Home Dog Boarding
Home Dog Boarding in
Dorset & Bournemouth
We are the alternative to kennels in Broadstone,
Swanage, Wareham, Dorchester, Weymouth, Lyme Regis, Sturminster Newton,
Poole, Bournemouth, West Moors, Christchurch, Ferndown, Verwood and more
Your local PetStay branch
Home Dog Boarding in Dorset & Bournemouth
We are a loving alternative to kennels in
Broadstone, Swanage, Wareham, Dorchester, Weymouth, Lyme Regis, Sturminster Newton, Poole, Bournemouth, West Moors, Christchurch, Ferndown, Verwood, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, Sopley, Bransgore

PetStay Dorset & Bournemouth Branch

Hello, my name is Isabelle and I am the owner of the Dorset and Bournemouth Branch of PetStay. I live in Dorset with my husband, three daughters and two much loved family dogs – Labradoodles called Chester and Poppy. I am a fully qualified and accredited dog trainer and have been helping dogs and their owners for most of my working life. I understand the effort and love owners put into the training and care of their dogs and from experience, I know that owners do not want to leave their furry family members in a kennel. This is why I set up the PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth Branch – to offer bespoke home boarding for family dogs.

Why Choose PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth

PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth covers the whole of the DT and BH post codes and offers a “home from home” whether you’re planning a trip for business, a weekend break or a fortnight get-away. The benefits of home boarding are being able to tailor make your dog’s “holiday” with PetStay. This means, we are able to follow the routines you already have in place at your own home, be that sleeping, feeding, exercise or companionship. Staying in a home environment means your dog will get lots of love and attention from a carer who will treat your dog as their own and that’s important, to you and to them!

My Host Families

I have handpicked my host families ensuring I only employ the very best. All carers are experienced dog owners and most importantly – love dogs! You can choose to either board your dog(s) alone or if your dog enjoys doggie company, with a carer who has a friendly dog of their own. A “sniffing out” meeting will be set up so you and your dog(s) can meet their carer and see their holiday home beforehand. Safety is very important to us, so we never mix dogs from different families and all hosts are personally checked by me, licensed by the local authority and fully insured.

How it Works

I take great care in getting to know you and your dog before they home board with PetStay and take full details of your dog so that I can find the perfect carer for him or her. I will guide you through the booking process and a “holiday list” will be provided of essential items that will need to be packed to make sure your dog(s) have their favourite things with them. So if you would like to book a holiday with us or find out more about our service, please do get in touch on the numbers or email below. I look forward to hearing from you and providing the very best home boarding that Dorset and Bournemouth have to offer.

Isabelle - PetStay Dorset & Bournemouth

Become a Carer

If you would like to apply to become a carer, I’d love to hear from you. All that is necessary is that you have experience in looking after dogs, are at home during the day and have a secure garden. You could become part of the PetStay Team by caring for someone else’s family dog in your home with the added bonus of earning an income.

Isabelle, PetStay Dorset & Bournemouth.

Contact Details

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

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Tel: 01425 477528

Mobile: 07713 668456

Email: isabelle@petstay.net

Areas coveredWe cover the Dorset & Bournemouth area:

BH1 to BH25, BH31: Bournemouth, Poole, Broadstone, Swanage, Wareham, Wimborne, Ferndown, Christchurch, Ringwood, New Milton, Verwood.

DT1 to DT11: Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Bridport, Lyme Regis, Beaminster, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Blandford Forum

Are you worried about leaving your dog in kennels? Have you ever considered a dog sitting or home boarding service in the Bournemouth area?

At PetStay Dorset & Bournemouth we’ve carefully selected many caring and affectionate people who will care for your dog while you’re away on holiday. Our dog sitters in Bournemouth who are all fully licensed (if required by the local council) and insured provide a far better experience for your dogs than kennels because we provide a home from home environment, a real alternative to kennels in Dorset.

Here at PetStay Dorset & Bournemouth we offer an outstanding dog sitting service to families who would prefer to have the peace of mind that their dogs are happy and settled in a loving environment whilst they are away on holiday.

We will pair your dog with a suitable loving carer in the Bournemouth area 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 a dog home boarding service second to none, far removed from the experience of traditional dog boarding kennels. PetStay Dorset & Bournemouth are now becoming known as your local dog 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 £22.00 a day
2 Dogs £33.00 a day
3 Dogs £45.00 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 £91 to £210 per week

Please call Isabelle for more information and an informal chat

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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

Blue

A HUGE thank you to all of you. The best first experience of leaving Blue. We are so pleased we found Petstay. Isabelle was amazing at finding us the perfect carer for our 1year old lab x staff, Blue. Caroline and her lovely family were absolutely AMAZING with her. Blue is a very energetic, bouncy ball of crazy at times and Caroline coped with and met her needs perfectly. Blue loved it…Lots of long walks, games, training, cuddles, treats and lots of love. Caroline even celebrated our pups birthday with a birthday treat as she noticed Blue turned one while we were away. We didn’t worry one bit, knowing Blue was in the best hands. Plus daily updates with great photos… I couldn’t of wished for more. Highly recommend. Thank you……
We appreciated all the help provided. Will definitely be returning.
Thank you.

Michaela and Family
September 2017
Sherborne

Dorset-Bella&Charlie

Bella & Charlie

Just a quick note to say thank you for setting us up with Beverley. Both Bella and Charlie had a great time with her and we could see that they really enjoyed their time with Beverley and bonded with her very well.

From what we could see, Beverley also enjoyed having Bella and Charlie with her which we thought was great and we’d definitely love to have Beverley look after Bella and Charlie when we need in future.

We did thank Beverley directly, but we also thought that since she did such a wonderful job looking after them that we would let you know as well.

Beverley is a lovely lady and really cared for Bella and Charlie in the same way we do and we think she is amazing 🙂

Please reiterate our sincerest thanks to Beverley and thank you for setting us up with her.

Yvette
August 2017
Poole

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Maddie & Poppy

I just wanted to say how happy I was leaving Maddie and Poppy with Jackie and George.
I was very anxious as Maddie was very poorly last time we went away and thought the stress of not seeing me may have triggered it off.
They both seemed very happy and relaxed throughout our holiday… Jackie and I had contact most days which was lovely and reassuring.
I will definitely be leaving my girls with them for our next holiday.

Warmest regards

Jocie
August 2017
Wimborne

Dorset-Stephen and Rocky

Stephen & Rocky

“Our Cocker Spaniels Rocky & Stephen thoroughly enjoyed their stay with their Petstay family. This was the first time we had to leave the dogs ever so we were nervous but after contacting Isabelle at PetStay we were put in touch and met with the family. The whole process was very easy and to cap it off, as we had never left the dogs before our carer agreed to send us daily updates with photos, basically the dogs had as much of a holiday as we did. We will use PetStay again.”

Mark
August 2017
Bournemouth

Dorset-Ruby

Ruby

Our previous pet sitter retired so I needed to find a new one to look after our Border Terrier and I am so glad that we found PetStay. Isabelle carefully listened to what was needed and matched us up with a lovely couple who live a few miles from us. We met them a few months before our dog was to go to them so they could decide if she would fit in with them and for us to see their home and get to know them. All worked well and we made the booking. Our fur baby stayed with them for two weeks recently and was obviously very happy with them as they were with her. We were so pleased with the way they looked after our girl and we have booked in two more stays for next year. I would highly recommend this company.

Tricia
August 2017
Wimborne Minster

Sooty

Sooty

Thank you so very much Isabelle for pairing Sooty with Jackie and George, what lovely people and she had a lovely time. I will definitely be using this service again and can highly recommend it. Thank you for taking great care of her.

Kelly Bryan family
July 2017
Bournemouth

Charlie

Thank you so much for finding a dog sitter for my Charlie Boy. Dianne was such a lovely lady and Charlie settled in fast :-). Very happy and at least I know when I go away again Charlie will be in safe hands :-).

Sarah,
July 2017
Dorset

Dorset-Bella

Bella

Hi Isabelle. Thank you very much to Maureen and Doug, I have told people what lovely carers they are and how well they have looked after Bella, she came home happy and I think she missed her new friends Rosie and Alfie. We can now relax for future holidays knowing how much they care.

Jane,
June 2017
Verwood

Blue

Caroline was absolutely AMAZING! We LOVED her so much (and Nick too). Caroline was great with Blue, even with Blues over excited jumping and going crazy. Blue is going to love it there!

Thank you for your help matching Caroline to Blue. We couldn’t be happier and are now able to relax and enjoy our little holiday knowing Blue will be in the best, capable hands.

Michaela and Blue,
June 2017
Sherborne

Dorset-Dylan&Dexter

Dylan & Dexter

We used PetStay for the first time this weekend & will definitely be coming back. Isabelle did a great job of organising everything & Kelly had the ‘pleasure’ of sitting our 2 Miniature Schnauzers Dylan & Dexter. Despite them being lords of the manner at home & getting away with everything & anything, they apparently behaved themselves & she loved having them. It was great to go away for a weekend knowing they were in good hands.

Ian,
June 2017
Ashley Heath

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Tilly

“Thank you very much Isabelle for pairing up our dog Tilly with Jackie and her family. Tilly loves to be made a fuss over, which she is in Jackie’s care! She loves going back there and I know she is in very good hands. ”

Linda,
May 2017
Bournemouth

Isabelle-Purdy & Freya

Purdy & Freya

EXCELLENT, excellent in all respects, the girls had a great time, can’t speak for Anne but I hope that they were not TOO much trouble.

Anne is sooooo competent, reliable and a level headed lady who not only puts me at ease but also the dogs, so important to my mental wellbeing when away.

Will definitely use Anne at Petstay again in the future.

Vanessa,
April 2017
Ferndown

Dorset-Teddy&Ernie

Ernie & Teddy

Just a quick line to say thank you so much for organising Ernie & Teddy’s holiday! They had a lovely time with Heidi. Heidi was friendly and welcoming as soon as we walked in the door to visit her initially, she made a fuss of the dogs and showed me round her lovely home. The boys seemed completely comfortable there when I took them to stay and Heidi told me they were so well behaved!

Thank you once again for your help and recommendation, it meant that we could go away and enjoy ourselves knowing that the boys were happy and well looked after. We would definitely use Heidi again. I have spoken to her but please pass on our thanks again.

Carole,
April 2017
Ringwood

Dorset-Stevi

Stevi

We adopted Stevi from Romania and she came to us in a very poor mental state. Although she improved tremendously we were very concerned that changing homes so quickly would affect her progress. Anne was recommended by Isabelle at PetStay and as she had great experience with Golden Retrievers we met her and were immediately impressed with her empathy with Stevi. So off she went to stay with Anne for two weeks and we returned to find a happy very bouncy girl who had obviously had a super holiday. Anne is a lovely gentle lady who cares very much that the dogs in her care are happy and well looked after and I would have no hesitation in recommending her and PetStay as a great alternative to kennels.

Paul,
March 2017
Dorset

Dorset-Leah

Leah

Leah, my lurcher, had a great time on her holiday arranged by Petstay. It was great to be able to meet the carer beforehand, go through all the details of routines etc and to arrange a trial sleepover first. Bev is clearly well used to dogs and it seems that they got on really well. While I was away, Bev sent me a wonderful photo of Leah looking completely relaxed. This really helped me to know all was well. We are looking forward to the next time.
Thanks,

Gina,
March 2017
Christchurch

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Louis

My little boy Louis, 14 months old had a fantastic stay with his friend Tilly with Kelly from PetStay, I was worried about leaving him as he had not been away from me since I had him last year. But all my fears were put out of my mind after I up met with Kelly, who had a lovely clean home and you could see loved dogs. When I collect Louis I was so happy to see he was relaxed and I think wanted to stay with Kelly and her 2 children who fussed after Louis and Tilly and took them for so many walks. I will certainly being using Kelly and PetStay again. Thank you for taking such good care of my little prince. Si and Louis

Si
March 2017
Ringwood

Dorset-Marley

Marley

Thank you so, so much for pairing us up with Kelly and her lovely family. We can tell Marley’s had an amazing time and he appears even more relaxed and playful after his little holiday.

He is definitely looking forward to his next stay and will be telling all his friends about your services in the meantime.

Anke, Justin, Seth & Marley
February 2017
Wareham

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Tinker

Our 1 year old Cockerpoo Tinker had a lovely time on her weekend away with PetStay. Kelly looked after her so well and the whole process was very easy. Will definitely use again 🙂

January 2017
Ringwood

Dorset-Teddy

Teddy

“Lovely people from booking to visits to the stay itself. All very professional and felt very reassured leaving TEDDY with his carers. A fantastic service would use again and again. Highly recommend.”

December 2016
Charlton Marshall

Dorset

Bailey

Thank you so very much Isabelle for finding Kelly and her family to look after my much loved and treasured Bailey. Kelly and her children made Bailey, a 20 month old Cocker Spaniel and myself feel very welcome in her home. Bailey enjoyed his stay and was totally spoilt on his first trip away. I feel more than happy to leave him with Kelly again.

December 2016
Ashley Heath

Dorset-Pepper

Pepper

Thank you very much Isabelle for finding a dog sitter for Pepper. I am very happy with Jackie and Pepper also seems very happy when I pick her up. Pepper is 10 years old but thinks she is still a puppy and full of mischief. Pepper also likes lots of cuddles and Jackie is happy to provide them.

Thanks Becky and Pepper

November 2016
Ferndown

Dorset-Bella

Bella

I just wanted to say that I thought Kelly, your carer was lovely. She said that Bella slept on her bed during the two night stay and found Bella to be an angel!! I would have no hesitation in using Kelly again. Thank you!

November 2016
Ringwood

Dorset-Coco Crystal

Coco & Crystal

We were very happy with the service provided by Petstay and will definitely be using them again. A very professional and well organised service that left us feeling that our girls were safe and happy.

November 2016
Christchurch

Dorset-Bella

Bella

My 7 month old dog stayed with the carers for a week introduced by Isabelle through Petstay. The carers had their own dog that was carefully matched to the character of my dog Bella. I was impressed with the organizational side of Petstay, all aspects of the care and my preferences were discussed and taken care of. Bella was looked after very well and I had daily updates from the carers through email. I was very happy that my dog stayed with a family and not in a kennel. I will definitely use Petstay again! Thank you!

Svetlana
November 2016
Ashley Heath

Dorset-Rosie

Rosie

I also wanted to let you know personally how delighted I was with your service and especially Nicky who looked after Rosie superbly. I felt 100% confident in her and am sure that Rosie was very much part of their family and that she had a very enjoyable stay there.
We would certainly use Nicky again in the future and I would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks to her too.

Caroline
November 2016
Crofe Mullen

Summer 2017

We have been very busy the first part of 2017 booking lots of your lovely doggies in for their holidays at PetStay for the summer. We love bringing this wonderful service to you and your dogs and are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting in five local Fetes this year. PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth will be at the Ringwood Family Fun Day on 10th June, Ferndown Fete on the Field on 24th June, The Sopley Village Festival on 15th July, The Burley Village Show on 5th August and the fabulous Buckham Show on 26th August hosted by Martin Clunes. Please pop by and say hello – we love meeting you all and of course your lovely pooches and these events give the perfect opportunity to do so. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for little reminders of these events.

Dorset - Buckham Fair

Hello Owners and Lovely Dogs

Well as Christmas approaches it has been another busy year at PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth. Autumn has seen us employ another 6 new carers across Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Ferndown, Wimborne and Corfe Mullen and all have already boarded their first doggie guests with great success – with another 4 ready to start in January, you can be sure there will be a perfect carer available for your furry family member!

Conference News
I attended the Annual PetStay Conference in Leicestershire in November, where all the PetStay branches nationwide get together to share news, ideas and hear the latest information from PetStay Headquarters in Yorkshire. Lots of exciting news including an online shop featuring PetStay merchandise for carers and customers to access, new central booking systems to be trialled and information on shows and events to attend in 2017.

License Renewal
As you all know it is a legal requirement for all Carers to have a Home Boarding License from their local Council. Here at PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth, we take this very seriously – all licenses expire on 31st December 2016 and you will be pleased to know that all our carers have already applied for their Home Boarding License, so will be fully covered to receive your precious dogs in 2017.

Shows and More
PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth will be looking to exhibit at various Village Fetes and many other smaller local shows next year. We’ll keep you posted on the Facebook page as to the date and time of the shows and where we’ll be – come along and say hello, it would be lovely to see you and your lovely dogs there.

New Carers
Here at PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth, we are always looking for new carers to join our professional and friendly team to cope with the ever increasing demand of home boarding. So if you know of any friends, acquaintances or family members who would like to look after dogs in their own homes and earn a little extra cash whilst doing so, please ask them to get in touch. Remember the criteria – to be dog mad, at home during the day, have a secure garden, no young children under 7yrs living at home and love walking!

Keeping your Dogs Safe
Here at PetStay, your dog’s safety is of paramount importance and we never let dogs off leash. Accidents and disasters happen when dogs are off leash – dogs get lost because they are off leash, dogs get run over because they are off leash, dogs may get attacked by another dog because they are off leash, dogs get stolen because they are off leash. When something like this happens, it’s devastating for the owners, the carers and PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth. So please be assured that when your lovely dogs stay with us, they shall always be kept safe and on the leash whilst out walking with their carers.

Facebook and Marketing
If you haven’t done so already, make sure you like the PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth Facebook Page – lots of interesting information on there as well as funny doggie pictures to cheer you up on a rainy day. With your permission, we put up a photo of your dog having a lovely time on holiday whilst you are on holiday yourself! We also put up reviews from happy customers – we always love reading our reviews about how happy your dogs were staying with one of our lovely carers. If you know anyone wanting home boarding for their dog, please do recommend PetStay Dorset – it’s wonderful to get recommendations from other satisfied owners.

Thanking you all for choosing PetStay Dorset and Bournemouth and wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

There are plenty of wonderful places to walk your dog but Moors Valley Country Park, in Ashley Heath, Ringwood is one of my favourites. The Castleman Trailway is 16.5 miles long and there are several different routes you can take along the Trailway – I am always discovering different ones with the help of my dogs! Happy Walking!
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Dog sitting services in Bristol & BathContact Details

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

Tel: 01425 477528

Mobile: 07713 668456

Email: isabelle@petstay.net

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