Why did we create DogsZone?
Answer – mainly out of love, partly out of necessity
I found myself in a position that I could no longer give my dog the time and attention that he needed due to work commitments. We tried a number of different day care centres, however, found them all to be lacking. I spent most of the day wondering if my dog was having fun, or whether he was being bullied by the bigger dogs. Was he receiving the care and attention that he needed? Was he being given the opportunity to rest? And ultimately, was he happy and was he safe?
Having carried out the appropriate research, I found that other dog owners shared my concerns.
Here is a list of the most common fears amongst dog owners who are thinking about daycare for their pet pooch:
Q. Big dogs and small dogs, young and old are often forced to play together. Will my dog be safe? Will he be scared? Will he have fun?
A. At DogsZone, the dog’s wellbeing is our main priority. We will assess the dog’s needs through discussion with the pet’s owner, and careful supervision. Dog daycare should never be a free-for-all in a wide open space. For the safety of your pet, there should be a large play area, as well as smaller areas, rooms, or kennels where dogs can take a break. Your dog should be able to play in a group with other dogs of similar size, temperament, and energy level.
Q. Will my dog be indoors all day?
A. Here at DogsZone, as well as the ample indoor space, we have a large outside area where your dogs can relieve themselves and enjoy some sun and fresh air, whether playing with their friends, or soaking up the sun.
Q. I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. How do I know if my dog is being looked after?
A. DogsZone is the only dog daycare centre in the area that provides you with the facility to login to our monitoring system. You will gain peace of mind, happy in the knowledge that your dog is having fun interacting and playing with other dogs, and being cared for by professional members of staff. Why do we have these cameras? Because we have nothing to hide, and we know first-hand that the major complaint of any dog daycare centre is not being able to see whether your pet is having fun or not.
Q. What if my dog gets injured?
A. At DogsZone all our staff are trained in canine first aid and CPR, and we are registered with Beech House veterinary clinic on the Wilderspool causeway. Moreover, our staff are trained to be able to determine any potential issues before they happen by carefully monitoring every dog’s behaviour. The diplomas in canine behaviour and psychology are proudly displayed within the reception area, for your peace of mind.
We know that, as with humans, not all dogs will like each other!! And there will always be submissive dogs, and dominant dogs. We will not tolerate any form of bullying. We have separate play zones so that dogs will be allowed to play with dogs of similar size and temperament.
Q. What happens if an aggressive dog joins the daycare? Am I putting my dog at risk?
A. All dogs are carefully assessed before they join DogsZone. We gather as much information as possible about the dog from the owner, and every dog is vetted before they are allowed to play. We do not believe there are bad dogs, but we do acknowledge that some dogs do have behavioural problems. Our priority is to provide a safe environment for your pet. We will not accept aggressive dogs into our daycare, and we reserve the right to refuse entry to any dog for whatever reason we deem necessary.
Q. Will my dog receive food and water during their stay at DogsZone?
A. Fresh water will be made available to all dogs at all times. We will provide treats in the form of fresh fruit and vegetables.
A full list will be given to you upon registration – for your approval. If you wish your dog to receive a meal during their stay, we ask that you bring your own food, as changing a dog’s diet suddenly can result in diarrhoea and/or vomiting. Your dog will receive their own personal space when it is meal time, to eliminate any anxiety and prevent any aggressive behaviour from other dogs.
On hot days, you will also have the opportunity to purchase ice cream for dogs, for that extra special little treat.