Puppy Day Care
Puppy Day Care at Hairy Hounds Playground is a specialised day care program for pups up to 6 months of age (approx). (please note, pups over 6 months of age who are shy or very small will remain in the puppy area for play and socialisation).
At this critical time in their young lives, puppies need to be exposed to many new experiences with a positive outcome. By having your puppy attend our Puppy Day Care program, we will be able to provide many of these experiences in a safe, controlled and positive environment as well as provide you with helpful feedback and problem solving ideas from our experienced staff.
Unlike other centres, the pups (and dogs) in our care are supervised 100% of the time. At no time is your dog left unattended, ensuring safety for your pup and the other pups in our care. We practice a positive approach (we believe that positive reinforcement is the ONLY acceptable method to train a dog)
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Please note that all first day dogs and pups should be booked via email or online to ensure that your friendly crew area ready to help settle your pup. Each new dog is allocated a carer to help them settle n their first day – please email us at [email protected] or call 9397 3044 to make your first day booking.
Our Pups @ Play Philosophy
New friends, both 2 and 4 legged to be made. No more home alone all day!
Building confidence, reducing anxious behaviours, separation anxiety and nervous behaviours. Noises and environmental stimuli introduced to help ensure your pup becomes a well adjusted adult dog and family member.
Supervised play, reduces stress related habits, over-energetic behaviour (eg.barking), boredom – meaning less destructive behaviour at home. Teaches your pup how to play appropriately – with all sizes, all breeds and all ages of dogs.
Name recognition, finished cues and recalls are practiced through out the day. Regular toilet breaks – keeping the routine of home. Pups are walked on lead when moved around the centre. Pups are to sit & be polite before meals and entering doorways.
Polite meet & greet of other pups, older dogs and training to learn not to jump on people. Any guarding of food/toys is replaced with polite eating/playing behaviours.
Quiet time, with soothing music. During sleep time, they can curl up on beds and sofas with friends or have their own private time. A carer / trainer will be with the pups at all times, ensuring each pup is respected by others. We do not have forced or set sleep times – we encourage self regulation by pups.
Introducing real life obstacles (umbrella, moving bike and skateboard, vacuum etc) to your pups whilst ensuring a safe and positive environment with positive outcomes (treat and cuddles and verbal praise). This helps to create a well adjusted adult!
Cost – Prices Effective 1st June 2023
|3 Hour Pop-In or Intro Session||3 Hour Session||3 Hours - 5 Days (1)|
|Need to go shopping and don’t want to leave your dog at home? Why not do a pop in session, go shopping AND have a coffee!!|
|# Dogs||3 Hours||½ Day – 6 Hours||Full Day – 12 Hours||11 Day - Full Day - Pass (1)||11 Day - 1/2 Day - Pass (1)||22 Day Pass (2)||22 Day - 1/2 Day - Pass (2)|
Dogs-Special offers 5 passes
|SPECIAL OFFER: 5 Passes!||5 ½ Day Pass(3)||5 Full Day Pass (3)|
1 – 11 visit passes are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.
2 – 22 visit passes are valid for 5 months from the date of purchase.
3 – Special offer passes must be used within the month of purchase, e.g. 20th Nov – 19th Aug.
For all dogs, including those attending the 3-hour sessions, we have a strict arrival time before 9:30 am.
If it’s your dog’s first day with us, please bring them in before 8:30am, this allows them time to settle in comfortably before the majority of dogs come in.
Should you be unable to arrive as per the above times, please call reception to discuss your needs – 9397 3044
Pick Up Times
Unlike many doggy day care centres, our reception is manned at all times and you are welcome to collect your fur-kid at any time of the day (before 7pm!).
What To Bring
Current C5 Vaccination Certificate (please email a copy of your vaccination to [email protected], please note we must sight this before your arrival to ensure your dog has the appropriate vaccination)
Lead (Non-retractable – they’re messy and unsafe!)
Flat Collar – preferably a snap collar (No correction or martingale collars please – material martingale collars are accepted for all sight hounds)
Lunch – If your pup is under 16 weeks or your dog still requires lunch please bring your lunch in a labeled plastic container and we will return it to you washed, at he end of your dogs stay
Your dog! (dont laugh, it happens every now and then!!!)
Owners must complete the owner & pet registration and sign the terms and conditions agreement, found here – and for pups that have not completed a puppy school course with us, your puppy’s temperament will be assessed during the first session to ensure your pup is suitable for a day care environment – keeping all pups safe and happy.
Hairy Hounds Playground offers a valet service with morning pick up, evening drop off – or both – for your convenience. Valet service areas and pricing are indicated on the map below. Click on the image for a larger view.
We offer a valet service to Albert Park, Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Ascot Vale, Braybrook, CBD, Docklands, Flemington, Footscray, Kensington, Kingsville, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Middle Park, Moonee Ponds, Newport, North Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Seddon, South Bank, South Kingsville, West Footscray, West Melbourne, Williamstown and Yarraville.