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    Default Doggy Day Care for your Dog?

    Hi,

    I would like to talk about Doggy Day Care. When I worked in the city, (Brisbane), I found Doggy Day Care a godsend. I booked my boxer in for 3 days per week, and felt absolute relief that he wasn't alone all day. I would leave at 7am, and get home at 6pm, and didn't have the time to walk him daily.

    I now own my own Doggy Day Care, and find that people from all situations use this service. From stay at home Mums who don't have the time to get out and about, to working people, to people who just want to socialise their pet.

    I know councils receive hundreds of complaints from barking dogs in neighbourhoods, and I think doggy day care is a really good option for those pets that are bored and lonely and need companionship through the day.

    If anyone has any questions, please let me know, would love to hear your thoughts on this.

    Jenny, Retreat Doggy Day Care, Brisbane.

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    I guess it depends on how they're run. We use a small local doggy daycare in the Adelaide Hills. They have only small groups of dogs and are relatively inexpensive. The dogs have a few hours outdoor playtime in the morning, then some rest time in a kennel and then some more playtime in the afternoon. Both our dogs love going there. Both are happy and relaxed when we pick them up. No dramas.

    We also tried a bigger daycare in the city (d ogci ty I think it was called) but that was not for us. They have huge groups of dogs (20 - 30 dogs) walking around in a big indoor area all day. They're supervised by someone making sure no dog is being harassed but there is no way for them to get away and have some rest. Our Nero is very sociable but he found it very stressful. The first night after he spent a day in dogcity he was clearly in shock. The staff reassured us that this is normal and that they just need some time to get used to it, so we took him back for a second try. But the second time, he didn't want to go in anymore. When he growled and tried to back away from the door the lady who was going to take him in, yanked him hard on the lead and yelled at him... needless to say that we didn't go back.
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    which one in the hills do you use margoo?

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    Deb from Topspot Boarding Kennels in Echunga. Our pooches also go there also when we're on holidays. Our Nero is a bit difficult with strangers but he loooooves Deb.

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    Frosty loves Deb at Top Spot too. Tho I don't like leaving her there in fire season. It's totally impossible as a day care option for me tho. I think I'd have to leave home at 7am in the morning and wait outside for an hour to make the drop off window and then I'd have to leave at 3pm and wait again - to make the pick up window.

    If I lived nearby - not so bad but the limited hours they have for drop off and pick up that clash with the city rush hour makes it very difficult for me. And not suitable for day care.

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    Yes I don't think it makes a lot of sense to travel all the way if you're not living locally. We're in Maccy so it's on our way to the city. Perfect. And the fire rating is the same as at home. Given that Deb has pretty solid looking kennels the pooches are probably safer there than at our flimsy house

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    Hi Margoo,

    Thats terrible re the doggy day care experience you had! I wouldn't have taken my dog back either. I think some centres are so large, and they loose site of the fact that all dogs are different and have different requirements. My centre is fairly small. Its a local area, and we can take up to 15 dogs per day, however I don't have that many. That means, that similar to the centre you use, the dogs play excitedly in the mornings, as they are all really happy to be here. I also take them for a walk before it gets to hot in the morning (as its Brisbane) so they can look around different environments. Then they tend to tire themselves out late morning, have a good sleep, then later in the day have another play time. I would hate to see a dog upset about coming here, and definitely don't have anything like that. My own dog comes with me everyday as well, and he loves it. He's really settled, and sleeps well at night.

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    Margoo

    Is that the doggy day care on the north east side of town?

    I thought they'd be good since they had one of the more reputable dog trainers here supervising their training.

    But I don't like the yank and crank way of dealing with an upset dog. Especially on a second visit. Yikes.

    There is another on the other side of town but their promotional poster showed dogs running across sunny meadows of flowers - and yet the day care was located in a big shed on the south west side of town. No meadows of flowers there. So I didn't think they were being entirely honest either.

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    I have to revoke my approval of topspot.

    Just had a really bad experience - Debbie was on holidays so that might be why. But I will not be going back or recommending it again.

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    What happened? And do you know who ran the show while she is gone?

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