Socialise. Learn. Cuddles.....and of course being kept out of mischief! A bored dog alone at home is, well... a gnawed table leg or half a thong with the bits strewn across your bed!
It is also incredibly important for puppies to socialise as young as possible. Puppies have a critical learning window of time being approximately between 3 to 17 weeks of age. Your puppy's experiences during this important period of learning and development can influence and shape their behaviour into adulthood.
Socialising your pup must be done in a safe, social and positive environment. Doing this can be difficult though unless you have friends with dogs that are up to date with their vaccinations. At Darlo Dogs we love puppies! We welcome small dog puppies from when they are sufficiently vaccinated to being exposed to other vaccinated dogs.
Its never too early to begin getting them used to grooming either. Baby puppies up to 20 weeks (5 months) can book a tidy and a trial. Wash, dry, nails, hygiene and fringe. We give them time to settle in before introducing their groom. Leaving them to play before they're pick up always makes for a great positive experience!
How dog daycare works
Complete your online profile for us to learn more about your dog and so we have your dog's medical details on file. Our online booking system gives you complete control on buying credits and securing your place. We have a cap on numbers to ensure complete safety for all.
A temperament trial is important to establish if your dog enjoys and is suitable for our daycare experience. It allows puppies enough time to settle in before being picked up without becoming overwhelmed and over tired. The well-being of our dogs is most important and we want every visit to be a positive one. We will update you during their trial and discuss next steps. We may suggest a further few short stays then some half days before jumping right into full days.
Each day we provide your dog with:
* Mental enrichment in the form of building on their training, 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 (couple of walks a day)
* An opportunity for them to have quiet time in a safe space
Temperament Trial (min 3 hours) $38.50
Full Day $66
Half Day $49.50 - 5 hours
Short Stay $38.50 - 3 hours
Drop Off $15 - up to 5 mins walk home
Drop Off $20 - 10 to a max 15 mins walk home
* all prices include GST
Short Stay - 3 hours $38.50
Half Day 5 Pack $231
Half Day 10 Pack $440
Half Day 20 Pack $825
Full Day 5 Pack $302.50
Full Day 10 Pack $550
Full Day 20 Pack $990
10% off second dog in a two dog family
New to Darlo Dogs?
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.
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 anxious about the daycare scenario. The last thing we want is to make the whole experience traumatic for your dog and leave them with long lasting issues. We want them to have the best fun and every visit a positive one!
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!
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 (one wee walk every hour) some rest and chill, some more running, more play and of course 100% no nasty tasty treats for positive behaviour.
Our aim at Darlo Dogs isn't to run the dogs ragged but for them to leave suitably exercised and content.
Pick up for you dog is by 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.
Will my dog be supervised?
Most certainly! One of our team will be interacting, cuddling or playing with the dogs. We will at times leave them to lower their energy levels, stop all stimulation and let them nap.
How do I book in daycare?
Once you've decided to join Darlo Dogs' members head up to the "Book Online" button.
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.
Why the size restriction for daycare?
We love that we can offer a safe place for small dogs 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 are more suited to playing with larger dogs and we want them all to have fun.
Young puppies love playing with other puppies their own age but having puppies and older dogs of different ages and breeds allows them to learn important dog language and behaviour. We've sadly had to say goodbye to some of our puppies who have outgrown us or are too boisterous for our young little dogs. A couple of regulars who have been with us since they were 14 weeks and now 2 years make wonderful teachers to our new young puppies. They maybe on the larger side of small but we know them, their play style and temperament.
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.
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 the 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 or aggressive behaviour or their energy gets too high.
If the behaviour continues after the the time out period we shall give you a call.
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 require that dogs be at a stage where they are sufficiently vaccinated to be around other fully vaccinated dogs. This is after their second vaccination. This is when they're allowed to visit dogs that you know are fully vaccinated. Being a small dog daycare your young and/or small puppy will be in a safe environment and benefit by socialising and learning.. They will not be taken out to the park and encouraged to toilet in dedicated spots. (We can dream!) If your puppy is fed during the day we will move them to a separate room and allow them to eat without distraction.
** If your dog is suffering from any communicable illness - coughing or gastro - they won't be allowed to join us until they are better.
Does my dog need to be desexed?
No. We wont discriminate and welcome all dogs. 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 and anti social behaviour.
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 wee pads.
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.
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 and encourage positive behaviour. We will never use aggressive reinforcement but we do have boundaries and rules. Pups will be put into timeout for a short period of time to lower their energy and until they are calm.
Do you offer a drop off service?
Yes. We offer drop off's on foot and are either $15 for up to 5 mins or $20 from 10 to a maximum of 15 mins walk away from daycare. Our friends at Urban Herd offer a pick/drop off service in cars if you live further away.
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