As any dog owner should know, there’s more to life with our furry soulmates than just the occasional walk and loving pat. Dogs require a hefty amount of attention, stimulation, exercise and socialisation, and sometimes fitting this in with busy modern schedules can be a challenge. That’s where our city’s doggy daycare and dog walking services get a paw of approval — from outdoor adventures to training, indoor supervising and more, these local businesses not only benefit dogs, they make life easier for humans (a fact many of us will have been reintroduced to during prolonged lockdowns).
The 2021 Denizen Everyday Heroes saw over 12,000 votes cast in support of local businesses, with the aim of shining a light on the people and places whose services we rely upon. Here are Auckland’s top go-tos for doggy daycare and dog walking, as voted by you.
MOST VOTED: Barkley Manor, Grey Lynn
Founded in 2007, Barkley Manor has gone on to become one of central Auckland’s most popular centres for doggy daycare, as demonstrated by the hefty amount of votes it received in our survey. It also offers grooming, puppy training, dog adventures and country park stays. Boasting over 2000 square metres of indoor space and a 1000-square-metre outdoor area, Barkley Manor has plenty of room for your pup to tumble about. With a highly involved team that focuses on determining your dog’s needs based on its personality, you can trust that Barkley will soon become your pup’s (second) favourite place.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Central Bark, Parnell
Sitting on the more sumptuous end of the scale, Central Bark is Parnell’s luxury pet daycare and grooming salon with even a ’boutique hotel’ for your constant companion, should they need more than a day’s stay. Whether your dog is energetic or low-key, Central Bark will ensure any amount of time spent is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Pets & Pats, Citywide
While Pets & Pats is based in Dairy Flat, it offers pick ups and drop offs throughout over 30 Auckland suburbs. Should you arrange for your pup to embark on an adventure with Pets & Pets, you can expect them to have access to acres of fenced farmland and bush walks, a swimming pool, a tennis court with an automatic ball thrower and, importantly, dedicated relaxation rooms. Pets & Pats keeps its numbers down, so your treasured dog can be sure to have an attentive experience.
Top Dogs, Ellerslie
Bark Avenue, Ranui
Follow the Leda, Citywide
Urban Walkies, Citywide