How to Open a Dog Day Care uk2019-11-01T11:09:38+00:00

How to Open a Dog Day Care Centre in the UK with Safe Paws Dog Day Care Training Courses

New Dog Day Care Course Dates 2020

28-29-30 January, 2020

We are an approved course provider for the Department of Work and Pensions

Learn how to open up a dog day care centre in the UK?

Learn to Manage a large Dog “Pack” Dynamic and implement a No Bark Policy successfully

Come train with ourselves and learn best practice in this exciting new industry.  Get help with all your financial figures and projections with our fully interactive Dog Day Care Business Plan.

Find out how much profit a dog day care centre makes and how to continue to grow a successful business in the UK


After some thought and deliberation in early 2014 I decided to offer a consultancy course on dog day care management with the sole purpose of training and mentoring budding Dog Day Care entrepreneurs. The aim was to help them open and sustain a successful, profitable and safe dog day care centre. Since then I have trained clients from Denmark, Sydney, Germany, Ukraine, Mexico, Southern Ireland, Isle of Mann and all over the UK, with many now operating successful dog day cares of their own.

The course on how to open a dog day care and become a certificated dog daycare trainer is over three days and split between our classroom and practical floor work within our luxury dog day daycare and training centre in Stirling, Central Scotland. We providing you with the understanding, resources and training you will need to move forward with confidence and the appropriate experience to launch and grow your own dog day care .

We also provide you with support before and after your course and have a closed facebook page you will be given immediate access too once you book your place on the course. This page holds a mass of information on all things dog day care, from our fully interactive dog day care business plan, growth projections, etc to training videos on handling protocol and behaviour analysis. It also has most of our past training clients, with many having their own successful centres now, providing a wonderful platform to discuss ideas, ask questions and gain further knowledge along the way.
Come join our course on how to open, manage and grow your own dog day care at our centre of excellence in Stirling, Scotland, UK

Some of this years course certificated dog day care trainers

Attending Shirley’s course based at safe paws was the step between turning the idea of opening a day care centre into reality.

The knowledge and advice given during the course is invaluable. I especially found the business plan extremely helpful, an easy to use excel document which allows you to alter the data for your own business and identify start up costs, outlays and predicted turnover and profit. I don’t feel I would have been able to produce a business plan like this on my own.

Shirley is on hand for advice every step of the way and always replies swiftly. I found this really helpful during the search for a premises, and obtaining a lease, license and planning permission which can be very confusing.

Finally the floor work at the centre is great for training in how to work with a large pack of dogs and maintain and calm and happy environment. Shirley is fountain of knowledge and always welcomes you with a smile and a hug! I wouldn’t have got to this stage with out her so thank you very much!

Adelle Hennessey, Veterinarian, Vets Creche ltd, Newton Mearns

Thanks Shirley! Loved the course, spending time with you was the turning point to making Dog Royalty a reality, so thanks again for your help. The Business Plan was invaluable.

Reviews of our UK Dog Day Care Course

I had a marvellous week with Shirley and her team. I have learned loads about the running of a dog day care and lots of time on the floor learning about dog dynamics and maintaining a happy pack.
It has taken me nearly four years to get where I am now (just opened 3 weeks) and this course was by far the best time and money I ever spent!
Thank you to Shirley and her team x

Vicky Hollin Gray, Blackburn, England , Play Paws, Blackburn, England

Stuart had a brilliant time on your course, he learned so much and is now bursting with even more enthusiasm!

Laura & Scott Baillie, Tails of Tranquility

It goes without saying Shirley and her staff are the most efficient, professional but yet down to earth staff their is Cxx keep up the good work guys

Carly Ann Upton, Animal Ace

Safe Paws is excellent. I attended a training course here and loved every minute of it. All the staff were brilliant and Shirley has so much knowledge, I learnt loads in the 2 days I was there. It was brilliant to see all the dogs playing and socialising together, they were all so happy with lots of tail wagging going on. Thank you for a fabulous 2 days Shirley, you really motivated me xx

Karen Whitaker, Harrowgate, North Yorkshire
I have just arrived back from Stirling and what a fab time I had. Everything about this place is amazing. How buzzing the dogs are to come in and join the gang is a real credit to Shirley and her staff (real dog lovers).
Shirley has really inspired me and along with her help if needed I am confident and more than ready to start me new business venture.
Visiting these guys will be the best thing you will do – I guarantee it!
Natasha Bell, Sunderland, The Bark Academy

I have my own dog day care business based at home. I initially thought I would never spend this amount of money on a course, however it was worth every penny. Shirleys Day Care is amazing and so are the staff.

Nick White, Pet Companions

Training with Shirley was life changing and gave me the inspiration, know how, confidence and determination to start me on my own journey of opening a well run dog daycare centre. Her ongoing support has been fundamental to my business and her positive mindset never faultered. I feel privileged to have met and trained with her. It does not take long to see that Safepaws is a professional, dog focused establishment with staff who really care about the pups in their care. If I can run a business half as successfully as this one I will consider myself very lucky. Would highly recommend Safepaws services to aspiring daycare owners and dog owners alike.

Shelly Fraser, Dundee, Dundee Doggy Day Care
All parts of our visit were excellent from training on the floor to our Q&A sessions with Shirley. If you are looking to get into the pet care industry we very much recommend Shirley’s consulting service.
Claus Hetting & Lise Soeballe, Denmark, Hunderhaven Potefryd
We loved every minute of it. Fantastic course that has given me the confidence to move forward with my own dog day care. Can’t wait to come back for some more floor work with my staff.
Robin Chalmers and Victor Shields, Glasgow West End, Dog Days Glasgow

Dog Day Care Course Price

£900 plus VAT
  • This includes ALL your dog day care course information, documents, financials, training videos, business plan and more.
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