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There are inevitably times when pet owners need to leave their pets in someone else’s care while they are away. There are many options available, including leaving your pet with trusted friends or family, or using a pet sitter, boarding kennel or cattery.

We know that owners needs and preferences vary and we always suggest that you research the accommodation available and select the most appropriate provider for you and your pet.

You may want to ask other pet owners about their experiences using different providers, and you may wish to arrange a visit to see the accommodation for yourself. The International Cat Care (ICC) website and Pet Care Trust have searchable databases of quality assured catteries and kennels, and ICC provides advice on choosing the right cattery.

There are many excellent pet boarding businesses locally, and although we cannot recommend specific establishments, we have provided a list of businesses that we know and work with below.

Catteries

Tarnside Luxury Boarding Cattery Ltd.
Grassgarth, Lyth Valley, Nr. Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8DG
Tel: 01539 552150
Mob: 07764 372272
Website: www.kendalcattery.co.uk
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Heathfield Cattery
9 Sedbergh Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 6AD
Tel: 01539 721192
Tel: 0776 0388 576
Email: heathfield9@btinternet.com
Website: www.heathfieldcattery.co.uk
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Cat Nap Boarding Cattery
Croft House, Penrith, Reagill, Cumbria CA10 3ER
Tel: 01931 715357
Email: catnapcattery@btinternet.com
Website: www.catnapcattery.com
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Milnthorpe Kennels & Cattery
High Rowell Farm, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7LU
Tel: 015395 62665
Mobile: 07701 019945
Email: stay@milnthorpekennelsandcattery.co.uk
Website: www.milnthorpekennelsandcattery.co.uk
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Verstone Kennels and Cattery
Stonebarrow Lane, Mascalles, Nr. Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 0TQ
Tel: 01229 465880
Mob: 07977 233630
Email: info@verstone-kennels.co.uk
Website: www.verstone-kennels.co.uk
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Kennels

Grassgarth Luxury Boarding Kennels
Lyth Valley, Nr. Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8DG
Tel: 015395 52150
Mob: 07764 372 272
Website: www.kendalkennels.co.uk
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Grassgarth also offer Doggie Day Care – Leave your dog with them while you are away for the day, and collect them when you return. Your dog will be exercised fed and looked after while you are away so you and your dog can relax in peace and contentment after a full day.
See also listing under Catteries Tarnside Luxury Boarding Cattery

Flatt Farm Boarding Kennels (formerly Dogwood)
Dogwood, Whinfell, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9EJ
Tel: 01539 824280
Mob: 0790 0010012
Email: info@flattfarm.com
Website: www.flattfarmboardingkennels.co.uk

Happy Houndz Lake District
Waterfall Cottage, Backbarrow, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8PX
Tel: 015395 30084
Mob: 07847 970906
Email: julie@happyhoundzlakedistrict.co.uk
Website: www.happyhoundzlakedistrict.co.uk

Milnthorpe Kennels & Cattery
High Rowell Farm, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7LU
Tel: 015395 62665
Mobile: 07701 019945
Email: stay@milnthorpekennelsandcattery.co.uk
Website: www.milnthorpekennelsandcattery.co.uk
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Verstone Kennels and Cattery
Stonebarrow Lane, Mascalles, Nr. Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 0TQ
Tel: 01229 465880
Mob: 07977 233630
Email: info@verstone-kennels.co.uk
Website: www.verstone-kennels.co.uk
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Behaviour

Training is an essential part of looking after a new dog. When looking for help in dog training whether classes or individual lessons do look for classes run by members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) www.apdt.co.uk – using “kind, fair and effective” training techniques for dogs (and humans too!) with a commitment to continuing their professional development to keep up to date with new advice and techniques.

NOTE – techniques based on punishment that are painful or scary to the dog (from the dog’s view point) are not appropriate.  We would be cautious of advice based on ideas of dominance or pack leadership.

Good Start Dog Training – Sue Whitely APDT no. 00842
Classes in Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale area
Tel: 015396 21946
Email: sue@goodstartdogs.co.uk
Websites: www.goodstartdogs.co.uk
www.lakesanddalesdogs.co.uk

Weetwood Dog Training – Janet Fox – APDT no. 00366
Classes in Winster near Bowness
Tel: 015394 48403
Email: janet_fox@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.lakesanddalesdogs.co.uk

Behaviour Consultants

Qualifications, experience and approach of behaviourists vary widely – some using out of date inappropriate techniques can cause more harm than good. Those with the biggest marketing presence are not necessarily the best! Ideally choose from those who are members of the –

  • Association Of Pet Behaviour Counsellors – APBC – www.apbc.org.uk
  • UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists – UKCB – www.ukrcb.org
  • Or have done nationally recognised and respected behaviour courses ideally to degree level plus have the practical experience and are members of nationally recognised professional organisations.

Graham Thompson APBC
Tel: 015394 33440
Email: graham@thompsonoutdoor.co.uk
Website: www.thompsonoutdoor.co.uk

Gill Aitken
Tel: 01524 841525
Email: gill@animalmanners.co.uk
Website: www.animalmanners.co.uk

Sarah Heath APBC (& associates)
Clinics in Liverpool, Manchester and Chester
Tel: 01244 399228
Email: admin@brvp.co.uk
Website: www.behaviouralreferrals.co.uk

Rabbit and Guinea Pig holiday boarding service

Dog walking service – Fully insured, based in Burton-in-Kendal, Carnforth
Margaret Siverns
Tel: 01524 782760

Dog Sitters

Top Dog Sitters
Eacott, Devonshire Square, Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 6QD
Tel: 0845 680 7174 or 015395 28858
Email: info@topdogsitters.co.uk
Website: www.topdogsitters.co.uk

Hike4hounds
Dog walking and pet sitting services
Sarah Eccles, Carnforth.
Tel: 07917713784
Email: sarah@hike4hounds.co.uk
Website: www.hike4hounds.co.uk

Useful websites

International Cat Care
Excellent resource for all aspects of feline health and welfare
Website: www.icatcare.org

Rabbit Awareness
Full of lots of great rabbit care tips, not only during Rabbit Awareness Week
Website: http://www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk

Dog Friendly Lakes
An exciting new website advising local and visiting dog owners what is available to see, eat and do across the Lakes.
Website: http://www.dogfriendlylakes.co.uk

Recommended books for children

Meg Series
A collection of beautifully illustrated books documenting Meg’s lifetime. The first book, Meg “A Little Gem,” is the story of Meg’s first experiences outside with her littermates. The books are available for sale at both of our surgeries and via this link.
Website: http://www.meglandbooks.co.uk