Are you looking for the best social and engaging daycare in town? We're centrally located in Darlinghurst with parking right out front. We provide easy and professional care for your dog and puppy.
We welcome small dog breeds to join us for socialising, mental stimulation and enriching games.
Our experienced and dedicated team will provide excellent care for your dog throughout the day.
Our 3 hour temperament trial is important to establish if your dog enjoys the daycare environment. Daycare isn't for every dog and can be overwhelming for some. We want every visit to be a positive one and will always put your dog's wellbeing first. We may suggest a further few short stays or half days before jumping right into a full day.
The Ease into Daycare Pack offers a discounted price for 2 x 3 hour shorts stays and 2 x 5 hours half days.
At Darlo Dogs we specialise in building confident, resilient, happy and well-behaved puppies who become exceptional community canines. Our unique puppy experience focuses on daily activities and exercises that stimulate puppies' brains, encourage curiosity and confidence. Basic training including recall, sit, drop, and impulse control are also part of the daily fun.
The first few months is absolutely critical for proofing dogs against the world and against being fearful. Between 3 - 12 weeks puppies experience a socialisation period that will permanently shape their personality and how they react to their surroundings. Socialising puppies with other dogs and puppies in a safe and control environment, being handled and brushed ready for grooming as early as possible, and in a positive way, will set them up for life.
Doing this can be difficult though unless you know fully vaccinated dogs that are happy to have bouncy puppies around. We accept puppies after their 2nd vaccination*. They'll be able to gain some super important social skills in a controlled and safe environment. Being a small dog daycare we take small breed puppies only to ensure everyone is safe and having fun.
*This is when they are sufficiently vaccinated to around other fully vaccinated dogs and when your vet says they can walk on concrete but not grass.
How dog daycare works
Our online booking system gives you complete control over buying credits and securing your place. As a new client we require a few details about you and your dog when you book your Temperament Trial and we do have a cap on numbers to ensure complete safety, so a booking before 7:30am on the day is a must to be able to attend. No drop-ins allowed.
Each day we provide your dog with:
* Mental enrichment in the form of practicing manners, playing and some agility games.
* Desirable socialisation - we don't force your dog to interact with us or other dogs. We want them to be relaxed so if they're an older dog not loving the high energy puppies they will have respite away from them. Cuddles are paramount!
* Walks outside to one of our nearby parks or a variety of great smelling trees to leave pee-mails
* An opportunity for them to have quiet time. Incredibly important for a well rounded balanced day.
Choosing a doggy daycare can be a challenging task. It's important for you to understand the level of service you're getting for your money and while we can't control everything, here's what we can tell you about our service.
Can you tell me a bit more about their average day?
We open at 7:30am and once everyone has been checked in the day will begin!
Half dayers will join in from 7:30am or 10am.
Depending on which dogs are in that day your dog will join in a group with a similar energy level. This may change multiple times throughout the day.
There will be play, stimulating games, wee walks, some rest and chill, some more running, more play and of course 100% no nasty tasty treats for positive behaviour. (with your permission)
Our aim at Darlo Dogs isn't to run the dogs ragged but for them to leave suitably exercised and content. This makes for a well balanced dog.
Pick up for you dog is anytime before 6:00pm. This gives us a chance to clean efficiently, set up for a new day and gives us sufficient time to recharge for the next days fun and frivolities.
Do you offer a drop off service?
Yes. We offer drop-off's by foot and are $15 for up to 10 mins walk from Daycare.
Does my dog need to be desexed?
No. We welcome all dogs as most start from 10/11 weeks old. However, as with all dogs, there is a strict temperament test before being allowed to join in the fun. We have the right to refuse any dog due to aggression or anti social behaviour.
How do I book in daycare?
Once you've decided to join Darlo Dogs head to the "Book Online" button at your convenience. Choose the day and time that suits you.
Complete the one time form and agree to the "Terms & Conditions".
To book an exclusive daycare spot you must pre-pay as a casual or buy a credit pack and book the space online. We cap numbers for the safety of all dogs and staff.
How do you deal with aggressive dogs at daycare?
All new dogs are required to undertake a temperament test before being allowed to join in the fun. This helps us understand if a dog is suitable to the daycare environment.
The safety of all dogs and carers is our number one priority! We have a designated 'time out' space where dogs are placed for a short while if they show any signs of anti-social , aggressive behaviour or their energy gets too high.
Over excitement permitted I mean, who doesn't get over excited occasionally?
Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.
How old does my puppy need to be before joining in on the fun?
We accept puppies once they are sufficiently vaccinated to be around other fully vaccinated dogs. This is when you vet says they can walk on the footpath but not yet ready for the grass.
What is a temperament trial and why does my dog need to have one?
We will spend a few minutes with you and your dog when you first arrive before allowing them to join the daycare group. We separate the pen and give them a chance to settle in with us before introducing them to a dog with a similar energy level. When they are ready they'll join the others. .
We aren't just looking for potential aggressive tendencies but also signs that your dog may be too anxious in a daycare scenario. The last thing we want is to make the whole experience traumatic for your dog and leave them with long lasting issues. Some puppies and dogs may take more than one visit to feel comfortable. We want them to have the best fun and every visit a positive one!
What is your Vaccination and Parasite Control policy?
Puppy's are welcome from 10 weeks of age and once your vet has said they're able to socialise around other fully vaccinated dogs. When they're okay to walk on concrete but not the grass.
It is a requirement that dogs older than 12 weeks of age are up to date with their C3/C5 and Kennel Cough vaccinations. We understand that an annual vaccination program may not suit all dogs or owners so a copy of their titre test results showing sufficient immunity will also be adequate.
In order to prevent the spread of fleas and worms between dogs at daycare, all dogs must be up to date with flea and worming treatments in order to be eligible for daycare or grooming. Fleas, like nits for kids at school love spreading the love amongst their hosts.
Why do 'I' need dog daycare?
You want a well balanced, confident and socialised little buddy. Small dog puppies are just that.. small. Tiny in some cases, so a safe place to learn and play is perfect! Everyone deserves a break from one of the daily park runs once in a while, don't they? You not them!
Why does my dog need daycare?
They crave social interactions and thrive in the company of other dogs.
They need social interactions so they don't become reactive, miss dog cues when meeting others or become aggressive when they don't understand. Critical for young puppies to grow into well balanced adult dogs.
Being alone for long stretches, they are likely to get bored and up to mischief!
Will my dog be supervised?
Most certainly! Our team will always be watching, interacting, cuddling or playing with the dogs.
Why the size restriction for daycare?
We love that we can offer a safe place for small dogs breeds and small dog puppies to socialise and learn. We reserve the right to not accept any dog based on size or play style. Some breeds, whilst small are more suited to playing with larger dogs and we want them all to have fun and find friends to play with.
Will all dogs play together?
Yes, once a new puppy or dog is given the chance to settle in and, when they're ready, they will join the rest of pack.
Will my dog get to wee outside?
They certainly will! They will go on walks to the local parks and have short visits to the closest trees during the day. For younger puppies and inside dogs we have real grass inside! (trialling.. so far so good. We haven't killed it yet!)
Will you feed my dog?
We will feed your puppy if they eat during the day. Please bring their food so they don't get an upset tummy trying something new. They will be taken to a separate area and allowed to eat without distractions. You can also add on 'Lunch' to a booking and they will be given a size appropriate scoop of Ziwipeak.
Will my dog be given treats?
With your permission pups will be rewarded for positive behaviour with our 100% natural treats.
Our approach is to always reward, distract and encourage positive behaviour.
Ready to play?
Your dog is going to love it!
Sydney locals trust us to look after their beloved dogs like they were our own. We are professionals dedicated to providing the highest level of dog daycare and grooming