Dogs Best Friend - Claire's Pet Services

Licensed by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Ashton Under Lyne
Greater Manchester

Tel: 07773 987371

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About our Home Boarding

We are a family of 3. My teenage son, myself and Buddy our 5 yr old rescue crossbreed.
There has always been a Dog in our family since I was born so we have many years experience with them. Dogs always bring laughter and happiness into any home as well as companionship and loyalty, we love them! Loving Buddy like we do, we understand your worries when you leave your pet in someone else's care.
We have looked after dogs for friends and family in the past and are now enjoying having lots of dogs to visit as we are full time dog walkers, dog sitters and boarders. Your dog will be treated as one of our family however long they are in our care.
I have experience of raising dogs from puppies and have rescued adult dogs with 'issues' too! (from pulling on the lead, timid/frightened dogs to those with dog aggression and all you find in between)! We are dog lovers who would be privileged to take care of your dog for; walkies, visits, and for longer happy holidays!
I have recently (Aug 2018) completed my Level 1 Dog Psychology Course and my son is due to complete in early 2019. We are fully insured, registered with the Local Authority and are police DBS checked.


We have a large secure back yard and an open house policy for all our canine visitors. However, your wishes and requests will be followed at all times. e.g you may not wish your dog to be invited upstairs or onto the sofa.


We have a large secure back yard and there are plenty of parks and countryside walks nearby for us to take your dog walking. With your prior agreement we may take your pet camping or on day trips to the seaside!

Health & Hygiene:

Our own dog Buddy is fully vaccinated, and we welcome all dogs that are also fully vaccinated. A copy of your vaccination record will need to be seen prior to your dog coming to visit.

Home Boarding Prices

Dog Boarding Holiday 22.00 a day (or part day)
Additional dog 8.00 a day (or part day)
If holidaying with us for longer than 14 days please contact us for a quote as reduced rates are available.

A 10.00 supplement is applied for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day/Boxing Day/New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Daycare £15.00 **CURRENTLY FULL**
please contact us to be added to our 'waiting list'

Dog Walking £12.00 an hour
Additional dog £8.00 an hour
SOLO walks £16.00

WKEND WALKS 9/9.30am to 12/12.30pm £15.00
booked on a week by week basis - limited spaces

Puppy visits 8.00 (for up to 30 minutes)

Home visits 8.00 (for up to 30 minutes)
Includes; feeding, playtime & cuddles.. we can also switch lights on, open/close curtains, move post, put bins out/bring bins in for security etc

Home visits are also available for cats and any small animals, enabling you to leave them comfortable, safe and happy in their familiar surroundings while you are away.

Pet Taxi - please contact for a quote

'One off' requests can be accommodated to help you on those busy work days and special celebration occasions. So you don't have to rush home 'for the dog'.

Other Services

If your dog is coming to stay with us we are happy to offer you a pick up and drop off service if required. All dogs holidaying with us will be exercised daily.

Our dog walks mean 'actual walking' for 60 minutes and do not include the time taken to pick up/drop off or transport your dog.

If you wish your dog to be exercised off lead, a consent form will need to be completed.

We have dog mats/beds and blankets available but please feel free to bring your own bed if you wish.

We have a crate available if your dog is crate trained to save you the hassle of dis-assembling yours!

We do ask that you provide your own pet food.

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Reviews from Our Guests

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5 star service from Claire. Left our 3 year old Labrador, Bestie, with her while we took a 7 day holiday. She did everything possible to waylay our worries about leaving him for the 1st time by arranging a sleepover prior to the holiday then sending lots of photos & updates during our holiday. Bestie loved being in the company of other dogs & came home extremely relaxed & happy. Think he's looking forward to more holidays at Claire's!!

5 From john clegg on

My two rescues Coco and Max have just stayed with Claire for a week s holiday. Claire walks them already so they know her Lucas and Buddy very well They made themselves at home straight away! They are older dogs and Claire knows exactly what s required to keep them happy safe and comfortable I was worried about leaving them and was so relieved when Claire offered to look after them. They have had a wonderful time as seen on the regular updated photos of them! I would highly recommend Claire and her family to take care of your pets as she is very experienced with a totally dog friendly home! Thank you for everything Claire Jx

5 From Janis Hett on

This was the third time our Dalmatian has stayed with Claire (a week each time). Again the stay has been exceptional, with regular updates & pictures, showing everything they have been doing. I can't thank Claire enough for how well she had looked after our Dalmatian.

5 From Stephen on

Norman's stay was his 2nd with Claire. Like last time we knew he was in safe hands. Claire sends photos and updates regularly which is great. We were able to enjoy 2 weeks away without having to worry about Norman. Definitely booking again for next year.

5 From Pat on

Our 3 year old Lab has just finished his first home stay with Claire after a recommendation from a friend, he has thoroughly enjoyed his stay. He's an active, boisterous dog who likes lots of exercise and he certainly got that with Claire. I receive regular updates on how he was doing, as well as great photos of his adventures which was very reassuring. Claire is a lovely lady who has a great manner and understanding of dogs, Toby can't wait to go again 😊 I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Claire to anyone

5 From Beverley Wrigley on

There are insufficient superlatives to describe the level of service Claire offers as a dog walking and boarding service. After seeing her many times whilst out walking my labrador Ruby I knew she was the perfect person to entrust my puppy to. Her all round knowledge of all aspects of dog care led me with no reservations of leaving my little girl with her. Her home is the most dog friendly i have ever known and she allows her charges all the privileges they enjoy in there own environment. Ruby clearly loved every aspect of her holiday, from her daily lengthy walks, to relaxing on Claire's sofa and ultimately keeping Buddy company at night sleeping on Lucas her son's bed...what a superstar Lucas is and clearly as great a dog lover as Claire. Knowing Ruby was enjoying herself so much (confirmed by the regular photos and videos I received from Claire) meant i could relax and enjoy my holiday. I can't thank you enough Claire and Lucas, and of course Buddy and hope you are able to accommodate Ruby again in the future. You certainly set the bar very high for all other dog sitters!

5 From Frances Bradwell on

It has been such a relief to find Claire, Lucas and Buddy to care for my 6yr old labbie, Acorn and 16 month labradoodle, Quenn, whilst I was away. I had previously been informed that Quenn was an aggressive puppy and naturally was very concerned that I would have difficulty in finding someone who would be prepared to take him on. From first contacting Claire she put me at my ease. She took the time to visit us before my trip to get to know Acorn and Quenn and reassured me right from first meeting Quenn, agreeing with my vet and vet nurse behaviourist that he showed no signs of aggression and was just a boisterous puppy. Buddy agreed, the two playing chase and be chased from the off. I knew I had struck lucky with Claire when I received an e mail from her with photos of a relaxed and sleepy Acorn and Quenn on their first evening away from home. This set the tone for my 2 weeks away; Claire sent daily pictures, videos and messages about their exciting days which generally ended with my pooches sprawled out fast asleep, two very contented dogs. I can't thank Claire, Lucas and Buddy enough for caring so well for Acorn and Quenn and for giving them as good a holiday as I had. We will be back!

5 From Di Allen on

Our Newfoundland Norman stayed for the first time with Claire while we had a week away. We knew straight away he'd be in safe hands.. Photos and updates were sent daily. We highly recommend Claire and Norman will definitely be staying with her again.

5 From pat on

Claire, Lucas and Buddy are brilliant! Sherlock, our Airedale, has just returned from staying with them for the last 2 weeks. We couldn’t ask for a better all round service and we also use Claire for weekly walks we can’t recommend them highly enough.

5 From Richard Forbes on

We have used Claire for a few years now and would not leave with anyone else. Claire and her son Lucas are wonderful true dog lovers. Both our dogs look forward to going there and are well looked after. Claire gives them plenty of exercise and long walks. It’s so nice to know when we go away they are being looked after so well and we don’t have to worry. We have no doubt recommending Claire to look after your dog. Fantastic very reliable and lovely thank you

5 From Deborah metcalfe on

Another absolutely fantastic stay for our Dalmation. She spent a week with Claire, and was treated like a princess, with plenty of trips and walks out. I will continue to use Claire in the future, and would highly recommend her dog sitting services.

5 From Stephen on

I would highly recommend Claire really took great care of my two dogs. They're both rescue dogs and my husky has eplisey so its very important that he is happy and settled they both had a great time. Claire sent me pictures and updates so so i didn't worry.

5 From Melanie Rowles on

Domino has just returned from yet again another fabulous stay with Claire, Lucas and buddy. He had a ball! And this time even got to go on holiday with them and run for miles everyday in pet friendly accommodation with lots of treats! We know we leave him in such good care with lots of cuddles! We now check in with claire and then book our holiday as wouldn’t want to leave him anywhere else! 5 stat!

5 From Louise Thewlis on

Claire is amazing. My two dogs go there regularly for both day care and boarding. They love it, they are always really pleased to see her and they always come back shattered! They recently went on holiday with her and she kept me up to date with brilliant pictures and videos. I can not recommend Claire enough.

5 From Georgina on

My dog kevin really enjoyed his stay with Claire he was very well looked after and he was very relaxed, all round a very good experience and you can really tell Claire loves the dogs in her care i would not hesitate to leave my dog with Claire again, he also made some new doggy friends which i think he really loved. Thank you Claire

5 From jan on

First time our lab/retriever x has stayed with Claire and Lucas.He didn't want to come home!! Looking forward to our next holiday as we know he will be very well looked after.SUPERB!!!! Highly recommended

From Geoff.Yarwood on

Harry (the Yorkie) has once again had a wonderful stay with Claire and her son. Harry could not be better looked after by anybody. Claire is so trustworthy, kind, caring and knowledgeable about dogs and their needs. She instinctively knows the best way to care for each individual. I can't praise her enough and would recommend Claire every time. Have your break or holiday with peace of mind to know your beloved pet is being looked after properly.

5 From Dianne and Harry on

Highly recommended did sitter. Left my Dalmatian for 5 days / 4 nights, and it felt like home from home for her (see pic). She had a fantastic time, and I will definitely be using Claire's Pet Services again.

5 From Stephen on

Our two dogs, Poppy and Daisy have enjoyed another stay with Claire, Lucas and Buddy. They get excited as soon as we arrive and are clearly comfortable and make themselves at home. We love getting photos and videos so we can see what they have been up too. They cant wait for their next visit!

5 From Val and Jay on

Yet another 5* service from Claire Lucas and Buddy.. My Cairn terrier Mylo loves coming to visit. He is very well looked after and i always recieive pictures from Claire during his stay. Thank You again.

5 From Katherine on

Claire, Lucas and Buddy once again looked after Sherlock whilst we had our 2 week summer vacation. This year he went camping with them, climbed Snowden and went to the beach. The photos and videos we receive of his adventures are a joy. We also use Claire's service's for walks and shorter overnight stays. We can't thank you enough for your help over the years. Sherlock, Richard and family

5 From Richard Forbes on

Claire looked after my Pet Labrador Toby for the 1st time last week and I have to say it was very professional service from dropping him off to picking him up. Claire kept in touch with me all week while I was away sending me photo's of Toby making me feel at ease he was in good hands. I will definitely be using Claire again in the future and thank her for looking after my pet while I was on holiday...

5 From Angela Mercer on

We can't thank Claire enough for her first class service. This was the 3rd time we had left molly with her. We always have complete confidence that molly will be taken care of in every way, she is treated like one of the family, plenty of exercise and cuddles. We always receive updates and photos. We wouldnt hestitate in recommending Claire. Thanks again Claire . See you soon

5 From Sue & Colin on

I can't thank Claire enough for looking after my dog lily, I went on holiday with the upmost confidence that lily would be well looked after! I would recommend Claire 100% as lily was well looked after with lots of walks! thanks again Brenda xx

5 From Brenda White on

Wow all i can say is a big big thank you to Claire for looking after our Bella for 8 days,we were sent regular photos of Bella on her dog walks again Claire thank you.We hope to see you again and would have no hesitation in putting you name forward to anyone who needs a good minder.🐶🐱🐰

5 From Sandra Williams on

We left our dog millie for a week with clare for the first time and we were very impressed with clare she went for plenty of walks and was treated like one of the family.we would certainly go back again and would recommend her to friends and family

5 From Hilary on

The first thing I want to say is thankyou claire... ur honestly our life saver!! Our lola has been going to claires since she was 12 weeks old and absolutely loves going there still... she gets the best day at claires amazing walks, socialising with other friendly dogs!! Claire has so much love for dogs I couldnt trust anyone else. She has been so flexible as me and my partner do shifts and she can always take her when we need it. Lola has grown and learnt so much being with claire. We are just so lucky... I also recommend her to people I know :) Love mel and chris xxx

5 From Mel and chris on

Well what can we say but a very big thank you to Claire for looking after our dog Bobby whilst we went away for 12 days on our Easter Hols. Before he stayed at Claire’s he had a few issues with other dogs and could be a little snappy when meeting them but since his stay and being with other dogs he has changed and now runs and plays with them. Whilst we where away Claire sent us regular pictures of Bobby out and about with his new friends so we could see how well he was doing and it was peace of mind to see how happy he was being out and about on daily walks and not just stuck in kennels listening to other dogs bark all day. We are so happy that we have booked Bobby in for our next hols and can not recommend Claire’s Pet service enough. So thanks again Claire. Roger & Jean.

5 From Roger & Jean on

I am so happy to have found Claire to care for my little Yorkie(Harry) when I am away on holiday. The biggest concern when you go away is getting a trusted carer for your precious pet. I cannot praise Claire enough...Harry is testament to how well he was looked after while I was away in March. I would not hesitate to recommend Claire's Pet Services.

5 From Dianne Dever on

Just picked our dogs up after their first overnight stay with Claire- they had an amazing time! We are so pleased to have found someone we can trust after previously having a bad experience. The dogs were so comfortable with Claire and her family even when they went to meet them. It put our minds at rest getting pictures and messages to show us that they had settled in too.

5 From Val on

Claire was great. Our Freddy (Cocker Spaniel) took to her straight away. He was happy when I dropped him off, and happy when I picked him up.

5 From Peter on

Our dog Gillie went to stay with Claire, Lucas and Buddy for a day. From when we arrived we knew that Gillie would be well taken care of. Claire and Lucas put us and any concerns, we had previously had about leaving Gillie, immediately at ease. Gillie made himself at home instantly and Buddy was very patient as Gillie immediately started munching on one of his bones! When we picked Gillie up he was happy to see us but not in any rush whatsoever to leave. Would not hesitate to use Claire, Lucas and Buddy again when we are in the area, cannot recommend them highly enough.

5 From Laura Sutherland on

I can't recommend Claire enough. Winston has spent his first weekend away from home and I think he wanted to stay. He really bonded with Claire and Lucas. I got lots of pics of their antics while I was away and that was reassuring to see him having such fun. I will definitely be using Claire again..Winston is already missing being around them all and having a playmate with Buddy.

5 From Caroline Murphy on

Another fab stay for Domino with Claire, Lucas and Buddy. Its like home from home for him now - and we don't even cry on the way home from leaving him there as we know he will have a fabulous time and be treated with the utmost care! Such peace of mind knowing we have the perfect place to leave our precious pet! He is looking forward to coming staying again at Easter! Thanks for all you do.

5 From Louise on

Claire, Lucas and Buddy have been an absolute godsend since we decided to get our labrador puppy. From lead training, socialising with other dogs and pretty much everything in between they have been a wealth of knowledge and experience. Parker has stayed with Claire a few times now from overnight to longer stays. He always enjoys himself and the communication and photos of their adventures whilst we are away missing him are fabulous. Highly recommended to look after your dog as you would yourself at home.

5 From Gillian Lee on

I had my doggy Mylo stay here at very short notice so was a little bit nervey as I didn't know much about dogs best friend.. it turns out I had nothing to be worried about.. Claire was so nice and made me feel at ease and buddy is such a cutie pie. We received pictures everyday of them out on walks playing with other dogs. I could tell he was so well looked after and will be boarding Mylo again with Claire 1st class service. (Picture taken by Claire - how content is my baby!!!)

5 From Katherine on

Claire was a huge help when we relocated to Manchester. She looked after our Oxley for 3 weeks and always updated us on walks and sent photos of him settling in. We highly recommend Claire and would definitely use her services again in the future.

5 From Greg & Justina on

Last year our Whippet Ada was recovering from a viral infection when we were due to go on holiday; she was on the mend but still not back to full strength, but I had no hesitation with her staying with Claire and Lucas for the weekend. They gave her the quiet and space she needed whilst she was on the road to recovery and on the last day of the weekend was well enough to get wrapped up and go out for a woodland walk with Buddy. Claire is so accommodating to the needs of your pet, and provides reassurance in the form of regular updates and photos so you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Ada now has a younger sister to annoy her (Cissy) and they are soon to go on their holidays again with Claire, Lucas and Buddy. Highly recommended!

5 From Louise Saycell on

Claire and Lucas have looked after our attention seeking Airedale Terrier, Sherlock, for 11 nights this summer and last. Claire and Lucas are great with Sherlock, taking him on days out and long walks and sharing photos and stories of his adventures with us. We can enjoy our holiday and Sherlock certainly does. Great service 👍👏

5 From Richard Forbes on

We cannot praise Claire enough, Dommy has been to stay with her, Lucas and Buddy several times now. She is fantastic with Dommy and looks after her as if she was her own dog! Dommy LOVES going for a day or better still for a sleep over! In fact if we mention Claire, Lucas or Buddy she gets so excited.

5 From Jane on

If you are looking for a place to leave your pet knowing it will be loved and well cared for - don't look any further! Clare & family looked after our 12mnth old cocker spaniel last year. I was worried as never left him anywhere and all my worries were taken away. He had a ball. We have booked again ready for this years holiday and wouldn't go anywhere else!

5 From Louise thewlis on

Our dog, Winston stayed with Claire & her son for a weekend. He had a fantastic time & Claire really went above & beyond to make us feel comfortable. Regular photos of how Winston was getting on were fantastic. Claire offers a great, really personable service and her (and her sons) love of dogs really shows. Very happy to have found Claire & won't hesitate to use again.

5 From Daniel Wightman on

Fantastic dog sitter. Claire, Lucas and buddy all made our dog feel very at home, had no trouble leaving her in their care. Really Cates about the welfare and happiness of your dog and understands your worries and concerns. Can't reccomend highly enough.

5 From Rachel on

Claire looked after our very active Westie, Dottie for 4 nights recently. Claire was excellent, made sure Dottie felt settled before we left, asked lots about Dottie's routine so she could work round what Dottie would need. Whilst we were away we felt at ease knowing how friendly and experienced Claire and her teenage son were with dogs and Claire was kind enough to send a few pictures to show us what a great time Dottie was having. When we arrived to collect her we could tell she had had a wonderful time, in fact I think Dottie felt we had treated her to a holiday! Buddy, was also lovely, really good natured and friendly and Dottie loved his company. Can't recommend Claire highly enough!!

4 From Gemma on

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Very close to Ashton Under Lyne Town Centre. Able to travel within Tameside and Greater Manchester

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**please note** I am often walking during the day and do work late some evenings so please leave me a message and I will get back to you ASAP (within 24 hrs)***

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