From dog runs to dog spas, here's how you spend quality time with your lovable four-legged furball, and even the best doggy daycares while you're away
Sharing your life with a dog is a monumentally rewarding experience – many members of our Honeycombers team can attest to this – so we want to help you make the most of it. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide and sussed out all the best spots for a doggy day out, as well as some groomers and vets that we’ve personally tried and tested. Your fur-kid deserves nothing but the best!
The easiest way to get out and about with your pooch is a trip to a nearby dog run. These penned up outdoor areas give your dog ample opportunity to socialise and exercise. It’s great fun for us dog owners as well, ’cos what’s more relaxing than watching dozens of happy dogs scampering about?
West Coast Dog Run
Westies don’t have to travel far to get to this dog run. With lots of wide open spaces, it’s the perfect place for a game of fetch or Frisbee. Sheltered park benches also make this dog run ideal for a picnic, but make sure you bring some treats for the furry ones as well!
Katong Park Dog Run
This dog run may be smaller than the previous two, but makes up for it by having an obstacle course for dogs. If you think your dog’s got what it takes to be a doggy Ninja Warrior and enter agility competitions, here’s your perfect practice spot.
Bishan Park Dog Run
Bishan Park’s lush landscape and water features make it a wonderful place to spend a sunny weekend out with your dog. The park gets pretty hectic sometimes, so make sure your pooch plays nice with his other furred friends!
If your canine happens to be an aquatically inclined breed, or just happens to be exceptionally fond of bath time, take him out for a dip at a dog pool. Just don’t mind the wet doggy smell!
Let your pooch in on some poolside shenanigans at Sunny Heights. Like daycare centres for children, Sunny Heights not only looks after your dogs, but also aims to foster socialisation through games and activities – there are even pool parties for your dogs! Don’t be alarmed if your pooch wishes to party on after you’re tired out.
Sunny Heights, 110 Turf Club Road, Singapore 288000. p. 6314 9363.
Canine Wellness & Rehab Centre
Pool time is more than just fun and games! If you’ve got an older dog or one with injuries, take him for a relaxing hydrotherapy treatment session. Just let them know beforehand if you’d like to hop in with your dog, and you should, since shower facilities are also offered.
Canine Wellness & Rehab Centre, 224 Telok Kurau Road, #01-05 Uni Building, Singapore 423836. p. 9299 2950.
Pet-friendly bars and cafes
All that running about has probably gotten you and Fido completely knackered, so you’ll probably want to kick back and relax over a cuppa, or even a couple of beers. If so, hop over to one of these pet-friendly spots to recharge. Here are some of the Honeycombers team’s favourites. Want a full list? Check up our full round up here.
Colbar might be a little far flung, but if you want to make a day of it, go for a stroll down the Green Corridor with your dogs. When you’re all winded out, kick back at Colbar and enjoy some British brews and Western-Hainanese food.
ColBar, 9A Whitchurch Road, Singapore 138839, p. 6779 4859.
Tanjong Beach Club
Everyone loves a day at the beach, so it’s only fair we let our dogs in on some sun, sand and surf. Pick up your pooch and head down to Tanjong Beach Club, where you can sip on a Mojito and let your furred friend frolic in the waves.
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098942. p. 9750 5323.
Sports bar, board game café and deli all rolled into one. While you tuck into your favourite Asian and Western dishes, this pet-friendly bistro serves up some healthy doggie meals so you can enjoy your food with your pooches!
Happy Daze, 11 Maju Ave, Singapore 556689. p. 6285 2885.
Like people, our pets need regular check ups to make sure they’re happy and healthy. Vet check-ups are also great opportunities to talk to your vet and make sure your dog’s nutritional needs are being met. Here are two of our team’s personally tried and tested vets.
Allpets & Aqualife
Allpets & Aqualife Clinic has been in business for close to 15 years in the Seletar area. It goes without saying that the vets here are well trained and experienced, but what’s really reassuring is the compassion and care they show to all the animals they treat.
Allpets & Aqualife Clinic, 24 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809041. p. 6481 3700.
Animal & Avian Veterinary Clinic
AAVC prides itself on the concept of a “client-patient family style” veterinary clinic. While relatively young, having only opened in 2008, the clinic’s belief in treating pets like members of the family and their affordable rates make this clinic a great choice for pet owners.
Animal & Avian Veterinary Clinic, Block 716 Yishun Street 71 #01-254, Singapore 760716. p. 6853 9397.
Dog grooming and spas
Now that your wonderdog’s feeling good, pamper him a bit and make him feel like a million bucks with a trip to the groomers. Here, your dogs will get their nails clipped, ears cleaned, fur de-matted and get a lovely bubble bath and a blowdry.
Like the name would suggest, Petopia aims to be a Utopian sanctuary for pets, be it for wellness therapies, grooming or even pet boarding. The grooming services here are quick, fuss-free and done with the highest levels of professionalism.
Petopia, 26 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809043. p. 6886 9056.
You take care of your image, so shouldn’t you make sure your pooch looks just as good? Take Fido down to this retro-inspired dog salon for a swish makeover, and if he’s been a good boy, pick up a couple of treats for him as well.
Pooch Image, 119 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455244. p. 6344 4044.
Whether you’ve got massive macho mongrel or the daintiest mild mannered poodle, Macho Pawz will get them looking their best with reasonably-priced grooming services and member discounts. If you really want to spoil your hound, set them up with spa treatments like the Dead Sea black mud wrap and the Oriental flower therapies. We wanna try too!
Macho Pawz, 168 Bedok South Avenue 3, Singapore 460168. p. 6445 6928.
Pet hotels and pet day cares
As much as we love our furred companions, the necessities of work commitments and overseas trips mean that we’re not always there to look after our pets. Thankfully, Singapore has some great pet hotels, pet-sitters and doggy day care centres. Some pets get a little panicky left in a new place on their own, so if you’d rather keep him comfortable at home, hire a pet sitter using the Pawshake app. It’s kinda like Tinder, only it matches you up with other pet owners who’ll take care of your dog as if it were their own. If you’re planning to go on a weekend staycay, there are even a few pet friendly hotels that’ll let you bunk in with your pets. Here are some of our faves!
It doesn’t get any classier than this. If you’ve got a pampered pooch, The Wagington will offer him the five-star treatment they deserve. Doggy daycare here includes a host of activities for your dog to exercise and socialise. The outdoor garden area even utilises a high-speed air-cooler system to make sure your furred friend doesn’t get hot under the collar. That’s not the only way The Wagington helps your dog beat the heat; the hotel also includes a bone-shaped pool for your pets to frolic in. But the real selling point of this pet hotel has got to be the boarding rooms. The Royale Suite includes a queen-sized bed, a 32-inch LED TV (to watch Lassie, obviously) and gourmet dining options like pork chop, fish stew and risotto. Oh, and because you’re definitely wondering, the answer is no: you can’t book a room here for yourself.
The Wagington, 27b Loewen Road, Singapore 248850. p. 6471 1698.
If you’re going for a vacation, it’s only fair your dog gets a ‘Pawcation’ for itself, right? So on the way to the airport, drop your pooch off at this dog hotel for a little R&R of its own. Once it gets accustomed to its suite (premier and regular offered), it’ll get to romp around in the rooftop garden and take in a little sun. And although it’s on a vacation, it’ll get the opportunity to keep fit indoors and go on treadmill walks. If this is your first time being separated from your dog and you can’t help but feel a little anxious, 24/7 webcam access to your dog will put your mind at ease.
Pawcation, 479 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427684. p. 8328 3305.
Inspired by her experiences volunteering with a dog rescue group, Esther Low resolved to leave her successful career in pharmaceutics to start Doggie Retreat. Instead of housing dogs in cages or dingy kennels, Doggie Retreat provides a large compound and a garden for her charges to run about and socialise. The dogs under her care also get to go on field trips to parks and even go for a swim by the beach. But most importantly, Esther’s genuine love and concern for dogs makes this doggy daycare centre a home away from home for your beloved companions.
Doggie Retreat, (visit website for details).
Of course, if you haven’t got a dog yet and have been living vicariously through your pet owner friends, perhaps it’s time to consider adding a furred friend into your life. We’re advocates of pet adoption, so we think the best thing you can do is open your heart to a rescue from a dog shelter. Adopting a pet is a huge decision, so we’ve put together a helpful guide that’ll de-mystify the adoption process and help you take the first few steps to becoming a proud dog owner. Don’t adopt on impulse, please!