Join as a member (£25, or £12.50 for over 60s) and get 3rd party insurance for your dog – up to £1,000,000 per claim if your dog causes damage or injury to another person, their property or pets. (An excess applies.)
Are you unable to walk your dog or do you just want to give it stimulation during your absence?
The-Dog-Walker service operates in South and East Belfast, and North Down.
http://www.the-dog-walker.co.uk Call Liz on 077 9462 4340.
Also in South and East Belfast, FurryPals offers a dog walking, dog minding and pet taxi service. http://www.furrypals.co.uk Call Janice on 077 6318 0896
Happy Tailz offer dog walking and pet sitting services in North Belfast & Newtownabbey.
Call Lisa or Pauline on 074 4540 7587 or 077 7578 6417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Groomer, https://www.facebook.com/ThegroomerNI Tele. 07763 684271
Unit 2, St John's Court, 734 Upper Newtownards Road, BT16 1RJ
Dog Play at DoggiePlay
Not "doggy day care", more "doggy play care", Doggieplay is situated beside Connswater Shopping Centre in east Belfast and offers a safe, enclosed, indoor area for your dog to play with other similar-sized pooches.
You can't abandon your dog there and clear off to do shopping, but you can sit and have a coffee while watching your dog playing with others, or you can accompany your dog in the play area.
Full details are on their website, http://www.doggieplay.co.uk or call 02890 458 988.
Sirius Dog Training
Named after the Dog Star, Sirius, this is Dr Ian Dunbar's excellent website. Visit it for training and behaviour advice for new puppies and for older dogs. Useful articles are available from the drop-down menus at the top of the screen. You may have to register to get full access, but it's a trustworthy site and well worth visiting. Highly recommended.
How to buy a pup?
For a start, don't support puppy farms. (And don't get conned into thinking that you are rescuing puppy-farmed dogs. That too supports the puppy farms.)
Always see the pup with its mother and other pups in their home environment. Ask about the health and longevity of the adult dogs. Look at the temperament of the adults. You want a good companion dog - a cross or mongrel might have the better temperament, but is unlikely to be able to breed in this world of show-focused dog-breeding.
Moneysaving and Dogs (October 2019)
The Martin Lewis website, MoneySavingExpert.com , has produced a page that you might find useful: Moneysaving for dog owners
Stop the persecution of animal daycare facilities in NI and demand Stormont intervention.
For some time the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) have been visiting and forcing closure of animal daycare and boarding facilities across Northern Ireland. DAERA are of the view (why?) that 1970s legislation must be enforced against ANY services where animals are kept. Dogs cannot be socialised or mixed with other animals. This means solitary confinement for dogs in daycare - hence no socialisation or play with other dogs.
Ask your local politicians, who have been paid for the last 3 years for doing nothing, to actually do something positive about this - to pass new legislation that will halt this lunacy.
There are many victims of this madness, one of which is Walkapaws at Ballyclare. In what conditions will your dog be housed if you go on holiday, are ill, or have reason to board your dog?