The best doggy day care in Sydney!

We can’t wait to meet you and your your furry friend at doggy day care! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop us a message using the form below.

We receive a lot of enquiries so we ask you please check out our frequently asked questions below before getting in touch.

Frequently asked questions

How it works

How much does it cost?

Please check out our prices page for all the up to date prices for a Farm Trip.

Can I book in my dog for a holiday stay?

We don’t take any holiday bookings unless your dog is a regular Day Tripper to the farm. To become a regular Day Tripper please fill out an enrolment form and we’ll be in touch when a placement opens up to conduct our on-site assessment. We conduct these rigorous assessments for the safety of all our doggy guests.

Is the pool heated?

No not yet. We have plans to heat the pool.

What do you do when it rains?

We do our farm day as normal. The dogs come to the farm to run and have fun they don’t want to sit or stand around and neither do we! Here is a video showing a rainy day at the farm.

Who puts together the videos?

Sam, Luke’s wife, takes the videos, puts the videos together with music etc, posts them and manages the social media pages.

What’s in the birthday cakes?

Birthday Cake (farm style)

Ingredients

1.5kg of minced meat (chicken, beef or lamb)
1 small butternut pumpkin
Frozen baby peas

Method

Preheat oven to 150 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Take half of the mixed meat (750g) and mould into the long part of the bone shape on the lined baking tray.

Divide the remaining 750g into 4 balls and place as knuckles on the bone. Blend the edges together, shaping into bone shape.

Bake in oven for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, chop up pumpkin into small cubes and cook in water on the stovetop or microwave.

Mash the pumpkin.

When meat cake is cooked remove from the oven and place on wooden board. Spread the mashed pumpkin on top and use the peas to spell out the lucky birthday dog’s name.

How do the dogs get to the farm?

The dogs travel on a custom fitted dog bus with individual compartments and beds. Here is a video of the dogs getting picked up in the morning.

The Farm

Can I come and visit the Farm?

Unfortunately we cannot accept visitors to the farm due to restrictions put on us by the local council. On rare occasions we apply for event permits, such as our annual Christmas party, which allows us to have visitors for one day only.

Can I come and work, do work experience or volunteer at the Farm?

Working at the Farm is a lot of fun but it also takes a lot of experience and training.

We unfortunately can’t offer any volunteer or work experience placements. We are currently not set up to train people to be on-site as this takes a few months to achieve.

If we ever have placements available for full time work at the Farm we’ll announce these on all our social media channels.

How did the farm start?

Luke was Special Forces in the military for 11 years before starting his career with dogs. We first began as a dog walking and dog training business in Sydney. Initially walking dogs and then expanding to have staff walk and Luke training full time. Luke trained many dogs with many different issues but his specialty were dogs on their last chance, some on death row, dogs that were aggressive.

After several years of walking and training we made the move to start the farm. The farm was an idea we had after walking city dogs for years and seeing that an hour walk in the park wasn’t enough for them. We also found that on occasions dog parks were not a safe place and also not a great influence on a dogs behaviour.

We moved to our first farm in 2016 and set up a basic playground on a secure 12 acres. Opening our doors in March 2017. We started with just 4-6 dogs a day and only operating 3 days a week, with no staff just a husband and wife team.

In June 2018 we moved to our current property, 32 acres in Jilliby. We replaced all the old farm fencing with new 6 foot fences, underground anti dig systems and snake mesh. We cleaned up every inch of the property. We built the playground and worked hard improving the ground surface by removing bindis, weeds and laying new turf to create the soft lush paddocks we have today. In 2019 we installed the pool, a 260,000 litre magnesium dog dock diving pool.

Can I hire the Farm for an event?

While we would love to share the Farm with everyone, we can’t hire it out for events. The Farm is being used at all times by our Doggy Day Care guests and on the very rare occasion it’s quiet we’re busy doing maintenance and improvements for the following week.

Where is the farm

We are in Jilliby NSW Australia. Jilliby is a rural suburb on the Central Coast. The Central Coast is approximately an hour north of Sydney CBD and is known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle.

I would love to recreate the farm in my area. Can you share information about how I can start?

It’s our vision that dogs from all over the world should get a chance to enjoy a Farm Trip. But, for now, we’re not in a position to be able to share what we’ve learnt so people can build their own farms – but it is something we are wanting to do. Please keep in touch by following us on our social media channels.

When we’re ready and able we’ll put together a comprehensive guide so that there’ll be Doggy Day Care Farm trips from Canada to Cameroon.

Dogs and Behaviour

Have you ever had a fight?

In short no.

The long version is while we have never had a fight we have had dogs show signs of  anti social behaviour. This can be overly rough play, an aggressive bark or even a nip while chasing for a ball.

Our overall approach to aggression is focused on prevention. To learn more about how we create a wonderful, fun environment for all our guest read more in detail here.

How old should my dog before I consider sending them on a farm trip?

We take dogs of all ages. Most of our puppies are around 4-6 months of age when they first come. To send your pup, they must have had all their vaccinations.

How do all the dogs get along?

Happiness for all our guest is our top priority. Which is why we have such a detailed enrolment process.

Our overall approach to behaviour is to focused on prevention. To learn more about how we create a wonderful, fun environment for all our guest read more in detail here.

How do you introduce a new dog?

New dogs all have to go through our detailed enrolment process. The first step is a form to fill out then when they come to the farm there’s a training process they must go through.

Our overall approach to behaviour is to focused on prevention of bad behaviour. To learn more about how we create a wonderful, fun environment for all our guest read more in detail here.

How many dogs are your own?

We have 3 dogs of our own. Wallace the golden Labrador X Spaniel who is 15 years old. Charlie the black Beagle X Spaniel who is 14 years old. And Tilly the 6 year old Red Heeler. Tilly used to be a day care dog who’s owner sadly passed away from cancer. A week before she passed she asked ask to have Tilly. Tilly has lived at the farm, in our family ever since.

What breeds do you take? I see lots of pure breeds do you take cross breeds?

We take all breeds. The dogs at the farm are a representation of what dogs have enrolled for permanent regular positions and who have passed our assessment. We have cross breeds, pure breeds, designer breeds, powerful breeds, working breeds and rescued breeds!

Activities

Can my dog come and use your magnesium pool?

Swimming activities at the Farm are only for our Day Care guests. The facilities are not open to the public or available for hire.

How many big balls do you go through?

We usually go through several a week. There are certain days balls don’t get popped but other days there are particular dogs that have the perfect snaggle tooth and know how to use it!

Is the pool heated?

No not yet. We have plans to heat the pool.

What do you do in Winter?

We do less water sports and more bush runs, bush walks, paddock races and lure coursing. Activities that are better in the cooler weather or wet weather and not great in the hot weather.

What do you do when it rains?

We do our farm day as normal. The dogs come to the farm to run and have fun they don’t want to sit or stand around and neither do we! Here is a video showing a rainy day at the farm.

How many people help you?

We have 4-6 people at the farm

Who puts together the videos?

Sam, Luke’s wife, takes the videos, puts the videos together with music etc, posts them and manages the social media pages.

Contact form

If your enquiry has not already been answered above then please send us a message using the form below. If you are trying to make a booking please use our enrolment form here.