Smarter Wags Home Boarding

Licensed by Derby City Council

97 Blagreaves Lane
DE23 1FG

Tel: 01332 404317
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About our Home Boarding

I am a qualified dog groomer, working from a studio in my garden, which means that I am always at home, so I also provide home boarding accommodation for dogs. I have been awarded a 4 star license from Derby City Council, which is the highest ranking that I was eligible for due to the amount of time that I have been offering this service.
Your dogs will follow the routines that they are used to at home, as regards feeding, walking, playing, etc. but are very much treated as part of our family - they seem to especially enjoy our cuddles and snoozing in front of the wood burner!


Your dogs will have access to all parts of the house and use of our large back garden. They will have their own designated room to sleep in, but apart from that, can go in whichever rooms they would go in at home. They generally all make themselves at home very quickly!


Dogs boarding with us can spend as much time as they like in our large back garden, but our house also backs on to a park, where they will receive their walks. The exercise that they receive will be tailored to their individual needs, depending on age, fitness levels, etc.

Health & Hygiene:

Health and hygiene played a large part in my dog grooming training, so you can rest assured that your pets are in very safe hands.

Home Boarding Prices

It is £20 per day for one dog or £35 for two dogs from the same family. I am completely flexible about drop off and collection times - times need to be arranged but can be to suit you.

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Reviews from Our Guests

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When Betty & Sid stayed with Fiona she created a home from home environment. They settled immediately both times they have stayed there and the updates and photos from Fiona really put our minds at rest. They are already booked in again. Thank you for looking after them.

5 From Nicola on

Our little man Cooper is regularly groomed at Smarter Wags and Fiona really understands him. As a result we have also recently left him with Fiona for a long weekend. Cooper had a great time if the pictures that Fiona sent us are anything to go by. We cannot commend highly enough Smarter Wags for both their grooming services and 'Doggy Digs' - Thanks ever so much ;)

5 From Adrian on

Fitch has a wonderful time home boarding with Fiona and her family. It really was a home from home and he got on brilliantly with her friendly dogs. Fiona sent regular pictures so we were able to see he was happy which reassured us and enabled us to have a fabulous holiday, guilt free. I'd thoroughly recommend Smarter Wags for home boarding.

5 From Anne-Marie Smith on

My chocolate Labrador, Lennie, has boarded with Fiona and her family several times now. He settles very well. I feel happy and confident leaving him with Smarter Wags. He is well looked after and nothing is too much trouble.

5 From Kath Thornewill on

Myself and my fiance have never left our pomchi Darcy before when going away and we struggled to find one we felt comfortable with as she is our little fur baby. We met Fiona and her husband a few months before we booked Darcy in and Darcy explored the home whilst we chatted. We asked so many questions but Fiona put us at ease and made us feel so reassured that we booked Darcy in for a night. After dropping Darcy off, Fiona kept us updated with photos and messages of how Darcy was doing which we loved receiving and helped us relax whilst we were away. I'm so pleased we've found Smarter Wags, this is the place Darcy will be going to from now on when we go away because we know she's in safe hands with Fiona and we'll be getting Darcy groomed there too. Thank you so much for having her , she'll see you again for two nights in August whilst we get married! Thank you so much.

5 From Emily and Ryan on

What can I say about smarter wags other than absolutely great service and fantastic place. So I take out two fur babies to see Fiona for grooming every few weeks and the boys have also had the pleasure of staying with Fiona and her fur babies for a week. Naturally our fur babies are my everything and the thought of leaving them with somebody freaks me out , but Fiona made us feel completely relaxed about the whole situation. Fiona also has her own fur babies but she give you the options if you want to integrate them all or keep them separate (just in case your fur babies are nervous ) but we was happy for our boys to integrate …… Fiona's fur babies are gorgeous and so sweet natured. Fiona is a pro at what she does and she has a set way of introducing all of the fur babies together so me and my husband had no worries there. It was also fantastic that Fiona send what's app pictures and texts while we was away so we could see them and keep updated because of course we was missing then so much. The facilities are great at smarter wags and lovely home and garden for the boys to play in while on their holiday. I would a thousand percent recommend Fiona for grooming and home boarding , she is absolutely fantastic . I still continue to have grooming every few weeks and the boys are booked in again for another holiday. Thank you smarter wags the best service I have received for my fur babies.

5 From Donna Dobson on

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