The Dog Garden

Beautiful daycare for small dogs

We're a little bit different .....

We're big on getting small dogs outdoors, on encouraging safe, social play, and offering beautiful dog daycare backed by top-notch service.

We believe that lots of fresh air, sunshine, freedom, playtime and companionship all makes for a great day out.

Spread across three spaces, The Dog Garden has been designed especially for small dogs and is loaded with features to stimulate the senses, body and mind.

There are dog lounges with couches and comfy seats, deck chairs in the shade, steps up into our secret bush garden, our super sunny yard for playtime, plenty of toys and sticks galore in the toy boxes, tug ropes, large covered and uncovered decks, a toastie wood burner and complimentary raincoats for winter days, paddling pools for summer fun, bubble machines, tunnels, agility structures, gardens to explore including our new 'Little Garden' just for pups and minis.

Whether your dog needs companionship during the day, some new friends to play with, or just some time doing 'dog stuff' - its all at The Dog Garden.

The Dog Garden team

So obviously working with dogs is an awesome job right?. But getting to work this these folks is even more awesom-er.

The Dog Garden simply wouldn't be the The Dog Garden without the fabulous, hard-working, dedicated team that makes the magic happen.

Karen, Keryn, Marge, Megan, Kayla and Emma

About myself & my family

I've had a bunch of animal related businesses since 2000 in Wellington:

  • The Pet Pantry – home-based pet feeding service
  • Dogs Day Out & then Welli Dogs – off-leash dog adventure walking services at Wellington’s parks and beaches for 6 dogs at a time
  • Boom Rock Dogs - epic daycare for big dogs and busy dogs on my farm in Ohariu Valley
  • The Dog Garden - daycare and pop-up kennel

I'm passionate about giving the dogs in my care the best day out ever - full of fun, doing cool stuff, surrounded by nice people and nice dogs.

My intent with all my businesses is always to offer not only the very best service, but a different kind of service to what is available. I challenge some of the current thinking around the dog daycare and kennelling models. I'm a staunch advocate that dog daycare shouldn't be indoors - the resulting noise, the smell from toileting, lots of dogs confined in a small space, dogs locked away from staff, left no option but to toilet indoors (against all their training) or to 'hold on' all day, the wrong kind of dogs lumped in together for the sake of a few extra $'s profit - to me it makes no sense. Quite simply, if I was a customer I would want better for my dog.

So that's what drives me and the direction of The Dog Garden and Boom Rock Dogs. Oh, and I also love working with dogs - added bonus for me!

On the home front, with my partner I have five children aged 23 - 10, Lulu the Border Collie (4) and Gracie the mini Dachshund / Bichon x (3) . I enjoy skiing, travel, DIY, gardening and the company of good friends.

Karen :-)

Employment opportunities

We're constantly growing and looking for passionate dog-carers to join our team. Please forward your CV and a cover letter to us at [email protected]

Ph 022 347-4444   :   [email protected]    :  :  :   190a Gracefield Rd, Lower Hutt