Home Dog Boarding
Home Dog Boarding
in South Essex
We are the alternative to kennels in Wickford, Hockley,
Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea, Benfleet, Canvey, Basildon,
Billericay, Brentwood, Ingatestone, Blackmore and Fryerning.
Your local PetStay branch
Home Dog Boarding in South Essex
We are a loving alternative to kennels in Wickford, Hockley, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea, Benfleet, Canvey, Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood, Ingatestone, Blackmore and Fryerning.

PetStay South Essex Branch

Hello, we are Jo & Emma, mother and daughter, and proud owners of the South Essex branch of Petstay. We are lifelong dog lovers and after 14 very happy years with our Tibetan Terrier, Ollie, we chose to become carers. Nearly two years on, after caring for many beloved dogs in our home the opportunity arose to take our involvement to the next level and we are now owners of Petstay South Essex. Whilst we will be running Petstay South Essex from home we will still offer our services as carers as this remains our overriding passion.

Why Choose PetStay South Essex

Petstay South Essex covers the entire SS postcode and some CM postcodes. We offer a home from home environment for your dog/s using carefully selected local Essex carers, all of whom are fully insured by our third Party Liability Insurance, and where applicable licenced by the Local Authority. Each carer will provide the very best possible care for your dog/s whilst you are away on holiday or business giving you complete peace of mind. After all, your dog/s deserve a holiday too!

How it Works

A “meet & greet” session is arranged before any stay so that you, your dog and carer can ensure that everyone is completely happy with the match and are familiar with each other before we take the booking. Our service is bespoke to the needs of your dog/s and all stays are exclusive which means we do not mix guest dogs. Staying in a home environment means your dog will get lots of love and personal attention from your carer who will treat your dog as their own, something which is very important both to you and them.

Become a Carer

Our carers criteria is high so we would love to hear from you if you are interested in being one of our many Petstay Dog carers. All we ask is you love dogs, have a secure garden, no young children and are at home during the day. You could become part of the Petstay Team by caring for someone else’s family dog in your own home with the added bonus of earning an income.

Jo & Emma - PetStay South Essex

So if you are looking for a holiday home for your canine family member with people that adore dogs and who will give them all their home comforts whilst you are away or if you would enjoy having doggie guests in your home and would like to become a Petstay carer then please get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Jo & Emma Stratton – PetStay South Essex

Contact Details

To find out more or to arrange a visit to one of our carers in the South Essex area, please get in touch using the details below.


The Good Dog Guide

Tel: 01268 462173

Mobile: 07469 247860

Email: joandemma@petstay.net

Areas coveredWe cover the South of Essex and surrounding areas including postcodes:

SS1 TO SS17: Wickford, Rayleigh, Hockley, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea, Benfleet, Canvey, Stanford-le Hope, Basildon, Benfleet, Westcliff-on-sea and Canvey Island areas.

CM11 TO CM 15: Billericay, Brentwood areas.

CM4: Ingatestone, Blackmore, Fryerning, Stock areas.

Are you worried about leaving your dog in kennels? Have you ever considered a dog sitting service in South Essex?

At PetStay South Essex we’ve carefully selected many caring and affectionate people who will care for your dog whilst you are away on holiday. Our pet sitters in South Essex who are all fully licensed and insured provide a better experience than dog kennels because we provide dogs with a home from home environment, a real alternative to kennels.

Here at PetStay South Essex we offer an outstanding dog sitting service in Wickford, Billericay, Ingatestone and the surrounding areas to families who want the peace of mind of knowing their dogs are happy and settled whilst they are away on holiday.

We will pair your dog with a suitable loving carer who will ensure that your dog will receive home from home care and won’t miss out on any home comforts they are used to. Our carer will match your dog’s daily routine to ensure they remain as settled as possible.

Since 2005 PetStay have gained an excellent reputation for providing dog home boarding service second to none, far from that of dog kennels. Now PetStay South Essex are becoming known as the local pet sitters.

Home Boarding for Dogs

Home Dog Boarding

  • Your dog/s stay in one of our loving carers’ homes
  • Meet your carer before you book
  • Kinder and less stressful for your dog
  • All routines kept
  • We don’t mix different dogs together
  • We don’t walk your dog/s off the lead
  • All our carers are licensed by the local council (if required)
  • Carers are fully insured and vetted
  • We are recommended by vets and our many, many customers

Our Prices

1 Dog £21.50 a day
2 Dogs £30.00 a day
3 Dogs £40.00 a day

Prices above are per day, or part thereof, except Bank Holidays. For more information regarding those rates, please contact us.

Here are the few simple stages of booking with PetStay.

1st: Ring or email your local branch to discuss your dogs requirements and dates.
2nd: We will explain all about PetStay and what your next steps would be.
3rd: We then take all details about your dog and then match them to the most suitable carer.
4th: A meeting will be organised for you and your dog to meet the carer.
5th: If you are 100% happy with your carer you would then be ready to book with PetStay.
6th: No later than 5 days after your initial meeting, complete our on-line booking form and pay the booking fee.
7th: An email confirmation will be sent to you.
8th: You’re all booked in and don’t have to worry about anything.
9th: When you drop your dog/s off for their holiday you then pay the remaining balance to the carer.
10th: Go away with complete peace of mind and have a wonderful holiday.

Become a PetStay Carer

So you want to work with dogs and be home based?
Have you ever thought how wonderful it would be to work from home and be able to work with animals? If you’re a dog lover and want to have a flexible, home based job that lets you work with dogs, then maybe you will love being one of our carers looking after dogs in your own home.

Earn from £80 to £196 per week

Please call Jo and Emma for more information and an informal chat

Carers Walking Dog

Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a PetStay Carer

What are the requirements of becoming a carer?

You must be a genuine dog lover, have experience of looking after dogs and you need to be home during the day so you have plenty of time to give to the dogs you are caring for. You must have a secure garden and agree to abide by PetStay guidelines. You are allowed to have a dog of your own as long as your dog gets on with other dogs.

How are your carers vetted?

If you meet all the requirements listed above, we will come and visit you at your home. We will check the security of the garden, explain PetStay procedures and show you the guidelines each carer needs to follow. If you are happy with everything and we feel you would make a suitable PetStay carer, we would follow up a reference and arrange public liability insurance for you.

Do I need to be licensed?

If you are successful then you would apply to the council for a home boarding licence (if required by the local council), we can help you with this, it is a straight forward process.

How many dogs can I look after?

Our service is on a one-to-one basis, so only dogs from the same household will stay with you. You are allowed to take up to three dogs from the same household, BUT you choose what you are happy with. We will ask you how many dogs you would like to look after and what sized dog/s you would be happy to care for.

Do I have to provide the food?

No, the owner will bring any food or treats for the duration of the stay. Any toys, bedding, medication and leads will also be brought.

Does the dog/s have to be vaccinated?

Yes each dog MUST have up to date vaccinations, have been wormed and treated for fleas. Proof of the vaccinations will be brought to the meeting and shown to you.

What about walking the dogs?

All dogs should be taken out each day for walks. When you have your meeting with the owners all routines, including the number and length of walks, will be discussed. The dog is only ever walked on a lead.

What if the dog becomes ill?

We/you would endeavour to contact the owner or the emergency contact. The owner or the emergency contact would be liable for any expenses incurred in taking the dog to the vet.

How am I paid?

Your fee is paid as the dog is dropped off. This is a self-employed home-based position, is very flexible and fits around your lifestyle.

What happens next?

If you are interested in becoming a carer, please ring us for an informal chat and ask any questions or email us with your details and we will come back to you. You can also use the contact form on the ‘contact us’ tab. If we feel you are suitable we would then arrange to visit you at home.

Apply to be a carer

Please fill in the details below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Reviews



I cannot recommended Jo highly enough, for her total devotion to our precious Angus during his recent “holiday” with her. He was so at home and obviously very content when we went to collect him, and I actually think he stole a small piece if Jo’s heart as we left. We would not hesitate in sending Angus here again in a heartbeat. Thank you so much Jo.

Karen, May 2017


Yogi stayed with Derek and Viv In Benfleet .
They are a lovely couple who cared for Yogi as if he was their own dog .
He enjoyed his stay with them and we would most definitely be happy for them to look after Yogi again .
Nothing was too much trouble for them , even getting up at 5am to give him his breakfast .
So much better than putting him in a kennel , because as a rescue dog , I think he would have been very unhappy .
So many thanks Pet Stay will definitely book through you next time we are away

Ann, May 2017

South Essex- Millie


I left my dog Millie with Dawn for near on 3 weeks while I went on a cruise. I was a bit nervous at first as I hadn’t left her for that long before. My nerves disappeared as soon as I got to the house as Dawn made Millie welcomed and comfortable. I could see straight aw at that Millie was going to have a good holiday as well as me. I was sent pictures on regular occasions on how Millie was doing and where she had gone for walks. Millie is a nervous, sensitive dog but was treated very well and looked after as well as I look after her. I would highly recommend Petstay and their carers.

James, April 2017


Jo was incredible from start to finish. Our boy is a big dog, and we were initially apprehensive about leaving him with strangers. He is a rescue that has only been with us for a few months, and we wanted to ensure he did not feel abandoned again. Jo and her family put our fears to rest immediately, really making an effort to get to know Loki and all his rescue dog quirks. Being such a large dog, they knew how to handle him brilliantly. Jo took notes throughout the whole of the first meeting to ensure all our training efforts continued over the weekend. He had an amazing big garden to play in all weekend, and was not left a second without a bit of attention. Jo and family are the best dog sitters by far, and we look forward to using them again in the near future

Hannah, March 2017

South Essex


This was the third time we had used pet stay whilst away and we would highly recommend this service. It was home from home for our mischievous but nervous beagle and we had peace of mind as I know he was well looked after. A reasonable price too for such dedicated time and care.

Claire, February 2017



Jo was fabulous and we cannot thank her and her family enough for the wonderful care and attention that was given to Porky.

100% recommendation. Lovely lovely lady.

Thank you Jo and PetStay.

Janet, February 2016

Buddy & Drummer

Drummer & Buddy

We had a fab time and what made it even better was that we knew our boys were being cared for well. Jo and her family were absolutely superb and I really don’t think that my boys will be staying anywhere else when we go away. Jo took note of all that I told her about the boys and they were looked after brilliantly. We were absolutely 100% satisfied with your service and would recommend anyone to use you and your carers.

Charmaine & Bob, Drummer & Buddy, November 2015



We would just like to say how pleased we were with the way Jo and family looked after Lucy for us again last week. It really helps to make our holiday all the more enjoyable knowing she is with such a lovely, caring family

Maria and Harry , October 2015



Flossie has just come home after her holiday with Lisa and her family in Hadleigh. She was very well cared for and we would not hesitate to use PetStay again. It made our holiday all the better knowing how happy she was.

Carol, September 2015



I just wanted to let you know that we are over the moon with the care Porky received from Lisa and her family.

Being a rescue dog Porky does have some issues and behaviours due to being previously badly treated but when we arrived to collect him it was obvious he was very happy.

He was better in the car coming home and has been calmer at home, we think the experience has done him a world of good and he obviously really enjoyed his own little holiday.

I cannot recommend enough the care Lisa and her family have given Porky.

Thank you very much to Lisa and to PetStay.

Janet, September 2015



Thank you PetStay Loki had a lovely time with his carers he was so well looked after and such lovely people will be booking again with you it’s so nice to no I can leave my dog with lovely people that look after him so a BIG THANK YOU from us and Loki

September 2015



Many thanks for organising John to care for Mitsy whilst we were on holiday. He was just perfect for her and she looked fabulous when we picked her up – beautifully groomed and very happy.
I would not hesitate to use John again if I need dogsitting in the future.
We had a wonderful holiday thank you – I can’t believe it’s over already!

Natalie, August 2015



When I used Petstay in July 2015, it was the first time that I used this pet sitting company.
The booking procedure is very straight forward and quick.I met the carer for a brief visit then my dog had a “sleepover” at the carer’s house.
I was very happy with Dawn Higgins who is a lovely lady who so obviously loves dogs. She was very eager to accommodate my dog and not to disrupt his routine at all.
He spent just over two weeks with Dawn and when we collected him he was very calm and happy.
I wanted to book Dawn again for another stay but she was already booked up.
Having had the first booking, I had no hesitation is using Petstay again. My dog is staying with John for three days soon and I hope that it will go as smoothly as it did before.

France, July 2015



Would like to say thank you, for finding Pauline & Tony to look after Alfie for me. Can’t thank you enough Pauline & Tony, for caring and looking after Alfie for us, was worried about leaving him, but I needn’t have been, received text messages to let me know, how he was, and felt reassured. Lovely couple, Alfie will definitely be staying with you again.

Sharon Johnston, July 2015



We had not left Lily with anyone before but Petstay and Jenny made everything so easy. From booking to being able to meet Jenny, before we travelled, we were very pleased with the service and care. Lily’s specific diet was no problem for Jenny, nor were our daily calls enquiring as to whether Lily was ok. When we were told that Lily had spent the night in Jenny’s bedroom because she was scared of the thunder we knew she was in very safe hands. We would have no hesitation in using Petstay again.”

Caroline, July 2015



“I was more than happy with the service that you provided for me. It was 5 star – without a doubt and will highly recommend you.
As for Pam, she was amazing – Bella was so happy and well taken care of…..Bella got too comfortable and probably would love to have stayed longer! Pam was amazing as was Paul.
Thank you very much for all your help, it was much appreciated.”

Dawn, June 2015



“I would like to thank you providing me with a great service regarding looking after my dog. The carer you put me onto Emily was so professional and I felt so at ease with her I knew my dog was going to get the best care possible. This was a first time for both me and my dog (leaving her with someone else) so I knew there would be separation anxiety with both of us but Emily was so good at her job I cannot fault her (or her partner). I could tell from the first meeting of Emily that she was just as passionate (if not more) than myself about dogs, even her own dogs give off a positive energy, which was great for me. I would highly recommend Pet Stay and Emily to anyone with a dog, she is everything and more than what you’ll be looking for. Professional, caring, understanding, knowledgeable, trustworthy, friendly and honest are all the words attributed to Emily and the great care she took looking after my Maisy. Thank you to Katie and Steve for putting me onto Emily and having vetted their carers so well and thank you to Emily your a star.”

Lisa, June 2015



“We were looking for an alternative to kennels for our Whippet Bella and found PetStay a good solution. We met Jo our carer and Bella was very settled and happy in her care. We would definitely use PetStay, especially Jo, again in the near future for short holidays and family occasions with complete peace of mind. Thank you again.”

June 2015

Bella and Lola

Bella & Lola

“Thank you for finding us the perfect couple to care for our two dogs Bella and Lola. We hate leaving them, and would never use kennels, so finding a loving caring home for them to stay in was very important to us. From the moment we met the careers to see how they would bond with our girls, we could tell that we would be happy to leave them with them. We could tell they were loving dog people, who instantly bonded with out two, especially Bella who is a fussy little thing. When we returned from our holiday the girls were happy and had enjoyed their time with the careers. We have no doubt that in the future we will use Petstay to organise our dogs ‘holiday’ for us as we know they’ll be happy, safe and loved.”

Sam Arrowsmith, May 2015



Firstly may I take this opportunity to thank both yourself and Steve for your wonderful friendly and prompt service. Having never used a sitter service before, especially at such late notice I was very nervous and worried. I needn’t of been because from the moment I made my enquiry I felt that our Sophie would be in good hands but also so was I.

Thank you PetStay for finding a truly wonderful, kind and caring sitter Cher, especially at such short notice. Sophie had a truly wonderful break while we attended our Son’s Wedding.

Sophie loved Cher to bits also Lottie and now has a new friend. Not sure if photos are permitted but I did ask Cher if we could take a few because it’s lovely to put a face to a name. We will be using Petstay again in the future and will be recommending you and especially your lovely Sitter Cher and Lottie to our friends and family. Thank you so much. Xxx

Thank you again, Kind regards
Margaret, May 2015



We had a great time and it looks like Bobby did too – Viv and Derek are great people. We feel safe leaving Bobby with them again in August, and that means a lot to us.

All the best
Pat & Lin Farey, May 2015



Thank you so much for finding Jo and family to have “Lucy” last week. She was so well looked after and happy to be with Jo. It made our holiday worry-free! We are planning to go back to Portugal early May, 2016 for a week, please would you advise when we can book “Lucy” in with Jo. again.

Many thanks
Maria and Harry , May 2015

Dog sitting services in South EssexContact Details

To find out more or to arrange a visit to one of our carers in the South Essex area, please get in touch using the details below.

Tel: 01268 462173

Mobile: 07469 247860

Email: joandemma@petstay.net

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