Formerly Homestead Pet Retreat, we’ve joined the Kip family as Kip Homestead Yarra Valley.
At Homestead, we focus on quality pet care that allows us to be your pets’ home away from home. We’ve created an environment where your furry friend will be happy, content, and thrive while they’re on their holiday.About Us
All guest pets are our extended family and we love each and every one of them and care for them as if they were are own. That’s why Homestead is your pet's home away from home.
Our indoor rooms are light, airy, temperature controlled and completely protected from the elements all year round, so you know that your dog will enjoy their holiday in ulti-mutt comfort!
Don’t just live with poor behaviour from your dog. We have tailored dog training solutions that stick for each dog and owner to make your relationship the best it can be.
Over the years, we have been able to develop a range of Dog Training services that give both owners and dogs great outcomes and therefore cement the relationship between dog and owner (and family).
We understand how and what dogs think and most importantly how they learn, so with this knowledge comes the application of putting it into use.
Choose from our exclusive Board & Train Programs, Canine Coaching, or our popular Day Care & Train.
Our cattery has all the comforts even the fussiest of felines would be content with, heating, cooling, optional secure outdoor access, scratching poles, toys and more!
We have accommodation to suit indoor cats with our indoor only suites, our indoor/outdoor suites with outdoor access to multi-level balcony via cat door or our extra-large Private Cat Villa with walk-in and out access to large outdoor courtyard.
One of the friendly faces you'll see around Homestead is Scott. Scott's Homestead journey began over 30 years ago when he trained his first Boxer at Homestead as a customer.
"I knew there and then that I wanted to work with pets one day - I just didn't know in what capacity. So after spending 25 years in the Corporate Auto Industry, I decided it was time to live my dream of working with pets and providing the level of care that was lacking in the industry as a whole. So Tanya and myself purchased homestead in 2017 to realise our dream of providing a facility built on care, love and fun for our four legged friends and their owners! I would like to think we achieved this!"
Now, Scott continues his journey in the pet care space, growing and improving Kip Homestead and the other Kip boarding locations.
We are immensely proud of our property and the time, effort and energy that goes into ensuring it is always kept in top order to guarantee the safety and security of our guest pets.
Our purpose-built property has been designed to ensure that dogs & cats are in an environment that creates ample stimulation and allows them to have plenty of fresh air, exercise and enrichment. We are truly blessed to live and work in this beautiful part of Melbourne and welcome you to experience why Kip Homestead Yarra Valley really is your pet’s “Home Away From Home”.
Homestead have been providing high quality pet care to our customers since 1977 and have won many awards for our Customer Service & Outcome Standards for our Dog Boarding & Cattery, and our Dog Training Services. We are a best practice pet boarding facility and recognised as one of Australia’s premier dog training facilities.
We are members of the Pet Industry Association of Australia, and the Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Not only that, but we are proud Professional Members of the International Association of Canine Professionals – IACP, a global body recognising excellence in all facets of canine training and services.
Really want to spoil your pet? We have private luxury villas available for your dog or your cat! Your pet will enjoy spacious, insulated and secure rooms, complete with luxury furnishings to keep them entertained during their stay.
There's also plenty of playing, cuddles, pats, and smooched, so they'll get all the attention that they're used to at home.
Enjoy peace of mind when your pet stays at Homestead. Our facility is staffed 24 hours a day / 365 days a year for your peace of mind and the security and safety of your pets.
A member of staff resides on the property to ensure your pets are cared for around the clock.
With an on-site vet, you can be sure that your dogs’ health and well-being is our top priority! Have peace of mind knowing that our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Ken Chang is always on hand to monitor your pet during its 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.
Can't make the trip to us? No problem, we'll come to you! Take advantage of our door-to-door transport service, where our customised Kip-mobile will pick up and drop off your furry friend straight to and from your home.
Servicing metro Melbourne.
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.
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.
• 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.
Our 10 month old Groodle, Boss-Dawgg, recently attended the Board and Train program at Homestead and it was honestly the best decision we have made thus far as Puppy Parents. Homestead Pet Retreat come with my highest recommendation. The facilities are top notch but most importantly, the people are kind, warm and brilliant at their job.
Both my Toy Poodles have greatly benefited from their 3 week’s training. Very happy with the girls who trained them and their hand over skills were great and easy to understand. So glad we sent them to Homestead and would recommend them to train and really look after your fur babies.
I used Homesteads training at home program and had Emily assist with a wide range of issues I was having with my two dogs at home. We are still practicing lots but both have successfully been able to have calm cafe visit, something I would not have imagined possible at the start of the year.
Every Kip stay includes premium dry food, a comfortable room and playtime with the dog-loving Kip team members each day of their stay.
When you bring your dog to Kip, you need not worry about their meals. We provide only the best, premium food as part of your room rate.
Need a special meal plan for your special friend? No problem! We can tailor their menu to match whatever it is that your pup is used to at home. Mealtime at Kip is supervised, and your pooch won’t have access to any other dog’s food.
No problem, simply select "Own Medication" when you're making a booking and Dr. Ken will prescribe their meds during their stay. You must complete a medication form and email it to us prior to your stay.
Please ensure that any medications presented to us MUST be in Veterinary Prescribed Packaging clearly marked with Pets Name, Correct dosage and Prescribing Vets details.
Kip Homestead Yarra Valley is open every day to care for your dog. Our reception is open Monday-Friday: 8:30-4:30PM, Saturday: 8:30-3:00PM, and Sunday: 4:00-5:00PM. Public holiday hours will vary, please check Google for the latest information.
We’re really proud of our top-notch facilities that offer Melbourne locals a boarding kennel that they can trust. We welcome all pet parents to come and inspect their accommodation before your stay. Please contact us on [email protected] to arrange an inspection during our day to day opening hours.
Inspections are done on a pre-booked basis. You will not be able to tour the facilities when you check-in your dog.
Absolutely, take the hassle out of your holiday and let us come to you! Our customised Kip-mobile will pick-up and drop-off your pet directly from your home. Servicing metro Melbourne.
For the safety of all our other furry residents, your pet will need to be up to date with their vaccinations.
We require a current C5 vaccination for all dogs and F3 vaccination for all cats showing vaccination has been done within the last 12 months and must have been administered at least 14 days before their stay.
Puppies and kittens must have completed all 3 initial vaccinations as per the vaccination schedule and be fully covered with C5 or F3 14 days prior to their stay.
Yes! It's never too late to start training with your dog. We have a wide range of programs that are tailored to your dog's learning style to set them up for success. Your dedicated trainer will also discuss your desired outcomes to ensure that everyone is happy.
Yes, we have various Boarding & Training programs to cater for your needs. Please enquire about our programs by emailing us on [email protected].
Throughout your dog’s training program, we will train your dog multiple times each day. At the conclusion, we will conduct a hand-over lesson to make sure you know how to control and maintain your dog’s behaviour once they return home. There are also online support modules to assist you in maintaining their training after the program, as well as a complimentary follow-up session and lifetime support.
Certainly, many owners take the opportunity to have Refresher Training for their dog during their next stay.
At Kip, we’re all about happy stays for your four-legged friends while you’re away.