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Doggy Daycare at Dog n' Suds Pet Services in Nanaimo

Doggy Daycare at Dog n' Suds Pet Services in Nanaimo: outdoor and indoor play areas

Safe, Stimulating Socialization at Dog n' Suds

Dog Daycare is growing in popularity, due to the many benefits it provides dogs and their people.  We at Dog n' Suds strive to provide your dog with a stimulating environment that encourages socialization, exercise and good doggy manners.

Call us at 250-751-2551 for more information or to schedule an interview.


Daycare Services

Why Doggy Daycare

Download our Price List (PDF 42KB)


We require that you schedule an interview with us for both you and your dog.  This will allow us to introduce your dog to our present daycare dogs and get to know you and your dog a little better.  To check to see if your dog meets our requirements prior to contacting us, keep reading!

Download our Daycare Application (PDF 35KB)

The Standard Agreement (in addition to the Application) will be reviewed and signed in the presence of a staff member.   This is the Rules and Regulations and the Agreement to abide by them. It will be fully explained prior to signing.


To be eligible for doggy daycare our canine clients must be at least 12 weeks old and possess the following full set of puppy shots:

1. Rabies

2. DHLPP (this is a combo for distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus)

3. Bordatella (kennel cough)

We require hardcopy proof of vaccinations.  If you are following an alternative immunization administration program, please discuss it with our staff when scheduling your interview.

Flea/Tick Prevention

Program, Revolution and Advantage are three of the more popular varieties of monthly flea/tick prevention.  If you have alternative parasite control measures in place, please discuss them with staff when scheduling your interview.


Your dog is welcome to come for an interview any time after their last set of puppy shots.  However, dogs 6 months and older need to be spayed/neutered to attend daycare.  Ask our staff for more information.


We have many different dog personalities in our daycare.  We don't allow your dog to harass or be harassed by other dogs, but the nature of daycare means that your dog is going to meet dogs who are still learning appropriate boundaries.  To attend doggy daycare, your dog needs to be reasonably accepting of other dogs in its personal space.

Call us at 250-751-2551 for more information or to schedule an interview.

Doggy Daycare Services & Features

  • Supervised group play
  • 'High energy' and 'low/medium energy' sections
  • Activity structures
  • Unlimited fresh water access
  • Bella Turf artificial grass outdoors
  • Low-impact rubber flooring indoors

Optional Doggy Daycare Services

Available upon request; ask our staff about prices and schedules.

  • 1/2 hour walks (subject to trial walk)
  • Treadmill sessions
  • Mealtimes
  • Medication
  • Pick-up/Drop off (Weekdays)
  • Nail Trimming

Call us at 250-751-2551 for more information or to schedule an interview.

Why Doggy Daycare?

Download Why Doggy Daycare and Daycare Requirements (PDF 37KB)

Positively Channeling Your Dog's Energy

A few hours in the daycare can make the difference for dogs who are naturally active and curious.  Many dogs, especially younger dogs, get bored and restless when left alone for long periods of time.  Daycare can direct their energy away from annoying barking, your carpets and the garbage in favour of positive activities - playing with other dogs, exploring the activity structures or interacting with the staff.  

We work to get all the dogs playing or interacting on some level during their time at daycare, so no dog gets left out and they all have a chance to play with dogs of similar temperaments and energy levels.

Exercise Encouragement

Dogs with weight problems often end up dropping a few pounds at dog daycare.  Unlike home, dog daycare is constantly stimulating for your dog, encouraging it to get up and move instead of snoozing all day.

Safe Socialization

Going to daycare is like going to school; your dog will meet other dogs of all sizes, temperaments, and energy levels.  Dogs also come into contact with a variety of staff and get plenty of opportunity for human handling, both quiet and vigourous.  Learning to handle oneself in daycare will lead your dog to better interactions with dogs on the street, in the dog park, in training class and in the home.  The supervised nature of Dog n' Suds daycare makes it a very safe place for your dog to take its first steps in a multi-dog atmosphere.



Guiding Good Manners

Dog n' Suds daycare staff reinforce good manners, such as not jumping up, sitting before going through doors and positive interactions with people and other dogs.  Staff aren't trainers, but we are guides.  We provide plenty of positive reinforcement of good dog manners and distraction from annoying or destructive behaviours.

Keeping An Eye Out

Part of our job as daycare supervisors is keeping an eye out for injuries or behaviour that could indicate that your dog is in discomfort.  Dog daycare staff are certified in canine first aid through DogSafe.  This enables us to respond quickly and effectively to illness or injury.  Doggy play, like children's play, can lead to its share of bumps and bruises, but the guided nature of play in the daycare makes the risk of injury low.

Reporting Back

We want you to know how your dog's day went.  When you pick up your dog, you can find out how your dog handled daycare, if there was anything in particular the staff noticed and who your dog played with.  Dog n' Suds also regularly posts pictures of doggy daycare on our Dog n' Suds Facebook page; come check us out!

Call us at 250-751-2551 for more information or to schedule an interview.