Day care for dogs at Fern Farm is available daily from 6:30am until 7pm Monday to Friday filled with three fun packed sessions of group off-lead exercise, along with some enrichment time and a groom at the end of each day. Having been awarded five stars for three years by Wiltshire Council with an experienced team and added security of the owners and staff living on site providing a premium level of service and flexibility with our first class range of facilities.
All three sessions take place in our purpose built secure areas on our 100 acre farm and vary between our securely fenced paddocks for playtime, Hoopers and exploring, indoor play area with flyball and a sensory courtyard with calming scented plants, paddling pools, a rocky garden, tyres and toys providing endless entertainment. We suit active dogs who socialise well with others and guests are carefully selected according to their age, size and temperament to form a group with a tailored daily programme to suit their needs.
Enrichment is provided with supervised food and treat finding in snuffle matts, rubber kongs, slow feeder and interactive toys. Down time takes place mid morning and mid afternoon where all dogs chill out on one of our comfortable raised orthopaedic beds in a heated rest area with microfibre noodle matts on the floor. Relaxing classical music is played and Green and Wilds antler chews and chew roots can also be provided (at an additional cost).
Basic training is given during the course of the day with healthy treats to reward for good behaviour. Further professional training can also be arranged with our gun dog and obedience trainer, Geoff Shore and agility trainer, Abigail Doxford (at an additional cost). We liaise closely with both Geoff and Abigail, both are highly regarded and have extensive experience in their fields, all additional training is provided on site here at Fern Farm.
We aim to provide a fun but safe environment and in doing so we do not transport dogs off site for walks, we use only our secure areas which are all fenced with a minimum of 8 foot in height. There are no public footpaths on site meaning guests won't meet any strange or unvaccinated dogs. In turn this provides owners with piece of the mind so that they can carry on with their day knowing their dog is in safe hands.
Puppies from as young as 12 weeks can attend day care provided that they have completed their vaccinations. This takes place in our family home adjacent offering home from home comfort and a more tranquil environment where we reinforce house training, crate training and gentle puppy tailored walks with socialisation with other puppies on a little and often basis throughout the day. According to their development, we can start to introduce them to the other day care facilities building up from a short introduction and half day progressing up to a full day when they are ready.
For regular clients and members, we are happy to accept bitches in season and manage this accordingly along with providing post operation care which can take place in our home if required. Dogs who have not been neutered can attend at any age provided that their temperament and behaviour does not cause any issues, should we feel that this is an issue we would discuss this with you.
Vaccinations must be up to date for dogs to be able to attend, alternative arrangements should be made for the 14 days immediately after the kennel cough booster is given in order for us to comply with Wiltshire Council's licensing conditions. All dogs must be regularly treated for fleas, ticks and worms and we ask that if any topical flea treatment is given that this is not done immediately prior to arriving as not to allow other dogs to come into contact with the substance.
Food is to be provided by the owner, we aim to keep their feeding routine exactly the same as at home and can feed up to four times per day if required. By bringing their usual food avoids the risk of dietary upset or loss off appetite, we offer airtight storage for kibble along with refrigeration and freezer storage for wet and raw food. A healthy diet is encouraged at Fern Farm and a discount on Natures Menu food is provided to members. Medication and raw food can also be administered at no extra cost.
Please see our booking and prices page for our terms and conditions along with full details of our Canine Country Club day care membership.