog boarding.

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What's the best alternative to kennels?

Friends and family

An alternative to dog boarding in kennels is to ask friends and family for help while you’re away. This solution offers the advantage of being very easy to organise and it’s usually cheaper than booking a hotel or a pet sitting service. Your dog, who might already know your friends and family, can remain at home where it’s comfortable and spend a stress-free vacation - just like you.

Professional companies

If you do not have the possibility of having someone close to pet sit your dog, don’t worry. A lot of companies offer in-home dog sitting services provided by pet sitters who meet all your requirements. Holidog, the number one pet sitting platform, is the go-to place. If it takes place at your home, it is very important that you completely trust the person who will come and take care of your dog. Talk to the pet sitter, ask questions. Your goal is to leave with complete peace of mind, knowing that your dog is in good hands.

Costs for a sitting service

Keep in mind that prices regress based on the amount of days booked. Use our search tool by entering your postal code and accessing a list of dog sitters near you who would be happy to take care of your dog. Select the dog sitter that fits your budget and your expectations by comparing rates and experiences displayed right on their profiles.

How to prepare your dog's stay

Please make sure there’s enough dry and wet dog food in your home while you’re gone. Should the pet sitter need to buy more, you’ll have to reimburse this expense. Avoid booking a last-minute pet sitter to look after your pet as during busy times such as typical vacation times, you might not have the time to get to know them well. Many pet sitters are booked during the holidays and it’s never recommended to go with a last resort you don’t fully trust. Generally, the search for a suitable dog sitter should start around two to three weeks before your departure.

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