There are more dog owners than ever looking for an alternative to kennels, which has led to an increase in people offering such services. But as an owner, how do you choose and what should you be looking for?
Hilary Coates, who runs Wagging Tails home boarding in Swindon and Wiltshire, has joined forces with Swindon Borough Council to create an information leaflet for owners.
Hilary said: “I became aware that many vet practices, groomers and trainers didn’t know the regulations regarding home boarding and decided to get some information out to them, as well as owners. People offering any day care or home boarding should have a licence from their local Council and the leaflet we have worked on together gives a phone number or website details for owners to contact.”
“Checking for a licence should be your first step, but it’s as important that you feel comfortable – ask questions, be specific about your pet, go with your instinct. Wagging Tails insists that all owners meet the carer and go into their homes to make their own minds up, I wouldn’t leave my dog without checking someone out first, I wouldn’t expect any other owners to do that either.
“I am expecting to produce a similar leaflet in the Wiltshire Council area, as every Council is slightly different in their interpretation of the Animal Boarding Establishment Act, which is where Licensing regulations come from.”
For more details about Wagging Tails home boarding, or to enquire about becoming one of Hilary’s carers and having doggy holiday guests, call 01793 874 777 or email email@example.com