Dog home boarders

We're looking for dog loving households all over the UK to become home boarders. 

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Dog home boarding at We Love Pets

Do you absolutely love dogs? Do you have friendly dogs already who would love the company of another canine playmate? Or would you like to spend time with a dog but can't commit to owning one full-time? Home boarding could be just for you. 


How does dog home boarding work?

You will usually look after one dog or two dogs at a time, while their owner is on holiday or away from home for a period of time. The aim is to integrate the pets into your family and home, so they have a holiday all of their own.


What does dog home boarding involve?

Dog home boarding is a very responsible and rewarding job which requires your commitment to care for a customer's dog as if they were your own. 

You will...

  • Look after one or two dogs at a time
  • Be able to offer a daycare service (you'll need to be in for most of the day
  • Understand special requests and specific conditions for each dog
  • Give each dog love and attention and treat them as part of the family
  • Walk dogs outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ensure the safety of the dogs you are walking and anyone else around them
  • Remove pet waste
  • Take photos of the dogs for their owners and update them regularly
  • Communicate with clients, including arranging visits with new customers
  • Ensure schedules are up to date each week


We welcome job applications from everyone, but home boarding is especially suited to:


  • Parents with children at school (resident children must be aged 6 or over)
  • Semi-retired or retired people
  • People who work from home or are at home for most of the day


What we expect

We are looking for people who are willing to: 

  • Walk for a few hours a day – you’ll be clocking up the steps on your Fitbit or pedometer!
  • Submit for a police and reference check
  • Complete a pet first aid course
  • Carry out some paid trial home boards before taking the job
  • Undergo training as required
  • Obtain a boarding licence (we will help you with this)
  • Demonstrate confident communication skills and customer service


Suitable homes must...

  • Ensure resident pets are neutered and welcoming of new friends
  • Be your own home or have the landlord's/owner's permission to run a business from home
  • Have a secure and non-communal garden
  • Have reliable mobile phone coverage and internet access

How to apply

If home boarding for We Love Pets sounds like you then get in touch!

Please fill in our short application form to get the ball rolling. 

You will need to tell us which of our local branches is most suitable for you as well as detailing your previous experience with animals. It is also very helpful to us if you can state your available hours per week. 

Please make sure you have a current CV ready to upload to your application.


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Dog home boarding job with We Love Pets

Case study

Gordon from our Reading East branch 

Gordon is one of our dog boarders, as well as a dog walker, and has been a valued member of the We Love Pets team in Reading for nearly 4 years, after responding to one of our adverts on

All of our dog boarders are licensed with their local council, to give owners that extra peace of mind.

"When I got my license it really gave me a sense of purpose to be able to give customers the peace of mind that their dog was in a family home and it’s as happy as it can be. It’s really satisfying."

Gordon’s average day involves around 3-4 hours of dog walking; for his dog walking and also his dog boarding clients. Two of Gordon’s regular buddies are Rolo and Remus, who he walks and has overnight sometimes.

"They’ve almost become part of the family as we spend lots of time together, but they’re always pleased to see their Mum when she returns."

We all know each dog has its own quirks and personality, but we asked Gordon what one tip he would pass on to anyone considering becoming one of our dog boarders:

"If you’re thinking of dog boarding it’s good to remember that a dog can be anxious sometimes, because they’re away from familiarity, so try and encourage the owners to bring everything that’s familiar with their life, to help them settle in well – toys, bedding, favourite food, treats, etc."

How do you cope with the alone time when it’s just you and the pets?

"I thoroughly enjoy the time on my own, and don’t need to be part of a bigger team regularly. Being outdoors offers great clarity of mind."

As well as loving and looking after other’s pets Gordon also has his own cat, Dillon, who he describes as an ‘adaptable vandal’.

‘Dillon is adept at accepting house visitors, and often stays out the way – it’s when there’s no one there that he turns into vandal cat.’

So, the big question is; how do you cope with wet weather?

"I seem to be really lucky and rarely get caught in bad rain, but it does happen from time to time. I have a waterproof seat cover for my car, waterproofs and change of socks for me, wellies in the boot and plenty of towels to dry off the dogs. It’s not a problem, I just get on and make the most of being outdoors in the fresh air."

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About us

We are a professional and award-winning dog walking and home boarding service that looks after thousands of dogs and other pets all over the UK. We Love Pets is family-owned, and operates from friendly local teams made up of animal lovers and pet owners.  

We are also an established business that has been helping owners take care of their pets for over 10 years. Our experienced teams are fully trained, insured and police checked for our customers' peace of mind.  

Our ethos is always pets first and we have a strict no pack walk policy. We guarantee the safety of the pets in our care, and their walkers or carers.

Our accolades include Emerging Franchisor of the Year in 2018 by the British Franchise Association and shortlists for the Top 100 Franchises in the UK rated by Elite Franchising for the last three years consecutively.