Home dog boarding is when your dog goes to stay in someone else’s home and lives as part of the family with their own bed, food, toys and enjoys all the comforts of a family home whilst away.
There are no kennels and no cages involved. The stay must always be personal and one-to-one, providing all the loving care, attention and exercise that a dog requires and in accordance with your instructions.
Just as you are right for your dog, your dog’s carer must be right for them too. Not everyone will be suitable for your dog and neither may their property, so look closely into every aspect for YOUR dog. Be aware of the consequences of using online directories of non-audited and often uninsured carers and read all the Terms & Conditions of any service.
Never just go for the nearest or the cheapest option for your dog, (they deserve more). Research well and read on….
At Trusted Pet Carers we know all of our carers personally. With careful consultation and consideration we will help you select a suitable carer for your dog. Your recommended carer will not only be located as close as possible to you but they will also have confirmed their availability when you need them and importantly match all your dog’s needs.
Once suitability has been matched, you will be invited to meet your dog’s carer at the carer’s home. You will then be given the opportunity to book your Trusted Pet Carer and a happy successful stay will follow. If for any reason you or your dog’s carer has any concerns over suitability at the visit, an alternative carer will be offered. Our aim is to provide you with complete peace of mind leaving your dog with an approved choice. Your dog’s carer will be someone you can trust, can rely upon and know that your dog will be happy with when you go away.
Booking with Trusted Pet Carers home boarding means you have the assurance of being part of a professional, reliable and experienced organisation providing the very best in customer satisfaction before, during and after your dog’s stay.
We cover the counties of Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxford and Surrey. We operate from either our head office in Basingstoke, or from our area coordinators. New approved carers are joining us all the time. Please contact Head Office via the contact form to check availability local to you.
Yes we do offer pensioner discounts and we want to support our special men and women in our British armed forces in any little way we can, as well as our hard working NHS staff, so we gladly offer anyone in these roles or a pensioner a 10% discount off our standard rates for your family owned dogs. Offers are subject to receiving supporting documents/ID and this offer is not applicable to the dogs of extended family members.
No. We charge by the calendar date and not by the 24 hour clock. This means that you have your carer available all day on the day that you wish to leave your dog and on the day you wish to collect your dog (particularly early and late times by prior arrangement with the carer). This gives you complete flexibility.
Yes. Most of our carers accept two dogs from the same household. We NEVER split dogs that usually live together. We also accept 3 or more dogs from the same household in select homes. Note: We do NOT accept dogs from other families at the same time.
No. Trusted Pet Carers home boarding is suitable for the average friendly, well behaved and house trained family dog.
We do not accept any dogs with aggressive tendencies towards humans (whatever the size of dog); non-house-trained dogs or dogs with incontinence problems; dogs that are likely to chew furniture/carpets etc. or dogs that are over boisterous or not under control, particularly the larger breeds.
If your dog causes any damage to the carer’s home whatsoever, any costs must be reimbursed to the carer or Trusted Pet Carers. Excessive barking is considered to be anti-social and not behaviour all home boarders are prepared to accept. Some have neighbours to consider! Any dogs booked with us that have been misrepresented in their general character will be transferred to kennels at your cost and your total home dog boarding fee will not be refunded.
Some Trusted Pet Carers are prepared to accept puppies, so long as they are house trained (or certainly getting the idea!) – generally from 6 months old – do ask. If puppy crate trained, own crates must be provided. An extra supplement of up to £5/day will be incurred for looking after your puppy.
Trusted Pet Carers reserves the right not to accept bitches that are expected to be or are in season during the stay. If you are concerned about the timing of your bitches season you must make us aware. Some carers with prior knowledge may accept said bitches with provisions in place. See our terms and conditions.
Trusted Pet Carers treat every dog as an individual and do not discriminate on breed type alone. However, our carers express to us the breeds they are happy to accept, some love larger breeds including guard dog breeds others prefer smaller breeds. We will only offer you a carer that is comfortable with your dog’s breed type.
Please be aware there is sometimes difficulty finding carers who will accept mature (1 year +) non-neutered male guard dog breeds specifically Rottweilers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Bull Dogs but we will try our best! Trusted Pet Carers do not accept Pit Bull type breeds or those registered under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Your dog will be exercised according to your wishes by your Trusted Pet Carer. If you say he/she stays on the lead, then he/she certainly does.
No, but it’s helpful to know. All our dogs are regularly walked according to their needs. Your carer can make sure your dog leaves the garden more frequently.
Yes. This is essential at all times. It is a legal requirement and enables your dog to wear a Trusted Pet Carers I.D. tag for the duration of its stay.
If you return from your holiday early and decide to collect your dog before the due date there is no refund of your booking or Trusted Pet Carer payment. Please remember your Trusted Pet Carer will have made themselves available for the whole of your dates and they will likely have turned down other bookings for your dates to care for your dogs, so it would be unfair for them to loose out after having made their commitment to you to look after your dogs, no matter the circumstances.
Ring your carer as soon as possible to explain and make changes to collection arrangements. If you arrive a day late full fees will be charged.
Trusted Pet Carers do not offer a collection or drop off service however it is possible that this could be arranged directly with your dog’s carer should they be willing to do so. There will be an extra charge for this pet taxi service payable directly to your dog’s carer starting at £25 including the first 20 miles and thereafter £0.75 pence per mile travelled.
No, not necessarily. Many of our carers are non-dog/cat owners themselves and therefore your dog doesn’t have to meet any other dogs/cats directly. Your dog MUST however be friendly towards people and manageable when it sees other dogs out walking. Your dog must not be seen to be presenting threatening behaviour towards other dogs or people out walking. We ask that you are honest and open about ALL of your dog’s behaviour traits and discuss any concerns you have with us. Trusted Pet Carers always appreciates and expects your total honesty and will do everything we can to help.
Here are some questions that we find are commonly asked. If you have any questions that aren’t covered below we would suggest you contact your local branch.
We carry out police disclosure checks and work references on all new people. This ensures that new people have a squeaky-clean background when they start working for us. All new people attend a trial before they are engaged by Trusted Pet Carers
Absolutely! TPC are insured through Cliverton or Pet Business Insurance. We recommend that you read our service agreement and that your pet is insured by a reputable pet insurance company. Please check with your insurance company that your pets are covered while you are away or being walked by someone else.
We are a trusted member of the UK's main Pet Trade Association (PIT - Pet Industry Association) and follow their pet welfare guidelines
We have a comprehensive health and safety policy (reviewed every year by a vet), which has to be followed by all staff, and Trusted Pet Carers. We avoid risks by not walking dogs in a group, or having any other dogs stay that are not from the same family or the pet carers own dog. If there is an incident, we will always try to take your pet to your own vet. In the event of an emergency your pet will be taken to the nearest vet. We will make every attempt to contact you in all instances.
To reduce security risks our vehicles aren’t marked or sign-written, so it isn’t obvious that you aren’t at home. We take data protection very seriously, your personal information is kept totally confidential and we adhere to GDPR. We also never put personal or address details on your door keys.
We have a small team of boarders in each area. We will always place your dog based on your dogs profile in a home where they will feel the most settled. This is why we ask that you visit with your dog before their first stay. It's why we ask (with your consent), that you return to the same home-boarder for any recurring visits, so that your dog can build up a relationship with them.
As a precaution we don’t have any boarders with children under six years of age. If your dog isn’t used to children we will try and arrange for your dog to stay in a child free home. The same goes for cats and if a Trusted Pet Carer has a dog of their own.
Home boarding is suitable for well-trained, house-trained, friendly, adult dogs. All dogs have to be up to date with vaccinations (including kennel cough). This ensures a relaxed environment for everyone.
Only if they’re going to daycare or to stay away for their holidays. They need to be up to date with their vaccinations (including kennel cough). We will need to see your dogs’ vaccination record when you drop them off for boarding.
Your pet care service fee must be paid to Trusted Pet Carers to confirm your pets booking. Booking confirmation and payment is expected within 3 days of having met your dog’s carer.
Your dog’s boarding fee is made up of two parts –
As far ahead as possible. We do get very busy especially in the school and public holidays and hate to disappoint. Also, if you have booked before, it is always nice to book with the same carer where possible. Once our dog owners have used a carer they like, they tend to book up next year's holiday dates with the carer first, then they go and book their holiday! We do try and accommodate last minute bookings, but it is far easier if you can try to book in advance.
Unlike a number of other providers, Trusted Pet Carers do not insist on collecting and dropping off your dog and charging you for doing so or for charging you for a first visit to come and register your dogs. We know that you prefer to see your dog settled-in yourself and give your Trusted Pet Carers any last minute instructions and be reunited with a happy dog at the end of the stay.
See our fees page for a full break down of additional charges by service type
Your dog’s holiday booking details are sent to you via email unless specifically asked to post. You will be given two simple methods of booking fee payment; Stripe credit/debit card secure payment online or Go-cardless which is very similar to a one-off online bank transfer. Go-cardless payment methods are also covered by The Direct Debit Guarantee giving you complete security. Secure booking payments may also be taken over the phone by calling Trusted Pet Carer customer services.
You must pay your dog’s Trusted Pet Carer their required expenses when you drop your dog off at the beginning of the stay (cash or by alternative agreement with your dog’s carer). You will be advised exactly what this fee is before booking. Carer payment is always BEFORE your dog’s stay on drop off NOT at the end of the stay.
The booking fee is non-refundable, however depending on the circumstances of holiday cancellation/postponement and notice given, partial refunds or credit may be possible if more than 90 days notice is given. Our carers may have turned down other dog bookings for your dates, so where we can find a replacement booking for the dates you have cancelled, we will not insists on final payment. Otherwise you will be liable to settle your booking payment in full.
We know ALL our Trusted Pet Carers and interview and meet them all in their own homes.
We set very high standards and only those persons who meet ALL our requirements and have passed our thorough interview and application procedure are welcomed as part of our Home Dog Boarding team.
Always, we insist on it before any booking is taken. This is essential for the well-being of all concerned; your dog, you the owner and your dog’s Trusted Pet Carer. Your Trusted Pet Carer will ring you to arrange a convenient time for you to visit their home with your dog. Only when you have asked all your questions and checked and confirmed that everything is to your satisfaction, will your booking fee be taken by Trusted Pet Carers.
Yes most will, but always after a period of approx. 2 days depending on your dog and how familiar the carer is with your dog and the surroundings in which your dog is staying. If allowed off lead, the area your dog is let off the lead will always be a safe area and away from any roads, livestock and obvious hazards (not necessarily enclosed). If you insist that you want your dog let off the lead the carer must be in agreement and you must accept full responsibility and liability for your dog while off the lead if your dog runs away, gets lost, causes an accident, bites someone or gets into a fight with another dog. Many owners are happy to supply a flexi lead as an alternative. Please do discuss with us and your carer
No worries. Let us know and we will make every effort to provide an alternative carer for your dog. Any feedback about our carers is always appreciated and helps us maintain our high standard as well as assisting you to select the right carer in the future.
Of course! Not a problem. You can do this although often we find owners prefer their dog to stay with the same carer time after time, as familiarity helps your dog to settle well. If you would like a new carer for your dog just ask and we introduce you to another Trusted Pet Carer.
Trusted Pet Carers do not accept any carers who have children under 5 years of age. Any children in the carers household must demonstrate a firm understanding of dogs and very likely own their own dog. All our carers understand the need not to over-fuss new dogs staying and always operate extreme caution with children of any age around any dog. We do expect you to be honest and open about your dog around children and express any concerns you may have. Only dogs who are used to children in the home may be considered to stay within a family home.
ALWAYS contact Trusted Pet Carers' customer services team directly for all bookings. ALL stay requests must be made through Trusted Pet Carers' customer services team or on-line via our booking app/website. The company, (Trusted Pet Carers) cannot be held responsible for any booking request we did not know about. If speaking to your carer we STRONGLY suggest that you book these dates right away with your carer and then inform Trusted Pet Carers. All bookings are confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Repeat bookings can be made via our customer services team. We will reply to you with a confirmation acceptance notice or declined booking notice within 3 days. If a carer is unable to accept your dog’s dates of stay you will be contacted by Trusted Pet Carers who will endeavour to offer you an alternative, closely matched and available carer to meet with. Alternatively you may request alternative dates. Any bookings made direct with your career which are not through Trusted Pet Carers will be void of our comprehensive professional pet care insurance and you / your dog will not be cover by insurance should anything go wrong (whether it be that the dog escapes, causes damage to livestock, is involved in an accident etc).
Carers are not expected to allow dogs to sleep on their beds; however some are more obliging than others and will perhaps allow them to sleep close or in the bedroom. Please ask. In general all dogs are expected to be used to being put to bed at night.
You will be liable – see our Terms and Conditions. Any damages caused by your dog to your independent carer’s home or possessions other than reasonable wear and tear will be paid for by you directly to your dog’s carer on your return. Trusted Pet Carers reserves the right to place damages incurred on your credit/debit card.
Trusted Pet Carers do not approve carers just over the internet after filling in a form or over a quick chat on the phone. All of our carers are met in their own homes and the property and gardens fully inspected and approved by one of our experienced team members.
Trusted Pet Carers fully appreciate the position of trust and responsibility they hold. Our Trusted Pet Carers do not only genuinely love dogs, they know dogs too. In fact, our dog carers are very often people just like you, they all love to look after your pet in the best way possible.
Yes, it’s the law that your dog is Microchipped. Within our Terms & Conditions Trusted Pet Carers will not accept any dog that is not Microchipped.
No, we do not insist that your dog is medically insured. Veterinary insurance is completely your decision. Some owners like to have their pets insured & leave policy details with us, others prefer to pay for Veterinary expenses if & when they are required. If your dog has an accident involving medical treatment this will be covered by our insurance however any other normal vet fees for illness or minor treatment will be paid for by you. If you don’t have your own pet insurance and are considering this as an option why not check out one of our partners pet insurances and their great value policies.
All our carers are covered for Public Liability, Care Custody and Control (legal liability to animals in our care) and non-negligent cover (accidental injury to animals in our care). Please contact our head office customer service team for details on cover variation.
If your dog suffers from very severe separation anxiety or you feel it will become very anxious away from you, please discuss with us before hand. It may be that an over night trial stay is recommended well before your holiday to provide both you, your dog and your dog’s carer peace of mind. Any trial stay must be arranged via Trusted Pet Carers' customer services team and will be subject to the standard minimum 2 day stay rate.
Yes certainly – please give full details and keep us updated on your dog’s condition. Your dog’s carer will be required to complete a medication record – please enquire.
Your dog’s carer will always try to contact you or your emergency contact number that you have given, to discuss the situation. However if this is not possible or time does not permit due to the condition of your dog, they will take your dog directly to your own Vet in preference or otherwise to the carers own local vet at your expense. Our carers have an emergency number to contact the office 24/7 where they can discuss any worries or concerns over your dog’s condition. If we think Veterinary treatment is necessary, your carer will take your dog along to the Vet themselves. Costs incurred by Trusted Pet Carers or by your dogs carer will be reclaimed from you on your return. According to your instructions as to whether / how you’d like to be contacted, we will contact you on your emergency number and keep you updated on your pet’s progress.
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Trusted Pet Carers must be notified within 7 days of the end of the booking period regarding any incident that might result in insurance coverage.
The length of process will vary depending on the severity of the case, the quality of documentation, and the cooperation of the host and guest, but we strive to resolve most cases within one month of their submission.
What is eligible for coverage?