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Darlo Dog Blog Takeover – Rocco Reviews Our New Space

Grrrreeetings furiends! Rocco here, taking over the Darlo Dogs Blog to share my thoughts on the recent renovations. As a doggy daycare regular, I’m the perfect pooch to road-test the new spaces and give you the low down on what you can expect when you bring your fur babies in for a play or groom. Here’s what happened on my first day at the new and improved Darlo Dogs…


We rock up at my favourite Darlinghurst address and something is very different – where did all this extra space come from?! Either I’ve shrunk overnight or this place is suddenly twice the size! I put my nose to the floor and sniff things out before the my besties Buddy, Lulu, Havana and Edie get here. Yup, definitely many more places to wee for all those young puppies! Wheeeeeee!!!



It’s rumble time! There’s no stopping us when the pack gets together.  The gang and I have moved the morning play to the new red lounge and try not to laugh at Edie who has to be lifted up and down because her legs are too short.

Edie, Lulu and Havana play tip through the tunnel and around the beanbag. With so much more room now the chase is definitely on, but we all know Lulu will win – she’s a pocket rocket that one!


Time to take in the sights and smells of the neighbourhood on our morning walk. The team here always make sure we get plenty of fresh air and exercise. Plus, it’s a chance to leave a few pee-mails for the other doggies in the area to find later.

After our morning walk, some of the older crew retire to the beds in the chill out space. It’s the perfect place for a mid-morning snooze, away from the overly enthusiastic puppies.


Nice to see the colourful beanbag is still here. I especially love to sneak up on doggos when they’re playing on it and swipe the toys right out from under them, ninja style.

Havana has stolen my favourite rope toy and thinks she can hide in the tent, little does she know…! We have an epic tug-o-war, which I win (of course) and I head back to the day bed with my prize.


Time for my spa session. The new grooming space has so much more room, with lots of new gadgets and a great view back into the pen so I’m never far from my friends.

I relax into my bath massage then it’s time for my blow-out. Waves for days! You can’t handle this cuteness!!

The new holding pen for all the freshly groomed dogs has the best brightly coloured cushioned floor (so squishy) and it’s a

great spot to chill before being picked up. Not for me though! After our afternoon walk to the park I’m straight back in with my other friends for more socialising.


Home time. Edie’s mum always gets her treats on her way home for dessert, but I never want to spoil my appetite. Before I go I do my signature ‘spin-cycle’ to show-off my luscious locks, turning around and around and around in circles to make sure my Mumma knows what a great day I’ve had. Then its home for dinner and snuggles with my fam. Can’t wait to come back and do it all again tomorrow!

Thanks for sharing your experience with us Rocco – we love having you come to play. If you want to learn more about what happens at doggy daycare, make sure you follow our socials for daily updates and lots of cute pics.

Darlo Dogs Expanding!

We aren’t far off completing our renovations!  With the flooring going in this week it wont be long before the daycare space expands for more room to play, learn, and rest….and more spaces to wee.  Different options to separate dogs with varied energy levels and give those that want an all important nap an undisturbed spot.  It will be fantastic for our new Saturday Workshops too!

I personally can’t wait for the new grooming room.  Still open and visible but away from the beating hot sun and definitely more room to swing many cats!

Click below to see the 23rd take of the video diary.

Kennel Cough – What Is It and How Do You Protect Your Pooch?

You might have heard of a certain disease that is going around, spread easily in social situations, with symptoms including a persistent cough. No, it’s not Covid-19 – it’s kennel cough!

But just like Covid-19, it’s important to know the symptoms to look out for and the ways you can protect your dog from contracting and transmitting the disease.

What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough is an infectious disease that affects a dog’s respiratory system. In many ways, it is the dog equivalent of a human cold or flu. The main symptom is a repetitive, harsh cough… it sounds a bit like a goose honking! Other symptoms can include gagging or vomiting when excited or after food, sneezing and snorting and a runny nose or goopy eyes, and sometimes fever and a lack of energy.

In most cases, symptoms will resolve themselves over a week or so. But, like colds and flu in humans, dogs with poor immune systems – such as young puppies or older dogs – have an increased risk of complications. They can sometimes develop secondary bacterial infections or even pneumonia.

How do dogs catch kennel cough?

Kennel cough is highly contagious and easily spread through the canine community. It is most likely to occur in places where dogs congregate in groups, but because the organisms that are responsible for the disease are spread through the air, some dogs will get the infection even without leaving their own backyards! At Darlo Dogs, we are always cleaning to keep surfaces and toys safe and we also look out for any symptoms with our charges. But when kennel cough is prevalent in a community it’s not always possible to prevent the spread.

How do I stop my dog from catching kennel cough?

The good news is that you can vaccinate your furry family member for kennel cough. However, just like the flu shot with humans, the vaccine doesn’t cover every strain and even if your dog’s vaccinations are up to date you may still find they pick up the disease.

Whilst avoiding shared water bowls and limiting interactions with other dogs are great for prevention, just like in humans, sometimes catching a ‘cold’ is unavoidable. Making sure your dog has a strong immune system, through good food and exercise, may help them to avoid getting sick or recover sooner. What do I do if I suspect my dog has kennel cough?

If you notice your fur baby has started coughing when over excited or after going out in the cold air, or they’re making noises like they’re trying to clear their throat, we recommend taking them to see the vet. They can confirm for sure if your dog has kennel cough and prescribe treatment for the symptoms if needed.

You should also keep your pup isolated for approximately 7-10 days, so that they don’t spread the infection to others. If your dog has been to daycare or had contact with other dogs while they were showing symptoms, you may also wish to notify those people about the diagnoses, so they can keep an eye out for symptoms too.

Finally, although your dog will have developed some antibodies from their bout of kennel cough, it is still possible for them to catch it again. Giving them a yearly booster vaccination (just like the flu shot for humans) is definitely recommended.

We take our responsibility as your dog’s carer very seriously. All dogs must be fully vaccinated before they are welcomed into Darlo Dogs and if we do notice any signs that your dog may be unwell we will let you know immediately.

Avoiding Post Isolation Puppy Anxiety

We have all had to get used to what a COVID-19 Isolation world is like and that goes for our dogs too!  No doubt you were thinking at the beginning of lock down and isolation that being home all the time for your dog was the best!  I know that’s what they thought too!

Have you slowly begun to notice over these weeks that there is more panting or pacing when they know you’re popping out to the shops?  Oh and they know!   You’re putting your shoes on and they’re suddenly licking their lips more?  Have they started to cry or bark when you’re leaving them when they never did before to only drop the rubbish in the bin?  These are signs of potential separation anxiety.

Dogs thrive on routine and retaining social networks.  You need to maintain it them at all costs or when it comes time for our lives to get back to normal  and you’re back in the office, you’ll have a very stressed dog on your hands.  Adopted a brand new puppy? Dog daycare could be the answer!  Most professional dog daycares take young puppies and positive socialisation experiences are crucial for setting them up for life.  They’re also a great place to exert energy and learn new skills.

With so many adopting new puppies into their world at this time do not underestimate the training you need to do to leave them alone.  You have to teach them its okay to be by themselves.  Build up their confidence slowly.  Now is the perfect time to train them that being home alone for a few hours is okay.

Even with older dogs getting back into the habit of being okay at home alone is important.  Try doing ‘short leaves’.  Leaving them for a short amount of time and building up.  Have a safe place like a crate or penned off area where they can go.  Remove yourself from your home, somewhere far enough away where they can’t smell your presence.  Put the timer on your phone for 10 mins to begin with.  When they are quiet, and not before, return inside…..ignore them and once they have become distracted with something else make the biggest scene you can by being super excited.  Everything on your terms also reminds them who is the leader.  The idea behind ignoring them when you first enter is to now fuel their anxiety.  You leaving shouldn’t a big deal for them.  If you make a big deal of a situation when they are acting upset or stressed then they will thing its the right and normal way to be.  Calm, relaxed energy and a you’ll be right attitude will rub off.  The of course when they have forgotten all about it go crazy with your hugs.

It will take time and build it up slowly.  Leaving a note for your neighbours before you start is always courteous, telling them you do will be crying for a short time.  Giving them brief run down of how you’re teaching your pup to be by themselves to set them up for life.  It will save the extra stress for you too.

They give us everything so the least we can do is give them the tools to be a well rounded dog.



Why doggy daycare?

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!

Henley, Alyssa and Eddy

So what makes a great doggy daycare? 

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. 

With a full grooming service, 100% natural treats and food, Darlo Dogs makes for a perfect one stop shop.  

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.

Head over to You will be able to create your profile from the My Darlo Dogs button and buy credits to book in online or call us for a chat. 0498 035 999

What is best coat for your dog this season?

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!

How about a cozy jumper for lounging around at home? We love Fuzzyard’s luxury Royale Knitted jumper.

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!

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.

My Dog Needs Grooming.. Now What?

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.

How early should I get my dog groomed?

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.

I’m brushing but my dog always comes back from the groomer like a new born lamb!

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.

I have a double coated dog like a Sheltie or a Border Collie, wont they get hot if I don’t cut their hair?

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!

Wouldn’t shaving my double coated dog help with the shedding?

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.

In summary;

  • In summer, your dog will shed the soft undercoat,  leaving behind the guard hairs. Without removing the undercoat, the air can’t circulate beneath the outer hair and keep the skin cool.  The top coat with the tougher guard hairs protects your dog from the sun’s rays and insect bites.
  • Blow Out grooming and thorough combing to remove undercoat is advised every few months.
  • Daily brushing is advised to keep hair shedding hair at bay and no tangles.
  • Double coated breeds only grow their fur to a certain length.  Shaving a double-coated breed may result in patchy hair or it simply doesn’t grow back.
  • Shaving a double coated dog does not reduce shedding.  When you shave the guard coat and the undercoat together its only cutting them both to the same length.  The undercoat will still remain on the dog and your lounge!

Want to know more or have a chat?  Please call Darlo Dogs on 0498 035 999 or hop online, set up your profile and book online. 

Dog friendly pubs in Sydney Eastern Suburbs

Best local bars to enjoy the sunshine with your dog? 


The Bucket List

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!

Elizabeth Bay

The Gazebo

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.”


The Tap House

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.


East Village

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! 

Darlo Bar

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.

Darling Point 

CYC Australia

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.

Double Bay

The Sheaf

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.


Apache Cena

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.  


Rushcutters Bay

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.

Surry Hills

The Beresford

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.”


The Norfolk

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.

The Winery

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.

Watsons Bay

The Watsons Bay Hotel

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.


Friso Hotel

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. 


The Old Fitzroy 

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.”