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diggiddydoggydaycare is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a place where dog parents can let their best friend learn, play, socialize, and exercise to their hearts’ content.  Even though we mix things up a bit to keep every day more interesting than the last, you can be sure that your dog will have an excellent sleep that night, helping you leave your worries behind too.

Try our services for one day. You’ll wonder how you managed without us!

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Reasons Dog Owners Choose Diggiddy

  • Socialization
  • Relieve Boredom
  • Quality Attention
  • Peace of Mind
  • Exercise
  • Other

The moment your dog steps into a diggiddy play area for the first time, he or she becomes part of our family. This is called an Admission Behavioural Assessment, and is his or her first step to becoming a more relaxed, socialized, and well-rounded dog. Every day, we provide a fun and safe place for dogs to simply be themselves, make friends, and feel included in activities and games.

We wanted to know if everyone else felt the same way about our services, so in September 2017, we asked our diggiddy community why they chose to bring their dog to diggiddydoggydaycare. Here are the results!

Day In The Life

7:30am: Rise and Shine!

We open at 7:30am every weekday to greet old friends and meet new ones. A friendly staff member will welcome each dog into their playgroup for the day.

9:30am: Let's party!

Exercises with ball games, diggiddydoggy conga line, bubble play and upbeat music releases high energy levels. Staff carefully monitor play groups to ensure the safety of all dogs.

NOTE: We close off intake of dogs strictly at 10am so that they can settle into their groups.

11:00am: Rest time!

Slow down exercises with walkies around the play area. Morning rest time. Music is switched to classical, lighting is dimmed and calming aromatherapy oils are released into the air. Cuddles and rest session continues depending on the requirement of the dogs.

12:00pm: Let's get started again!

Some are ready and raring to go again others need a gentle wake up, so time to start gentle exercise once again with slower games like walkies, bubble blower, find the handler. Working at their own pace, dogs are put through some fun training games and a few treats to encourage good behaviour.

1:30pm: Pump it up!

Play groups are reassessed and exercises commence. Groups may be rotated to ensure maximum interaction and free play continues. Excitement fills the room when toys often get introduced and beds are made into forts.

3:30pm: Daily challenges!

Spot training session and brain games commence. Dogs can put their manners to the test by sitting for treats and responding to name calls.

4:00pm: Some sweet goodbyes

As pickups begin, groups become smaller and some tears are shed. Gentle exercise and rest time maintained during these periods. This is also a chance for handlers to do a quick tidy up of coats that were dirtied during play.

6:30pm: Good night!

So ends another day at diggiddy, the last pet goes home happy and well rested (so that you can too!). It’s cleanup time for the diggiddy crew so we can make the place spotless for the next day. Report cards are emailed to every owner so they know what their best mate has been up to.

socialization

Regular interaction with other dogs is fun and fulfilling.

peace of mind

Quality care for your pup so you can focus on your priorities.

dedicated naptime

We encourage an hour of rest by slowing down the music and spritzing lavender into the air. It works!

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exercise

Run, jump, chase, and climb! A tired dog is a happy dog!

health maintenance

Daycare attendants can spot health issues such as diarrhea and skin rashes, before they get more serious.

relieve boredom

Help prevent destructive behaviours and bad manners before they begin.

Your trust is paramount to us. We pride ourselves on excellent reporting, incident de-escalation, communication within our team, and of course, being completely transparent to you at all times. In 2017, we have had 13,858 completed bookings and 52 incidents (0.37%).

An incident is any event involving unwarranted behaviour between two or more dogs. This includes a dog chewing another dog’s fur, taking a snap at another dog, or making contact with another dog.

We take all incidents seriously. At diggiddy, we have installed security cameras so that we can play it back and see for certain what has happened, so that we can create thorough, accurate, and unbiased reports. We are continually educating and upskilling our staff to take appropriate measures to keep all parties safe. You can be sure your dog is in safe hands whenever he or she enters diggiddydoggydaycare – safety is what we know and do best.

Number of Incidences in 2017

  • Number of Reservations (13858)
  • Number of Incidences (52)

Frequently Asked Questions

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What days are you open?

We are open Mondays to Fridays, 7:30am to 6:30pm.

Where are you located?

Our address is 41 Brady St, South Melbourne. We’re on the quiet side of the suburb between Port Melbourne and South Wharf. Docklands is only across the water, and Melbourne’s CBD is a 15 minute walk away. You can probably wave to us as you get onto the Westgate Freeway on Montague St!

When can I drop my dog off?

Your dog’s first visit will be an Admission Behavioural Assessment, which is scheduled at 7:30am, 8:00am, or 8:30am every day.

After your dog passes his ABA, you can drop him off anytime before 10am. Reservations are essential (at least 24 hours notice is ideal) so we can have adequate staff and resources available.

Does the Admission Behavioural Assessment take all day?

Yes, but it won’t take any of your time. You can drop your dog off at his scheduled ABA and we’ll take care of the rest. You can continue on your day and pick him up anytime before 6:30pm – the Assessment Day includes the cost of daycare.

What are your desexing and vaccination requirements?

All dogs over 6 months old must be desexed, and they must have a valid C5 vaccination certificate before booking an ABA. Puppies under 6 months old do not need to be desexed, but they must have their vaccinations.

Do I need to commit to a pass or membership?

Nope, we offer casual rates in addition to our visit passes and membership options.

Do dogs get separated based on breed?

We have 4 play areas, and generally use 2-3 of them every day, reserving the 4th area for ABAs. We split play groups by temperament, so playful and energetic dogs are in one group, and quieter and more reserved dogs are in another. We don’t always separate based on breed, because we know all dogs are unique and have different needs.

Is there parking in the area?

We have rockstar drop-off parking at our doorstep, as well as several dedicated visitor spots behind our building. Pickup and dropoff is easy!
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