Sunrise Boarding Kennels

Previously Licensed by Bedford Borough Council [Expired]

4 Great North Road
MK44 3BD

Tel: 01480 215900
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About our Boarding Kennel

John opened Sunrise with his late wife Denise in 2013. John has his own gundogs which he trains and takes out to work but is a lover of dogs of all shapes and sizes. He enjoys walking, training and working his dogs, Willow, Lucy, Megan & Tiger.

Rebecca began working at Sunrise as a part time summer worker in 2015 and began managing the kennels full time in 2017, working Monday to Saturday. As well as helping with day to day care, she oversees bookings and enquiries. She has two working black Labradors called Izzy & Molly.

Alex began working at Sunrise part time in 2019 while studying Animal Management at a local college. She is now studying Animal Welfare at university in Winchester but continues to help out during the holidays when the kennels are at their busiest. We met her family's rescue dog, Sid, before we met Alex as he is a regular guest!

John's granddaughter, Katherine, began helping out in the kennels on Saturdays and school holidays in March 2022. She has a deep interest in all animals but particularly dogs. She hopes one day to work with rescue animals and has a wide variety of pets at home.

Charlie is helping us out this summer before he joins the army in October. He particularly likes Cocker Spaniels having grown up with them - his family currently own three. Charlie enjoys walking the dogs but is also happy to help out with maintaining the grounds.

We are soon to be joined by two new members of staff - Sureena, who will be working full time from Wednesday to Sunday, and Meadow, who will be working part time to cover Sureena's days off. Sureena studied Animal Management and has owned several Jack Russells in the past, and is very keen to get stuck in with the dogs. Meadow is considering a career with dogs and her family German Shepherd, Sascha, has been boarding at Sunrise for many years. Sascha has recently been joined by Murphy & Dandy, a pair of excitable Cocker Spaniels!

We are licensed by Bedford Borough Council and insured through NFU Mutual. License holder name : John Holdaway Licence number: LIC/2/20/10

CUSTOMERS: If you have used our service, we'd be extremely grateful if you could leave us a review either here or on our Facebook page (, to help us in trying to offer the best boarding service around, and to help other potential customers to make an informed choice.


We have 23 kennels, five of which are extra large units for giant breeds, pairs of larger dogs (e.g. two Dobermans or German Shepherds), and groups of dogs from the same family.

The kennels are constructed of uPVC, aluminium and galvanised steel, with resin flooring in the sleeping areas and power floated concrete in the runs - these materials are both durable and easy to clean, ensuring high levels of hygiene and allowing more time to be spent with the dogs.

The kennels are constructed so that dogs cannot see other, unfamiliar dogs in their kennels, just a view out onto our lovely, grassy field, meaning no risk of intimidation between dogs from different households and full privacy for your pooch.

The sleeping compartments are fully insulated and contain a sleeping bench, onto which we place cosy vet bedding, alongside heaters to keep out the chill in winter.

Dogs have access to an individual covered outer run during the day. Kennels are alarmed and secured at night with regular patrols from a local security firm, and there is a responsible adult on the premises 24/7.


Dogs are individually walked on our own, private four acre field at least three times a day, on a lead for security.

We will NEVER cut corners by exercising dogs from different households all together, or leaving dogs unattended in fenced areas - we would prefer to put dog welfare and safety first, rather than trying to save time/cut staffing costs.

We pride ourselves on being 100% transparent and honest about the quality and quantity of the exercise your dog will receive.

Walks are tailored to the weather and season - during summer, walks are first thing in the morning (from 7am), early afternoon (walk may be moved or reduced in hot weather, and compensated for by lengthening morning or evening walks), and late evening, whereas in winter walks are at sunrise, midday and sunset.

We will try to avoid walking during rain or snow if possible, by adjusting walk times to avoid showers, but if necessary will take dogs out and towel them off on their return.

Walk times are reduced for dogs with relevant health conditions.

There is also the option to book extra walks at an additional cost. These walks last 30 minutes each, and like the usual walks are individual and on a lead, ensuring your dog's safety. We walk your dog to the River Great Ouse. How far they go is dictated by their pace - if they prefer to amble along and sniff then that's okay, but we're happy to speed up for the energetic dog that wants to burn a lot of energy! Customers can book as few or as many walks as they like, but please give advance notice to allow us to make the necessary staffing arrangements.

As well as their walks, dogs have access to a fully covered outer run from 7am to 9pm every day (except in exceptionally cold weather), measuring 3.75m2 in standard units or 7.5m2 in extra large units.

Health & Hygiene:

All dogs must have a current vaccination certificate to be presented in arrival. Protection against Kennel Cough is also required at least 10 days prior to their stay. Dogs must be protected against fleas and ticks and we keep records of your dog's vaccinations and parasite treatments. We would always try to use your dogs own vet if required, but our own vet is on call 24 hours a day.

We do not charge to administer medication and are always happy to meet your dog's health needs.

Boarding Kennel Prices

Our rates (inclusive of VAT) are:

£21.00 per day for a single dog
£35.70 per day for two dogs sharing
£50.40 per day for three dogs sharing
£63.00 per day for four dogs sharing

Day care: £15.00 per dog

We charge either a half or full day for drop off and pick up day, depending on drop off and pick up times.

River walks are £10.50 per walk, unless your dog(s) require two members of staff to walk them, in which case there is an additional £6.00 charge per walk. This is at owner's/manager's discretion - occasionally there may be a single dog which, if very powerful, requires two members of staff for safety, sometimes with pairs of dogs, and always with families of three or four dogs.

We accept payment on or before arrival of the dog by cash, card, cheque or BACS.

From 3rd January 2023 rates will increase to the following:

1 dog: £25.00
2 dogs sharing: £39.00
3 dogs sharing: £54.00
4 dogs sharing £66.00
Daycare: £21.00 per dog per day
River walk: £12.50
River walk (2 staff): £18.50

Other Services

We sell a small range of CSJ dry feeds by arrangement with kennel customers.

Currently available:

CSJ Champ! Adult (£17.31 per bag)
CSJ Old Champ! (£19.17 per bag)
CSJ Complete Tripe! (£28.24 per bag)

All 15kg bags

Please telephone to make arrangements to purchase.

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Reviews from Our Guests

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Great boarding kennels, very clean and spacious. My GSD/husky had never stayed in a kennel before so I was worried how he would be. I needn't have worried he had been fine and came home the same old happy boy. Would defiantly use Sunrise again they were extremely helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. Thank you Sunrise.

5 From Jo on

Friendly very clean as the ad says all new,its obvious the owners care about their "guests" and I had no reservations about boarding my dog with them.

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Sunrise Boarding Kennels is located at 4 Great North Road, Chawston, Bedfordshire on the Southbound carriageway of the A1 on the Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire border. We receive most of our business from the surrounding towns and villages although we are also a popular choice with those from further afield travelling within the UK, for many of whom our location along the main A1 trunk road is extremely convenient.

To reach us, follow the A1 southbound towards the Black Cat Roundabout. The turning for the Great North Road is approximately 500m south of the BP services - there is a sign approximately halfway between the services and the turning. After exiting the A1 follow the road round and continue until you reach the kennels on your right. If the gates are closed please remain in your vehicle and be patient - if you are not allowed in within a minute or two please call 01480 215 900.

Open Hours

Mon-Sat: 08:30-11:30 & 15:00-17:00
Sunday/Bank hols: 10:00-12:00

PLEASE specify drop off and collection times when making your booking.

We do board dogs over Christmas and New Year, just with slight alterations to our opening hours.

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