Wicklow Kennels and Cattery is a small, family run pet minding facility located near Wicklow town and Arklow, only 2mins off the N11.
We know what it is to be passionate about our dogs & cats; we are passionate about minding your pet, so that you can have a stress free holiday, reassured that your dog or cat is in the best pet minding facility available.
Here at Wicklow Kennels and Cattery our philosophy is that access to the outdoors for both cats and dogs is vital for their health and wellbeing. Four nearby based vets have been happy to leave their dogs with us since we set up in 2009
We have 10 kennels for boarding dogs. The kennels are built in our back garden so the dogs are very close to the house. These are of various sizes, but the smallest is a spacious 1.5m x 2m inside. Each kennel is fully tiled – both floor and wall. It has its own wall mounted radiator – specifically designed for dog kennels. They emit a low level of heat on a constant basis, keeping the sleeping area at a constant temperature during the night so that your dog will not be too hot or too cold. Heating is turned on from the early afternoon when necessary but always at night during the autumn, winter and even cold spring nights. We have our own dogs and so know that most dogs are house pets and used to the heat in a home. Our doggie guests settle very well in their kennels due to the warmth.
Each kennel has a sliding hatch system from the inside to the outside covered run. Each run has a smooth concrete base which can easily be power hosed to ensure high levels of hygiene. The run is completely covered so that even on wet days your dog can go in and out of their run and sleeping area. The hatches are closed last thing at night (after late night ‘do your business’ run around). This ensures your dog is cosy in his sleeping area for the night. The hatches are opened first thing in the morning at approx 7am to allow doggies out to their run. Size of our large covered run is 4m x 2m.
Here at Wicklow Kennels we mix the dog staying together for free play and socialisation each day. We have a number of different areas so dogs are matched up with other dogs of a similar size or temperament.
We keep smaller dogs or dogs that may be a little nervous just outside our kitchen on a lawn. So for example, we will allow the boisterous labs and collies all run around together but wouldn’t put an older dog with them as the oldies just want to potter. So they often come around with us as we doing our cleaning and then watch as the crazy youngsters play ball.
Likewise with puppies and young dogs, we are careful to mix them with dogs that are not too big, as they are only learning how to play. With Puppies we ensure they get all the rest they need after their activities.
Most Kennels do not allow dogs to mix like this, for this reason we are very popular with people who send their dogs to Doggy Day Care and people who realise that a few hours of running and chasing with other dogs can be much more tiring than a number of short walks. However, we are very careful about which dogs we take. Although we do not wish to tar certain breeds with the same brush we do not accept any dogs on the restricted breed list (dangerous dog list) – See our website for more info
We also do not accept any unneutered male dogs over the age of 8 months. We do accept females in heat/season.
Your dogs routine while staying at Wicklow Kennels & Cattery
Note: – the kennels are designed so that no dog’s run is beside another one – so if a dog happens to bark they will not disturb any other dogs, this is the more modern way to layout kennels as opposed to the large shed or single building design where all the dogs can hear each other and one barker can disturb everyone’s peace.
Note: we use top quality plastic dog beds for each dog. We use Vet Bed bedding which is used in Vets practices – this is highly absorbent bedding which is warm. If a dog lies on with wet paws or a wet coat the moisture soaks through and the dog will always feel dry.
We have two cat boarding options available – our very popular Original Cattery and our ne 5 * Cat Cabins with gardens. Prices very competitive starting at €8 per night/day.
*All cats staying with us have their own indoor and outdoor space*
We believe that having 24 hour access to the outdoors is most important for cats – to climb, jump and generally use their muscles. As well as allowing them to follow their natural instincts to go out at night. We are owned by two cats ourselves and love the company of cats, so your feline friend will get lots of attention and affection.
Viewings recommended and welcome