Dread leaving your beloved pooch behind when you go away?
Banish guilt whilst your dog enjoys their very own holiday at the Hound Dog Hotel !
Here's a bit more about about what makes our doggy accommodation one of a kind!
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Very Important Pooches
Hound Dog Hotel is an exclusive, prestige option for those who want only the best for the fur pal they love who means the world to them.
We limit guests to just 4* which is why the Hound Dog Hotel is the perfect choice those seeking the highest level of service and care for their VIP - Very Important Pooch!
Just as at home, VIPs live and sleep inside with us all year round - and they do so with the added luxury of air-conditioning.
In fact we are so dedicated to making our doggy guests as relaxed & comfortable as possible that they can cuddle up on the sofa and even choose to sleep on it at night too (only if they are allowed to do so at home, of course!)
Freedom, fun, games and exercise - and it's all part of the service. No 24/7 lock downs here!
All Doggies Great & Small
Size is no object! What does matter is that all VIPs have good temperaments. This is why we have an assessment** for all dogs before a first booking to ensure that each dog is friendly and well socialised so guests get along in harmony.
Exercise, Outings & Updates
When it comes to exercise nothing comes close to the fabulous adventures your dog will have every single day.
Your dog will enjoy exciting 'dogscapades' - varied outings with free running, canine play times, but most important of all intriguing smells to track down!
We often go to the headland at Davistown or the local tidal estuary. We also go to nearby, dog-friendly, leash free*** beaches (including Avoca, Copacabana, Terrigal, Wamberal, & Shelly). As swimming is available at many of these locations your dog can show off their aquatic skills!
Daily wellbeing reports & photos are all a part of the service. We call these daily communications 'pupdates':-) Again and again clients tell us how much it meant to them to receive not only these detailed daily 'pupdates' with stories of the fun and games their dog was getting up to, but also numerous photos to enjoy. Our daily reports even include a GPS map showing where we walked, how long we were out for, and the distance we covered. What other service does that?!
Yet at HoundDogHotel we go even further. In fact we do something unique.
For stays of 7+ days owners receive a personalised music video/photograph montage to enjoy when they take their pup home.
This entertaining and very special compilation is something to treasure - a truly unique memento which captures each facet of your dog’s fun filled and action packed holiday.
Sweet Cavoodle Coconut stayed so long (three months) that her owner had three separate films to enjoy! (Click on to our videos page to see many examples of these).
Enrichment & Play
In addition to daily exercise sessions, there are enrichment sessions of play & games at various points throughout the day.
And when your dog fancies a rest from all the action, they can settle down in the cool air con and watch their favourite movie - Leo's is 'The Lion King'!
The Grassy Garden
The outdoor area has been especially adapted to suit our canine guests. It's exceptionally secure with high fencing & double gates (padlocked) on both sides.
Dogs can enjoy the spacious grassed garden for sunbathing and play. Plus there's even a paddling pool in hot weather & an outdoor doggy shower.
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We offer a large range of comfy beds in all shapes and sizes. There are sprung 'child mattresses' for large hounds, padded beds for medium pooches, and the sofa for pooches who like to feel regal!
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Some doggy guests love their own bed the best & choose to sleep on it, so owners are welcome to bring their own dog bed. Others - even with their own bed as an option - decide to play 'musical beds' & share beds with other guests. Or for a change they sometimes just use the floor! It's rather adorable to see.
Hygiene and cleanliness are high on our priorities - it's a rare day that the Chambermaids (us!) aren't running the washing machine cleaning the doggie linens - bedcovers and towels!
Visiting Hound Dog Hotel Before Booking
We love it when owners come to visit us. Before a first stay it's ideal to visit the Hound Dog Hotel with your pooch.
A visit gives owners an opportunity to experience what makes us unique. It also gives dogs the opportunity to get familiar with the the house and garden, have a play with other guests, & enjoy a few treats - often my homemade 100% natural specials!
Then, when guests come for their holiday, they have already 'recorded' good associations of Hound Dog Hotel as a happy and fun place.
To protect all guests each dog guest must be fully up to date with their vaccinations. We require a copy of current vaccination certificates from all guests prior to check-in.
Ticks & Flea Treatments
Tick & flea treatments must be up to date when dogs come to stay.
The Owner's Checklist is provided upon booking. It is thorough and covers all the essentials and more. This means owners don't need to worry about what needs to be organised before their dog's stay. It's all there in black & white.
Drop Off, Pick Up & Transport Service
Dogs must be dropped off to, & collected from, the Hound Dog Hotel. We are pleased to be able to recommend a highly professional local dog transport taxi. They offer a door to door service at a very reasonable rate. (see Contact page)
*Guest numbers are limited to 4. However, occasionally on changeover days additional dogs may be present.
**Assessments can be carried our during visits to the Hound Dog Hotel, on walks, or occasionally over the telephone.
***As the majority of our walks are off leash this does mean we can only take doggie guests with reliable recall.
Extra Benefits of choosing the Hound Dog Hotel
HOUND DOG HOTEL PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP
After a guest's initial stay they become a Hound Dog Hotel Premium Member entitling your dog to exclusive additional services:-
- Doggie Day Care from 8am to 6pm ($44)
- Epic Adventure Walks of at least 75 minutes ($22)
Both services are priced at super low levels. They are only available to Hound Dog Hotel Premium Members as we know the dog already, know they can be off leash, that they are a well adjusted pack member, and that they are fully up-to-date with their vaccinations.
*subject to availability
TREATS ARE TOPS!
Treats figure highly on the menu. Every day each guest receives an extra special treat (at least one) from a variety of Dog Treats keep in stock. As well as my Home Made Treats any of the following might be given:
Chicken necks (loved by almost all dogs)
Roast chicken de-boned and chopped into tasty morsels
Quality commercial products:
- Butchers Cuts Superior Beef Ears (Pigs Ears too fatty & greasy)
- Chicken Tenders
- Beef Liver Treats (without additives)
- 4Legs Natural products
- Sardines (small amount) added to k ibble for taste enhancement
(No longer offer bones as even the most laid back dog can get a cranky if s/he has a bone and another dog comes near!)
Extra Special 100% Natural Home Made Meat Treats:
Home made treats have to be the ultimate - pure unadulterated meat with nothing but goodness. It's not hard to make them. Using, for example, Lamb Fry or Free Range Chicken Livers, I boil these meats to cook them first. Then when cool cut into slices which are placed into Dehydrators where I semi-dry them. In that way they don’t go rock hard and retain a superior taste. Below shows the way they are made:-
On our Epic Adventure Walks I always carry treats. They are ultra tasty for maximum temptation! These extra special reward treats are given to the dogs during the session & always at the end when they are asked to sit to get a treat before leads go back on.
ONLY THE BEST PRODUCTS ARE USED
As with the finest commercial foods we only use professional grade shampoo as used by Groomers (Trade name Progroom). This product cannot be purchased at retail outlets.
Throughout their stay your dog is kept clean & brushed and showered as needed. However, as part of the totality of the service with bookings of 7+ days guests are given a double shampoo and groom before coming home. So you get to be reunited with a sweet smelling hound!
YOUR DOG IS IN THE PERSONAL CARE OF A PROFESSIONAL
My relationships with dogs spans over 25 years. I was an owner of a pair of rescue German Shorthaired Pointers and over the last 5 years have looked after dogs from most Breeds and of all Shapes & Sizes.
Prior to setting up my Hound Dog Hotel web site, I’d already published over 60 dog blogs with over 42,500 hits. My blogs address subjects including training, diet, behaviour, quality home made treats, making free toys, and more. About all things dog, they’re detailed and informative.
Today I post blogs to both Hound Dog Hotel as well as continuing to post using my ‘Perfect Pet Sitter’ blogspot. The latest blog on PPS is how to put weight on sick, ill, or fit but very skinny dogs.
Whether it is the care of our dog guests, or communication with our clients, we focus on not simply meeting expectations - but exceeding them. So for those who will accept nothing but the best for their four legged friend, the Hound Dog Hotel is the obvious choice.
Hound Dog Hotel - not the cheap option, the elite option.