Dog Kennels - kaharoa kennels

Dog Kennels

Boarding dogs must to be dropped off a minimum of 15 minutes prior to closing. 


We have a number of large single kennels and some double or family kennels. All have an indoor room and outdoor run. During the day, dogs have access to both indoor and outdoor areas. After the afternoon run, the dogs are put away in the indoor area for dinner and bed. We have heaters in the corridor that go between 7pm and 7am all winter to keep your pups snug at night.

At times we may pair dogs up in a kennel, this is to help a nervous, anxious, stressed, lonely or homesick dogs and for companionship. If you think this would help your dog please let us know.

The larger dogs are walked twice a day in a 2-acre paddock for an hour each time (weather dependent), we are a free-range kennel so the dogs run free but supervised. We have a get on or get out policy. Antisocial behaved dogs are just put into a separate area with less dogs or on their own, generally they find this less over  stimulating.

Bitches on heat

We can’t take bitches on heat.

A bitch on heat sets the entire facility into madness, All dogs within a 2km radius can smell her.

Toy Dogs

We have separate small and toy dog areas. After the big kids are finished walking, we take these guys in the big paddock to run free and play games.

They sleep in individual crates or share if from the same family, each crate is set up with a bed and water bowl. Dogs are fed separately in their crate.  during the day they have all this space to do as they wish.

Older or injured Dogs

Older, blind, timid, injured or dogs that just prefer people, hang out in the kitchen and surrounding outdoor areas with whoever is making the meals. We are unable to take dogs that fall and can’t get themselves up, we aren’t able to supervise them enough and it breaks our hearts to see them like that.


Dogs are fed twice a day after their run about 9.30Am and 5Pm. We feed dry food,  Stockman & Paddock grain free is our main choice. We also have a variety of other foods, dog roll on hand for the fussy eaters. Please feel free to bring your own food if you would prefer. There is no reduction in price if you do this.

Our Grain Free Dog food is ideal for active dogs. With real Australian Beef as the no.1 ingredient, it is free from wheat, rice and other grains, as well as gluten, corn and soy.

Complete and balanced nutrition for everyday feeding, this food contains a carefully crafted blend of fish oils and flaxseeds for balanced omega 3 and 6 to help promote skin and coat health, together with natural prebiotics to assist gut health. All the essential vitamins and minerals are included to ensure this grain free food promotes maximum vitality.



We supply bedding for our guests we use Kuranda chew proof beds and  supply Dry Fleece, Polar fleece and/or microfibre, microplush pet mats for bedding. If you want something that smells familiar for your dog please bring a rag or something you don’t mind getting torn or misplaced. Cleanliness is of top priority old dirty bedding will not be accepted.

This is a highly social environment and we cannot accommodate antisocial or aggressive dogs.

We limit the number of entire males especially in busy times. We are unable to take in bitches on heat.


We require that dogs are vaccinated for Distempter, Parvovirus, Hepatitis. In addition they must have cover for Canine Cough (including Adneovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza virus, Bordetella Bronchiseptic) Please check with your vet to find out if your pet is up to date with all vaccines.

If you choose not to vaccinate there is a Titre test you can have done. A titer test is appropriate for determining if your dog has sufficient antibodies to be immune to parvovirus, distemper, or adenovirus. … The titer test is not appropriate for leptospirosis, bordetella (also known as kennel cough or Canine cough). Leptospirosis vaccine is not crucial but is recommended.


We use a hospital grade cleaning product SteriGENE, this safe for both humans and animals, is non-toxic and non-corrosive.

Effective against Bacteria, viruses, fungi and it is also effective against the veral infections: O rotavirus, hepatitis A and B, herpes, HIV, poliomyelitis, influenza, parvo, FeIV, FIP, FIV. This product has been tested and approved by MAF. We use bleach for poo and wee clean up.

Socialise your dog

Going to a kennel can be very stressful for dogs especially if they have never been left somewhere strange before. The younger you socialise your pup and expose them to as many different situations, the better for a mentally healthy dog. Taking your puppy to doggy daycare can be a great way to teach your dog that sometimes you get dropped off somewhere, but we always come back to get you. We are more than happy to work with you on this. We don’t like to see stressed out dogs.

When it comes to overnight, one night or a daystay often is the best introduction to kennel life.

What to expect after your dog’s stay

Our goal and hope is that your pet returns home happy and healthy! Of course, there is always a chance your pet may get sick or injured while in our care, but we do our best with everything we can to prevent it. Most injuries are caused during playtime & having too much fun. We aim to have smiles and wags all around!

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions that should help answer any worries you might have about your dog during their stay with us.

Please Read – What to expect after your dog’s stay

Dog control act

The American Pitbull terrier is classified as a Menacing Dog under the provisions of section 33C of the Dog Control Act 1996.  The main effects of the classification are as follows:

We love all dogs but the safety of staff and guests comes first.

Kaharoa Kennels Waiver

Before your dog/s stay with us, you will first need to read and submit our waiver form.

Minimum age 6 months & fully vaccinated