The Dog Garden

Beautiful daycare for small dogs

Welcome to our Xmas Kennels

We're delighted to be offering kennel accommodation in our beautiful garden this Christmas over the busy holiday period. This year it will be run by the lovely Verna and her husband Brent. 

Please contact them directly on 027 535-8392.

The opening dates are 20 December 2019 - 5 January 2020. They may also be able to accommodate your dogs outside of these dates, so please check if you need extra dates.

Your dog will be cage-free all day while they stay - outside and enjoying the sunny weather just like you. 

Staying at The Dog Garden

For most of the year we operate as dog daycare, so kennelling at our facility is a bit different (eg: we don't have cages etc set up full time).

Your dog will be outside during the day from 7am - enjoying the sunshine, playing with their friends, paddling in the pool, helping with jobs, or snoozing in the shade. No cages at all - awesome! After a busy day, they'll be crated from 9pm just for sleeping in one of our cosy dog lounges overnight with their buddies.

It'll be staffed 24/7, with staff sleeping overnight onsite. Verna and Brent take a maximum of small 35 dogs (under 15kgs).

Prices & pickup / drop off times

It costs $35 per night.

If your dog usually attends daycare at this facility, please note that payment for Xmas Kennels will be to a different bank account.

Terms of payment are cash at pick up, or within 7 days of invoicing. Any late payments may incur additional collection costs.

Hours for dropping off and picking up are strictly 10 - 11.30 am and 2 - 3.30 pm.

No drop offs or pickups outside of these times or on Xmas Day please.

Food & medication

The diets of dogs are so varied these days, that we ask you to bring your own food along. Please note we have limited freezer and fridge space for fresh or frozen meals - canned meat or meat in packets is ideal if meat is part of their diet. If your dog is a fussy eater please bring their favourite food for their stay - dogs with full bellies are happy dogs! If you have any questions or specific dietary needs just let Verna know. 

Staff are happy to administer medication as required.

Health, behaviour & breeds

For the health & safety of all the dogs and our staff, there are a few restrictions around health, behaviour and breeds.

Your dog must be fully vaccinated for Parvo, Distemper, Hepatitis and Kennel Cough. If your dog currently receives a long term vaccination such as DHP please remember you will still need to get a Kennel Cough booster each year. Your dog should also be flea treated and wormed (you should worm your dog every 2 months if they attend daycare / visit kennels).

Ideally they should also be registered and speyed / neutered. Un-speyed females can not attend while on heat. Complete males can attend as pups, but from 9 months or older will need to be neutered.

Your dog will need to be social with other dogs and people. Please let Verna & Brent know if your dog is nervous or hasn't had a lot of exposure to other dogs. As a general guideline, if you can take your dog to a family BBQ or socialising at the beach then they'd love to have them join them.

What to bring

You'll need you to bring a few things with you:

  • A lockable crate big enough for sleeping overnight
  • Comfy bedding to remind your dog of home (something easy to wash please)
  • Collar with a name tag
  • Vaccination book showing that vaccinations are current
  • Enough food for your dog's stay - in a lockable plastic box
  • Any medication, clearly labelled with your dogs name and instructions for administration

Please make sure your dog has been worm and flea treated one week before arrival.

Please don't bring any bones - these tasty treats are far too tempting for other dogs. And please note that toys may not come back in their original condition :-)

Contact & bookings

Please contact Verna & Brent for all things kennel-related - 027 535-8392.

Please note that this year the kennels are being managed independently from The Dog Garden. Our phones and email will not monitored over the Xmas break.