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Damien & Kirsteen L.

Edinburgh

5.0 out of 5 stars
106 reviews
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We have your dog's happiness at heart

Pet care experience

We cater mainly for small dogs, pups and oldies. We grew up with dogs and foster them, so we understand the need for kindness, routine, fun training, stability and extra care when owners are away. We have lots of hands-on experience, expertise and education to enhance the dogs’ enjoyment of their time here. Through Damien’s business, Small Dog Solutions, we offer training, welfare and behavioural advice, and owners find this reassuring and helpful. We have a peaceful, comfy, smoke-free home, with a secure organic garden. We enjoy the social aspect of having several compatible dogs around so we only take dogs which like other dogs, and can relax around them. When we're asked to board a new dog, we check the vaccinations, meet the dog and owners to learn more, then arrange a session to learn more and make sure the dog is relaxed and happy with us before boarding. For this reason, we are generally unable to accept last-minute bookings for dogs we don't know. Damien's certificates include: IMDT "Professional Day Care and Boarding" qualification (Ofqual Level 3) Edinburgh University/Coursera: Animal Behaviour and Welfare IMDT Perfect Puppy IMDT Canine Body Language PDSA Pet First Aid We have PVG certificates for working with vulnerable groups Our gas safety certificate is viewable on request. Our home passed a safety inspection by the fire service There are carbon monoxide detectors, fire alarms, fire blankets and a fire extinguisher on the premises. Our garden is a permaculture, organic garden. No weedkillers, pesticides, fertilizers, slug pellets or any other poison is ever used in the garden. **Donations of unwanted toys, harnesses, etc. are always helpful for our foster dogs and animal charities** Familiarity is reassuring for furries. If your wee one is boarding, please bring: - lead, harness and ID tag - a blanket plus towel - normal food and treats - favourite toys, e.g. food dispensing or teething toys, kong, etc. : essential for pups! - grooming tools, shampoo and medication if needed Covid 19 precautions: For the foreseeable future, initial meet and greets will be via video calls; all meetings and handovers will be out of doors, taking account of social distancing advice. Holiday rate: We do not charge a holiday rate but charge double for Christmas day, Boxing day, New Year day and Easter day.

Reviews

Emma M.
Dog Boarding • avr. 15, 2024
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Damien took fantastic care of our dog for 2 weeks. We had a couple of settle in sessions beforehand where he really took the time to get to know our dog and her specific needs. Really puts the mind at ease! We received a daily update with pictures and videos and it was clear our dog was having a great time! She had lots of interesting walks and enjoyed the company of other dogs. We will definitely be booking again and would highly recommend.

Heather W.
Dog Boarding • avr. 05, 2024
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Alfie stayed over the weekend with Damien and Kirsteen, having previously had a couple of settling in visits with them. Damien sent daily updates and pictures of Alfie which showed him having a great fun time out and about on nice walks. We hope we can return for another stay later in the year.

Orsi B.
Dog Boarding • avr. 02, 2024
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Our dog, Mango had a great time with Damien and Kirsteen. She was well looked after. We received daily updates and great photos so we felt Mango was in a good hand. She was taken for many walks with different locations so she had a busy, adventurous holiday. I was specially glad she could socialise with other dogs since Damien and Kirsteen had other boarder buddies at the same time. I can highly recommend them.

Zoe S.
Dog Boarding • mars 25, 2024
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Thank you for looking after Woody for 10 days whilst we were away. You kindly sent photos & videos every day so that I could see that Woody was having fun and, also, relaxing and able to settle. Thanks for looking after him so well and giving him some great walks.

About Damien & Kirsteen L.

Communication

57 repeat pet parents
100% response rate
Usually responds in a few minutes
80% bookings with photo updates
Sends updates with Rover Cards

Skills

31 years of experience
Oral medication administration
Injected medication administration
First aid/CPR
Senior dog experience
Special needs dog experience

Home

Lives in a house
Has a fenced yard
Non-smoking household
Has no pets
No children present
Dogs allowed on bed
Dogs allowed on furniture
Potty breaks every 0-2 hours

Information Damien & Kirsteen L. would like to know about your pet

We need to know everything relevant to the dog’s care during the time we have it. Proof of vaccinations Worming and flea protection Details about client, vet, emergency contact Microchip number Information about the dog’s vaccinations, health, medication, behaviour, preferences, routine, habits and needs, plus owner instructions and permissions with regard to walks, etc.

A typical day

The daily schedule varies depending on the dogs’ needs, as they’re all different. The priority is to keep them happy and avoid stress, so they enjoy lots of interesting pastimes according to their needs. You can find videos of some of the walks and activities on Damien’s “Small Dog Solutions” Facebook and Instagram pages. “Small Dog Solutions” offers reward-based training, and behaviour and welfare advice.

Services

Boarding
in the sitter's home
£35per night
Doggy Day Care
in the sitter's home
£20per day
Dog Walking
in your neighborhood
£12per walk
House Sitting
in your home
AWAY

Damien & Kirsteen can host

0 to 15 lbs
16 to 40 lbs
No females in heat

Damien & Kirsteen can watch in your home

0 to 15 lbs
16 to 40 lbs
Available
Not available
SMTWTFS
Boarding Cancellation Policy:

About Damien & Kirsteen L.

Communication

57 repeat pet parents
100% response rate
Usually responds in a few minutes
80% bookings with photo updates
Sends updates with Rover Cards

Skills

31 years of experience
Oral medication administration
Injected medication administration
First aid/CPR
Senior dog experience
Special needs dog experience

Home

Lives in a house
Has a fenced yard
Non-smoking household
Has no pets
No children present
Dogs allowed on bed
Dogs allowed on furniture
Potty breaks every 0-2 hours

Information Damien & Kirsteen L. would like to know about your pet

We need to know everything relevant to the dog’s care during the time we have it. Proof of vaccinations Worming and flea protection Details about client, vet, emergency contact Microchip number Information about the dog’s vaccinations, health, medication, behaviour, preferences, routine, habits and needs, plus owner instructions and permissions with regard to walks, etc.

A typical day

The daily schedule varies depending on the dogs’ needs, as they’re all different. The priority is to keep them happy and avoid stress, so they enjoy lots of interesting pastimes according to their needs. You can find videos of some of the walks and activities on Damien’s “Small Dog Solutions” Facebook and Instagram pages. “Small Dog Solutions” offers reward-based training, and behaviour and welfare advice.

Location

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Damien & Kirsteen L.

Edinburgh

5.0 out of 5 stars
106 reviews