Vita Canis Dog Boarding Kennels

Family-run small dog boarding kennels in rural Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.
With love and dedication, we care for each dog’s individual needs.
At Vita Canis, we offer comfortable and safe accommodations for every dog. With plenty of exercise and interaction, enrichment games, and an appropriate diet. Our boarding kennel is located on the outskirt of Uttoxeter, on the Staffordshire Derbyshire border. And on the way to Alton Towers.
We understand dogs’ personalities, behavioural issues, and individual needs. We use enrichment games, aromatherapy, and a lot of personal interaction to ensure dogs enjoy their stay with us.
Your dog will love to spend its holiday with us.

Meet The Team

Jitka Krizova LCGI – founder

Vita Canis dog boarding kennels was established in 2012 by Jitka.

Jitka has a great love for animals and became a professional dog groomer in 1998. And subsequently establishing the Vita Canis Dog Grooming Salon in Slovakia. She has won many awards, including British Groomer of the Year 2006, Eurogroom Best in Show 2006, 2007, 2009, Groomania Best In Show 2010 and Mastergroom Best In Show 2012. Vita Canis Dog Grooming Salon was awarded Grooming Salon of the year 2016 at Pet Industry Federation Awards 2016. Jitka has been a member of Groom Team England for 6 years. To grow her knowledge of all things holistic, Jitka has a Diploma in Canine Massage, Reiki Level 2 qualification. Jitka is qualified in Deep Cellular Therapy with tuning forks. And has also completed a Diploma in Aromatherapy. At Vita Canis Jitka also teaches dog grooming, especially the hand stripping. She is a brand ambassador and product developer for Belgium company The Sentinel.

Rachel Averis – Kennel Manageress

Rachel is the 4th generation of the Averis family of terrier lovers and enthusiasts.
She worked at her grandmother Judy Averis’s kennels from an early age. At her nan’s she discovered her love and passion for terriers. Rachel studied Biochemistry (BSc) and Parasitology (MRes) at Aberystwyth University.
Rachel also holds C&G qualifications in Dog walking and Pet sitting.
To follow in her father’s and grandmother’s footsteps, she is a happy owner of Airedale Terrier Stevie.

Cerys Dale – Pet Stylist

Cerys is passionate about dogs and works tirelessly to make them look their best in the relaxing atmosphere of Vita Canis grooming salon. She greatly understands dogs’ behaviour, individual needs, different styles, and techniques. 

Cerys is qualified in City & Guilds Level 3 in Dog grooming and has City & Guilds Level 2 in Animal Management. 

You can follow Cerys on her Instagram and Facebook.

For pet dog grooming enquires, call Cerys on 07399 828 214

Zoe Oakes

Zoe worked at Saredon Kennels alongside John Averis & Deb Ryan for almost ten years.
Over the years, she mastered the skill of hand stripping to the level that she was a vital part of show preparation of some of the top UK terriers like: Lakeland Terrier UK Int Ch Saredon Enigma ( Alan ) Crufts Terrier Group winner 2017, UK JP Ch Saredon Masterpiece ( Preston) UK top Airedale 2021; Irish Terrier Ch Turith Adonis ( Donnie ) Top terrier 2022 and Cruft’s Terrier Group winner 2022; Ch Holbam Ace of Saredon – currently top winning Irish Terrier; and many more.
Zoe now offers her hand-stripping skills at Vita Canis.
If your terrier needs a makeover, contact Zoe on 07544229013

What People Say...

I recently had to board my two Airedale Terriers and Lakeland Terrier at Vita Canis boarding kennels in Uttoxeter while I was away on holiday. I was very nervous about leaving my dogs in someone else’s care. But I was completely blown away by how well Rachel & Jitka cared for my dogs.

The kennels are clean, spacious, and well-maintained. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. They took the time to get to know my dogs and their individual needs. They were always happy to answer any questions I had, and they kept me updated on my dogs’ progress throughout the stay.

My dogs came home happy, healthy, and well-rested. They were so excited to see me, but they didn’t seem stressed or anxious at all. I could tell my dogs enjoyed their time at Vita Canis boarding kennels.

I would highly recommend Vita Canis boarding kennels to anyone who is looking for a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable place to board their dog. I know that my dogs will be staying there again the next time I go on holiday.

I was so happy with my dogs’ care at Vita Canis in Uttoxeter. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a great place to board their dog.

David Lockwood