We are both very passionate about caring for all canine friends and so decided to open Pooches at Oakwood as a way of providing a service that we would find useful if we were going away and wanted to leave our dog in the care of someone else.
Every dog is special and unique to us and will certainly be treated as such. Before your dog's first stay, we will invite you to visit our home so we can get acquainted with your dog(s) and give you the opportunity to ask us any questions.
Your dog(s) will have access to a large secure garden to play or relax in, or - if they prefer - to snuggle up inside on one of our sofas. As they will be treated as part of our family, your dog(s) will be able to use most of the rooms downstairs and will have frequent contact with us.
We are licensed to board up to three dogs from the same owner alongside our own Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Scarlet. By only taking in dog(s) from the same owner at a time, we are able to adapt to your dog(s) needs and dedicate our time to settling them in and getting to know them.
In addition to their access to our garden, your dog(s) will be taken for as many walks as is usual for them: staying as close to their normal routine as possible.
We have many beautiful walks in our local area and further afield, including numerous dog friendly beaches.
Health & Hygiene:
We are registered with our local vet and Wendy and Peter both hold a certificate in Canine First Aid.
Peter has also completed Dog Care Level 2 (VTQ) Training and Wendy has been awarded the Regulated Level Three Qualification in Professional Day Care and Boarding (IMDT).
All dogs must be fully vaccinated (including Kennel Cough) and their certificate must be held on our premises for their entire stay. They must also be up-to-date with flea and worming treatments.
Home Boarding Prices
Please feel free to email or telephone us for further information.
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Reviews from Our Guests
Fantastic place for our dog to stay. Friendly, professional and caring. Had no worries leaving our dog at Pooches, received updates on how she was getting along we could enjoy our holiday knowing she was very happy. Thank you so much
From Sally on
We were quite nervous leaving Wally the Whippet for the first time, however, we definitely didn't need to be as he was looked after brilliantly. Peter and Wendy were so lovely, they sent lots of updates and pics of Wally living his best life. We have no qualms about leaving him again. Thank you so much for looking after our precious lad.
From Sue Barry on
We chose Pooches after the dog boarding business we'd previously used closed down. Our boy Archie is now 12 and as owners, we are always over anxious about leaving him. We met Peter, Wendy & Scarlett prior to his first stay and they completely understood our anxieties. We saw they had plenty of downstairs space and a huge garden for him to enjoy, which was good to know as he is quite a big dog. Archie first stayed just overnight as a trial run which went really well so right after we booked his second stay of 4 days. On arrival he ran straight up to Peter and Wendy like they were old friends and was clearly pleased to be there. I'd forgotten his goat milk but Wendy was happy to sort that out so no worries. When we went to pick him up at the end of his stay we knew we'd found the best place for him. Archie came out, looked at us briefly then went to head straight back to the garden, as if to say "thanks for coming but it's so much fun I'll stay here a bit longer". We can now leave him with no worries at all, knowing that he loves it there makes all the difference. Thank you Wendy & Peter for looking after our boy so well. We hope to make our next booking soon!
From Lisa Benge on
From our initial "orientation" meeting, we felt totally at ease with leaving Alfie at Pooches for a week. We felt confident in their handling of any unforeseen circumstance which did in fact happen as Alfie swallowed a plum stone; our vet was called as a check that all would be OK. A daily update of Alfie's stay was offered, but we were happy to decline. Kind, caring and a very positive experience indeed with a warm welcome from Alfie on our return. Thoroughly recommend.
From Maggie Willmore on
Our Frenchie Rio stayed with Peter and Wendy for 5 nights. He was on medication and has one or two problems. It was a hot week and he doesn't do very well in the heat but having met Peter and Wendy before hand we were confident he would be well looked after. When I picked him up and led him to the car he stopped and looked back then reluctantly followed again . I am sure he had a great time. Thank you, I would highly recommend Pooches at Oakwood.
From John and Mel on
Molly had a lovely time at Pooches at Oakwood. Updates showed her relaxed and happy in her environment. It was my first time using home boarding and felt happy and comfortable in the knowledge that she was receiving 1st class care in beautiful surroundings and well knowledge couple.Molly would go again. Thankyou
From Jackie Green on
This is the second time that Peter and Wendy have cared for our family cockapoo . It is such a weight of my mind knowing that Sparkle would be so well cared for in a fantastic environment which is home from home ! Even during this awful time of Covid, Peter and Wendy ensure that safety is paramount and all rules are followed whilst maintaining lots of care and attention. It was lovely to receive text updates about sparkle during her stay too ! I would recommend Pooches if you wish your dog to be in a caring environment and well looked after - a home from home !!
From Rebecca Turner on
Wilf immediately made himself at home at Oakwood, I was feeling guilty leaving him over Christmas but need not have worried. He was very well cared for as part of the family and was kept to his normal routine. Peter and Wendy kept me informed of how he was, which was very reassuring. I highly recommend Pooches at Oakwood and will definitely be using them again.
From Julie on
I think this is the first time we have been on holiday and not worried about the dogs. Peter and Wendy welcomed both Pluto and George into their home and it truly was a home from home - they didn't even mind Pluto's slobber! We live in Essex but well worth the journey knowing we have peace of mind that our babies are being so well cared for. Thank you
From Cassy Stanford on
Fantastic place for our puppies to stay; friendly welcoming & so nice for the pups to stay in a house not a kennel, which we've done previously. Great big garden for them to run about in like our home, so they could feel staying at a home from home! Highly recommended & will use again.
From Julian Phelps on
Felt comfortable leaving Rocky with you. When we picked him up he looked fit,happy and healthy just like his normal self.
From Sue!ester on
I can't recommend Pooches at Oakwood enough. As one of my dogs is anxious, kennels were not an option. Wendy and Peter provided a home from home. My dogs were given an excellent level of care. Will definitely use again.
From Gemma Goodrum on
Bertie returned home obviously well cared for. Beautifully clean house and great attention to detail. Bertie got on well with the resident dog, Scarlet. We shall certainly book Bertie in at Pooches again.
From Karen Moore on
Berry's first stay with Peter and Wendy was a resounding success. She was made very welcome into the family and settled down quickly. Peter and Wendy took time to get to know Berry and her every need (including medical requirements) was met with thought, care and kindness. They took her for some lovely walks with their own dog, Scarlet, she had lots of space to play in their beautiful garden and had free run of the downstairs part of the house, which is well organised for dog visitors. Peter and Wendy kept us up to date with photos and messages every day and Berry was very happy. We can't recommend Pooches highly enough and have already booked for another stay.
From Liz Sankey on
From the moment we took Holly and Amber to meet Peter and Wendy, we knew they would be well looked after. For the first time we went away feeling they were in safe hands. Their daily routine was kept exactly the same, they were lovely and clean and got on well with the house dog, Scarlet. We were sent photo updates while away which was very reassuring. Thank you Peter and Wendy and looking forward to our next Holiday.
From Caroline Newman on
Millie had such a lovely stay with Peter & Wendy. She had never stayed away from home before, but she couldn't have been in better hands. Peter & Wendy were so welcoming and lovely, I didn't have to worry about Millie at all while I was away. Would definitely recommend! 5 stars
From Jade Iddon on
Delighted to find a safe secure home for my two girls to stay in while we're away. Peter and Wendy are lovely and the dogs came home happy and relaxed. We received photos during our week away so we could see how they were getting on. Plenty of space for a lively Labrador and a cosy sofa for the sleepy schnauzer. Already have them booked in for our next trip!
From Helen Anderson on
Our girls Marnie & Grace we're very much at home when staying with Peter and Wendy, such a weight was lifted as we had no need to worry about them while we were away. Highly recommend, lovely people, will be using again.
From Alison Stroud on
Bertie had a lovely stay with Wendy and Peter. It was his first night away and they took such good care of home. Bertie is a â€˜full of beans' puppy with much energy and they really embraced him. It is so lovely to know that, should we need to go anywhere without him, if he can stay at Pooches, he will be really well cared for, as if he we're their own. Thank you Wendy and Peter
From Kate Estlea on
Peter and Wendy are fantastic . When they look after your pet it is like home from home . Close attention to detail and show much care . I am very grateful for the excellent care that sparkle received whilst we were away and would certainly recommend Pooches !
From Rebecca Turner on
Our Yorkie Lola has stayed twice at Pooches and thoroughly enjoyed both visits. Peter and Wendy went to great trouble to find out Lola's routine to ensure she was comfortable and happy in their home. We were delighted with the care and attention that they gave to Lola and will have no hesitation in using Pooches again, and in recommending them. Lola is already looking forward to her next holiday with them.
From Hugh Nicholas Unwin on
Fantastic service.very professional friendly couple who are very helpful
Will use again
From SARAH MCVITIE on
Dennis has stayed at Pooches and his stays were lovely Excellent accommodation can Highly recommend, with 3 walks a day lots of toys and treated like one of the family he loves going and we have complete piece of mind.
From Mr & Mrs George on
We knew that our much loved and ,possibly, a little spoiled two year old whippet would be ok when we arrived at Peter and Wendy's house and Lucy was very keen to go in and see her new friends who she had met at a pre stay visit. We were a little concerned about leaving her but were put at ease immediately and made to feel very welcome. We received an email to let us know that she had settled in which was appreciated and when we collected her she was happy and relaxed. Thank you for looking after her so well and we feel relieved to know that we have found somewhere so lovely to leave her next time we are away.
From richard beaumont on
Boarders Response:Thank you very much for your kind comments. We look forward to Lucy staying with us again in the future. Peter and Wendy Cox