My Golden Doodle Betty has been attending Doggie Day Care fir a year and I can recommend it without reservation. She loves going - can hardly wait to get out of the car - and the photos on Facebook show her having a great time each and every day. She is very well cared for - what more could I ask for? Excellent!
01/07/2015 Rob Rawcliffe
19/06/2013 Granny Lynne
The facilities at Doggie Day Care are outstanding. The dogs have a very large grassed area to run around in; there is a member of staff on duty, playing with the dogs and throwing a ball for them to catch. In the summer months there is a swimming pool and they even have a trampoline.
You only need to take a look at the comments and photographs on their Facebook page to see how good this service is.
29/10/2012 S Smith
We were initially drawn to this day care centre because of the fact that it is outdoors and such a huge area for dogs to play. Ideal if you love your dog and want them to really have a good time while you're away at work.
However, I would like to mention three experiences we had at the facility which made us decide that it is better to steer clear from this place or only to use it in emergencies.
a) Introduction into the pack: our dog was forcefully dragged into the pack in the mornings (both by the owner and the staff), rather than eased in gently as more professional day care centres do. The dog was grabbed by the collar and forced into the premises while being surrounded and cornered by the other dogs already in the pack. This introduction method can easily lead to the situation getting out of control, as a) a dog that feels cornered can bite to protect itself or b) it can get bitten because of it's weak energy. No professional day care centre for dogs would recommend this method. Aside from the fact that you don't want your dog to be grabbed by the collar and forced into any environment against its will ever.
b) During lunch the dogs are kept in cages for an hour. Not a huge problem, but it seems to me that this is a measure they introduced to save staff costs, so the person in charge can have a one-hour lunch break without replacement. I'm not sure it is actually in the interest of the dogs. But judge for yourselves, I just thought it would be worth mentioning.
c) It says on the website that the centre is open until 6pm. You would expect that your dog is supervised and looked after by at least one member of staff until then. This was not the case when we took our dog there. Staff had gone home at 5.30pm. The dog had been kept in a cage with no-one in sight. We then had to get the owner who lives on the premises, who then got the dog out of the cage for us. I thought this was appalling. If I wanted my dog in a cage, I wouldn't pay 17.50 a day to keep it at an outdoors facility.
If you want to take your dog there, please consider very carefully what kind of dog training and animal care qualifications the parties involved have. It struck us that the owner seems to have bought a big patch of land which they wanted to put to use for a good and profitable purpose without actually having any dog care-related qualifications or other involvements with dogs and dog training like those people who run other (indoor) dog day care centres in Manchester have.
I hope this review helps you in making an informed choice of whether to take your dog to this place or not.
29/08/2011 A Google User
This place is top-notch when it comes to a fun environment for dogs. They are very well looked after and I don't think there's a place that can touch it in the local area. Well done, and thanks.
17/08/2011 A Google User
A really great place for dogs!
There is so much space and ways for them to have fun there. They are safe and secure and can have a fantastic time playing with the other dogs.