Overview

Boarding kennels provide temporary accommodation for dogs while their owners are on holiday, hospitalised or otherwise unable to look after them. They also provide accommodation for dogs in the care of animal charities and stray dogs that have been handed in to or seized by local authority dog wardens. Kennel staff provide dogs with exercise and companionship, and many kennels offer additional services such as dog grooming and obedience training.

Practicalities

Boarding kennels proprietors must be granted an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence by the local authority in the area where the kennels are located before they can begin to trade (in Northern Ireland they are issued by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs). Applicants must meet training and qualification requirements for kennel staff.


See also: Business start-up guide - Dog walker


Licence conditions typically impose requirements concerning the kennel environment, interaction between dogs and staff, and how dogs' diet, behaviour, health and welfare are managed.

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