How do I know if my dog will sUITED TO wICKLOW pET HOTEL?
Not all guests are suited to our free play socialisation model. If your canine companion attends daycare or regularly mixes off-lead with other dogs, he/she will probably adapt quite well. However, barking or seeming unsettled around other dogs while on a lead is no indication that he/she won’t be suited to our model. We will usually ask that new potential guests come for an overnight trial, especially if you are planning a long stay or booking during peak season. It really is the best way for us all to ensure that this is an environment in which your dog feels relaxed and happy.
wHAT SHOULD I BRING FOR MY DOG'S STAY?
wHAT SHOULD i LEAVE AT HOME?
We are well stocked with food and water bowls, toys, mattresses and vetbed for all our guests. Personal items such as those can become damaged or mislaid during the course of a busy day of play and are best left home. When checking in, we will trade one of our leads for your own. Your lead and harness, if used, will be returned to you for ease when collecting.
CAN WICKLOW PET HOTEL ACCOMMODATE OLDER DOGS?
We have a ‘Back to Bed Gang’ especially for our older guests. These dogs are often stay on the lower lawn closer to the house and office away from the busier play areas and they return to bed for naps frequently. Please see our section on the ‘Back to Bed Gang’ for more details
can wicklow pet hotel accommodate puppies?
Your puppy is more than welcome at Wicklow Pet Hotel once they have finished their primary course of vaccinations. It is a good idea to start socialising them early. Please see our section on Puppies for more information.
Can wicklow pet hotel accommodate dogs on medication/dogs with medical conditions?
If your dog requires special attention or medication, please contact us to discuss your options. All our staff is experienced in administering a range of medications for a variety of conditions. All medications will be properly stored and dispensed per your instructions. This is documented and will be provided to you on collection.
can wicklow pet hotel accommodate dogs on special diets?
Royal Canin food is included in your booking, but we are happy to accommodate any special diets or foods that our guests require, whether raw food, gluten free or anti-allergy. Simply bring along your preferred food when you drop off and let us know how much and how often. If a specific amount is required, please bring along a marked measuring cup. Our space is limited, especially during peak times, so please give us only what will be needed for the stay.
what about fussy eaters?
Our team is dedicated to making each stay as relaxed and comfortable we can. We take the time to get to know each personality and temperament. If your dog requires extra encouragement or a has a little routine which is particular their mealtime, let us know. During our 12 years in business, we’ve seen and done everything to accommodate the fussiest eaters imaginable. Whether he/she prefers to eat alone, in a group, from a bowl, off the floor, from our hands, outside, inside, on the counter, at our feet or even while we chat, you can rest assured that your canine companion is getting the dietary consideration they require.
how do i know if my dog has an eye infection?
Many dogs have watery or runny eyes. However, if you notice redness, swelling, mucus or yellow/green discharge, your dog may have an eye infection which will need to treated before checking in. Please see our section on eye health for more information.
Are there drawbacks to free socialisation?
By their nature, dogs are social animals and it is a good idea to encourage this as early as possible. By leaving your dog at Wicklow Pet Hotel, it is deemed that you are fully aware and accept that all dogs staying are mixed together for socialisation and play. Although dogs are supervised while playing together, dogs may suffer nicks and scratches. Minor nicks or cuts will be dealt with by staff, who are qualified in Canine First Aid.
The practice of mixing dogs together does not suit all dogs. If any dog displays aggression, or are deemed not suitable to partake in our socialisation you will be informed at check out and unfortunately they will not be permitted to stay in the future. Wicklow Pet Hotel does not permit any breed of dog on the restricted breed list as per Control of dogs Regulation 1998 and any un-neutered adult male dogs to be boarded.
Infections and illnesses spread easily between dogs freely mixing. It is vital for the health and safety of all our guests that your dog is fully vaccinated, treated for worms/fleas and healthy at check in. Please see our section on health and our Terms and Conditions for more information.