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Hello and welcome to my blog. If you’re new here, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jarvis and I run Jarvis Dog Boarding; a luxury retreat for Hampshire’s finest hounds.

What do you do?

We board dogs in a home environment and give them a relaxing holiday experience while you’re away. We also train puppies as part of our residential programme and have a few weekly visitors as part of our day care. It’s great fun and we have some really smashing dogs visiting.

What’s the blog about?

This free blog is here to tell you about what we do, showcase local, dog-friendly products and services that we absolutely love – plus loads of handy dog training tips and advice for both dog owners and pet professionals. If you’re battling naughty behaviours, or looking for the latest kit to improve your dog training experience; this is the place to be.

If you’re new to dog ownership and training or looking to grow your dog sitting business, I am here to give you my top tips and industry secrets to help your puppies and your business thrive.

A Brief History of Dogs

At Jarvis Dog Boarding we care for very, very special dogs.

I’ve been training companion dogs over 10 years and became a licensed dog sitter with Southampton City Council since 2016. Dogs have always been my first love, since our very first rescued Spaniel, Bonny to our current Westie Maitre D Pablo (and even more in between!)

Jarvis Dog Boarding is akin to a private school for pups. Each dog is carefully vetted to create a harmonious and fun pack of dogs who will be friends forever and enjoy their holiday whether it’s a few days or a few months!

With the company of our beautiful guests, we spend our days walking, playing, training and learning as a family.

Get in touch!

Are you a dog-owner or a dog-professional? Comment below and tell me what you’d like to see in our next post!



Welcome to our Blog!

2 thoughts on “Welcome to our Blog!

  • 3rd January 2020 at 00:41

    Hi Jarvis, I’d like some tips on how to calm my rescue dog and give her confidence indoors and out on walks, as she’s very reactive to activity around her. Whether it’s someone walking by our house or a dog running past or up to her on walks she seem anxious alert and mostly stressed throughout her day.
    Thankyou in advance jill x (diddy dogs lodge)

    • Jarvis
      3rd January 2020 at 10:10

      Hi Jill, it’s so lovely to hear from you!

      This is a tough one without meeting her, because all dogs are different when it comes down to reactivity. What I would say is the biggest mistakes I see is owners accidentally encouraging reactivity by stroking, reassuring or immediately retreating from triggers. You will know better than anyone how dogs absorb our energy. If we are calm in the face of adversity this makes a huge difference. The other important thing to remember is to be active both emotionally and physically rather than passive in our dogs’ experiences of the world. My old boy used to have reactivity issues towards lorries (of all things!) and the trick behind that was to ensure he understood it was my responsibility as pack leader to protect him and handle any “threats”. This is done through a combination of things like positive association, possibly combined with gradual desensitization to the triggers. I have some online courses being made at the moment that may be of interest to you. Until then, good luck! 🙂

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