In many parts of Sydney sending your dog to Dog Daycare would be unheard of but every weekday morning in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst, small dogs are pulling their owners down the street eager to get inside and start playing with friends.
Darlo Dogs is a small dog daycare and welcome dogs of any breed (once a temperament test is passed) to join their friends for a day of play, learning and fun.
With dogs mostly living in apartments from neighbouring Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay and Surry Hills and owners working full days it’s a great place for dogs to get their necessary socialisation and exercise under supervision. It breaks up the week and whether its for company or keeping out of mischief they can’t get enough!
We believe its transparency and honesty, coupled with our knowledge and skills. Every dog has individual needs and so does their owner. Being a small boutique facility we know our dogs extremely well and our owners are confident and any behavioural or physical changes are picked up immediately. Not only can you view our daycare and grooming spaces from the large street front windows, were the winter sun beams through, we have 360 photos in google map view and are always welcoming visitors to come in and see for themselves. After all owners need to feel completely relaxed and comfortable about where they are leaving their dog.
New clients must have a temperaments trial. This can be anything from 3 hours to the full day. Dogs are never introduced to the main group until staff are sure they are completely comfortable and relaxed. We give them time to adjust to their new surroundings or that their mum or dad has just left. Slowly introducing them to one suitably calm dog at a time. Sometimes this can take up to an hour of watching and patience on our behalf, other times they’re raring to go and want to just get in a play.
Not every dog is suitable for dog daycare. It can be very overwhelming for some dogs and we suggest shorter and a few more frequent visits. We can’t force them and we certainly aren’t in the business to create behavioural issues down the line.
Being a small dog daycare a lot of clients have new puppies and we welcome them once sufficiently vaccinated to being around other fully vaccinated dogs. These weeks are super important for learning and socialisation. We build on basic commands learned at home and watch the puppies thrive as they meet and begin friendships. The most joyful news to hear is when two owners meet in the park and their dogs are race up to each other like long lost friends, the owners realising they go to ‘school’ together.
We love that our older dogs learn how to play with the young ones, coaxing them out of their shell and even teaching them a few manners. A typical day involves free play when the dogs first arrive and this is the highest energy part of the day. After this initial hour some sit and watch their more high energy friends keep at it, the morning walks begin and by lunch time most are ready for a nap. More walks for outside toileting, fresh air and a chance to sniff in the local parks, then back for games, some training and another nap. Last play before they’re excitedly staring at the door for their parent to arrive. The rewarding part of our day is when we have 18 dogs playing and there isn’t a sound!
We want you to still enjoy your dog which is why we insist of rest time, especially for the youngest puppies and we are big advocates for well rounded experiences and advise against consecutive days if possible. It can get very tiring for the dogs being at daycare every day. We work closely with Urban Herd and have designed a package of two full daycare with transport home and two days training walks for the alternative days plus a weekly bath. Owners buy credits then book in days from their profiles on our online booking system.
Autumn’s beautiful crisp mornings have arrived. You’re starting to rug up so what about your pup? Have you thought about a jumper or coat for your bestie?
With many options on the market these days do you go practical or fashion? How do you choose the best coat for your dog?
How about an all weather coat that is warm for those chilly mornings or for nipping out for a last wee walk? Definitely a wardrobe staple! If you live in a cooler climate, fleecy lined for that extra layer is a great idea. Look for one with a water resistant shell as an added bonus!
Australian company Huskimo has a coat, jumper or snood to suit your all pawsonailties! https://www.huskimo.com.au/products
How about a cozy jumper for lounging around at home? We love Fuzzyard’s luxury Royale Knitted jumper. https://fuzzyard.com/au
The cooler weather is perfect for those statement pieces too! Nothing says cool dog than a denim vest and one from Pet Haus says it all! https://pethaus.com.au/
Have you thought about a Snood? Such a cute idea for keeping that neck warm while also standing out from the crowd.
and when your pup is at daycare and they don’t have the option to bask in the wintery sun, then keeping them warm between plays is essential for short haired dogs.
You’ve adopted a puppy and now you notice they can’t see? Grooming is not only for looks but important for the health of your dog. Knots and mats can pull at the skin as they tighten and be painful. Skin needs to breathe to avoid potential infections and they need to be comfortable in the heat.
We aren’t the only Small Dog Daycare in Sydney’s inner city suburb of Darlinghurst but we are also qualified groomers. We groom all sized dogs too! Below are a few helpful tips for new puppy owners and those who just want to be well-informed. If you have any questions we’re always happy to discuss your individual concerns. Darlo Dogs.
Its super important for your dog’s wellbeing that they become used to being groomed. If you have a dog with a long coat such as an Oodle/Shitzu etc grooming will be a regular part of their life. So you want them to get used to people holding their paws or looking in their ears or combing their tail. As dog owners you can start this from a very early age. Playing with their feet is an easy way to begin. Touching nails and moving legs around is also good. Try doing it during play and even treating them at the same time. They’ll associate the touch as a positive one. Give them a yummy long lasting chew while you brush. We strongly advise not to attempt to clip your dogs nails unless you are confident as it does not take long for a dog to associate a negative feeling with a bad experience. If your dog has black nails it is very easy to cut too much off causing them to bleed.
We love owners who bring their puppies to us and begin grooming at a young age. We see pups from as early as 4 months and suggest a Wash & Dry service to start off with. We take the whole process very slowly, give treats at very regular intervals and keep a calm environment. They are likely not to love it at first but once they know that its just water.. or only air and it wont hurt them they relax a little and tolerate the pampering. The more frequently they experience the sounds and even the height of the grooming table the more comfortable they become. We always want out dogs relaxed when they leave.
Many believe they are brushing their dog’s correctly. But are you doing it right?! Were you ever taught by your groomer how to do it correctly? Our Dog Daycare staff at Darlo Dogs are groomers too! We encourage and teach those who want to learn how to keep their dog’s coat long and knot free by brushing and combing from the root. When you separate your dogs fur can you see their skin? This is a good indication that you’re doing a great job!
Most owners think they are brushing but are only catching the top layer of hair, leaving the layer closest to the skin matted. Once you’ve visited us for a grooming service your dog will be knot free and we suggest to begin brushing straight away. Don’t be complacent! If you begin daily brushing from the moment they have stepped out of the salon, not only will your dog begin to enjoy being brushed – because there are no knots, you will get into a habit of doing it before that tipping point. We all know that feeling….yesterday it was fine and today you can’t get the comb through!
At Darlo Dogs we never shave a dog unless its absolutely necessary and will always call and discuss if deemed the best way forward for your dog. We will always put your dogs wellbeing first over what is requested if the coat is matted. Removing knots and mats is painful and no one wants a dog to suffer for beauty! The only way to keep your dogs coat long is regular brushing or combing.
Dogs such as German Shepherds, Collies, Golden Retriever, Huskies, Pomeranians etc have a double coat. These dogs have two coats because of the purpose for which they were originally bred. The top coat is made up of tougher coarse guard hairs and their undercoat is a fine thick and often downy plush hair. The insulating undercoat would have kept a dog alive in the deepest of winter and this undercoat are the hairs you find around your house! Their double coat helps them regulate their temperature.
The best way to keep your dog cool in summer is to ensure they are groomed regularly and have a de-shedding at the beginning of each season to remove all of the dead hair. Then the outer coat can work as it is intended. Protecting from the sun and insects yet allowing the air to get to the skin and cool them down.
Regular brushing to avoid tangles and mats is also recommended. To avoid snow storms of hair throughout your house a good Blowing Out groom at the change of season is the type of service they need. With our powerful hydro bath and dryers then a thorough combing you’ll be amazed at the difference. Trust us! Once you’ve seen our grooming room after a double coated dog has been blown out you’ll be jumping for joy its not your house!
No! In fact if you shave a double coated dog you are merely cutting both the guard hair and the undercoat to the same length. You’re not removing the undercoat. The shedding will be the same and the dogs skin wont be able to breath hence remaining hot.
Shaving a double coated dog is rarely done and recommended only if coat is truely neglected. There is a possibility the hair wont grow back or in patches.
The Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth, Bondi Beach
With The Bucket List’s uninterrupted views of Bondi Beach why wouldn’t you stop here for a visit! Their menu has such a great selection that everyone will find a favourite!
2 Elizabeth Bay Road
Dogs are welcome in the wine garden and even have their own menu!
“In amongst the backstreets of Potts Point lies Gazebo, with a buzzing courtyard, delicious food and flowing drinks.
Surround yourself with aperitivo plates & platters combined with a generous wine list of rosso, bianco, rosé, frizzante & beautiful cocktail jugs, all made to be shared and enjoyed in the sunbaked Gazebo wine garden.”
122 Flinders Street
With over 60 beers on tap and a wine list showcasing natural Australian wines we love this place to visit! Dogs allowed everywhere with the exception of a 4m space outside the kitchen. Menu has a great variety too! Try their famous Sunday Roast.
234 Palmer Street
A local pub feel with sophistication. Extensive wine list and quality food. Dogs are allowed in the main bar and they have ample outdoor tables too!
306 Liverpool Street
The Royal Sovereign Hotel, affectionately known as Darlo Bar. “Step inside a world where the retro furniture is almost as eclectic as the locals. Like a lounge room inhabited by bass players and bloggers, painters and publishers. A local favourite. Characters with a story to tell and advice to give.” Dogs allowed in the public bar! Tables outside to sit a watch the world go by.
1 New Beach Road, Darling Point
Nestled along the foreshore of Rushcutters Bay is Australian premier yacht club. The new refurbishment of CYC’s Clubhouse has been completed and now accepting patrons and their fury friends! The new Clubhouse, with improved accessibility, increased airflow and a whole new level of comfort, is sure to delight both Members and guests lower deck is dog friendly. The lower deck allows dogs.
429 New South Head Road
An iconic institutions for generations! Dating with dogs a favourite monthly event. Relax in their garden bar and with an award-winning bistro what better way to while away the afternoon with your dog by your side.
110b Boundary St
Coffee shop during the day but come Friday nights during Spring and Summer locals love going to the pop-up pasta and wine bar known as Apache Cena. Dogs welcome at the outside tables and owners treat them like members of the family.
Storehouse Rushcutters Bay
100 Bayswater Road
Storehouse Sydney Rushcutters Bay is a tranquil indoor and outdoor restaurant, serving wholesome meals made with local produce and delicious drinks. This is your social space to eat, relax, meet or just switch off. Drop in for a barista coffee or bring your four legged friend to enjoy lunch on our outdoor terrace.
354 Bourke Street
One of the largest dog friendly pubs! “The Beer Garden is a tranquil outdoor area where you’re sure to find locals enjoying their lazy summer afternoons over a drink and great food. Guests are welcome to bring their dogs to the courtyard.”
305 Cleveland Street
Mexican inspired menu and Aussie classics with a twist. They boast their Bloody Mary is legendary and they are pretty close! Relaxed atmosphere in the colourful garden where you dog is made to feel at home.
285 Crown Street
A quirky urban garden oasis in the heart of Surry Hills, The Winery offers over 30 meticulously selected wines by the glass and sophisticated yet relaxed dining. Dogs are welcome in the Laneway bar.
1 Military Road
Grounded on the sandy shoreline of one of Sydney’s most iconic harbour beaches, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is the perfect destination for those in pursuit of sun, fresh seafood platters, seasonal fare and icy cold refreshments, overlooking Sydney’s spectacular harbour. Dogs are allowed on the deck.
46 Dowling Street
Dogs are allowed everywhere in this pub and treated like one of the family! Your pup is welcome to roam and sniff every corner of the pub including indoors in case the weather gets a little rough outside. Enjoy the afternoon sun with a cocktail in hand on the deck outside or out the front.
129 Dowling Street
Tables out the front to enjoy the sunshine or take your dog upstairs with a relaxed atmosphere and comfy lounges.
“With over 100 years of history, this family-owned gem is hidden in the back streets of Woolloomooloo. The pub itself has a wide range of 22 brews on tap which change regularly. The welcoming staff, hearty meals, comfortable environment, and of course the open fire in winter, create an unrivalled pub atmosphere.”