Only the best care for your furry family

A home away from home, you can trust your pups are being carefully looked after in our professional daycare centre with our Qualified Dog Behaviourist. 

Our specially designed facility has been in development since April '21 and provides the highest standard of Natural Canine Enrichment you'll find here in Christchurch. The park contains natural play equipment, various ground surfaces, climbing equipment, sensory gardens, paddling pools, obstacle courses, brain games, a full-sized dock diving pool*, a sandpit*, rest areas and so much more! Dogs are rotated through our different enrichment areas throughout the day, as well as dedicated rest and cuddle times, providing the enrichment that nature designed for them.

Our Bark Rangers (staff) are professionally trained & Qualified in Canine Behaviour to create a safe and fun environment for all! We require all our staff to undergo First Aid training and ongoing training in Canine Behaviour, at ECC the learning never stops!

All dogs (including puppies) must be fully vaccinated before attending daycare

  • CANINE ENRICHMENT PARK

    Our specially designed facility has been in development since April '21 and provides the highest standard of Natural Canine Enrichment you'll find here in Christchurch. The park contains natural play equipment, various ground surfaces, climbing equipment, sensory gardens, paddling pools, obstacle courses, brain games, a full-sized dock diving pool*, a sandpit*, rest areas and so much more! Dogs are rotated through our different enrichment areas throughout the day, providing the enrichment that nature designed for them.

    *requires pawrent permission

  • CLEAN, HYGENIC AND SAFE

    Our facilities is cleaned daily with Odarid Pet Sanitiser - a pet SAFE disinfectant that has been tested and proven to eliminate viruses such as: Canine parvovirus, canine distemper, feline leukemia, corona virus, equine influenza A,  salmonella, e-coli, streptococcus, HIV-1 (aids virus), hepatitis B virus(HBV),  Herpes 1 and 2, legionella pneumophila, enterobacter aerogenes, enterococcus faecium, staphylococcus, listeria monocytogenes, infectious peritonititis, avian influenza,  and most viruses, bacteria and fungi.
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  • COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY

    No one is an angel 100% of the time! We have complete transparency with your dog's behaviour in daycare. If it was our dogs, we would want to know! On pickup, staff give owners a quick debrief of how their day was in daycare, whether they were a little grumpy, unsettled, stressed, or had a great day - we will tell you! Our staff give dogs daily health checks and are trained to pick up any behaviour changes that occur to make their daycare experience as pleasant as possible

  • KENNEL FREE ENVIRONMENT

    Our daycare is a completely kennel free environment. Structured days include nap time where the lights are dimmed, calming music on, lots of extra blankets and beds are bought out. Staff are trained in aiding dogs to settle and relax they also get lots of cuddles and pats. Individual (crated) rest time can be requested when you book

  • STRUCTURED DAYS

    A day in daycare includes dedicated play, train, enrichment, and nap times. It is important to provide dogs with controlled mental stimulation, appropriate socialization and play time and nap & relax times. We even have a specially designed sensory garden for your dogs to engage in their sniffing needs, an enrichment deck that helps the dogs to learn how to problem solve and build confidence

  • INDOOR-OUTDOOR FREEDOM

    All dogs will enjoy the freedom of a snuggly indoor area and outdoor area during their visit. Our Canine Enrichment Park is the largest free-roam indoor/outdoor daycare area in Christchurch

  • QUALIFIED STAFF

    Staff hold multiple Canine Behaviour Qualifications, Canine Enrichment Qualifications, Puppy Specific Qualifications, and more. You can rest assured your dog is in the best hands

    See our About Us for more details.  
  • PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED

    Our staff are trained in canine body language, behaviour and psychology to ensure your dog will always be happy and comfortable at daycare. Our training methods are based on the most recent scientific research. Our staff are always learning!

  • FORCE FREE TRAINING

    All training at ECC is LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive), force free and positive training methods. We never want your dog in a situation they feel stress, anxiety, fear or pain 

  • GROUP BY SIZE & TEMPRAMENT

    Our daycare groups are created each day based on size and personality of each dog

  • SAFE ENVIRONMENT

    All dogs must go through our assessment process with one of our trained Team Leaders to ensure suitability for daycare. You can be confident your dog will be in a safe and stress free environment

    The Assessment Process 
  • PRIVATE PAWRENTS FACEBOOK GROUP

    For all our pawrents to see daily updates, impawtent notices, share their photos and much more

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  • STAFF TO DOG RATIO 1:8

    For enhanced safety for our dogs and staff, we aim to have our staff to dog ratio at 1 staff to 8 dogs

  • STAFF TO PUPPY RATIO 1:3

    The first year of a dog's life is absolutely crucial for your dog's behavioural development. To ensure we are setting puppies up for success and providing the highest safety and learning environment, we only have a maximum of 3 puppies to 1 trained staff member

  • DAYCARE FOR PUPPIES

    All puppies under 6 months of age have their daycare play group in our specially designed puppy socialization area. Puppies get to play and learn with others in similar ages, learn necessary handling, desensitization, toilet training, and important social skills with both humans and other dogs. Puppies : handler ratio is 3 puppies to 1 staff member

    Daycare For Puppies 
1 of 15

6 months +

Adult Dogs Daily

Full Day Rate $50

Half Day Rate $40

Adult Dogs

Prepay Packages

The Cocker Spaniel

5 Day Package $240

The Border Collie

10 Day Package $450

The Bassett hound

10 Half Day Package $380

The Great Dane

20 Day Package $840

Must be used in 6 months

Under 6 months

Puppies Daily

Full Day $60

Half Day $50

Puppies

Prepay Packages

5 Day Package

$290

10 Day Package

$550

Must be used in 3 months

same household

Multi Dog Rate

2 Dogs

Full Day $96

10 Day Package $840

Half Day $76

3 Dogs

Full Day $140

Half Day $110

2 Puppies

Full Day $105

Half Day $91

Prepay packages also available

Daycare Frequently Asked Questions

Does my dog have to have an assessment before booking?

All dogs must go through our assessment process prior to enrollment. This ensures suitability and maintains stress levels as low as possible.

Head over to our Enrollment Process page to see the process in depth

Can my dog stay for the day after their assessment?

Unfortunately not. It is best to have a short, positive experience and build on it in future sessions.

Do dogs have to be desexed in order to attend daycare?

We don't require desexing, however;

Females in season or pregnant are not permitted in daycare.

Males desexing is not required as such, however, most entire males over maturity age do not do well in a social daycare environment. We will inform pawrents if their dogs are displaying testosterone related behaviours, and we will inform & stand down dogs if it becomes a safety or welfare concern.

What is the maximum number of dogs?

55 dogs split into up to 4 groups based on both size and temperament. Our facility is 1450sqm and has the largest free roaming indoor-outdoor space in Canterbury, so your dogs still have plenty of space to roam and move around.

Can I bring lunch for my dog?

You sure can! You can also purchase lunch via the "add-ons" section in the owner portal

Do dogs have access to outside?

All of our daycare areas have full access to both inside and outside all day (except during storms, dogs are kept indoors).

What time is pick up and drop off?

Anytime between 7am and 6pm. We dont have set windows of time dogs must be dropped off by.

A late fee of $50 per 15 minutes after 6pm applies

How long is a half day?

Our half day rates are anything 4 hours or below. We don't have set time frames for half days, just as long as the visit is 4 hours or below.

Will my dog be kenneled for their daycare stay?

Short answer, no.

We do not have kennels at our facility, our staff aid the dogs in communal rest, without the need for kennels. We have lots of blankets, bedding, and comfy spots for dogs to settle on, and our staff are available for cuddle sessions (with the dogs of course) when settling.

We do have a few crates available for pawrents who want their dog to have crated rest during the day. This is bookable in the parent portal.

How often can my dog come to daycare?

The answer varies between dogs. We don't allow any dogs to attend more than 3 days per week (too much of a good thing can have negative consequences).

If we notice your dog not doing well with certain days or multiple days per week, we will inform you and make a plan to ensure your dog is happy with the environment