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So, what actually is doggy daycare…?

Jess at Rachel's Woofer doggydaycare Wetherby

Lovely Jess

Doggy daycare is a relatively new concept in the UK, and something you’d more readily associate with cities like London, LA, New York, Manchester, and the like (we even have a friend that uses a doggy daycare centre in Dubai!).

Yet doggy daycare has spread quickly, as people begin to realise that all-day kennels might be perfectly secure, but some dogs don’t take to them too well; and kennels aren’t the most stimulating of environments.

Equally, we’ve got nothing at all against dog walkers and have had to use them ourselves in the past, but they often only take your dog out for an hour, and sometimes with a good portion of that time spent being transported about the place.

We’re not here to bash kennels or dog walkers. Far from it. But we – and other doggy daycare providers – do provide a real and (we, and many others, think) better alternative. We provide all-day care for your dog in a fun, secure, loving and stimulating environment; and we’ve designed and purpose-built unique facilities on a Rachel’s cousin’s farm on the edge of Wetherby to provide your furry friend with a wonderful experience when they come to us for the day.

After all, as reported in The Times and The Independent, research recently published by animal welfare expert Charlotte Burns, senior lecturer in animal welfare at the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire, suggests very strongly that ‘dogs become distressed by chronic boredom and can suffer adverse effects from a lack of stimulation’.

The Metro newspaper also spoke to Tamsin Durston, head coach at Dogs Trust Dog School, to ask how long a dog can be left more, and she said that ‘dogs shouldn’t be left alone for longer than three to four hours’.

Not to blow our own trumpets, but we always wanted to create the best and most stimulating environment for your dogs, and so provide lots of green space to run around in, a dog agility playground, a paddling pool, and a team that loves nothing more in the world than playing with dogs. And, if and when your doggy needs a rest and a nice snooze, we’ve built cosy individual doggy houses for them, and ‘The Playdog Mansion’, where they can chill out together and socialise in a relaxed manner.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?! And all this for just £16 a day – not a bad deal, considering that the average dog walker in and around Wetherby charges £10 for an hour’s dog walk!

Furthermore, we’ve got some exciting new features and services that we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks and months!

If you want to find out more about doggy daycare (and whether doggy daycare is right for your dog), check out this excellent and very balanced blog on the pets4homes.co.uk website: ‘Doggy Daycare – What Is It And Is It A Good Idea For Your Own Dog?