Paws for Thought is run by me, Nathalie, and my husband Neil. We have been together for 16 years and share a mutual love for dogs and our children, of course. We have both always had dogs in our lives, whether as children, adults or during our 16 years marriage.
We are not dog walkers, which is a common misconception, our Doggy Day Care service is not a walking service, it is predominantly a socialisation experience for your dog/s. We do provide Home Dog Boarding but this is for our doggy day care clients only.
Since starting Paws for Thought in October 2018, we have experience with small, medium and large dogs, ranging from Yorkshire Terriers to German Shepherds and have dealt with a variety of conditions, such as stress anxiety, delicate tummies to arthritis and heart murmurs, separation fears, dogs that need socialisation and company and dogs that simply need a cuddle, rather than be home alone.
We have been very lucky to be trusted by some wonderful owners and are so glad we made the decision to open our home up to them.
We currently have a 5-year-old Yorkshire Terrier called Bourbon, a Weimaraner puppy called Maggie and a Ragdoll cat called Tigger or ‘Tiggs’, he loves socialising with dogs and blends in very well with them – having even managed to win the hearts of dogs previously labelled as ‘cat aggressive’.
Tigger often potters around the garden, allowing the dogs to approach him, have a sniff and realise that he is no threat to them and we find the dogs anxiety over cats and getting to them dramatically reduces, due to Tigger's kind help and support! He's a keeper!!
Being home full time, it made sense to offer a doggy day care service, as it would give pet owners peace of mind for their pet’s welfare as well as continuing to allow us time with our own pets and children. We offer our extended 'Paws Family' lots of love, time, attention and a family atmosphere to enjoy, whilst their owners are away at work or on holiday.
We have a warm and spacious home, with a large garden offering a concreted area, patio area and plenty of grass for doing doggy business on!
Animal Care Level 3 - Passed with Distinction
Diploma in Dog Socialisation & Obedience Training
Caring for Elderly Pets Level 3 - Passed with Higher Distinction
We are currently rated 5 Stars for both services.
We are also registered as a member of the Dog Boarders Association.
We are fully licensed with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, license No. 161255 and are fully insured for Doggy Day Care and Home Boarding.