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Doggie Day Care: Wigram Vet

Tucked away at Wigram Skies, there is a new option for doggy day care which has become a popular location for busy people to entrust their canine whānau since its opening in March.



The Good Dog Spa at 155 Corsair Drive is a purpose-built dog-centric location for all things canine. The building houses veterinary practice, Wigram Vet, a dedicated canine rehab facility and groomer, and a small, boutique doggy day care facility designed with your dog in mind.

The Good Dog Spa specialises in puppies and smaller breeds. Spencer the whippet was only three months old when his mum Jo dropped him off with a tear in her eye. “I lead a busy working life and The Good Dog Spa gives me peace of mind that Spencer will be safe and happy while I’m working,” Jo says.

Afra, a diploma-qualified Vet Nurse and Senior Day Care Attendant really enjoyed seeing Spencer come out of his shell, grow confidence and have positive interactions with other dogs. “Day care provides an important opportunity to help young dogs grow into well-adjusted adults while away from their home environment.”

When Louie started going blind, his owner Kim didn’t want him to stop socialising. “The Good Dog Spa facilities allow Louie to have safe interactions with other dogs, which was our number one priority, as we didn’t want him to become scared of other dogs,” she says.

“We try to treat the dogs like they are our own pets,” Afra says. “We use lots of active play and both structured and unstructured activities to engage with the dogs on a one to one basis. The Good Dog Spa has three separate smaller rooms each with their own outdoor run area and drinking water which allows us to create mini groups within the main group as we want.”

Saturday pump classes are a high energy option for wound up dogs who need to unwind. These are taken by James Bowden who has a Masters in zoology with a focus on canine behaviour in his undergraduate degrees.

“In essence The Good Dog Spa always aims to give dogs warm and positive experiences. Our smaller size and unique facilities give us an advantage in the competitive doggy day care industry,” says Senior Day Care Attendant and Vet Nurse Aidan.

MINIDOG MONDAY: less than 10kg? You can come on Mondays for quality small dog time.




Preschool for puppies: Ourvets

Ourvets Halswell has for many years been running a very successful Puppy Preschool and for the past seven years, this has been run by their Senior Veterinary Nurse, Jessica Blackwood.



Jessica’s background in ‘Obedience training and Rally-O’ and being the owner of two mini schnauzers, Apple and Echo, makes her the perfect person to help the owners of new fur babies understand the basic needs and training for their new puppy.

Jessica’s classes go over in depth:

  1. Toilet training
  2. Vaccinations
  3. Desexing
  4. Basic manners: sit, stay, down, and for fast learners, the ‘commando crawl’
  5. Handling and grooming
  6. Nutrition and preventative care

One of the key benefits of puppy preschool is socialisation with other dogs. The best time for this is between 8 and 12 weeks of age, as this is a very important time in a puppy’s brain development. By socialising with other puppies that are of a similar age, they learn – in a safe and controlled environment – the basics of how to interact with each other and understand dog behaviours they will soon be exposed to in the future (in the real world!). Puppies need to have at least one vaccination in order to attend puppy preschool. These should be given at the ages of 8, 12 and 16 weeks to be fully vaccinated and yearly thereafter.

Recent Puppy graduate, Ben and his owner Sarah, gave the following recommendation to Jessica’s Puppy Preschool: “The team at Ourvets have been instrumental throughout every step of Ben’s journey. Jessica’s leadership in the puppy school programme helped us integrate Ben into family life and ensure from a young age that he could nail the basic commands. The advice we received on teething, chewing, toileting and feeding was invaluable.

“Jessica and the wider Ourvets team went above and beyond to help and ensure that the noise and destruction was kept to a minimum! Whether popping in for a quick bag of food, a routine check, or a weekend emergency, Ben has received the very best care from all Ourvets locations and loves visiting the vet!”