Your dog stays in a home environment similar to the home environment she is used to. This causes her far less stress than she may feel in a kennel, yet provides far more care and protection than having a person come in to your home once or twice a day to check on her.
·The Dog RoomYour dogs have their own dog room, large (4m x 8m), quiet and comfortable, furnished with a selection of different-textured dog beds and mats, so your dogs can choose which one they prefer! Usually they try out all twenty – the leather stool, the fabric or leather cushions, the different mats and futons, the traditional dog beds, the chaiselongue or the mink-stole lined laundry basket. They have a television at small dog height (with video and dvd), their own sound system, heating, cooling, different textured water bowls (including their drinking fountain), and flowers and plants to give them something interesting to sniff inside as well as outside. There’s a huge hamper full of dog toys and plenty of different dog treats to tickle the most fastidious palates.
·The House The dogs have access to the rest of a three bedroom hundred year old Federation home. Excellent for wet weather games and an indoor change of scents and scenery.
·The Courtyard Long narrow areas promote movement. The dogs have their own long (15m x 2m) leafy courtyard off the dog room – perfect for chasing balls as well as pottering in among the shrubs. It is partly sheltered, but in the next twelve months a large (5m x 6m) covered play area will be added to the house to give an additional under-cover outdoor playing space as well as the same sized sunny terrace above from which they can watch the world go by.
·The Backyard A 7m x 17m backyard – a mixture of paved areas, lawn and dog-friendly garden for playing, sniffing, pottering, smelling the roses and exploring. All completely secure (my thanks to client dogs Max and Jack, both Jack Russells, who brought to my attention any potential escape routes!) and safe. Your dogs can choose to soak up the sun or laze in the shade, chase lizards or birds, or wander through the garden beds.
·The WaterfrontParkThere is a waterfront park across the road where your dogs will be walked (always on leash) and will have a chance to sniff ever-changing smells and see new and different sights.
·The “Time Out” Room There are dogs who finds socialization a bit daunting at first. They might need to join the group gradually, so they can build up their confidence by being able to see the other dogs without having to join them till they feel ready. They can do that in the Time Out room.
·The Quiet Area For older dogs or young puppies or dogs recovering from an illness – those who need a bit more quiet time. It is an area that is warm, where they can see other dogs, but where they can be protected from over-exertion or play that is too rough for them.