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Enquiries

You can contact us at smalldogsolutions@gmail.com or on WhatsApp to +44 7871 319202. If you wish to make a booking, please include the following information:

  • A photograph of the vaccination record for the core vaccinations (Leptospirosis, Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus).
  • Date of most recent worming treatment and flea protection.
  • Details and dates of the service you require.
  • Name, age, sex, breed and weight of your dog or dogs.
  • Date of the last season for any unneutered female dogs.

Meet & greet

We arrange a phone call or a short meeting via video link, to learn more about your dog and to answer any questions you might have.

Familiarisation sessions (£20 per dog)

After our initial online “meet and greet”, we would arrange a short session (1-4 hours) to meet you in a suitable location, develop a bond with the dog and make sure it’s comfortable with us and the environment:

  • For day care and boarding the location would be our garden/home.
  • For walks, pet visiting and pet-sitting, it would be at your place, followed by a short walk nearby, if walks are required.
  • For training, the location would be dependent on the training needs.

Many dogs have lost confidence over the lockdown and are experiencing a lot more stress in unfamiliar environments. Consequently, during the familiarisation session, if a dog is not comfortable with the situation after 30 minutes, we would do some training with the owner present, limit the session to 1 hour, and retry an other day.

Going forward

After the familiarisation session, we give feedback and recommendations for going forward, and we will confirm the dates, times, logistics, etc.

If your dog is not ready for daycare or boarding

We can introduce your dogs progressively so that we can ensure:

  • that they bond with us and can relax away from their owner;
  • that they can settle between activities in our home;
  • that they can settle in the house with other dogs;

Puppies and dogs who have rarely spent time away from their owner may need several shorter sessions to help ease them in. These sessions will be used to build confidence, reduce arousal, or address social or training issues. This is not unusual, because dogs are quite sensitive to changes in their routine and new environments, and usually need training to be repeated in new settings.

If we feel that a dog would fare better in a different situation altogether, then we would make recommendations regarding what setting we think would be preferable. Where appropriate, we would be more than happy to give ongoing support with the dog, such as walking, training or management advice.