DO you ever worry about leaving your dog at home while you're at work? You might not have to for much longer.
A development application for the Diesel and Blue Doggy Day Care has been lodged with Orange City Council for Leewood industrial estate, which will provide care and essential socialisation for up to 30 dogs during the day.
Owner Danielle Haase said her first staffy, Blue Dog, attended day care on the Northern Beaches to help avoid anxiety often found in the breed, but when she adopted a second, Diesel, in 2018 after her move to Orange, he did not cope when Ms Haase went to work.
"I looked around and couldn't find anything like a doggie day care," she said.
"I ran a survey around town about the idea and got a very positive response so the seed was planted and the long business start-up journey began."
The centre would convert a former mechanical repair shed, including three pens and an exercise area indoors, a grooming area and an outdoor play area.
Dogs will be assessed for behaviour and generally separated according to size, energy and temperament, with puppies expected to be grouped together under constant supervision.
The taxi service means dogs can be picked up and dropped off even if you're at work already.Owner Danielle Haase
They will need to be registered, microchipped, desexed and fully vaccinated to attend.
"Dogs will play, socialise and rest, meaning when they come home they are calmer and very thankful for the investment in them as a key member of the family," Ms Haase said.
"Planned hours will be 8am-5pm, but the taxi service means dogs can be picked up and dropped off even if you're at work already."
The centre will not provide overnight boarding.
Ms Haase said the unconditional love from a dog was endless and she wanted to live up to their expectations.
"My dogs get the same level of thought and investment that my child does," she said.
"Hopefully there will be less bored, barking, digging, jumping, escaping problem dogs and owners who can make another choice."
Pending approvals, the day care is expected to hold an open day on September 1 so families can visit the centre and book in for the temperament assessment.
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