Home Dog Boarding
Home Dog Boarding
in Reading
We are the alternative to kennels in Reading,
Newbury, Basingstoke, Bracknell and the
surrounding areas.
Your local PetStay branch
Home Dog Boarding in Reading
We are a loving alternative to kennels in Reading, Newbury, Basingstoke, Bracknell and the surrounding areas.

PetStay Reading Branch

Hi, we are Jacqui and Martyn of PetStay Reading, with Max our Airedale. Max is now 8 years old but is still as bouncy as ever and is a much loved member of our family. We have looked after dogs for many years and want only the best for him. It was whilst looking for a place for him to stay when we went on holiday that we found out about PetStay.

Kennels can be quite traumatic for a family dog, used to lots of love and attention and we have had difficulties in the past with boarding Max, who was really isolated and unhappy in kennels among many unfamiliar dogs with a totally different routine.

PetStay, where your family pet gets to stay in the home of an approved carer who looks after them whilst you are away is a fantastic solution, providing the care, fuss and personal attention of being at home.

How it works

We have a team of handpicked, licensed and insured carers, who are fully checked and must meet very high criteria and safety standards set by us and the local council. Carers must be genuine, experienced dog lovers who will treat your beloved pet dog like their own.

We will match your dog to an appropriate carer based on where you live and the needs of your own pet. A carer is exclusive to you for the duration of your booking, up to three dogs from one household can stay at any one time.

We will arrange for you and your dog to meet your carer in their home so you can talk through your dog’s routine, discussing for example where they sleep, how many walks they have each day and food and treats. This visit means your dog will be familiar with the carers, their home surroundings and provides you with complete peace of mind. We organise your booking after meeting the carer and once you are completely happy.

Why choose PetStay

We are very passionate about what we do here at PetStay, our carers never mix dogs from different households, dogs are never walked off lead and a high percentage of our bookings are repeat customers and recommendations from people that know their dogs have been well looked after.

Whether you are planning a trip for business or pleasure, a weekend break or a fortnight’s getaway PetStay give you the peace of mind to be able to relax knowing your dog is enjoying their own holiday!

If you would like more information regarding booking, or maybe you’re a dog lover who would like to apply to become a carer, please call us for a no obligation informal chat.

Jacqui & Martyn – PetStay Reading

Contact Details

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


Tel: 01635 904001

Mobile: 07780 451751

Email: reading@petstay.net

Areas coveredWe cover the Reading and surrounding areas including postcodes:

RG1 to RG31

Reading, Henley-on-Thames, Newbury, Hungerford, Thatcham, Basingstoke, Tadley, Hook, Whitchurch, Wokingham, Bracknell, Crowthorne areas.

Why not avoid the stress your dog faces in kennels and give them an experience of a lifetime with a loving carer in Reading.

Home dog boarding and pet sitting services in the Reading area

Here at PetStay Reading we have hand-picked all of our carers to ensure that your dog will have the best care possible whilst you’re away on holiday, whether it be for a weekend or two weeks. PetStay offer a first class alternative to dog kennels – so you can be rest assured your dog will be left in loving hands.

At PetStay we provide a home dog boarding service far from that of dog kennels. Your dog will remain with the same caring pet sitter for the whole duration you are away and give them the same treatment they would normally get at home such as attention, feeding and walking times – ensuring that dog sitting in Reading is a far better experience than dog kennels.

Since 2005 PetStay have gained an excellent reputation for providing pets a service second to none… now PetStay Reading are becoming known as the local dog sitters in Reading and the surrounding areas.

Our guidelines ensure that your pet is left in the most trusted, loving hands possible, so if you would like peace of mind whilst you’re away on holiday give PetStay a call.

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 £31.00 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 £87.50 to £192.50 per week

Please call Jacqui 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



We were impressed with the professional set up and the care taken to ensure that you had all the information needed to care for [Madi] while she was with you. We hope to use you again, and most certainly recommend you to others. Thank you!

Lesley & Alan July 2017



I first came across Lynette and Pet Stay when I found her online. I had previously done something similar and really wasn’t happy when I used the service as it felt too much like a money making scheme, and much less like a service where someone who loves animals is paid to look after yours as you would like them to be looked after. So I had pretty much given up on the idea, but was really concerned as I do need to go away with work from time to time.
From the minute I saw Lynette’s photo on the website of her cuddling a gorgeous golden retriever, I knew that this was the type of company that I had been searching for. I contacted her and explained that I had a very large, very bouncy labradoodle and could I meet some of her pet carers. Lynette is friendly, helpful and incredibly accommodating. She immediately sent me a list of some carers, suitable for Dolly Doodle, and suggested I picked a couple out so I could go and meet them, with Dolly….and see what we all thought. That was nearly a year ago, and Pet Stay and Lynette are like my right hand (or should that be ‘paw’) for when I go away. In fact I plan around their availability. I met two sets of amazing carers, and so far have used….and stayed using….Jean. She is a true diamond. On our interview in Jean’s garden, Dolly’s collar got attached to a garden pot sculpture and Dolly panicked and tore across the beautiful green lawn upending the mud everywhere and causing chaos, the type of chaos only previously seen on Marley and Me. I held my breath…and Jean laughed, and wasn’t at all put off!! I didn’t know people like this existed!! And oddly, Dolly is pretty much a model pup in her company – and I get told off for calling her a yobbo It’s absolutely perfect. I have found someone who loves Dolly for who she is, doesn’t judge, and as a result is a fantastic influence on Dolly. Dolly behaves well with Jean, or so she tells me, which leads me to believe that Dolly is very clever as she wants to be invited back. Being matched so well with the amazing Jean, also means that you have a really positive experience as the carer already knows what your dog is like…and not only accepts it, but embraces it! It means that pick up time is not about telling me that Dolly was naughty, but just a lovely chat about what great times they have had together. And what great times indeed! Dolly now views Jean as her second home…..possibly even prefers it to her actual home! She totally adores Jean with endless loyalty, as do I, and Jean is in turn so positive about Dolly, and really resilient with Dolly’s rather exuberant greetings. Jean takes everything in her stride. She pops socks on Dolly so that her punching paws on greeting people in her home get softened somewhat….and she just thinks she is a lovely character, and I am so grateful for that. I get sent lovely update texts about their fantastic walks and the lovely companionship they are enjoying when they are together. Dolly enjoys their long walks by the canal, she accompanies her to family barbeques, out to see her friends, helps her in the garden, she enjoys meeting her grandchildren….and watching Strictly Come Dancing together by the fire. When I drop her off next week, I know she is accompanying Jean to the hairdressers on a day out which they are going on together. Dolly may possibly decide to have her hair done as well….she fancies a perm. I have been able to do so much more work trips this December as a result of this incredible care, and can be more flexible with my free time, as it is such a relief to know that Dolly is so happy with Jean, and as much as possible I try and book my calendar around her availability. If Dolly could, she would drive herself over to Jean’s and book herself in for a long weekend of quality time. Dolly is just happy to be wherever Jean is. In fact, my next suggestion to Lynette is that she offers a similar service for the humans too…..so we can go and have some overnights stays away, on a par with the level of care that Dolly gets! Lynette runs a fantastic service, and she has some truly wonderful carers on her books, all chosen by Lynette, a fellow dog owner who totally understands what it is we are looking for. On our initial meetings we also met and really loved Dave and Trina. Dolly and I have a big, big soft spot for Jean. When I pick Dolly up from Jean’s following her Pet Stay, I always feel like I am breaking up the party and Dolly comes home with a bit of a cross face that her holiday is over. Which sounds odd, but it is just what you want when you really want your pet to be happy on their stay. Jean and I stay in touch when Dolly isn’t there also, as it is a really lovely bond they have. What other business would offer such service? Use it or lose it – it’s an incredible service…..and long may it continue. Many thanks to Lynette for offering a service that feels like you have a supportive extended family that truly loves the pets they are caring for. Thank you.

Michelle December 2016



With our wedding day planned, our focus was on our dog, Roxy. She has never been kennelled and always stays with my parents when we go away, however, everyone we trusted with Roxy was going to be at our wedding so we had to decide what to do with her. Roxy is 11 and a little set in her ways but I did not hesitate in contacting Lynette at Petstay. I have known Lynette since school so turned to her for help. What can I say other than Lynette found the perfect carers for Roxy, she was loved and cared for as she is at home and that was evident when we arrived to pick her up. I can’t thank Toni and Eddie enough for looking after our girl and have even vowed that when we go away again, we will be back in contact with Lynette to arrange another stay.

Thank you very much, it’s so reassuring to know that when we go away our Roxy is cared for and loved as if she’s part of their family.

Lisa & Ben, August 2015



We were extremely happy with the service we received from Petstay. Since having Buster it was the first time we had left him with someone else other than family, therefore we needed to ensure he was going to a loving home for 10 days. Lynette reassured me from the first conversation we had that Buster would be well looked after.

Once we met Katy, I knew Buster would be happy as she also had 2 children similar age to ours and Buster loves children! When Katy first met Buster, she made a real fuss over him and he loved all the attention he got. Katy looked after Buster like she was his owner, and treated him like part of the family.

I’ve already recommended Petstay to a friend, and she booked her dog to stay with Katy in October. I will continue to recommend Petstay in the future and we will definitely be booking Buster in for another little holiday with Katy next summer.

Thanks again for looking after Buster.

Emily & Dean, August 2015



Calli was absolutely amazing, she kept me up to date and reassured me (as i was a wreck leaving nacho), the whole time I was away, nacho i could tell was having the best time, and we picked her up she was more than happy to be there. I will definitely let Calli look after Nacho again through yourselves – I don’t think I would ever want anyone else looking after her she was so amazing.

Sue, June 2015



We just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with Jasper’s stay with Angela last weekend. Jasper had obviously been very well looked after and was very relaxed with Angela and her family. We would have no hesitation in booking Angela in the future.
Many thanks for finding such a good match for Jasper, it was a big step for us to use a pet-sitting service. We will definitely be using PetStay in the future.

Teresa, March 2015



Lynette was able to find a PetStay carer at very short notice after the carer who originally arranged to look after our dog, Motley had to cancel due to the sad loss of their own dog. Angela and her family looked after Motley. On meeting her it was fairly obvious to me that he would be left in a caring environment and would be very well looked after.

February 2015



Just thought I’d drop you a line, I phoned Hazel & Jeff today and things are going very well with Holly. They actually thanked us for letting them have her! We are so pleased that she has settled so well and our instinct was right about them. They have taken her in as if she were their own dog and equally holly has taken them as her family, which is so lovely. So no worries from us it’s great to know all is well. Thank you so much for putting us in touch with them, they are perfect carers.

Pat & Brian November 2014



I used PetStay for our dog Ted and Lynette was very helpful in finding someone that would look after Ted who didn’t mind him sleeping on the bed. Angela and her family made us feel very welcome and was very loving towards Ted. I chose Pet Stay as I didn’t want Ted going into kennels because he came from the dogs trust and I didn’t like the thought of him going back in them. This was the first time we have left Ted with anyone and he was very happy when we went to pick him up. I would defiantly use Lynette and Angela again.


I used PetStay last minute as let down by someone else. Lynette was brilliant and managed to find someone to look after Mylo. I was a little worried about leaving him with someone I didn’t know in their home, partly because he is a large clumsy dog and a little concerned he may break something but Angela was very welcoming and reassuring. Angela and her family were lovely and I think Mylo was probably very spoilt for the week and on his best behaviour as didn’t break anything!! I will definitely use Lynette and Angela again.

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Tel: 01635 904001

Mobile: 07780 451751

Email: reading@petstay.net

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