Home Boarding

Fern Farm offers two different options for boarding your four legged friend, our home boarding option provides a quiet and relaxing alternative to boarding in the kennels. Having been awarded five stars for three years by Wiltshire Council with an experienced team and added security of the owners and staff living on site providing a premium level of service and flexibility with our first class range of facilities. We accept dogs who require peace and quiet rather than stimulation or socialisation, those who have complex medical needs, post operation care and puppies under the age of 6 months or older dogs who are no longer suited to a kennelling environment.

If you have not completed a booking form since December 2019, please complete the ‘new customer booking form’, you can then complete the ‘repeat customer booking form’ for bookings thereafter.

A typical day includes four gentle walks and off lead exercise in our garden and secure paddocks along with a groom as part of their daily health check. All exercise takes place on our 100 acre farm and walks are varied and tailored to guests’ individual needs. All guests must get on well with other dogs to home board and will enjoy the companionship of our own two dogs in our family home environment. With the luxury of relaxing on our dog sofa in the conservatory and in front of the wood burner in our living room it is the perfect alternative to kennels.

We aim to provide a fun but safe environment and in doing so we do not transport dogs off site for walks, we use only our secure areas which are all fenced with a minimum of 8 feet in height. There are no public footpaths on site meaning guests won’t meet any strange or unvaccinated dogs. In turn this provides owners with piece of the mind so that they can carry on with their trip knowing their dog is in safe hands.

Basic training is given during the course of the day with healthy treats to reward good behaviour. Further professional training can also be arranged with our gun dog and obedience trainer, Geoff Shore and agility trainer, Abigail Doxford (at an additional cost). We liaise closely with both Geoff and Abigail, both are highly regarded and have extensive experience in their fields, all additional training is provided on site here at Fern Farm and is an excellent way to break up your dog’s stay, to try something new or provide additional training if required. On your return full feedback is given and we encourage you to arrange a combined lesson with the trainer.

Down time takes place mid morning and mid afternoon where all dogs relax to classical music and Green and Wilds antler chews and chew roots can also be provided (at an additional cost). Further enrichment can also provided with supervised food and treat finding in snuffle matts, rubber kongs, slow feeder and interactive toys if required.

Our raised orthopaedic beds provide a comfortable night sleep, allowing bedding to breathe which in turn prevents any dampness or odours. These are around 5 inches off of the floor and come in a range of sizes allowing dogs to fully stretch out and relax. We ask you to bring a blanket or simple piece of bedding which smells of home, anything large should have a removable cover.

Puppies from as young as 12 weeks can take advantage of home boarding, provided that they have completed their vaccinations (additional cost for puppies up to the age of 3 months). We offer home from home comfort in a tranquil environment where we reinforce house training, crate training and gentle puppy tailored walks with socialisation with other puppies on a little and often basis throughout the day. According to their development, we can start to introduce them to the day care facilities during the day building up from a short introduction and half day progressing up to a full day when they are ready.

For regular clients and members, we are happy to accept bitches in season and can manage this accordingly along with providing post operation care if required. Dogs who have not been neutered can board in our home providing that their temperament and behaviour does not cause any issues, should we feel that this is an issue we would discuss this with you.

Vaccinations must be up to date for dogs to be able to attend with no boosters outstanding. The kennel cough vaccination is not compulsory for home boarding however we strongly recommend this but cannot accept dogs in the 14 days immediately prior to having the kennel cough booster, in order for us to comply with Wiltshire Council’s licensing conditions. All dogs must be regularly treated for fleas, ticks and worms and we ask that if any topical flea treatment is given that this is not done immediately prior to arriving as not to allow other dogs to come into contact with the substance.

Food is to be provided by the owner, we aim to keep their feeding routine exactly the same as at home and can feed up to four times per day if required. By bringing their usual food avoids the risk of dietary upset or loss off appetite, we offer airtight storage for kibble along with refrigeration and freezer storage for wet and raw food. A healthy diet is encouraged at Fern Farm and a discount on Natures Menu food is provided to guests. Medication and raw food can also be administered at no extra cost.

A full range of grooming services from a simple bath and blow dry to claw trimming, clipping and hand stripping can be provided in our fully equipped country grooming salon (at an additional cost). Our three groomers all have many years experience, the salon is open 6 days a week and where possible if you require grooming we try to arrange this on departure day. We recommend booking 6 weeks in advance and to request this when booking along with any particular styling requirements, when boarding it’s an ideal time to take advantage of this service. Guests otherwise receive a daily groom which is a comb through only as part of their daily health check.

Please see our booking and prices page for our terms and conditions along with full details of our Canine Country Club day care membership.