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Kip Homestead Yarra Valley

Formerly Homestead Pet Retreat

12 Homestead Rd, Wonga Park VIC 3115

Dog boarding

Cat boarding

Dog Training

Door to door Transport

Your four-legged friends stay in style when you choose Kip Homestead Yarra Valley! Our purpose-built property has been designed to ensure that your pet is in an environment that created ample stimulation and allows them to have plenty of fresh air, exercise and enrichment.

Reception Opening Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Saturday: 8:30am-3:00pm

Sunday: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Public Holidays: as advised

Vet On Staff

Your pets’ health and well-being are our top priority, and you can have peace of mind knowing we have an on-site vet. Dr. Ken Chang is always on hand to monitor your pet during their stay with us. If your pet becomes unwell during their stay with us or we have concerns regarding their health, we will always communicate with you and your current vet if your pet’s medical history is required.

Industry Leading Dog Training Programs Offered

You don’t just have to live with poor behaviour from your dog! We offer various dog training programs, our most popular being our Board & Train Program. We believe dog training is about developing trust in your relationship and achieving life goals together. Start your furry friend on the right paw by filling out this form.

Pricing Comparison


We've got options to make your pets' stay comfortable

Dog boarding

Classic Dog Room

From $69/day

Dog boarding

Luxury Dog Suite

From $111/day

Dog boarding

Luxury Dog Villa

From $130/day

Dog Training

Board & Train Room

From $148/day

Cat boarding

Standard Cat Room (Inside Only)

From $30/day

Cat boarding

Executive Cat Suites (Inside/Outside)

From $36/day

Cat boarding

Luxury Cat Villas

From $52/day

Additional Services

For Dogs

We have a range of additional services you can add to your dog’s stay to ensure they have the best possible stay with us.




Dog Training

Canine Coaching


Extra Playtime

Super Playtime


Dog Training

Daycare & Train


Delicious Dinner

Chicken & Rice Dinner



Daily Treat


See what our guests think

Yingyu Zheng

KIP Yarrav Valley and my puppy golden retriever’s trainer Catherine did a great job in looking after and providing board and train over a 3 week period. We dropped our pup off at 16 weeks of age and had grown so much in just 3 weeks under KIP’s care. Our puppy also acquired new skills such as loose leash walking and call backs that we struggled with prior to the board and train program. It’s laid solid foundations for our young pup to become a great pet for years to come.

Jen Duniam

Thank you Bobbie for looking after Freya so well. I appreciated the regular updates from you and seeing her progress over the time. The thorough handover has given me confidence to continue building upon the skills she has learnt, along with the ongoing support provide by the Homestead Team going forward.

Kana August

We sent our five-and-a-half month old Border Collie in the care of the Kip Homestead team for the three week 'Board and Train' Programme. We are pleased with Cathrine's work with Mochi and he is more responsive to us than before - albeit, its a long walk to freedom as he is very much still a puppy! Cathrine has followed up with us regularly and provided us regular advice to mould our pup's behaviour. We are grateful to the team for their help and most importantly for giving our pup a joyful home when we were overseas. Thanks team. :) Kana and August

Lachlan Payne

Catherine at Kip has transformed our Golden Retriever, Jerry. Jerry was misbehaving a bit as well as showing his energetic puppy traits and Catherine at Kip Yarra Valley showed us how to change our habits - and Jerry's habits, to minimise naughtiness. She was hugely generous with her time and communications and nothing seemed too much trouble. Kip Yarra Valley and Catherine were excellent.

Experienced Team, Safe Space, Regular Pupdates, Tailored Care

What makes Kip boarding different?

We are passionate about providing the best care and enrichment for pets and a great experience for you. Our team of pet lovers have decades of experience.

We know every pet is unique, so we have various options, including different accommodation types and extra services, to ensure we are tailoring the stay to suit your pet’s needs - better yet, we will ensure you get frequent updates so you know you are getting the services you paid for!

With best-in-industry facilities and structured processes around health and welfare monitoring, team training, customer updates and enrichment, our team will make sure your pet has the best day, every day. 

Experienced Team, Safe Space, Regular Pupdates, Tailored Care

Make your pet's trip easier and enjoy door-to-door transport!

Skip the traffic and let us pick up your dog right from your door. We'll take them directly to Kip to start their boarding stay, and then drop them off back to your home at the end of their stay! Transport is available Melbourne-wide.

Meet the Team

Anthony Hirst

Anthony Hirst

Centre Manager

Anthony is an NDTF Qualified Dog Trainer who has been training dogs from a very young age, when he started doing obedience classes when he was only 9 and has never looked back. Dog Training is something Anthony is very passionate about and gives workshops on, as he loves teaching and sharing his knowledge to help others.

Nat Larner

Nat Larner

Boarding Manager

Nat is a passionate and dedicated manager who goes above and beyond to make sure your pets have a fantastic stay. She always has a smile on her face and works hard to keep your pets happy and comfortable with every stay.


Alaina Peters

Admin Lead

Alaina, a dynamic and caring individual, is a shining example of hard work and exceptional leadership. Her unwavering dedication and compassion create an environment where both her team flourish, and where any pet at Kip Homestead enjoys their stay.

Jess McKinnon

Jess McKinnon

Training Lead

Jess combines a passion for canine development with years of hands-on expertise. She is committed to finding what makes your dog tick, and bringing them on a positive and safe learning journey. It's no wonder that her patient approach has led to many successful and happy dogs!

Dr Ken

Dr. Ken Chang


Dr. Ken has been the greatest addition to the Kip team. He is incredibly knowledgeable and is always willing to help both our pets and our people where and how he can. He’s a very caring and compassionate veterinarian with a sense of what the pets needs are at all times.

Dog Training Programs Available

Industry-Recognised Board & Train Dog Training Program

Starts at $148/day

We offer an industry-recognised Board & Train Program that ensures a cohesive relationship between you and your pooch. This is our most popular program and can help with many challenging behaviours, including:

  • jumping all over you and your guests,

  • having selective hearing,

  • reacting to other dogs and/or

  • pulling on the leash

At the end of the program, your trainer will meet with you for a comprehensive handover session, as well as providing you with a complimentary follow-up session and lifetime support on your training journey with your dog. We believe that dog training is about developing trust in your relationship and achieving life goals together. Start your furry friend on the right paw.

Industry-Recognised Board & Train Dog Training Program

Daycare & Train Program

Only $90/day

Can't commit to a long program? Our Daycare & Train is a great way to give your pooch some extra stimulation and some new manners along the way! With our daycare & train program, you can drop off your pooch at 8:30am and pick them up at 4:30pm. Throughout the day, our team of professional trainers will complete multiple training and stimulation sessions with your pooch, improve manners, controlled socialisation around lots of other dogs and learn improved manners along the way. Training includes: • Better leash walking, • Better focus on the person at the end of the leash, • Door manners, • Learning how to relax, and/or • Building motivation. Interested? Speak to us about whether this program is right for you and your dog.

Daycare & Train Program

How Boarding Works

FDT Step 1

Step 1: Choose Date

Request your boarding stay and complete your pet’s profile, including details such as your pets' vaccinations and any medication they need.

Boarding Transport

Step 2: Start Your Stay

Drop off your dog during reception hours. If you’ve selected transport, we’ll pick them up right from your door in the morning.

Boarding Yard

Step 3: Welcome & Health Check

Your dog gets settled in for their holiday, and staff gives them a health check.


Step 4: Holiday Time!

Your dog enjoys playing and exploring the grounds with our staff, eating delicious meals, and resting in their comfortable room. You can add some extra training too to further enrich their stay.

Boarding Pupdate

Step 5: Enjoy Regular Updates to your Phone

Enjoy regular photos and video updates right to your phone throughout their stay.

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Step 6: Home Time!

Pick them up during reception hours, or if you’ve selected transport, we’ll drop them at your door.

Has your pet been pawing to stay at a pet retreat?

What you need to know about your Boarding Visit

As pet pawrents ourselves, we know that leaving your pet for the first time can be stressful! We offer the best dog boarding Melbourne has to offer - every trip to Kip includes your own room, 1-on-1 playtime with our staff, daily photo and video updates, and premium kibble meals, and we encourage pet parents to come visit the accommodation before the trip. Whether your dog loves running in our grassy yards, or your cat loves lounging in the sun, we’re sure your pet will have the best time!

To ensure everyone’s safety, please make sure that all pets are up to date with all vaccinations, and a certificate must be presented.

Has your pet been pawing to stay at a pet retreat?

What we do


Are you needing overnight care for your dog?

Keeping your four-legged friend happy, comfortable and safe is what pet boarding with us is all about. Every Kip trip comes with cosy rooms, premium meals, and extras that are sure to entertain even the fussiest pets.


Do you have a cat that requires overnight care?

Many of our pet retreats offer cat accommodation options. Our staff are well versed in the quirks of our feline friends - providing a high level of care and attention in accommodation from standard rooms to penthouse suites.


Don't just live with poor behaviour!

From puppy school to more tailored training programs, Kip offers dog training solutions that stick. Available at select locations, your dog will build good habits with techniques that are work for them.


Make your visit easier!

At Kip, we offer pick-up and drop-off to our locations to provide you with convenience and ensure you have a great experience.

How We Do Things

Safe & Fun

We have lots of fun together, but balance is key, which is why we tailor our services to meet your pet’s needs.

Passionate Team

While our team are a pack of dog lovers, they also undergo training to ensure that your pup is in the safest hands.

Regular Pup-Dates

Leaving your pup can be scary, so we deliver regular updates (or pup-dates) right to your phone, so you know they’re having fun!


Does my pet need to be vaccinated?

All pets must be up to date with their vaccinations and present a current certificate to the team. We are able to care for pets if they’re not desexed. Our vaccination requirements are as follows: 

  • Puppies may board 10 days after their final puppy vaccines as long as they are C5 or equivalent.

  • Kittens may board 10 days after their final kitten vaccines as long as they are F3 or equivalent.

  • Dogs must have an up-to-date C3 or better vaccine and an annual Canine Cough vaccination.

  • Cats must have an up-to-date F3 vaccination.

Does my pet need to be desexed?

We are able to care for pets if they’re not desexed. We do not take dogs in heat across our centres. To the extent your dog comes into heat whilst in our care, we will require an emergency contact to pick them up within 24 hours of being notified. We will not accommodate entire males in the same room as undesexed females.

Can you pick up my pet? When will the pet van come?

We provide door-to-door transport Melbourne-wide for an extra charge. You will be contacted by the driver with an estimated arrival time the day before your reservation commences.

Can I tour the facilities?

Absolutely! Simply contact us at [email protected] so our team can organize the best time for you to tour the premises.

My pet needs medication! Can you administer it?

Absolutely! Please provide all medication in a marked vet’s bag and it will be an extra $5/pet/day. Ensure that there is enough medication to cover the duration of your pet’s stay.

My dog is a picky eater! Can I bring my own food?

We sure can, for an extra fee of $3/day! Please provide all required food, clearly marked and labelled. Please inform staff if your dog has any food allergies.

Ready to book in a happy stay?

Let's go

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