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Stan having fun in the woofer tunnel

What a great first week!

Posted by Rachel's Woofers on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Well, what a fantastic first week of business it’s been!

I’d like to say a HUGE ‘thank you!’ to all the doggy owners that have put their faith in us by sending their woofers to play with us when we’re still a sort of unproven quantity. We hope that we’ve repaid that faith by giving their furry friends the kind of fun, stimulating and reassuring doggy daycare that they were expecting.

Of course, we actually hope we’ve exceeded their expectations, and to build a reputation for delivering the best doggy daycare experience in the Wetherby area (and further afield).

As you can see from the pictures and videos in this blog post, our furry customers – Holly, Milo, Stan and Theo – DEFINITELY enjoyed it!

And we hope images like these and the getting about of word-of-mouth (plus other things we’re doing on the PR front… watch this space!) will encourage other dog owners in the Wetherby, Harrogate and North Leeds areas to send their woofers to us.

To finish, we’re happy to tell you that there will be some new features and improvements coming in the very near future.

Posted by Rachel's Woofers on Thursday, 12 October 2017

Posted by Rachel's Woofers on Wednesday, 11 October 2017

 

 

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?

Nearly ready to open!

It’s taken a lot of hard work, sweat (yuk!) and, erm, tears (lots of ’em!), but we’re nearly ready to open! I must start by thanking my friends, family and team for all their help and support while building up to the opening, which has included digging out foundations, building doggy houses, painting and preserving […]