Even dogs should take a much-needed break - from their owners - and live a life of luxury for a few weeks. There are a number of holiday venues for dogs, ranging from country parks to a relaxing retreat in rural Cornwall. Here are some options: Country Living If you can't bear to leave your dog in a kennel, Andrew Ng will have your furry companion roam free at his house in Sai Kung Country Park. In 2003, he set up DB Dog Dayz ( www.dbdogdayz.com ), starting as a dog walker. However, after nine months he expanded his business to offer dog boarding. Now he can look after 20 to 30 dogs (HK$175 per dog a day, excluding food), depending on their size and temperament. The dogs have the run of the home's ground floor and garden, while Ng lives on the two upper floors, he says. For dogs that can't stand the heat during summer, Ng runs air conditioning all the time and provides heaters in the winter. There's also a paddling pool for super hot days. The dogs go for a walk two to three times a day for about an hour, depending on the time of day and the temperature. Without any kennels, all newcomers must be sociable with the canine pack and people. 'In the past, a few dogs have been too aggressive and won't get along with the pack, so I had to say no to them,' Ng says. 'Some dogs don't socialise with other dogs, or cause trouble, so it's best if one person takes care of them or [the animals] stay in a kennel, which may also be safer for the dog.' Ferndale Kennels and Cattery ( www.ferndalekennels.com ) is also located in Sai Kung Country Park, with 33 individual kennels for dogs and 36 for cats. Open every day, the business is run by Stacy Tucker, who has a diploma in animal husbandry and is also a qualified pet-nutrition consultant. Twice a day, dogs are taken out so they can roam around freely, she says. The pets never come into contact with other dogs, so there are unlikely to be any fights over a tasty treat. If you don't have time to bring your pet to the kennel, its staff can arrange a pick-up from anywhere in Hong Kong, and the appropriate pier from outlying islands. Depending on the size of your dog, prices range from HK$125 to HK$155 per day, and HK$100 to HK$125 per day for cats. There is also an anti-flea charge of HK$70 to HK$90 on entry for every 30 days, and a dog-only HK$150 bath charge on exit. City Canines For canines in the city, Dogotel ( www.dogotel.com ) in Causeway Bay and Mong Kok is a spot for pampered pooches. As a member of the American Boarding Kennels Association, this modern and stylish dog hotel has a large indoor playground for dogs in which the pets can run around for 30 minutes four times a day. And to make sure your four-legged friend is looking its best at all times, the hotel has employed Japanese groomers to style your dog with the coolest cut. The staff will also brush your dog's hair and wipe its eyes every day. Rates start at HK$220. Hong Kong is not the only place that pampers its pooches. Here's a look at the pet hotels other countries have to offer. Lap of Luxury Dog owners in Japan can drop off their animal at Pet Inn Royal ( www.petinn-royal.jp ) at Tokyo's Narita Airport, where their pooch will be waited on hand-and-foot. And every detail about the dog's day will be recorded, from how many grams of food was eaten, its level of activity during a walk and when and how often it went to the toilet. With 150 rooms in a variety of sizes, the ultimate lap of luxury is the adult-sized 10-square-metre room, with a price to match at about US$200. The animals are kept in tip-top condition by being taken out for a walk several times a day and there's a specially designed gym for extra exercise. As food is important to any dog, staff regularly unpack and microwave prepared food from its owner (pet food isn't posh enough). Staff also serve doggy desserts. Pooch-tastic The Pooch Hotel ( www.poochhotel.com ) in the San Francisco Bay area is another luxury location for discerning dogs. It's the home-away-from-home for Silicon Valley dogs with 30,000 sqft of space, half of which is used for indoor and outdoor play. Webcams in the suites also allow owners to check out how their pooch is enjoying its stay. While the regular rooms have a glass wall and a comfy bean-bag bed, the palace suites are paws-down perfection, with rates at US$100 per day. These urban chic rooms are fitted with a double bed complete with sheets and fluffy pillows. And if your dog doesn't feel like lounging on the bed, it can chill out on the room's couch instead. When it's time to get out for some exercise, an indoor lap pool or walking treadmill in the health club might do the trick. But if your dog has arthritis, an injury or is a little older, there's a low-impact underwater treadmill to soothe its aching joints. No luxury dog retreat would be complete without a visit to the hotel's Spaw, however. The facility also has a Zen Den, where cushions on the floor and Asian-style furniture finish off a hard day in doggy heaven. Disney Dogs Pet owners heading to Walt Disney World in Florida don't have to leave their dogs behind. This month, the resort opens the top dog of luxury pet hotels - Best Friends Pet Care Resort ( www.wdw.bestfriendspetcare.com ). It's a sprawling property of 50,000 sqft, one-fifth of which is covered outdoor space. With accommodation for 270 dogs, rooms range from air-conditioned indoor rooms and indoor/outdoor mixed suites to VIP suites with televisions, beds, private outdoor yards and even a nightly bedtime story read by staff. And when owners want to visit, they can spend quality time with their pooch at the private dog park. Thirty cats are also welcome at Kitty City, a complex of two to four roomed condos. Rates range from US$37 to US$76 per day for dogs. Ruff Retreat In England, Tim and Jackie Ferrier created the Canine Country Club ( www.caninecountryclub.co.uk ), a relaxing retreat in rural Cornwall. All 15 dog suites feature a bed, large windows and an attached garden room with hammock that looks out to acres of land. The couple have installed under-floor heating to keep your dogs warm when the weather turns cold. Outside, no leashes are used in the fenced grounds, so dogs can run free or participate in a variety of activities, including dog-friendly football, tennis or frisbee. For dogs battling the bulge, the Ferriers also offer a weight-loss programme that includes time on a treadmill and walks in a hydrotherapy pool. And if your dog needs some extra attention, a specialist massage therapist is on hand to ease an injury or lull your pet into barking bliss. Prices start at about HK$240 per day.