Smarter Wags Home Boarding in Derby – where your dog stays in a dog-loving home while you are away, receiving:

  • one to one type of care in a home from home environment
  • lots of attention
  • home comforts
  • at least one walk per day
  • use of an enclosed, fully secure garden
  • Smarter Wags offers an exclusive home dog boarding service, so rather than taking your dog to kennels whilst you are away, you can now leave your precious pet with us, in our home, where they can continue to enjoy the way of life that they have with you, whether it is just for one day or for a number of weeks. We have recently been awarded a 4 Star license from Derby City Council, which is the highest ranking for which we were eligible due to the amount of time that we have been offering this service, and reflects the attention to detail and care we put into looking after your dogs.

    All the dogs that come to stay for their holidays share our clean, comfortable house and fully secure garden with us. We keep up with your pet’s regular routine — including eating schedules, walks, grooming necessities and daily exercise requirements — so your pet has less anxiety while you’re away from them. This means that you, the owner, can relax and enjoy your time away, knowing that your beloved dog is happy and is well looked after whilst you are apart.

    Smarter Wags dog home boarding features:

  • Tailor-made stays
  • Cage-free, although we are happy to provide a crate if your dog prefers one for sleeping
  • Great location within the suburb of Littleover, with direct access from the garden to a park, where your dog will be walked every day
  • A safe and secure garden for play times
  • Onsite grooming available
  • Administer of medications free of charge
  • Calm and serene surroundings and care
  • Being an experienced dog groomer, I am sensitive to their moods and needs – I am happy to give a dog plenty of attention and also happy to leave it alone, which means that they seem to settle into their new surroundings very quickly. I do ask that owners fetch their own food, bedding and toys with them, so that the dogs have some familiar items and their normal diet, but I do have a supply of dog beds and leads, if required.

    A typical day at Smarter Wags home boarding would include:

  • Sleep in a warm, cosy bed in our home
  • Plenty of time in the garden for some exercise and the necessary ablutions
  • A walk around the park – always wearing a collar tag engraved with our contact details
  • Meals according to their normal diet and eating pattern
  • A winter’s evening in front of the woodburner or summer’s evening relaxing in the garden
  • If your dog gets dirty, which they usually do, we will bath him/her before he/she goes home free of charge
  • Dog home boarding rates:

    1 dog £20 per day, 2 dogs £35 per day.

    Please note that boarding rates are charged per day i.e. should you drop your dog off at 3pm on Monday and collect at 9am on Tuesday, it is £20.

    All dogs must be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before staying with us. It is your responsibility to vaccinate your dog, and you will need to leave your vaccination card with us for the duration of your dog’s stay.

    We do ask first-time customers to bring their dogs for a visit before they are booked in, so that I can get to know your dog and find out more about him/her and it also means that the your will not be on unknown territory when it first comes to stay.


    “My dog, Archie, boarded with Fiona a short time ago. He is a rescue dog and quite nervous, however, he seemed completely at home almost immediately, thoroughly enjoyed his stay there and I would not hesitate to board Archie there again.” Diane

    “My dog, Minnie, has been to stay with Fiona at Smarter Wags a couple of times now. Fiona is very friendly and professional and it is great to know that Minnie is being well looked after in a family environment when I’m away. Minnie is always excited when we arrive and really enjoys playing with Fiona’s dogs. Fiona has also very kindly sent me updates and pics during the stays so that I know how Minnie is getting on.” Heather

    “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.” Anne-Marie

    “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.” Kath

    “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.” Donna

    “Myself and my fiancé 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.” Emily and Ryan

    For further information on Smarter Wags home boarding, please contact us today.

    Dog home boarding licence: Smarter Wags Dog Grooming and Home Boarding, no
    : 083316