Yappy days: Fur babies give new playroom their paw of approval

Yappy Days Small Doggy Daycare pet carer Emma Dietsch (left) with Myrtle and owner Janice Chantler with Mordecai. Photo: Jon Hewson.
Yappy Days Small Doggy Daycare pet carer Emma Dietsch (left) with Myrtle and owner Janice Chantler with Mordecai. Photo: Jon Hewson.

A DOGGY day care centre has set tails wagging following the launch of its puppy playroom.

The new space in Rockingham features bright colours, soft rubber floor that minimises stress on young joints, airconditioning, heating and plush toys to keep small fur babies stimulated.

Yappy Days Small Doggy Daycare owner Janice Chantler said she introduced the playroom to meet increasing client demand, with many time-poor pet owners unable to give their pooch the attention they need.

Yappy Days Small Doggy Daycare’s new playroom is pawfect for puppies. Photo: Jon Hewson.

“Having busy schedules or long work hours, many owners feel their pet isn’t getting the quality attention and social interaction they deserve,” she said.

“If your pup spends a lot of time alone during the day, this can often lead to some not so nice behaviours, not to mention feelings of guilt for the owner.

“Many clients bring their pet regularly because of excessive barking, destructive behaviour and/or separation anxiety.

“These typical boredom behaviours are massively reduced if not totally eliminated by a day or two a week at day care.”

Small fur babies explore the main daycare room, which has a play house and leather lounge for rests between play. Photo: Jon Hewson.

A room featuring a play house and leather lounge, courtyard and garden with a pirate ship ball pit are also part of the puppy day care.

The centre’s other services include a canine cab for pet pick-up and drop off, grooming, training, outings, birthday parties, boarding and photography.

Strike a pose: Pet photography is also part of the service. Photo: supplied.

Ms Chantler opened the business in 2017 when she couldn’t find adequate daily care for her mini dachshunds, Bailey (8) and Frank (6).

“The trouble with the smaller breeds is they don’t play well with the bigger breeds, and rough housing could result in an injury to a small dog,” she said.

“Here at Yappy Days Small Doggy Daycare, we aim to provide a fun and safe place for small doggies to have fun and socialise in a friendly relaxed environment.

“Our pet carers have a genuine love of animals and a wealth of valuable experiences in the field of animal welfare.

“Most of my clients know their dogs are treated like mine – a bit like royalty.”

It’s definitely not a dog’s life for hounds who get to enjoy these birthday party treats. Photo: supplied

Four-legged friends have also given the centre their paw of approval.

“One little boy, Jack, comes with his back pack on, with treats for his friends,” Ms Chantler said.

“When he gets here, he leaps out of the car, into my arms and grins his head off.

“Others simply cry and howl in the car park until they come in.”

Visit the Yappy Days Small Doggy Daycare website for more.