BorrowMyDoggy In Portsmouth

Connecting dog owners with local dog borrowers for walks, weekends and holidays.

What is BorrowMyDoggy?

BorrowMyDoggy connects dog owners with trusted local people who would love to look after their dog. We make it easy to arrange walks, playtime, overnight stays or holidays. Our aim is to help dog owners when they need it, give dogs more exercise and playtime and to allow people without a dog to spend quality time with one. We call it a win-win (or a woof-­woof) situation for everyone involved.


Dog Walking, Sitting and Day Care in Portsmouth


Dog Day Care in Portsmouth

If it was up to most owners their dogs would spend all their time with them, unfortunately this isn’t always possible. We have created an online community so owners don’t feel the guilt of leaving them, dogs get endless hours of playtime, cuddles and exercise, and borrowers get to fill the dog shaped hole in their lives. We think it’s the pawfect alternative to kennels in Portsmouth.


Dog Sitting in Portsmouth

Perhaps you are unable to have a dog of your own, but would jump at an opportunity to look after a dog in Portsmouth. There are lots of options to consider, although why not join a community of owners and dog sitters in Portsmouth. You can sign up for free to take a look at all the doggies in your area who want some extra love and attention.


Most popular breeds in the Portsmouth:

  • Labrador
  • Cockapoo
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Border Collie

Most loved dog names in Portsmouth:

  • Poppy
  • Teddy
  • Lola
  • Bella
  • Alfie

What our members say

"I signed up to BorrowMyDoggy after our family dog, Jack, passed away. Unfortunately my partner and I weren't in a position to get a new dog, so BorrowMyDoggy has been the perfect compromise. Dexter has completed our life and now our weekends completely revolve around him! The best surprise for us is the friendship we developed not only with Dexter, but with his owner, Sara, and her family, who are all just so lovely to us." Dexter’s borrower, Sarah-Jane.

“I was due to have an operation for cancer, so I joined BorrowMyDoggy to find some help with walking my two dogs, Milly and Liath. The dogs have benefitted both mentally and physically - they get so excited their borrower comes over! For me, it’s been a tremendous help exercising them after surgery. It's has been so lovely and rewarding, not just for the dogs, but for me, too, as I’ve also made some new friends.” Milly and Liath’s owner, Dawn

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You can view lots more BorrowMyDoggy reviews and other member stories on our testimonials page.


Dog Walking in Portsmouth

If you are a dog walker in Portsmouth and want to find somewhere new to explore, here are some pawsome places to go!

Portsmouth, known for its maritime heritage and dockyards, is a gorgeous port city home to the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. It is also the perfect city for humans and dogs alike, with miles and miles of beautiful seafront, parks and various open spaces across Portsmouth you can start exploring the delights of the port with your doggy by your side. If you’re looking for dog walking, dog sitting, or to borrow a dog in Portsmouth read on to find out more.

If you’re not so familiar with Portsmouth what better way to get to know the city than a tour. As it’s a port after all Portsmouth Boat Tours offer a great Harbour Tour, what’s more small dogs on a lead are more than welcome to join, so they won’t miss out on the fantastic views of the historic sites and working dockyard.

If you fancy an alternative tour why not try the Local Haunts of Portsmouth where you can discover a new perspective of the city and reveal secrets and stories you never would have know. Dogs are welcome on the discretion of the driver or with prior request, so you’ll have your furry friend to cuddle up to.

A popular place for dog walks in Portsmouth is the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, a short trip from Portsmouth city it promises not to disappoint - after all it is Hampshire’s biggest Country Park boasting over 2000 acres of woodland. There is something for the whole family from an adventure play area, and assault courses and even a dog activity course for your furry friend too.

The famous Southsea Castle constructed on the requested of Henry VIII was built to protect the country from invaders. The historical attraction is free of charge and your dogs, borrowed or owned, are welcome in the castle courtyard where they can refresh from a bowl of water. Humans can enjoy the keep, amazing views, some food from the Courtyard Cafe and of course grabbing a gift from the Waterfront Gift Shop.

We all love a bit of retail therapy and who can say no to a bargain? Us either. Gunwharf Quays hosts 95 designer outlets and over 30 restaurants, bars and cafes. Your dog is welcome in the outlet too, but sadly not into the shops, no harm in asking each shop if your furry friend can browse the bargains too.

There is a host of attractions and places to visit in and around Portsmouth so one day may not be enough. If you’re planning a longer visit you’ll need dog friendly places to stay we can recommend Ibis Budget Portsmouth which is a low cost hotel in Fratton a short drive or bus from the city, or Ibis Portsmouth is in the heart of Portsmouth if you’d prefer not to be away from the attractions. Prefer to admire the views of the seas from your room? Then Seacrest Hotel is a perfect option and they welcome dogs too.


Where to eat in Portsmouth with your dog:

After a busy day out and about you’ll probably be after some dog friendly places to eat and drink in Portsmouth. We’ve found a few which we think are pawsome, why not try a few?

If you’re after a relaxing country pub with stunning view of the Portsmouth Harbour look no further. The Still and West is a family friendly pub, pups included, in the heart of Old Portsmouth, with a great gasto-style menu and an impressive selection of real ales. Another option is The Bridge Tavern, a traditional waterside pub with a lovely atmosphere and a quality menu of food and drinks.

Porters is a favourite amongst the Southsea residence, serving great cocktails, with a cosy and casual atmosphere and they also welcome dogs with open arms.

Looking for a little spot for an afternoon snack and coffee? Southsea Coffee is an independent cafe that is passionate about coffee, they also make all of their delicious cakes in house. Stop by for a hot drink and coffee and make sure to bring your pup with you too.

The Belle Isle in Southsea serves great food full of fresh produce and well behaved dogs are allowed. Whether you are looking for just a coffee, or light lunch or even a full dining experience this places is for you. Why not pop in after a visit to Southsea Castle?


Local vets in Portsmouth:

The Vets4Pets is a popular choice amongst locals offer affordable, high quality care through a modern, well equipped practice.

Closer to the coast is the Harbour Veterinary Group. They have been looking after family pets in Hampshire for over 40 years. They offer great out of hours emergency service with a dedicated night team. They have another branch closer to Cosham if you’re located further away from Southsea.

Looking for some Veterinary advice in Portsmouth and not for emergency care? Why not take a look at our Veterinary advice here, or if you are premium member on BorrowMyDoggy call our 24/7 Vet Line.


Pet shops in Portsmouth:

We love to treat our pets, so if you’re looking to buy your dog a new treat or toy in Portsmouth here are a few favourites.

Pet Price is a well stocked pet shop in Southsea and is highly rated from the locals. They are staffed by professional and courteous animal lovers providing all your animal and pet supply needs. Grab your furry friend and time to start shopping.

How can we not mention the nation’s go-to pets shop Pets at Home. Supplying all of your pet needs and wants, because your dog will never say no to a new and loud squeaky toy. If you walk a dog in Portsmouth and run out of any supplies, they are a pawsome place to visit and stock up!

Join BorrowMyDoggy

BorrowMyDoggy connects dog owners with local volunteer borrowers for walks, holiday care and dog sitting. It’s simple, affordable and safe.

All members are verified before connecting and membership includes access to a 24/7 Vet line and accident and third-party liability insurance.

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