Why Choose Darlo Dogs?
You are happy and relaxed knowing Darlo Dogs is a safe place to leave your pup with Dee and her team.
You know your pup is being taken care of with the love and attention they receive at home.
You know on pick up they will have had an awesome day with lots of play and some rest
breaks so they are suitably tired but content when they get home.
You know that Dee's grooming stylists have their Certificate III and studied under stylists who have International Masters Certifications and Best in Show for grooming. They can also do wonders with their clippers and trimmers while always having the dogs best interest in mind.
You know that, if permitted by you, any treat your pup gets for positive behaviour is all
natural with no preservatives and so tasty that you've even thought about asking for a snack on your way home.
Will I be able to buy treats to take home?
Yes! You can buy a variety of treats in our shop.
Is there a Darlo Dogs app?
Not technically but save the site to your device using the 'add to home screen' button. The same one you would hit to send a text or email. Choose 'add to home screen' and bingo! Your profile and booking system at your finger tips.
Grooming - a thing about shedding & matted coats
Removal is painful for your dog!
All dogs shed. Yes! Its true! All dogs shed hair! Its a natural life cycle of hair shafts within the follicles.
Some such as - Collies, Husky, Pomeranians, Labradors etc shed over your lounge and clothes and these dogs need a groom out procedure as their Full Groom. When this is done regularly the dog will be able to regulate their body temperature more easily. This is how they stay cool in summer. When the undercoat is left and not combed out or hasn't shed out, the hair gets caught up on itself and causes tangles.
Other breeds, such as most Doodles, shed into their coat. This is what causes the knot and matted coat if the dog isn't combed out from the skin.
We will do everything whe can to save a coat but we will never let your dog endure the painful experience of having knots and matts combed out. It takes time to comb out matted hair and therefore the surcharge on top of any groom is from $10.
Regular grooming of 4/6 weeks aids in your dog having a pleasant experience and keeping the cost low.
What is a temperament test and why does my dog need to have one?
We will spend 15/20 minutes with you and your dog when you first arrive before allowing them to join the daycare group. Running through a few exercises and watching for the signs, some obvious and some subtle, that dogs present when they are in different situations.
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!
It is the most important first step for any dog joining a daycare group. We want everyone to be safe and enjoy their time with us.
Why do 'I' need dog daycare?
You love your dog and wished you could take them on every adventure but sadly you work in 'one of those' places.
You want a well balanced, socialised little buddy and not one that is left alone too long who might get up to mischief.
Everyone deserves a break from one of the daily park runs once in a while.
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 at either 7:30am or 12pm.
Depending on who is in to play your dog will join a group with a similar energy level. This may change multiple times throughout the day.
There will be structured play, stimulating games, wee walks (one wee walk every 3 hours) some rest in the chill out space, more running, free play and of course 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, take home those dogs that are taking advantage of Drop Offs 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. 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 "My Darlo Dogs" button to create your profile and your dog's own profile.
Complete the one time form and agree to the "Terms & Conditions".
To book an exclusive daycare spot you must pre-pay for credits and book online.
The credits remain on your account for future visits (for 5 and 10 packs only).
Choose the Buy Services button and check out which days have free spots.
Once you haven chosen your spot Darlo Dogs will confirm this and you'll receive an email and your chosen spot will turn green.
If it is your dogs first visit they will spend some time undertaking a temperament test before being allowed to join in the fun. This assessment is free.
Over excitement permitted I mean, who doesn't get over excited occasionally?
Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.
**All daycare dogs need to have their C5 vaccinations and must be up to date on flea, tick and worming treatments. As per the Terms & Conditions your dog must be well. If your dog is suffering from any communicable illness - coughing or gastro - they won't be allowed to join us until they are better.
Why the size restriction for daycare?
We aren't sizest! We just lack space. Daycare is available for small dogs only.
Will all dogs play together?
We appreciate that some dogs have higher energy levels than others. That's why we have a chill out areas that is separate to the play space.
Your dog might go back and forth between the chill out and play areas during the day.
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 staff 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.
If the behaviour continues after the the time out period we shall give you a call.
How old does my puppy need to be before joining in on the fun?
We require that all dogs be sufficiently vaccinated to be around other fully vaccinated dogs. There are impressionable weeks between that of the second vaccine and when they're allowed to visit dog parks and unknown spaces. Being a small dog daycare your young and/or small puppy will be both safe and be allowed to socialise with others who are fully vaccinated. They will not be taken out to the park and encouraged to toilet in dedicated spots. (We always have hope!) If your puppy is fed during the day we will move them to a separate room and allow them to eat without distraction.
Does my dog need to be desexed?
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! Half dayers will join one 20 minute wee walk and full dayers will have two 20 minute wee walks.
After all, our dogs have been trained to go to the toilet outside.
Will you feed my dog?
We do not feed dogs any meals as this can cause aggressive behaviour. Small treats, if permitted, for positive behaviour most certainly! We all love a treat now and again.
We do make an exception for your puppy if they eat during the day. They will be taken to a separate area and allowed to eat without distractions.
Will my dog be given treats?
With your permission pups can 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. Then they're ready to go again!
Do you offer a pick up / drop off service?
Yes! We can pick your dog up or drop them off after their daycare session. Simply drop in your spare keys the day before to arrange a pick or when you bring in your dog in first thing in the morning leave a set and instructions for us to drop them home after their half or full day of play.
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