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Home Boarding for Dogs Throughout Grantham, Sleaford and Newark

Home Boarding FAQ

Please click below to find answers to the most questions most commonly asked by potential home boarding clients. If, after reading, you have a question that is not answered here, please contact me.

To learn more about whether your dog is suitable for home boarding, please read Is your dog suitable for home boarding?

Are All Dogs Accepted for Home Boarding?

No. We will not home board dogs that show themselves to have aggressive temperament issues towards people or other dogs, or dogs that are overly boisterous within a home environment. By the nature of home boarding, this is a typical home environment where visiting people and their dogs frequently come and go. We simply cannot put other individuals or dogs at risk of harm.

We know our limits and so, for practical reasons of space, we do not board giant breeds such as Great Danes, Saint Bernards, etc.

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Do You Offer a Collection Service?

No. You are entirely responsible for the collection and dropping-off of your dog.

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Will I Be Required to Pay a Deposit?

No, you will be invoiced for the full amount on collection of your dog. However, there is a strict cancellation policy in place:

  • Less than 2 weeks notice: You will be invoiced for 50% of the full boarding fee.
  • Less than 1 week notice: You will be invoiced for 100% of the full boarding fee.

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What Items Should I Bring For My Dog's Home Boarding?

Generally speaking, the only items required for your dog's home boarding are:

  • Leash and Collar
  • Bedding
  • Food / Treats

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Does My Dog Have to be Vaccinated?

Yes. For obvious reasons, your dog must be vaccinated against Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parainfluenza Virus, and Leptospirosis. These are generally covered by your dog's first injections and annual boosters.

We DO NOT, however, insist on an up-to-date kennel cough vaccination.

You will be asked to provide evidence of your dog's up-to-date inoculations.

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What Happens During the Introduction Meeting?

The introduction meeting is designed to allow me to evaluate whether your dog is suitable for home boarding with us, and for you to evaluate whether The Dog's Bed is the right place for your dog to stay. Rest assured, I would not feel at all offended if you felt that we weren't right for your dog; I would not leave my own dog anywhere where I wasn't 100% happy and don't expect others to.

When you enter the house, you should allow your dog to just explore our home and garden so that I can see how he interacts with our own dog, measure his energy levels, and ask you a few questions about his or her daily routine.

I should stress that, in the entire time of operating The Dog's Bed, fewer than five dogs have had to be declined for home boarding. We're not looking for the perfect dog, just the dog that can live comfortably and safely within a domestic environment.

Typically, the meeting lasts less than thirty minutes. You should also bring along your dog's vaccination records.

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Do You Have Any Outdoor Kennels?

There are no outdoor kennels or other outdoor boarding arrangements at The Dog's Bed.

It is a typical three-storey town-house with conservatory and fully secured rear-garden, all of which we happily open to dogs who love their creature comforts! We just don't believe that kennels are ideal places for domestic pet dogs to be housed within.

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My Dog is Not Neutered / Spayed. Will You Board Him / Her?

Yes, that is not an issue. Though we only take in-season bitches by special arrangement.

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Will My Dog Pine for Me While I am Away?

In all the time that I have been boarding dogs, the worst case of pining that I can recall lasted for around fifteen minutes. You shouldn't take a lack of pining as a sign of your dog not caring about you, but rather as a sign that you have raised a well-adjusted dog that is confident enough to adjust to new situations.

Rest assured, whether you place your dog in boarding for two days or two weeks, he will love you just as much when you return as when you left, and you'll see that in his greeting for you when you come to collect him at the end of the boarding period.

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21 Portmarnock Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire. NG31 9FL. Telephone: 07577 409095