Starting up Boarding Kennels
- Price: £5.99
- Published: June 2016
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- What qualifications and skills are required?
- Key market issues and trends
- Trading, commercial and legal issues
- Further information
Boarding kennels provide temporary accommodation for dogs while their owners are on holiday, hospitalised or otherwise unable to look after them. They also provide accommodation for dogs in the care of animal charities and stray dogs that have been handed in to or seized by local authority dog wardens. Kennel staff provide dogs with exercise and companionship, and many kennels offer additional services, such as dog grooming and obedience training.
Boarding kennels proprietors must be granted an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence by the local authority in the area where the kennels is located before they can begin to trade. Licence conditions typically impose requirements concerning the kennel environment, interaction between dogs and staff, and how dogs' diet, behaviour, health and welfare are managed. Boarding kennels are often set up by homeowners on land adjacent to their property and by farmers as a farm diversification activity.
This profile provides information about starting up and running a boarding kennels. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.