06:00 7 May 2022
The staff at a luxury dog daycare center in Norwich are turned upside down by their four-legged friends – and are so busy they’ve had to expand.
The dog sitting business is run by Tom and Toto – based at White House Farm in Sprowston.
And from drop-off time between 8 and 9 a.m. until pick-up between 5 and 6 p.m., the barking mad pack keeps its human friends on their toes.
The team says that while it has filled up very quickly since opening earlier in the year, it has learned a lot about the races and characters of their guests.
Company owner Sarah Wright said, “We have learned that the most confident and loudest dogs we have at the daycare are without a doubt Labradors and Golden Retrievers.
“The cheekiest dogs have undoubtedly been the sausage dogs – they also like to nap in the office with the team.
“And if someone’s a little mischievous, they’re always a sausage dog,” Sarah added.
Of all the dogs that frequent daycare, there are many who can do tricks and who will have learned that showing off often means getting a delicious treat.
Sarah said: “Beagles tend to have the best laps. They are so smart and they are always ready to use them when they want food.
Thanks to the joy of the dogs when they leave for the center one day, Tom and Toto had to open a new cabin to allow 14 additional dogs to attend each day.
Sarah said: “I think part of our success is because the timing was so perfect.
“We had been looking for the right location for several years.
“Completing the farm coincided with people returning to the office, which meant there were a lot of young dogs that needed more care, so it was perfect for us.”
The hut will have a patio in the front so the dogs can lie down in the shade during the summer.
The hut will be launched in early June and the waiting list is open again for these spaces.
How should people choose their first dog?
Dog expert Sarah said: “It’s not as simple as choosing something cute.
“The dog should adapt to your lifestyle so both owner and dog can be as happy as possible.”
Sarah said these top five tips will help you choose your first dog.
Exercise: You need to research how much exercise your dog will need.
Children: The age of your children will determine which dog is best suited for your home.
Garden: Some dogs like having access to the outdoor space and some prefer the couch.
Training: If you want to do a lot of training and maybe even do some agility, something like a Collie may be best.
Grooming: Some dogs need to be brushed daily and visit the groomer every eight weeks. Doodle breeds are great family dogs, but grooming adds extra cost and time.