WHAT IS DOGGY TOWN ALL ABOUT?
Gypsey, my Scotty, needed a place to stay for a weekend and I couldn’t find a place that I felt excited about . As you all know it will never be easy to leave your dog-child just anywhere . With this a dream was born … a dream of no cement and small little houses with gardens and heaters in the winter and cute little beds with curtains and carpets just like at home. I love dogs and always joked and said the day that I stop catering for people will be the day I am going to start catering for dogs. It’s now more than two years later and the dream is a reality! My aim is to please as far as possible and I will look after your dog as if they were my own. When I thought about and planned the first 5 houses I had the spoiled little lap dogs in mind who are accustomed to living indoors and who are respectful of furniture, bedding and décor...doggies that would enjoy a comfortable room and a grass area to play , run around and enjoy the indoors and outdoors. I have plans for another 5 houses when the time is right and I am still thinking about larger houses with bigger gardens for the spoiled larger house dogs …or bigger family’s that can all stay together .… Big things start small ….
WHAT IS YOUR BOOKING PROCEDURE?
Our booking procedure is as follows :
Information regarding our facilities will be send to you if requested .
Once you have decided that Doggy Town is the place for your dog and you want to proceed with the booking of your dog's vacation , you can contact us for the Information Sheets and the Quotation with banking details will be send to you. You can complete the sheets at your convenience either at home or on arrival. On arrival bring the completed Information sheets with your dog’s booklet and extras. Please make an appointment if you would like to visit Doggy Town and discuss any details in person .
The booking will only be processed once the deposit has been received . The balance must be paid in full 3 days prior to arrival .
HOW MUCH IS YOUR ACCOMMODATION AND WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Accommodation fees : R100 per dog per day ( not per night )
Dogs can easily get depressed and sad when placed in a strange environment all alone. I believe that friends will keep their spirits up and playtime even more fun.
The price includes:
Water, treats, a walk everyday inside the premises, lots of love and attention as well as fun and playtime. They will have a little house with a porch and their own garden that is cleaned daily. Heaters will be standard for next winter. The rooms are decorated with beds , bedding , cushions, couches , rugs , curtains and fan’s for the hot summer.
The price excludes :
Each Customer is asked to supply their own food so that their dog’s diet does not have to be altered. Feel welcome to bring their favourite treats and toys to make their stay more comfortable .
WHAT MUST BE DONE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL DAY FOR THE PROTECTION OF YOUR DOG ?
If your dog is on a monthly tick and flea program that will be excepted .
If your dog has not received deworming in the last 3 months please deworm 3 days prior to arrival
You will not have to worry about other dogs having parasites if your own dog is protected . For the well-being of all our guests the following is required :
Deworming - At the latest 3 days prior to arrival
Tick and flea prevention - At the latest 3 days prior to arrival
Vaccination against Bordatella / Kennel Cough -At the latest 3 days prior to arrival
(an airborne organism that causes continual coughing for up to three weeks )
Vaccination can either be given as a separate injection or a nasal immunization. Some dogs will have some sneezing or nasal discharge in the week following intranasal immunization; this should clear up on its own.
The Bronchicine vaccine must be given 3 days prior to arrival if not received previously. Remember to take your pet for the second vaccination 3 months after the first injection then the vaccination will be valid for one year. For puppies, injectable vaccination provides good systemic immunity as long as two doses are given! Boosters are given annually.
Rabies – vaccinated on 3 months , 9 month Booster and then every three years .
DA2PPl - 6 weeks , 10 weeks, 12 weeks and then annually .
(Canine parvovirus, distemper, adenovirus, parainflueza, coronavirus and leptospira )
WHAT MUST HAPPEN ON ARRIVAL DAY?
On arrival you will need to produce up to date vaccination booklets if requested.
All dogs should have a collar and be on a leash for safety reasons
The information Sheet must also be completed
Your dog’s food and extras must be handed in .
Stay calm and act cheerful !
WHY DOES MY DOG NEED A COLLAR AND LEASH ?
All dogs should have a collar and be on a leash when arriving , we have horses roaming around the premises during the day .
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR MY DOG’S STAY TO HELP THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE AND STRESS FREE ?
You may want to send your pet’s favourite , blanket or bed (only if you know your dog will not sleep anywhere else) toy or a piece of old clothing that hasn’t been washed , so that he has a familiar smell of home . You are welcome to send your dogs brush if a daily brush is needed .
WHY DO I NEED TO RESPECT THE BUSNESS HOURS?
Doggy Town have a scheduled routine to make your beloved pets feel secure, happy and stress free . Time is required to clean their rooms , to fill their tummy’s, to walk with them, play with them and then there is time needed for them to just chill out, rest and enjoy their vacation, new friends, smells and surroundings without any disturbances . I am sure everyone would love their dog to enjoy their stay with us !!
Monday - Friday 16:00 - 18:00
Sunday 16:00 - 18:00
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY DOG GETS SICK ?
Some people don’t want to be notified unless it is really serious, and others want to know about every small detail. We will get your information on the Information sheet and act accordingly. If it is not possible to transport your dog to the vet, one will be called to Doggy Town. The veterinary bill must be paid in full on the day of collection. The health and well-being of your pet is important and we will take it very seriously if someone gets sick.
As a pet owner, you will know that any animal can and will get sick from time to time, even in your own home, no matter how well he is looked after. Your vet may tell you that despite comprehensive vaccination programmes, there is no guarantee that your pet will not get a particular disease. New strains and viruses pop up all the time . Being vaccinated on a regular basis however, reduces the risk and severity of attacks.
IF MY DOG HASN’T BEEN VACINATED UP TO DATE AND TREATED FOR TICS AND FLEAS 3 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL, CAN I STILL BRING MY PET TO STAY?
The well-being of the Doggy Town guests are very important to us and we believe so is the well-being of your pet to you , therefore we will not take in any unvaccinated dogs. We can apply Frontline R 80 on request. Please respect our policy.
HOW OFTEN ARE THEIR ROOMS CLEANED?
Their rooms are cleaned daily. Should it become necessary the blankets will be changed and washed .
CAN I BRING MY OWN FROZEN CHICKEN or ‘human food” AND EXPECT IT TO BE COOKED IN A CERTAIN WAY?
If you have special food you want me to serve, pre-cook, pre-portion and freeze the food if required and label it according to the days your dogs will be staying with us. You can give all the feeding detail on the Information Sheet.
HOW BIG ARE THE HOUSES AND GARDENS?
The house inside is 1.8 X 1.8 m with a 1 meter undercover veranda and a 7 x 3 meter grass area to play in.
CAN I BOOK MY DOG FOR A NICE BATH BEFORE PICK-UP?
YES, you can book a bath on the Information Sheet. I will schedule a date and time to spoil your dog with a nice refreshing bath. Professional Grooming can be booked on request with Christelle @ SharlomsYorkies in Rustenburg R175
CAN I BRING BONES FOR MY DOG ?
Please don’t send bones or chew’s . Your pet may choke on it, or carry the bone outside and burry it where another dog can get it. It may be the other dog who chokes!
WHY DON’T YOU ACCOMMODATE AGGRESSIVE DOGS ?
Aggressive dogs must at all times be kept away and closed off from the other guests . Mistakes can happen very quickly and I would rather run Doggy Town with a lower risk and be preventative, than deal with tragic and devastating results. For me safety and happiness comes first!
IT IS MY DOGS FIRST TIME BOARDING AND I AM REALLY NERVOUS…..DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ?
Stay calm. If you are anxious and unhappy, your pet will pick this up. The other dog boarders, who have already accepted the kennel as their territory, will kick up a row when they see your pet arrive. This is the initiation ceremony. The barking dies down once the dogs get to know each other. The next morning your pet will see that the sun rises as usual and there are interesting things going on at Doggy Town, and new smells to be investigated. Remember that they can express hunger, loneliness and happiness.
If there is any other questions you are welcome to contact me !
Doggy Town Greetings