Nobody likes being at home alone and your dog is no exception. Keep your pet pooch pampered at these pet hotels and doggy daycare centres while you’re off on vacation
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself” – this quote will surely strike a chord with anyone who’s ever owned a dog. So if you’re starting to feel a little guilty about leaving your poor pooch alone at home, you might consider sending it to these daycare centres for a little fun in the sun. But what’s most important, is that these services give dogs a chance to socialise and maybe even make more furry friends. Here are our picks for the best dog daycare services and pet-friendly hotels in Singapore.
Like the name suggests, Petopia aims to be a Utopian sanctuary for pets offering premium, holistic care for your dog. A typical day at Petopia will see your dog socialising in the play area and going for walks around the Seletar Hills Estate. If your dog is spending the night at Petopia, it’ll be snoozing in air-conditioned comfort in the standard or premium boarding rooms.
Petopia, 26 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809043. p. 6886 9056.
It doesn’t get any classier than this. If you’ve got a pampered pooch (or a coddled cat, for that matter) you really want to spoil, The Wagington will offer them 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 bone-shaped pool for your pets to frolick 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.
Dogs are extremely social creatures by nature, but if you’ve only got one dog, it might not be completely comfortable hanging out with new playmates. Sunny Heights, like daycare centres for children, 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 might want to party on way after you pick it up. Longer-term accommodation in air-conditioned pens is also offered.
Sunny Heights, 110 Turf Club Road, Singapore 288000. p. 6314 9363.
You’ll be forgiven for mistaking the premises of Happy Dog for a children’s daycare centre, what with the rainforest-themed indoor playground and motifs. If your dog is more of an introvert, the playground offers lots of nooks for it to get away from it all. Happy Dog also offers a full catalogue of grooming services, a dog spa and dog hotel services. And don’t worry, throughout the entire period you’re away, your dog will be under the careful supervision of Happy Dog’s dedicated pet care assistants.
Happy Dog, 793 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269765. p. 6466 5242.
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 own 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).
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.
Afraid that your lil’ buddy will suffer separation anxiety away from home? Fear not. Wanderlodge makes sure your dogs and cats are comfortable and well taken of. We’re talking 24-hour vet support, professional groomers and pet sitters with great experience, pet-friendly facilities, a home-y environment, as well as private playtime for your pet. Wanderlodge is great for pet owners off on vacation during public holidays – they are open all year round!
Wanderlodge, Stratton Dr, Singapore 805946, p. 9873 7704.
Your furry friends are in safe hands at the Pet Hotel. This five-star accommodation is not only the biggest, but is also the only boarding kennel in Singapore to be certified by the American Boarding Kennel Association. Your pet will feel right at home with its comfy and pet-friendly rooms, with premium quality food served to make sure your pet meets its daily dietary requirements. Find its location rather inconvenient? Pet Hotel offers transportation services for your little furballs.
The Pet Hotel, 20 Pasir Ris Farmway II, Singapore 519317, p. 6582 2222.
Mutts & Mittens
Being homesick will not be an issue for your pups and kitties at this home boarder. Besides taking your dog for a walk, providing your cat plenty of catnip and giving free belly rubs for those in need of one, Mutts & Mittens offers various “homes” to choose from – including the air-conditioned indoors, the fresh outdoors (they’ve got a pool!) and a kitty corner for lazy days. Services include pet boarding and transport, as well as medical and rehab facilities. Plus, your four-legged buddy will be treated with an anti-tick and -flea prevention upon check-in.
Mutts & Mittens, 11 Pasir Ris Farmway II, Singapore 519326, p. 6583 7371.