Dogs Paws First

Home away from
home for your dog

hi, We’re Dogs Paws First

your friendly local dog watching service

At Dogs Paws First we invite you and your dog into our home to see first hand the facilities available. You will also have the opportunity to meet our family of friendly dogs that will become your dogs new best buds for the duration of the stay.

We have two cockapoos named Nala and Kiara (mother and daughter respectively) and a Lhasa Apso called Simba.

This is not just a place of residence for your dog, it’s a place for them to relax, exercise and most importantly have a great time in a safe environment. We treat your dog as part of the family and our dogs will welcome yours with open paws.

We are based in a village called Bothwell however our customers come from all over the West of Scotland. We will work round your commitments whether it be a day at work, a weekend away or even a long holiday, and provide you with a bespoke service.


With all that activity going on, we believe that some quiet times should be part of their day and to help them relax, music is played and cuddles dished out – it’s a dog’s life!!!


Your dog’s health and wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us and so we do a thorough check on vaccinations they have had including kennel cough vaccination, boosters, worming, and flea and tick treatment. Please note that these must be up to date and administered before commencement of care. This ensures that your dog is protected as well as the other dogs it will be playing with both inside and out the home.

We will also assess your dog to ensure that it does not show aggressive behaviour towards our dogs or those in our care as we want to ensure that there is harmony and peace in the home and garden

as well as fun.


When it comes to nutrition we don’t believe in overdosing your dogs with treats except as rewards for good behaviour and obedience. You bring the food that you want them to eat and advise us of your routine- we will keep to that. It’s a bespoke service.

Bedtime. Puppy Creche

Bed Time

You bring their bed and they join the others in a spacious, bright, gas central heated and well

ventilated room in our detached home. They are fully welcomed and included into our family of dogs

and family members. There can be some bed swapping going on but that’s all part of the fun.

Puppy Creche

Having bred our cockapoo who had seven beautiful healthy pups, we are experienced with puppies and the different stages they go through. We kept one of Nalas pups called Kiara and she loves having other puppies to play with. We can help with their training and socialising skills although just being around the other dogs is good training as they tend to copy their behaviour. 


Our home is just off the Raith Interchange and close to M74, M73 and M8 making it very accessible and convenient if you live in Bothwell, Hamilton, East Kilbride area or if you travel to work in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Stirling. We can collect and drop off your dog if required and at times convenient to you


South Lanarkshire have inspected the property and granted us a home boarding and doggy day care licence. We are also fully insured. Details are available on request.

Contact us

Telephone: Home 01698 850848

Jean mobile: 07903430367 and leave a message

Client testimonial

  • I first came into contact with Dog Paws First when they advertised cockapoo puppies for sale. I met with the owners who had a very warm and friendly way with them and they came across as loving everything about their business. When boarding the dog we decided to use Dog Paws First. Once again their warm and friendly manner towards ourselves and the dog gave us the re assurance and confidence that she would be well looked after. While abroad we received constant updates and photographs of Fudge with the other dogs while out on their adventures. I would not hesitate to recommend Dog Paws First to anyone who is looking for a warm and safe environment to board their dog. It’s a doggy home from home!

    Jamie and Linda Burns

Start typing and press Enter to search