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    Default Dogcity daycare

    Just wondering if anyone here has experience with these guys? We went there yesterday and it sounds really good...


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    I went there to have a nosey one day on my lunch, the staff there seem lovely and all the dogs seemed really happy. One of the dogs I met on my way out was a portugese water dog pup - they had done a lovely job grooming him. I will definately bring my pup there, when I get her!

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    I have been to a few of those day care center's in other places...just to study dogs.....I found it really works great for some dogs and they have so much fun. But quite a few are also stressed.

    I think the only way to see if they are a great place for your dog, is to go there with your dog and watch form an area where your dog cannot see you. It is a great place t study dog behaviour. I have wasted many hours at some of these centers .love it> and if your dogs loves the company , i think it is just the best place to leave dogs.
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    The one at Keswick has just put an ad in our club newsletter...

    But that doesn't mean anyone at the club or on the committee has checked it out.

    On the surface they seem pretty good - have invited us to go check it out...

    The ad suggests dogs get to play fetch ball with pretty women in fields of grass and flowers at sunset... when they really get to play in a big shed. I would not be very happy if they did agility training with my dog since we compete in agility and I have very very specific handling signals I'm trying to teach her. And generally not a good idea for her to be just having fun on that stuff either. I'm all for mental enrichment but I think I'd prefer general trick training than any obedience or agility stuff.

    She loves boarding kennels and all the dogs and people - so I imagine she'd love doggy day care.

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    Well, if Nero gets to play for a full day that would probably send him to sleep for about 48 hours. If they'd do a session of agilitly training on top of that you can easily add 24 hours to the sleep cycle. We think that might be perfect for those weeks when I'm away for work and OH can only take him for a short walk at night when he gets home.

    Will give it a try and leave feedback here

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    So, Nero was there now twice. The first time OH dropped him off and picked him up. I don't think he enjoys it that much After the first day he was really clingy all night and very restless - he just couldn't get comfortable. I hovered over him all night because I thought he was sick but in the morning he was fine. Today I took him there again. This time just for a few hours because I thought a full day might have been the overkill. He was clearly not impressed! He was shaking when I dropped him off and he growled at the girl who took him in. I was watching him through a window and he looked quite unhappy and intimidated amongst all these strange dogs. After about half an hour his tail went at least half way up and I left. OH picked him up 3 hrs later and said he was fine. He is now sleeping and seems fine. Not like the first time. Maybe we give it another try but if he then still doesn't like it we'll have to give it a miss. Shame. It sounded like such a good idea...

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    He may not like being around dogs he doesn't know.

    Do you take him places where there are often lots of dogs, eg off lead ovals or the beach?

    Victoria Stillwell did an "its me or the dog" where they took a boxer to "doggy daycare" and the boxer was hating it, felt extremely insecure but the owners and the staff misread the slight tail wag as happy - when it actually meant - I'm overwhelmed here and very anxious.

    I very much take my dog's opinion into consideration when it comes to boarding kennels but so far - she's loved the kennels and the staff. But she loves meeting new dogs and people.

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    Yes he does. He is a very social dog. We come across other dogs frequently and he loves meeting them. All of them. He's never been in a fight and plays with everyone. That's why it is a bit of a surprise that he doesn't seem to like dogcity. I had thought he would be over the moon. Having said that I wasn't all that impressed by the facilities myself yesterday. The area for them to run is big for a few dogs (like when I was there first)... but not big enough for that many dogs. There were at least 30 dogs yesterday.

    I think we're going to try topspot boarding kennels daycare. He loves going there. They also charge only a fraction of what dogcity does. AND they have smaller groups and are not stuck in a shed.

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    Ooh - is that the place at Biggs Flat near Mylor?

    Frosty loves them. Say hi from Frosty...

    Its a long way to go for me for doggy day care tho.

    PS the one that put an ad in our club newsletter was this one

    www.doghousedaycare.com.au
    at Keswick

    Not Dog City at Kent Town.

    I don't know why both of these places market using pictures of dogs running happily on fields of grass tho. They're going to be in big sheds.
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    Yes it's Deb in Biggs Flat. We're living not far from there so it's not a big deal for us to drop him off there. Nero is very particular with people but he just loves Deb

    Having said that I learned yesterday that we probably have to move back to Adelaide cos of OH's work. I'm devastated and have spent most of last night to research houses in the whole city area. I gather you're in Adelaide Hyacinth? What are good offleash areas in Adelaide to take dogs too? I'm a bit worried Nero will hate being an on-lead dog only in future. In fact I'm sure he'll hate it! I only know Victoria Park, which is quite nice there're always other dogs but surely that's not the only place? There're probably lots of places and I'm just freaking out but the thought of being stuck in a suburb with no parks and reserves to walk and run makes me just cringe...

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