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Happy Houndz is not just an ordinary Boarding Kennels.. we are a small, exclusive “doggy holiday home”  based in the picturesque village of Backbarrow, Cumbria, in the heart of the Lake District – No sitting around in kennels here!

Every dog that boards with us is guaranteed between 2 and 3 walks a day depending on their ability and how far they can go -  we usually do anywhere between 1 hour and 1and half hours and this can be on the fell or on the quiet back country lanes around Finsthwaite or Bigland Hall or sometimes if possible a trip to the beach. This is included in the price of boarding. If the dog’s aren’t on a walk then they are having a fun time in the playground with other dogs, being allowed to socialise and interact with us and each other.
No sitting around in these kennels -  not unless you are either a puppy who is developing, or a senior who likes to take things at your own speed, either way every dog is assessed on arrival and exercising is discussed with the owner and the exercise programme is built around them.
The team is constantly walking or exercising or playing with every dog and this is reflected within the change of opening times to allow us to be able to spend more quality time with the dogs.

Fancy a weekend away in the Lakes while your dog is having a fantastic time?

Here at Happy Houndz Lake District, all dogs are part of the family and are regularly exercised during the day with lots of socialisation and interaction to keep them busy and occupied. Have the piece of mind to go on holiday and relax knowing that your dog/dogs are having their holiday too.
Why not have a luxurious weekend away here in the Lake District and stay in a beautiful Lakes Hotel such as The Whitewater Hotel, The Lakeside Hotel & Spa or The Swan Hotel and let us look after your dog(s) overnight, safe in the knowledge you can pick him/her up and take him for fabulous walks in the countryside. Or alternatively, we can arrange to exercise your dog for you while you relax on your holiday, knowing they are always close at hand.

Each dog is treated as an individual and each stay is tailored to suit each dog’s needs. From the most active dog who will benefit from the regular exercise throughout the day to a much gentler pace for our more senior friends who are still  “youngsters at heart”. Youngsters are welcome by the way, just as soon as all vaccinations have been completed.

 Look at what we won…...

“Awards galore at Happy Houndz boarding kennels and pet services”

As part of this year’s nominations for the National Apprenticeship Awards, Happy Houndz received nominations in two categories from Myerscough College workbased Assessor Emily Tiplady. Animal Care Apprentice Beth Cresswell from Gleaston, Ulverston was nominated for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year, and Happy Houndz itself was nominated for Small Employer of the Year.

Myerscough College Assistant Principal Peter Caney presents Intermediate Apprentice of the Year award to Animal Care Apprentice Beth Cresswell

Myerscough College have awarded Highly Commended awards for both categories and these were presented during a recent visit to Happy Houndz. Peter Caney explains the reasons behind the awards and how Happy Houndz has fully embraced Apprenticeships within the business.

Peter said; “What is clear at Happy Houndz is that Apprenticeships are fully embedded within the development plans for the business.

Myerscough College Assistant Principal Peter Caney presents Small Employer Award to business owner Julie Thompson at Happy Houndz

They currently employ three apprentices and take an active role in supporting their training and development in the workplace.  It is great to see the

investment in apprentices having a significant impact on business growth and this is a great example of apprenticeships working at their best. We are delighted to award certificates and plaques to Beth and Julie for their high levels of motivation and commitment to the scheme.”

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Happy Houndz Lake District Boarding Kennel Requirements.
When bringing dogs for daycare or boarding, please make sure they are wearing a lead and have their vaccination certificate with them. Thankyou so much.

Don’t forget we do supply various makes of dog food Burns, Arden Grange etc please give us a call with your requirements.

Happy Houndz are members of both the Kennel & Cattery Association and Pet Industry Federation  which means our boarding kennels subscribe to the codes of conduct established by the Pet Industry Federation to promote good standards in pet care.