About Our Kennels

We give your dogs 3 walks daily whilst in our care

  • All kennels are spacious and fully enclosed for privacy
  • Acres of farmland for fun walks either individually or part of a social group
  • Secure fenced one acre enclosure for dogs with unreliable recall
  • Agility course providing extra stimulation for active dogs (coming soon)
  • Other brain engaging activities such as scent trails
  • Prompt veterinary support if needed
  • 24 hour supervision
  • Collection and Drop home service
  • High quality food with individual diets catered for
  • Facebook page with regular videos of your dog's stay
  • Relaxation techniques and products used for nervous dogs
  • Medication administration if required
  • Thorough daily cleaning regime of all kennels

Boarding

  • All kennels are spacious and fully enclosed for privacy
  • Acres of farmland for fun walks either individually or part of a social group
  • Secure fenced one acre enclosure for dogs with unreliable recall
  • Agility course providing extra stimulation for active dogs (coming soon)
  • Other brain engaging activities such as scent trails
  • Prompt veterinary support if needed
  • 24 hour supervision
  • Collection and Drop home service
  • High quality food with individual diets catered for
  • Facebook page with regular videos of your dog's stay
  • Relaxation techniques and products used for nervous dogs
  • Medication administration if required
  • Thorough daily cleaning regime of all kennels

We give your dogs 3 walks daily whilst in our care

"At Spatchcock Boarding Kennels, your dog's comfort and enjoyment is our priority"

Exercise

We are confident that your dog will get the most exercise and stimulation possible here at Spatchcock Kennels - we guarantee that your dog will receive at least 3 blocks of exercise every day, which will be made up of walks/runs in the fields surrounding the kennels or supervised play with balls and frisbees in the securely fenced enclosure. We tailor your dog's visit to suit their requirements so if they are a sociable hound that loves to romp with other like-minded pooches, then we put together carefully selected groups based on their temperaments to ensure they have the most fun possible (it's a bit like a doggie dating site - platonic of course!). We have lots and lots of regular visitors that stay with us on numerous occasions throughout the year and have been coming for a long time, so we get to know their personalities very well and can introduce new dogs into the mix quite easily. However, if your best friend prefers their own company, then we are more than happy to exercise them alone. If your dog doesn't have good recall, we will walk on lead around the farmland, but they will get the opportunity to really let off steam in the huge enclosure with supervised playtime.

Check out our Facebook page for regular updates with photos and videos of your dog having fun.

The Care Factor

Your dog's health and comfort whilst staying with us is our number one priority - we will feed your dog according to your instructions using our quality food but are happy to use a diet provided by you should you wish to maintain their routine. We can also administer any medication required as per your instructions.
All dogs get special one on one time with cuddles and brushing (for those who enjoy it) and a visual daily health check will be done to spot any health concerns quickly - all included in the price and adds to the mental stimulation your dog gets whilst staying with us.
We offer a range of relaxation techniques to assist nervous dogs during their stay:

  • Calming music played throughout the kennels
  • Relaxing oils blend spray applied to bedding
  • Herbs such as chamomile are available to sprinkle onto food (with owner's permission)
  • Reiki sessions available separately

We provide quality bedding for your dog's comfort, or you can opt to bring in your own to make them feel more at home (we do recommend you bring something from home with a familiar smell to help them feel settled eg. a blanket or towel). The entire kennel block is fully disinfected every day to ensure the highest levels of hygiene.
We welcome elderly dogs and provide extra supervision to ensure their well-being, at no extra cost.
Your dog will be fully insured whilst with us, subject to normal terms and conditions.

About Us

Myself (Lynne) and my daughter Lauren, worked at the kennels for over 6 months and, together with my husband Lee and younger daughter Mia, we relished the opportunity to take over the reigns of Spatchcock Kennels in August 2016 as Penny and Rod Maconochie took well earned retirement after setting up and running the kennels for the last 18 years. They did a fantastic job in creating a great environment for dogs and we intend to continue and build on this legacy to ensure that all dogs that come to stay have a great time and have the best 'holiday' possible with us. We are looking forward to developing the business even further, with lots of exciting new services on offer. We are very pleased to say that Amy will continue to work with us as she has done for the past 6 years, so the team will largely remain unchanged.

We lived in Australia for 12 years and returned in 2015 to be closer to family - the opportunity came to purchase the kennels and we jumped at the idea as it has been a lifelong ambition to work with dogs and it's great to be doing a job that we truly love! I completed a 2 year dog training and behaviour course whilst in Australia, with the Australian Dog Training Federation and, together with my time working here with Penny and Rod, it has given me a much deeper understanding of the ways to offer dogs the most stimulating environment possible.

Myself and Lee both grew up with dogs and as a couple have owned dogs all our married life. We had 2 German Shepherds for 14 years and took part in a GSD club agility team for a few years prior to having our girls which was great fun. We now have a Mastiff X Great Dane called Molly and a Japanese Spitz (white fluffball) called Simba, plus on 8th August '16 we got a new addition to our doggy family, a Golden Retriever puppy called Daisy who will primarily be our 14 year old daughter Mia's dog. They will all be regular visitors to the kennels so I am sure you will see them around.

Important Information

Ensure you bring your dog's vaccination certificate with you for their first visit so that we can record the info on our system.

Our vaccination policy supports responsible vaccination and below are some important things you need to know about your dog's vaccinations programme to ensure their long term health:-

- The Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvo (DHP) vaccine should only be done every 3-4 years and NOT annually*.
- Leptosporosis is required annually, there are 2 options L2 or L4, either one is fine for our purposes. There are increased health risks with the L4 vaccination so you might want to discuss with your vet the choices, particularly when it comes to small dogs.
- The kennel cough vaccination is not compulsory for staying here - if you did want your dog to have this vaccination, we require a 4 week gap from vaccination to coming into the kennels, so as to avoid the risk of newly vaccinated dogs spreading KC.

* Paying for vaccinations when they are required is far more cost effective than opting for a payment plan.

If you require more information on our vaccination policy, please don't hesitate to ask.

If your dog has not been in kennels before and you are worried about how they might react, you might like to bring your dog in for a trial day, and perhaps an overnight stay ahead of your planned trip away. This will allow them to know how much fun they can have here, and it will give us a chance to see how they adapt to a stay in kennels, and reassure them that you will come back for them.

Wherever possible, we prefer dogs to arrive in the mornings, as it gives us time to settle your dog into the routine, and make sure that they have had plenty of exercise and as much fun as possible before bedtime, but appreciate that your schedule may not allow this.

Dogs love to have something that smells of home so we always encourage you to bring a small blanket or towel with your pet to help with the settling in process. Bulky bedding is best left at home as we find it hard to wash if it gets wet and muddy.