Welcome to our Home From Home…
Home Boarding with eWoof
We welcome sociable and well behaved dogs to our home to enjoy both short and long term stays with our family.
Our guests interact with the family as if they were our own. Enjoying 2 walks every day (depending on age and health), and mooching with us in the evening with cuddles and belly rubs to round of the day.
Benefits of Using A Small Home BOarder
There are several options for overnight boarding and you need to think about what suits your dog best.
Home boarding suits dogs that just couldn’t cope in kennels, and really need their creature comforts while you’re away. We board a lot of smaller dogs that need personal contact all day as well as the bigger ‘velcro’ dogs like our own Pointer, who thinks he is a human. You know your dog best and what they can and cannot cope with. Our service aims to emulate your own home environment and we do our best to offer a similar routine where possible.
We board a small number of dogs at the same time, typically one and usually no more then two so your pup gets our full undivided attention in the evening. During the day they will mix with our daycare guests, so lot’s of play and canine company.
Some dogs don’t like to share their space with other dogs, and may be better suited to an in-house pet-sitting service where they are comfortable in familiar surroundings that are less stressful for them. This is also a better option for reactive dogs.
Absolutely. It’s a criminal offence to run a business providing boarding services in your home without a valid license. Licenses are issued in accordance with THE ANIMAL WELFARE (LICENSING OF ACTIVITIES INVOLVING ANIMALS) (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2018.
Do check your local council’s specific guidance as it can differ throughout the country. Businesses that risk not being licensed may receive a fine and even imprisonment.
eWoof is very proud to confirm that is has the highest inspection rating for home boarding.
Licensed by WYCOMBE DC (Ref HB/003) – with a 5 STARS rating – and a licence valid for the maximum 3 year duration, through to 2022.
Licensed premises are inspected to ensure that all welfare and safety considerations have been met and that the premises are suitable and safe for your dog. The person caring for your dog will need to demonstrate experience and knowledge to the Inspector in order to be awarded with their license. They will have written policies on every aspect of your dogs welfare and safety, meaning that these areas will have been carefully thought through and not left to chance.
Your daycare provider must display their license for you to see and will ask you to provide evidence of vaccination records and complete information and consent forms so that they understand exactly how to care for your dog.
The inspection process is rigorous and anyone that has received their license will have gone through a lot of diligence and preparation to meet the high standards of care required.
We’re sure you want the best care for your dog so we think you probably should care – even if you weren’t previously aware that this industry is regulated!
Many are, but not all dogs are comfortable in unfamiliar environments. For that reason it’s really important to meet your prospective boarding provider, any resident dogs and any children in the household to ensure the set up is appropriate for your particular dog. The home you choose to leave your dog in is as important as the person looking after them.
- Untidy or cluttered homes may not be suitable for dogs that love to chew and eat random things left around.
- Small homes may not be suitable for large breeds – no one wants to pay for breakages due to an unwieldy tail.
- Busy homes with young children may un-nerve a pooch that’s not used to it already.
And of course the resident dog needs to put their stamp on everything. Always ensure you spend a good amount of time on the meet and greet to see the environment for yourself and observe the interaction between resident dogs, people and your dog.
Your dog’s happiness and safety is paramount to us. We insist on a strict introductory process to make sure that all parties are happy. That includes us, you, your dog and our dog.
- We ask you to meet us with your dog for a walk on neutral ground along with our resident entire male German Shorthaired Pointer. Occasionally Jasper let’s us know he’s not comfortable with a prospective client, so while the dogs are safely on lead on neutral territory, we may decide not to proceed any further with the meet and greet.
Don’t worry – this is a good thing – like humans, not all dogs are going to like each-other and this is the time to find that out.
- The walk goes well and the dogs get along famously, so the next step is to join us in our home to see where your dog will be staying. We observe the dogs interacting in our home and it’s your opportunity to ask us anything you need to know about our service. We will also take this as an opportunity to assess how your dog settles with us, our pooch and in our home.
- If everyone’s happy, we book a trial overnight stay (chargeable at the standard overnight rate) and provisionally hold the dates you require. The trial is important because we have different dogs throughout the week, which your pup won’t have met yet so we pick a date where we can ensure they will meet a good selection.
As a general guide, if Jasper’s cool, we’re pretty comfortable that the other dogs will be too! We do ask you to be available on the trial day / night or make sure that your emergency contact is available. We’ve hardly ever needed to call an emergency contact BUT they are there for a reason so must know that they could be called upon.
I’m afraid not!
The meet & greet and the trial are both very important. If we took a dog without going through this process, it could be a non-starter on the day you really need to rely on us. At worst, it could ruin your holiday if we need your dog to be collected!
8-9.00am General excitement while our daycare guests are dropped off and catch up with their buddies
9-9.30am Breakfast club – with a break before we set off for any exercise
10-11.00am – Walk 1
11.00am – General excitement as we all get back to the house, and a snooze for most following a good run-out
12.30pm – Feeding time for the pups that need a midday feed
1-2.00pm – Playtime and / or cuddles and a sit down together – we use this time to check over the dogs and ensure there are no ticks, seeds or thorns in paws, ears or fur.
2-3.00pm – Walk 2
3.00pm – More general excitement back at the house, because…we’re back at the house!
3.30pm – It can go either way at this point – pooped or playful – we go with the flow!
5-6.00pm – Home time for daycare guests. We’ll feed the last meal of the day if required and start to wind down and settle in for cuddle time – or not if your dog’s not that way inclined!
We make sure that we provide opportunities for sleep and downtime for dogs that find it difficult to switch off and young pups that need their rest. Most dogs will take themselves off to rest but for those with FOMO (fear of missing out) – we help them to settle by removing them from over stimulation and maintaining a quiet and calm environment for part of the day.
The arrival of the postman doesn’t always help!
You can use this form which asks for some of the initial information we would ask for.
You can also use the details below to call, email, text or whatsapp us.
Congratulations, you’re part of the eWoof family. We take care of everything all you need to bring is
- a lead – make sure your dog has a collar with a tag too, it’s required by law when your dog is out in public.
- food & food bowl (bring a little extra food… you never know!)
- car harness – with your permission we may take your pup further afield for walks but we must insist on suitable restraints while in the car if we do.
- a coat – this is really useful to help us keep your pup clean as we will go out in rainy weather…and that means mud! It also helps us to keep the house a little cleaner when the pack get home!
- an old towel
- dog bed
- ALL FORMS COMPLETED, SIGNED & ACCURATE and a copy of VACCINATION RECORDS
We know, there are a couple of forms to complete but:
- We are required by law to capture specific information such as vaccination records and we must have your consents for certain aspects of your dog’s care as part of the new regulations.
- The more information we have about your pup, the better equipped we are to look after them in your absence and in the event of an emergency we can deal with matters quicker and more efficiently.
We take our guests safety very seriously in terms of welfare, health and environment.
If you would like to see our policies, these are available when you visit.
- The garden is secured by locked doors and gates all round with 6ft fencing in place
- The front door has a double latch system to ensure it can’t be left open by mistake
- High internal secondary barrier to prevent dogs getting to the front door and accidentally escaping
- Two smoke alarms and an optical smoke sensor
- Fire blanket
- Emergency evacuation process in place in case of emergency
- Separate utility room to store food and belongings
- Separate storage / refrigeration for raw feeders
- Lockable box for medication
- Canine first aid trained
Guests have the full run of the ground floor of the house with access to a large self contained garden.
- Underfloor heating
- Filtered tap water, replenished regularly
- Scatter rugs, dog-beds & sofas throughout the house for use by all
- Country walks
- Air conditioning during particularly hot periods
- Doggy paddling pool in Summer
- Large garden
- Open plan house with bi-fold back doors for those lazy sunny days when no-one wants to stay in!
- Raw-feeding friendly
- Toys for all
- Boarding from 8am to 10am (next day): £30 per dog
- (Public holidays are charged at double time)
We require a 50% deposit of the total cost of stay to confirm your booking with eWoof (and 100% for dates which include a public holiday).
Please note that while we may indicate that dates are available, they are only confirmed once a deposit is paid, so you should assume that the dates you want are at risk until your deposit is received by us.
Payment should be made by cash or bank transfer with any outstanding payment due by the first day of your dogs stay, at the latest. Please also read our terms and conditions to familiarise yourself with our deposits and cancellation policy.
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So you’ve decided you like what you see, how do we make this happen?
- Call Sam on 07903 935 078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what days you need and to tell us a bit about your dog.
- If we can offer the days requested, we will arrange a meet & greet with you and your dog.
- After a successful meeting, we’ll arrange a trial overnight session with a view to confirming your future dates.
- 50% deposit secures your dates (100% deposit required where dates include a public holiday)