Our Services

Doggy Chums is a home dog boarding, dog day care and dog walker solution for your daily needs, whether going on holiday, or needing someone to care for your dog on a daily basis.

Please click on one of the options below to find out more information.


Home Dog Boarding


We think that boarding a dog in a home, with love, attention and 24/7 care is a far better choice than going to any dog boarding kennels, so this is the home from home we offer you. Select a carer below and click to get a quote



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  • London
  • Kent
  • Middlesex
  • East Sussex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Lancashire
  • Surrey
  • Essex

Roger - Cheshunt, Herts
£22 per day
Caroline - Edgware, London
£20 per day
Jess - Hammersmith, London
£20 per day
Peter - Harrow, Middlesex
£20 per day
Luciana - Kilburn, London
£20 per day
Lyn - Canterbury, Kent
£19 per day
Eva - Hackney, London
£25 per day
Mary - Tunbridge Wells, Kent
£21 per day
Jo - Sutton, Surrey
£25 per day
Lisa - Sale, Manchester
£20 per day
Annie - Chelsea, London
£25 per day
Kelly - Orpington, Kent
£20 per day

What is home dog boarding?


Home dog boarding is a new alternative to kennels. We understand that you love your dog, and the idea of placing your dog in a boarding kennels is not ideal. We recommend going to visit our carers and viewing their homes and seeing how your dog will get on in their house hold. We aim to provide a dog friendly home service for you while you go away. Peace of mind is what we strive for and we hope that you will see that we make great effort to ensure you are happy with our home dog boarding offerings.

If you are having a holiday, why shouldnt your dog have a holiday too?



Why choose home dog boarding over boarding kennels?


Dog boarding kennels are establishments which were set up to ensure dogs had a place to stay at a cheap rate to enable owners to have somewhere if their family were not able to take the dog(s). As we have progressed as a human race, we now consider dogs a vital part of the family home, indeed calling them members of the family. Doggy Chums buy into this and therefore want to provide a loving caring home environment where your dog(s) will be cared for almost as well as he or she would receive at home. We understand that dogs have their own personalities, quirks and habits and we want to ensure none of that changes while they are in our care.

If you look at being a dog in a kennel, bring placed in a small cage in an environment where other dogs are barking all day, stressed due to their owners abandoning them (this could be their perception) Try to put yourself in your dogs thought process... he/she may be thinking:

Have my owners abandoned me?
Is this going to be my new home?
These dogs are barking lots and its really stressing me out
I am used to just going for a run and sitting on the sofa, and now im in a cage
Where is my human interaction which i thrive on?
and many more...

When in a kennel environment, your dog(s) are at a significantly higher risk of catching potentially fatal diseases, one such being kennel cough. They can also suffer with seperation anxiety and this can cause them to not eat, not exercise and most of all, the personality of the dog you love can change. We do not want to see that happen.

This is one of the reasons why we decided that we would offer home dog boarding. We think it makes perfect sense, for those who really care about their dogs and can't go on holiday without wanting the very best for their dogs.

Come and meet our carers, and see the difference for yourself. We encourage you to make an informed decision and judge whats best for you and your family!

Roger in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire


Prices for dog boarding

£22 per day

£12 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



  • Dog Boarding Roger

About Me

Roger and Gillian are delighted to represent Doggy Chums in the Cheshunt, Hertfordshire area. We have had our own dogs for many years and now retired, we want to pass on that love to other peoples pets - kennels is not an option.

All of our visitors come back to us over and over again and many owners report back that when they get home the dogs sulk for a few days as they love the company of other dogs.

This is a very satisfying occupation and we miss them when they leave. Please come and meet us and see the lovely surroundings we and the dogs enjoy.



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HOME INFORMATION


Large Bungalow

Type of home:

Medium

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

Yes

Emergency transport:

No

Last minute bookings:

5+

Years caring for dogs:

None

Resident pets:

4

Max dogs at a time

Yes (house trained)

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Caroline in Edgware, London


Prices for dog boarding

£20 per day

£10 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



About Me

Hello Doggy Chums, and welcome to my profile for dog care. I am seriously passionate about dogs and also hold a qualification for dog training. My whole life is dogs, and the welfare of your dogs (and all others) is of paramount importance to me!

Your dog will come to my home and become part of the pack. Dogs love being in a pack and learn good behaviour at the same time.

Please visit my home and see our pack. I have 1 of my own dogs who sets the tone for the other dogs to have a great time.



Testimonials




Guest : DKE & Baxter
Owner : Alex P

Caroline knows dogs inside & out. She is kind, caring & responsible. She takes our dogs to Cannons Park rain or shine and sends us photos while we're away. Our dogs spent Christmas with her and were treated to turkey and rice for dinner.

Our 10-year-old Lab requires some medications, and I trust Caroline to make sure that he gets the proper dose at the right time of day. Our 2-year-old Golden Retriever loves to play with Caroline's white Shepherd, Shadow, and always comes home tired but happy.

Dogs have the right of way at Caroline's home, sleeping on her sofas and frolicking in her garden til all hours. She is also flexible with drop off and pick up times, which is great, as many kennels are not open on weekends. Caroline loves dogs and they adore her, too.





Guest : Kaiser
Owner : Katia L

From the moment I spoke with Caroline I could tell she understood dogs and had a wealth of experience with looking after them. Owning a Jack Russell rescue who was not socialised as a puppy, finding the right person to look after him is always a challenge for me as it is not enough to find someone who loves dogs: he also needs someone who understands their behaviour and is confident.

Caroline has both qualities. She took wonderful care of my dog and was able to handle his Jack Russell moments with no difficulty.

I am really happy to have found someone that can look after him and take good care of him while I am away. My mind is at rest. I would highly recommend her to any dog owner!





Guest : Rosie
Owner : Janet B

Rosie had a fantastic time with Caroline. From the moment we met her we felt confident that Rosie would be staying with a really kind caring individual.

Throughout our stay away Caroline sent us pictures and emails which reassured us that she was having her own doggy holiday.

I would recommend Caroline and Doggy Chums, and have already passed their details onto my friends. All in all a great experience.





Guest : Sunny
Owner : Eliza S

Just wanted to leave feedback for Caroline. She looked after our IG, Sunny, two weeks ago. She is a kind and caring person who loves dogs and who was very patient with Sunny. I can totally recommend her as a good dog carer. thanks Caroline!




HOME INFORMATION


Large House

Type of home:

Large

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

Yes

Emergency transport:

Yes

Last minute bookings:

15+

Years caring for dogs:

1 poodle

Resident pets:

10 (peak)

Max dogs at a time

Yes ( trained )

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Jessica in Hammersmith, London


Prices for dog boarding

£20 per day

£10 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



About Me

Hi, I am Jessica and i have a 2 bedroom home in Hammersmith where I board dogs. I have always been involved with animals and have worked in a stables with horses and dogs for years.

My whole life is dedicated to caring for animals and your dog is going to be very well pampered. I can take up to 2 dogs from the same home and they will get a couple of walks per day and treated like a prince/princess.

Please visit my home and see for yourself how dedicated I am to your dogs holiday. See you soon I hope!



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Guest : Wolfie & Otto
Owner : Laurent D

Jessica was very attentive and helpful, working around my schedule and the dogs busy lives.




Guest : Mac
Owner : Amir E

Mac went in happily and came out just as happily! He had a great time and I would always highly recommend Doggy Chums and Jessica. They really care about making you feel comfortable leaving your dog behind and really took care of him as if he were their own. Thank you!




HOME INFORMATION


Medium House

Type of home:

Small

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

Yes

Emergency transport:

Yes

Last minute bookings:

5+

Years caring for dogs:

None

Resident pets:

2 (same home)

Max dogs at a time

Yes (house trained)

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Peter in Harrow, Middlesex


Prices for dog boarding

£20 per day

£10 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



About Me

Hello and welcome to my profile. My name is Peter and I am an ex Police dog handler who headed up my division. I have been around dogs in excess of 20 years and understand them very well and have heaps of experience in different situations. I spend most of the day in doors playing or otherwise entertaining the dogs.

We have a decent size home, and mostly your dog will be with other dogs in the garden or the kitchen.

Please pop down to meet me and ask any questions you would like!



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Large House

Type of home:

Medium

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

No

Emergency transport:

Yes

Last minute bookings:

20+

Years caring for dogs:

None

Resident pets:

6

Max dogs at a time

No

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Luciana in Kilburn, London


Prices for dog boarding

£20 per day

£10 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



  • Mark & Lucia - Dog Boarding Carers
  • Our Hallway
  • Our garden
  • Our kids in the kitchen

About Me

Hello and welcome to our profile. My name is Luciana, I am a Brasilian lady with a husband and two children (10 & 14) and we as a family LOVE dogs. I have over 20 years experience with dogs with owning them, caring for friends dogs and more recently becoming a professional home dog boarding person.

Breeds I am familiar with are: boxers, Great Dane, doberman, pinscher and yorkshire terrier.

We invite you to come to our home with your dog(s), share some conversation and introduce us to your family members and ask any questions you may have. Our goal is to ensure you are content for us to look after your dog and feel confident with us so that you may enjoy your time away from your dog(s).

We look forward to meeting you soon!



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Medium Flat

Type of home:

Medium

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

Yes

Emergency transport:

Yes

Last minute bookings:

5+

Years caring for dogs:

None

Resident pets:

3

Max dogs at a time

Yes

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Lyn in Canterbury/Dover, Kent


Prices for dog boarding

£19 per day

£10 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



About Me

Hello and welcome to my profile. My name is Lyn and I have been a home dog boarding professional for 9 years. I am also a dog trainer and have done that for a few years too. I live with my husband and resident dog called Pea. Pea is a Jack Russell X Staff and has a beautiful temprament and loves friends over to play with.

We have a deeep love of dogs, and Pea is actually a rescue dog we took on. We know how to care for dogs, ensure they are fully exercised and well fed. Your dog will LOVE a holiday with us, so come and see our home and meet us to see what you think. We cant wait to meet you!



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Large Bungalow

Type of home:

Large

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

Yes

Emergency transport:

No (visit first)

Last minute bookings:

9+

Years caring for dogs:

Jack Russell X

Resident pets:

3

Max dogs at a time

Yes (if toilet trained)

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Eva in Hackney, London


Prices for dog boarding

£25 per day

£10 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



About Me

Hello Doggy Chums, and welcome to my profile. I am Eva, and I have been around dogs for all of my life. I have always cared for peoples dogs, when friends go on holiday, or they just need a day here and there.
My professional experience comes from offering services via my own work and Doggy Chums. I am well known in the area as a dog walker too and have lots of friends to play with. I have worked with Doggy Chums since January 2013 and have the experience you need to ensure your dogs are well looked after. I do prefer Toy-Medium dogs as I am unable to handle larger dogs.

You are invited to pop over and meet me and the pack (if i have any boarders at the time) and bring your dog. I want you to be sure I am the correct choice for your family!



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Large House

Type of home:

Medium

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

Yes

Emergency transport:

No

Last minute bookings:

6+

Years caring for dogs:

None

Resident pets:

3

Max dogs at a time

No

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Mary in Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent


Prices for dog boarding

£21 per day

£10 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



About Me

Hello and welcome to my profile. My name is Mary and I board dogs with my husband David. We have been boarding dogs in our home now for 3 years and it gives us the peace and tranquility to be able to live our life as older folk without too much stress.

We spend all day pampering and loving your doggies and they get two walks a day in the lovely 2 acres of land we have behind our home.

Please come and visit our home and see for yourself before you make your choice. We look forward to seeing you soon...



Testimonials




Guest : Eiskey
Owner : Kevin P

Eiskey stayed with Mary and her family for a week this year. We felt very comfortable leaving our elderly dog with her. She had obviously had such a good time on her holiday that when we picked her up she turned from the car to go back into the house





Guest : Wispa
Owner : Emily A

Wispa had a wonderful time with Mary and her family. They were great with her, even going so far as to buy her a Christmas present to open Christmas morning




HOME INFORMATION


Large House

Type of home:

Large

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes (private)

Insurance:

No

Emergency transport:

Yes

Last minute bookings:

4+

Years caring for dogs:

None

Resident pets:

4

Max dogs at a time

Yes (trained)

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Jo in Sutton, Surrey


Prices for dog boarding

£25 per day

£15 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



About Me

Hello, my name is Jo and I am delighted to represent Doggy Chums in the Surrey/South West London areas. I have had 10 years experience in dog care running my own business before.

I have 2 kids, who with me have cared for many dogs over the years. We understand the love, care and attention each dog requires and they are always busy enjoying themselves when with us. Walkies are our favourite time!

We look forward to meeting you soon.



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Large House

Type of home:

Large

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

Yes

Emergency transport:

Yes

Last minute bookings:

10+

Years caring for dogs:

Tortoise & Hamster

Resident pets:

3 (same home)

Max dogs at a time

Yes (trained)

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Lisa in Sale, Manchester


Prices for dog boarding

£20 per day

£10 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



About Me

Hello, I am Lisa and I am delighted to meet you. I have been a professional dog carer for 3 years now. I love my job, it gives me a sense of great fulfilment and this is my full time work. I am a licenced boarder and have full insurance coverage. I have also done a first aid course for dogs.

I am a patient, caring, calm, responsible person and enjoy taking the dogs for walks and having play time with them. Your dog(s) will be welcomed into my home just as they were my own.

Please come and visit us, and see for yourself!



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Medium House

Type of home:

Medium

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

Yes

Emergency transport:

Yes

Last minute bookings:

3+

Years caring for dogs:

1 medium dog

Resident pets:

2 (same home)

Max dogs at a time

Yes (trained)

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Annie in Chelsea, London


Prices for dog boarding

£25 per day

Double for bank holidays/Christmas period



About Me

Hello and thank you for looking at my profile. My name is Annie, and I have years of experience of dogs. I used to be a dog trainer for greyhound racing, and have owned a few greyhounds in my time. My favourite dogs are either small, or whippets.

I have a lovely small flat with a garden in Chelsea/Kensington and am open to your dogs coming to stay in my home. I may be an older lady, but i still have a lot of energy and dogs bring me such joy!

Pop over and meet me and you can see for yourself, I look forward to meeting you!



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Small flat

Type of home:

Small

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

Yes

Emergency transport:

Yes

Last minute bookings:

3+

Years caring for dogs:

None

Resident pets:

1

Max dogs at a time

No

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Kelly in Orpington, Kent


Prices for dog boarding

£20 per day

£10 per extra dog / Bank Holidays and Christmas are double charge



About Me

Hello and welcome to my profile. My name is Kelly and I have been dog boarding for many years now. I live with my husband who is an ex police officer.

We both adore dogs, and have our very own dog called Rufus who is a chocolate lab and absolutely loves new friends to play with him.

You are invited to view our home, with plenty of space in the garden... come and visit us asap!



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Medium Bungalow

Type of home:

Medium

Outdoor Area:

Yes

24/7 supervision:

Yes

Insurance:

Yes

Emergency transport:

Yes

Last minute bookings:

4+

Years caring for dogs:

1 Labrador

Resident pets:

1

Max dogs at a time

No

Care for puppies

Dog Boarding home visited and verified
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Dog Day Care Service

Do you need dog day care in your local area? Check out our services. We are able to customise a quote for you from the information you provide. Please call us now on 07588 - 100551 to discuss your needs.

Dog Walking Service

Do you need a dog walker in your local area? Check out our services. We are able to customise a quote for you from the information you provide. Go ahead and complete a dog walker quote form.

About Us

Police Checked & Insured

Doggy Chums is fully insured through Cliverton's & all carers have been DBS checked and home-visited for your absolute peace of mind

Reliable & Trustworthy

Doggy Chums carers are very conscientious and make promises they keep to ensure you are happy and recommend our services

Trained & Professional

Our carers come to us with prior dog boarding / walking experience & have been thoroughly vetted by Doggy Chums
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Welcome to Doggy Chums. The dog care service company that cares about your dog(s)

We cover counties in the South East of England which include London, Kent, Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex, Lancashire & Hertfordshire, with carers in each to provide loving homes for your dog(s).

We have interviewed each carer carefully from applications received. We look for a loving home, a safe environment and an active lifestyle to ensure dogs are very well looked after. Your dogs care is of the utmost importance to us, and we would rather not take your dog if it meant we were not confident of taking good care of them. When you visit one of our carers, you will be in no doubt that they will have your dogs wishes at heart and will accommodate your usual regime within their home. This ensures an easy transition from your home to the carers and will comfort your dog for their holiday.

We have been running since January 2013, but the owner Damien has boarded dogs in his home and so has the experience of doing this for 3 years. We understand the main requirements from customers and deliver this in a service with carers that go the extra mile to ensure your dog(s) are the main focus when they stay.

The long term goal, is to take profits made from ensuring dogs have a loving home, instead of a cage, and use that to promote animal conservation around the world. We really believe in animals and the their welfare on this 'human planet'. We hope you will join us in 'trying' to create a better world for our animals.

Doggy love, Damien x

Terms & Conditions



Insurance


Doggy Chums provides insurance cover for its carers based on the dogs we care for only. This covers public liability, employers liability and negligence. We do not cover vet fees for injuries to dogs that are considered normal injuries that they would have encountered whilst in your care. An example of this would be walking along a pavement and the dog stepping on glass or catching a leg on a branch that causes a cut. Other such injuries are not covered. Our insurance will not cover your dog if you request that the dog be kept off a lead. For this to be considered, you are required to email us suggesting that we are not liable for any eventuality concerning your dogs welfare.


Payment


To secure your booking we require a 50% non-refundable deposit. Should your dog’s stay be cancelled less than 14 days prior to the commencement of the stay, the full invoice value will be due. The remaining 50% is required 14 days prior to the start of your dogs stay. If payment is not made at this point, a late payment fee of £25.00 will be invoiced to you.

With our new automated stripe payment system, you input your details into your online customer portal, this enables you to pay the deposit and pay for the full invoice as per the terms here. If there are any additional charges (such as indiscretions or damages to the carers home), we will charge these to your credit card given in your client portal. You must leave your card details in the portal for us to allow your dog to stay with the carer.


Damages


If your dog damages any items in our host homes, we will try to replace with a second hand version of the item where possible and ask you to cover the cost of said item. This includes chewing, ripping or defecating on items which belong to host families and/or customers items such as dog beds and their contents. A receipt will be provided.
If you select yes for your dog is house trained, and they make a toilet indoors, we reserve the right to charge for clearing any mess (this could include things like professional carpet cleaning, dry cleaning of curtains etc). A £5 per day charge will be added to your total for cleaning any additional mess which will be payable on the last day of their stay with us. This does not include items that are in need of professional cleaning which will be billed seperately and costs to be met by you. In extreme cases, we will need to rehome the dog(s). This would mean you having to pay for the rehoming charges to an establishment we see fit. This includes transport costs. Doggy Chums invoice for the original service would also be chargable in full.
If any damages are made to the outside of the building or garden (digging up grass or plants), we reserve the right to charge for replacing and labour to do so.



Safety


Please ensure that leads, collars, harnesses etc. are in good condition, fit for purpose and the correct fitting to ensure your dogs safety at all times.

All dogs will be walked 2 x a day on a lead, however, should you wish your dog to be exercised off lead please indicate this on the booking form along with you accepting responsibility of any out come of this action. This includes if your dog causes a confrontation with another animal and causes harm.
We take great pride in the care of any animal in our charge, however, Doggy Chums cannot be held responsible for any loss, accident, injury or death caused to any animal whilst in our care.


In Special Cases


Your dog will stay in an environment that is new to them. This may cause irregular behaviour such as not wishing to eat, going to the toilet in the carers home, chewing/destroying items belonging to the carer. Doggy Chums accepts no responsibility for any of your items being damaged during our care. We are unable to control the way your dogs/other dogs will behave with relation to your dogs or their possessions. If you supply items to us, this is done at your own risk.


Should it prove necessary, for your dogs safety, we reserve the right to kennel your dog. The charges for this will be met by you and the costs of your dog stay here will still apply. The cost of transit of your dog to the kennel would also be charged at 60p per mile where a car is available, or a taxi fare for which a receipt will also be provided. Should they not be able to be homed in a local kennel, we request that you provide an alternative place to stay.


Medication


Please supply any medication with full written instructions, not only of doses, but how your dog has experienced the administering of such. This will be an additional fee charged for at £3.00 per day.


Extra Important Details


All dogs are to have up to date innoculations (kennel cough discretionary at your choice), be de-flead and wormed prior to admittance. We request that you bring this information when you come to visit us for a viewing. If your dog contracts Kennel Cough whilst in our care, Doggy Chums does not accept responsibility for the vet fees incurred or any associated costs.

Please ensure that any special instructions are given in writing with full detail.

In some instances, we may have to arrange for your dog to visit the vet. You are liable for any costs incurred for this. Doggy Chums will ask you to provide payment to us via Bank Transfer, and Doggy Chums will then pay the vets. A receipt will be provided.

Should you be unable to collect your dog on the arranged day, please contact us immediately to re-arrange collection or to arrange delivery. If no contact is made within a reasonable time, Doggy Chums will be forced to re-home your dog and the charges for food and re-homing will be met by you.

Frequently Asked Questions



Are all dogs suitable for home boarding?

No. We have learned though our many years of experience of boarding dogs that our service is only suitable for friendly, family pets. We are happy to accommodate puppies as long as they are house and/or cage trained. We are happy to accept all breeds as long as they are obedient, non-destructive, and non-aggressive and have a calm and gentle nature.

We do not accept incontinent dogs, dogs that chew furniture or other household items. If your dog causes any damage to the carer's home whatsoever, any costs must be reimbursed to the carer. We do not accept dogs that pull hard on the lead, or boisterous strong dogs. We do not accept bitches that are expected to be or are in season during the booking.

If you are unsure about your dog's suitability, please call us on 07588 - 100551 and a member of staff will discuss your dog's particular habits with you and tell you if we have anyone suitable.

Does my dog need to be vaccinated?

Yes. Your dog should always have its annual vaccinations to protect it against infections and disease. Your dog should also be wormed and be treated for fleas before being placed in one of our carers homes. It is your responsibility to ensure your pet is free of fleas. If fleas are present, your carer may treat your pet and you will need to reimburse your carer for any expense incurred.

My dog usually sleeps on my bed - will the carer allow him/her to do this?

Generally this is not acceptable. Most carers are happy for the dog to sleep in the bedroom but in their own basket or on the floor. However, some carers do tell us that they have had dogs sleeping on their beds, especially the small breeds.

I would like my dog to be let off the lead, will the carer do this if I ask?

Yes. However, it is company policy that dogs are never allowed off their leads for insurance purposes. Most clients are happy to supply a flexi lead. If an owner insists that they want their dog to be let off the lead then the carer must be in agreement and the owner must email us stating they accept full responsibility and liability for the dog while off the lead, in case the dog should run away, get lost, cause an accident, bite someone or get into a fight with another dog.

What kind of people become dog carers and how are they vetted?

All kinds of people: retired, families, single people, young and old - they all have one thing in common: they are dedicated to caring for dogs. When we receive an application, they first have to fit our basic criteria: they should not be away from their home for more than 3 hours in 1 full day, they should have a secure garden and they should not have any pre-school children. If they fit our criteria then we arrange to interview them for suitability to our service. Only once they have passed an interview and their homes have been checked, do they become a Doggy Chum!

Can I meet my carer before the booking starts?

Yes. In fact, we insist upon it. Unlike other agencies, we want our clients and carers to meet before the booking starts to ensure that all parties are fully informed and happy. If the client is unhappy about the carer we have selected, we have an opportunity to offer an alternative. We want our clients to go away relaxed and confident and to know the person who will be looking after their much loved pet.

Is it advisable to have a trial night stay with my carer?

Yes, and in some cases, we would insist upon it. Care for dogs is what we offer, however you cant always guarantee that the dog and carer will enjoy each others company. For a trial night, we charge a flat £25.00 fee regardless of area.

Does the time that I leave or collect my dog affect the cost?

No. We charge by the calendar date and not by the 24 hours. This means that you have your carer available all day on the day that you wish to leave your dog and on the day you wish to collect your dog (particularly early and late times by prior arrangement with the carer). This gives you complete flexibility.

What happens if the selected carer is not suitable for my dog?

If, after meeting the selected carer you are unhappy and you notify us within three days of the meeting, we will introduce you to another carer. Any feedback about our carers you may wish to gives us is always appreciated and helps us select the right carer in the future.

Are there any extra charges?

No. Unlike other agencies, we do not charge a registration fee nor do we insist that we transport your dog to and from our carer's home at a cost. We can arrange a collection and delivery service should it be more convenient for you but there will be a charge for this.

What happens if my dog is ill while I am on holiday?

Unlike other agencies, our carers have an emergency number to contact the agency 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. If your dog becomes ill whilst you are away, your carer will call the agency and we will discuss its condition. If we think it is necessary, your dog will be taken to your vets by your carer providing it is local to them. If not it will be taken to a local vet of our choice. The cost of treatment will be required to be paid in advance of the treatment given by the vets. Any costs incurred by the carer will need to be reimbursed to the carer. We will contact you on your emergency number at the first opportunity to discuss what has happened and keep you updated of your dog's progress.

What happens if I do not show up for my booking?

We will send you an invoice for the balance which will require payment within 14 days.

What happens if I need to cancel my booking?

If you cancel your booking with less than two weeks notice, you will lose 100% of your deposit.
If you cancel your booking giving us between two and four weeks notice, you will lose 50% of your deposit.
If you cancel your booking giving us more than four weeks notice, you will receive a full refund less £40 administration fee.

What happens if I need to collect my dog later than agreed?

If you collect your dog or dogs on a day later than agreed in the original booking, there will be an additional charge for every calendar day. Please contact the us as soon as you can if this is going to happen, so that we can liaise with the carer and ensure the booking details are all updated and that it is possible.

What happens if I collect my dog early?

If you return from your holiday early and decide to collect your dog before the due date - there is no refund of payment.

Do you have kennels or will my dog stay in your home?

Your pet will be cared for in our host homes. We do not use any cages or kennels. We invite you to come and see our host homes and feel free to ask any questions that you feel you need answered at the time. We want you to be totally happy with Doggy Chums, so you can go away and enjoy your break.

Why should I choose dog boarding/sitting?

Dog boarding/sitting is best for calm loving caring dogs. The whole idea is that they stay in a home, and are looked after just as they would be at home. We ask that you give us some instructions so that we can keep them in their routine. This not only helps them, but us too. Your dog will come back happy and relaxed, not quiet and sad.

What should I bring with me for my dog being boarded?

  • Collar & Leash

  • Enough food for the duration of the stay

  • Treats you might usually give them

  • Dog Bed

  • A towel (just in case they get wet)

  • A copy of the information sheet you filled in


All of the above should be considered for when your dog comes to stay. If you would like to ask about anything that you feel you should bring, please feel free to contact us

Should I bring my dog along to meet the host family?

We do request that you come and meet our hosts. The reasons for this are for the safety of your dog and other dogs that will stay at the same time. We need to ensure the dogs that stay with us will not present a problem at any point during the stay. We look for things like initial greeting, general behaviour and other different criteria. We also want you to have a look around the house and the area to ensure you are happy with the surroundings and be convinced that your dog will have a good time. If all is agreeable, we will ask you to pay for deposit to ensure you secure your preferred period with us.

Peak times, and when will they affect me?

Peak times are days such as public holidays. For all public holidays, we charge double for the day. For example, May Day is a public holiday, so if its then, we will charge double the daily fee. For Christmas time, we charge double from 24th December until January 2nd. This is due to this being a period that most people want to have for family purposes but usually we can arrange it due to the higher fee. Doggy Chums are generally extremely busy during April, June, July, August, September, October & late December. If you are booking for these times, we highly recommend you do this as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment

When should I pay for your service? ( dog boarding )

When you come for your viewing, we ask that you come with a view to placing your booking either then, or very soon after. A 50% deposit is necessary to secure your booking and this is non-refundable. Please check our terms and conditions for more information. The balance should be paid on the first day of your dogs stay with us.

What time will you come to walk my dog?

When we start the service, we will have previously agreed a time range that we will walk them in. Its important to keep a routine. We try to keep to 1 hour either side of an agreed time.

When do I need to pay for the service? ( dog walking & dog day care )

We will charge you weekly/monthly depending on what is agreed before we start. We will then ask for payment in arrears for the period agreed. For monthly payments, we will agree to 1 weeks trial before proceeding on a month to month basis.

Will you collect and return my dog?

You will need to discuss this with your carer and decide what is best for you both. Please bear in mind, we charge 60p per mile travelled to collect, so it would be financially better for you to drop your dog to the carers home.

What should I bring for Dog Day Care ( besides my dog! ) ?

  • Collar & Leash

  • Enough food for the duration of the stay

  • Treats you might usually give them

  • A towel (just in case they get wet)

  • A copy of the emergency information sheet you filled in


All of the above should be considered for when your dog comes to stay. If you would like to ask about anything that you feel you should bring, please feel free to contact us.

Jobs at Doggy Chums


Looking for a job working with dogs?


Doggy Chums are looking for carers all over the the UK. If you are seriously wanting to care for dogs and maybe change your lifestyle whilst 'enjoying' work again, please fill in the form and see if you fit our requirements



Why home dog boarding?


Dogs are loving, kind and devoted companions. The idea of our service is to offer care of other peoples dogs in your home and therefore we become an extension to our clients family. They will have Doggy Chums as a resource to be able to go away on short or long breaks and consider us the best friends they rarely talk to!.



Why is working with dogs a good career choice?


      Be your own boss and enjoy home life (you should be self employed or apply to be self employed)


      Spend time with animals that show you love, care and attention


      Be able to do another job from home (admin) to supplement your income caring for dogs


      Decide which dogs you would like to take and be as busy or as free as you wish




What should I be able to offer?


The main attributes for a carer that we would look to have as carers are:


      They love dogs and put them first!


      Have experience of caring for dogs (whether professionally or owning your own dog)


      Know how to act in an emergency and remain calm


      Put the clients dog first when they come to stay with you


      Are fit, active and healthy


      Have comfortable & loving homes with lots of space for our Doggy Chums


      If you own your home great, if not, be sure the owner of the property has given permission in writing to us


      Will undertake a police check


      Are conscientuous and aware of any potential dangers


      Have a maximum of 2 pets, with those pets being dogs and being calm, submissive & neutered


      Will not leave the home for more than 5 hours (tota) in the day




The next step...


Are you still keen? then you should fill in our form and get start with Doggy Chums straight away! Please click the button below to get started. We will come back to you within 5 working days to discuss how we progress


  • Apply to become a dog boarding carer for Doggy Chums