If your dog hasn’t stayed with us before then you need to arrange his free Taster Day before you can make a booking for his holiday.
Settling your dog at our boarding kennels in Newton Abbot is important to us. We want your dogs boarding kennel experience to be a good one so he is always happy to come back and spend his holiday with us so we wont take a dog if he finds being in a kennel environment stressful & upsetting. The majority of dogs settle in very well when boarding here, especially if they are introduced to boarding at an early age. If they start coming to our kennels when young, say at about 4 - 6 months of age, it makes it a natural experience for him and he will accept this new adventure more readily. However some dogs never adapt to a kennel environment and the older they are when they first start coming to kennels, the harder it can be for them to adapt this new environment. We always put the dogs needs first, so your dog must come for his “free” taster day first before you can book him in for a holiday. The taster day is free of charge so there is no obligation on either side. We will always be honest and advice you after the taster day if your pooch hasn’t settled very well. If your dog hasn’t stayed in a kennels before, then after his taster day, it is a good idea to arrange for him to come overnight or for a short stay before bringing him/her for a longer period. This is beneficial for your peace of mind and gives us a chance to bond with your dog before his holiday. With this in mind it is essential you plan your dogs holiday in plenty of time.
Dog Boarding Prices
Please give Caroline a call for prices. The fees vary depending on the length of the booking as the boarding prices are structured so the longer the booking the cheaper per day and the shorter the booking the more expensive per day. This is because we only have space for 15dogs and if we take a short booking of 2days then we may have to turn someone away who wanted to book for 2weeks.
Viewing of the kennels is encouraged as we are very proud of our kennel facilities and the beautiful grounds but you will need to make an appointment. It is unlikely you will find anyone in the office/reception if you turn up without an appointment as we spend most of the day out exercising the dogs. Also as it is disruptive for the dogs having visitors we limit viewings to one per day.
Vaccinations are required, although we are happy to accept proof of a recent titre test. Vaccinations to cover Parvo-virus, Distemper, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis must be up to date and have been administered at least 2 weeks before coming into the kennels. Even if it is only a booster, we won’t take any dogs that have had a vaccination in the 2 weeks leading up to boarding. We also insist on the Kennel Cough Intra-nasal Spray for Infectious Tracheobronchitis. This must have been administered within the last 12 months and at least 3weeks before coming into the kennels. Proof of vaccination is required in the form of a vet vaccination card. It is best to check with us to see if the vaccines are acceptable rather than ask your vet as each kennel uses their own guidelines.
Canine infectious tracheobronchitis, also referred to as kennel cough is a highly contagious, multifactorial disease of the dog's respiratory tract. Much like our common cold, it is generally transmitted through coughs and sneezes, or by nose to nose contact. Dogs kept together in close confinement are therefore at greatest risk of infection. . This is one of the reasons that the illness has adopted the term “kennel cough”. Boarding kennels are an ideal environment for the disease to spread rapidly as large numbers of dogs are kept in close contact so when a dog coughs the bug is expelled in droplets and if a dog in the next kennel inhales it then it is likely he will pick up the infection. Accordingly, your dog could pick up the infection anywhere it shares common air space with an infected dog. So for instance when your dog is at training class, in the vets waiting room, at the groomers, saying hello to another dog at the park or at kennels.
We do our best to make sure Kennel Cough isn’t brought into our kennels by insisting that all dogs are vaccinated and by having floor to ceiling partitions dividing each kennel and by providing lots of fresh air and open spaces.
The kennel cough vaccine must have been administered at least 3 weeks before coming in to the kennels. This is because it is a transient vaccine and recently vaccinated dogs may shed part of the vaccine for a few days or weeks after the vaccine has been administered meaning they are contagious during this period. Having the vaccine helps minimise the chances of your dog contracting kennel cough or becoming a carrier for the condition, however it doesn’t guarantee it as there are several strains, again like our common cold. The kennel cough vaccine is administered separately to the combined injectable vaccine given for other common conditions, and you may need to ask your vet, to have the kennel cough vaccine administered. The kennel cough vaccine usually takes the form of a nasal spray that produces a localised immunity within the cells of the nose to help to prevent the virus or bacteria from entering the lungs.