Doggy daycares are springing up all over Dubai, here are ten your pampered pooches will want to try out.
It’s always harder to be left behind – so imagine how your four-legged bestie feels when you walk out that door every morning to go to work? Or when you jet off on an exciting holiday?
Make sure your fur baby is looked after by booking them in for their own mini break at one of these doggy daycare centres where they will be looked after so well, they might not even want to come home.
Al Barsha Veterinary Clinic Kennels and Cattery
ABVC as it’s affectionately known, offers both long-term boarding and daycare options where your fur babies can hang out and socialise with other like-minded canines. Plus, if you can’t do the doggy drop-offs, the kind folks at ABVC can organise to pick them up from your house.
From Dhs115 (per night). Al Barsha 1, Dubai www.abvc.ae (04 340 8601).
Dubai Kennels and Cattery
Your dog will be looked after here as well as at home. With a huge yard to run around in, plenty of doggy buddies and lots of snuggles with two-legged animals too, there’s plenty to keep them busy so they don’t howl for you to come back.
From Dhs10.50 (per hour), Dhs131 (per day). Street 34, Umm Ramool, Dubai, www.dkc.ae (04 211 4800).
Home My Pet
Instead of your dog going to daycare, daycare comes to your dog. Tap into a network of dog-loving house sitters who will hang out in your home keeping your dog fed, watered, walked and cuddled. Wooftastic.
Paws and Whiskers Pets Nursery
Doggies are well-looked after at the Paws and Whiskers Pets Nursery boarding kennels where in addition to food, exercise and rest, sociable little mutts can play freely with their new buddies. And if your dog likes their own space, a pet sitting option means they can be cared for in their own home.
Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz 4 Street 26B, Dubai, www.pwpets.net (056 713 6997).
Pets in the City
If you have dogs you will most probably have heard of Pets in the City, the groomers whose clippers leave canines looking perfectly preened. But what you might not know is that they also offer daycare and boarding. And their top priority is that your dog feels as comfortable as possible by encouraging owners to bring in their favourite comfort toys – aww – and has a big garden for pooches to play in. Best of all, your dogs stays free for up to an hour if you need to pop to the bank or have a quick coffee.
Shop No. 3, Lake Terrace, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, www.petsinthecity.me (04 458 0091).
Taking things up a notch for your pampered pooches, Precious Paws not only offers a snug bed for the night, but the Thai-spa-themed daycare and boarding centre offers Thai massages during their regular grooming sessions to relax the dogs and prevent them for having separation anxiety. That's so incredibly Dubai, and we love it.
From Dhs10 (per hour). U Bora Residential Towers, Shop No. 9, Al Abraj Street, Business Bay, www.preciouspaws.ae (04 397 7788).
Doggies will love hanging out at Spot where they are treated like family and can enjoy cage-free roaming and playing. And if they are having too much fun to go home, they can stay for a sleepover, too.
From Dhs64 (per day). 14-4 Street, Building 11, Al Quoz 4, Dubai, www.spot-global.com (04 347 6020).
There are quite a few packages to choose from at Shampooch, including options for doggies to have a bath, wash and blow dry as part of their day care stay. Plus, if it’s a mini break they are in need of, treat them to an overnight stay at the boutique hotel.
From Dhs80 (per day). Street 8, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.shampooch.ae (04 340 0507).
Urban Tails Pet Resort
Promising a seven star hotel experience (with stays in their own Dog Suite that includes a raised sofa bed, plasma TV plus food & water bowl sets) for your little furry friend – who you can also keep an eye on thanks to the live webcam feed – the resort plays relaxing music for your pet and offers a big indoor play room where they can burn off some energy.
From Dhs140 (per night). Dubai Investment Park 2, Dubai, www.urbantailsdubai.com (04 884 8847).
At this daycare dogs can run free with other four-legged buddies under the keen supervision of the dog-loving folks at Woof. There are also a range of packages available to suit every doggie daycare desire. And if your dog is staying all day, naps are encouraged to make sure they get in a quick cat- we mean dog, obviously -nap to recharge those batteries and prevent them burning out from all the energetic fun.
From Dhs10.50 (per hour), from Dhs115.50 (per night). Opposite Dubai Driving Center, 8th Street, Dubai, www.woofdubai.ae (04 338 5488).