Security – how safe are the gates, fences and kennel doors – some dogs are very adept at opening doors/gates and climbing fences.
Cleanliness – the whole establishment should smell fresh and give an overall impression of genuine care and attention
Hygiene – Adequate facilities must be available for hand washing, washing/sterilising of feed bowls, utensils etc.
Comfort – each dog should have a comfortable draught free bedding area and freedom from stress caused by other dogs. Heating should be available if required.
Water – each dog must have access at all times to fresh water.
Food – Dogs should be fed a quality food or in accordance with their owner’s specific instructions.
Exercise –Walking is a great bond builder between boarding dogs and their carers. There should also be safe exercise areas available for boarding dogs to enjoy some relaxing free time.
Routine – A set routine of feeding, exercising and cleaning is important. Boarding dogs quickly learn to predict what happens and when and this in turn reduces stress.
Staff – it is important that responsibility for the welfare of all boarding dogs is undertaken only by experienced people who have a genuine interest in the welfare of the dogs in their care. Staff should be welcoming to all visitors. Telephone calls should be answered promptly and in a friendly and informative manner.
Transparency – Visitors should be welcomed and kennel owners should be proud to show people around the establishment. The overall impression coming away should be thatof a genuinely caring and attentive attitude on the part of all concerned with the care of the boarding animals.
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 Wicklow & Dublin based vets have been happy to leave their dogs with us since we set up in 2009
Stepaside Cattery Cat Boarding Kennels in South Dublin is a family run Purpose-Built Cattery designed to the highest FAB (Feline Advisory Bureau UK) and IBKCA (Irish Boarding Kennels & Cattery Association) Standards, and is fully insured by FBD Insurance.