Our newest tenants, dog lovers Harley Quinn and Chris Herd, started Dumfries doggy daycare business Wagg this Way in May 2019, and have already built up a regular four-legged clientele at their newly refurbished and spotless premises at Unit 272 Hurricane Road.
Having trained in animal care and vet nursing, Harley had always harboured a passion for her own business working with dogs, and when the former doggy daycare premises became available she and partner Chris jumped at the opportunity.
Since May, Harley and Chris have made major improvements to the centre, which now boasts fully resurfaced play areas and the introduction of some great new play facilities – even a ‘scentsory’ garden with mint and other dog-safe herbs to help the dogs ‘see the world through their nose’ or even have a nibble on!
Happy Dogs at Wagg This Way
It’s important to Harley and Chris that dog owners can drop their four-legged members of the family off at Wagg this Way safe in the knowledge that they’ll be safe, clean, and exercised. We caught up with Harley recently to see the centre in action:
“It’s so important to us that the dogs in our care have safe spaces to not just play but also to have some quiet time if they need it. Our daily routine includes nap times for the dogs as well as play time. A tired dog is a happy dog! As well as our play areas including paddling pools, climbing frames and tunnels we have beds, sofas and even open crates for dogs who are used to them”
“We keep the centre spotlessly clean. My background and qualifications in animal care mean that I know the importance of strict hygiene and cleanliness. All areas are disinfected daily with proper vet approved disinfectant and drinking water bowls are replenished every three hours. We have a first aid kit on hand for any minor mishaps that might occur. Touch wood we never need it, but accidents to happen and it’s good to know that your dog is in safe hands should a situation arise.
We think of Wagg This Way as a safe ‘free roaming day centre’ for dogs – they’re never locked away and we have several areas that dogs can explore including a quiet room for tired dogs or a dog who just wants some time away from everyone else”
Chris and Harley plough every penny they can back in to improving the facilities at Wagg This Way. Future plans include extending the play areas with a grass covered area to create a ‘home from home garden’ feel. Our commercial property units are flexible and can be modified to suit your business.
Wagg This Way offer either 5 hour daycare sessions or full day sessions from 7.30am to 6pm. All dogs will be assessed before being accepted to doggy daycare and up to date annual vaccination certificate must be provided.
Contact Harley or Chris on 074707031566 or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/WaggThisWay