Acres4dogs

The people at Acres 4 Dogs

We have been running a local Doggie Day Care service since 2007 and established ourselves as Acres 4 Dogs in 2010. The team are all commited to providing the very best experience for your dog or pup.  A permanent team creates the familiarity for you and you dog or puppy and the routine and the best possible care for your pal. We're all South West London locals, owners David & Ian live in East Sheen and Putney repectively and are very well known as part of the "dog community". There's every chance you'll bump into one of us at weekends in Richmond, Wandsworth or Wimbledon Parks, Barnes or Palewell Common or just out with the family or doing the shop in Waitrose! We love being a part of our community and so close and connected to our customers.

Ian

Putney resident some 17 years, business owner and teaboy (ok ok – tea-senior!)

Life-long owner and breeder of impeccably trained (most of the time!) family dogs. From an incredibly dippy Mastiff (Missy) down to a rather aloof Daschund (Bruno) and many in between.

Creator and owner of The Waggery in Barnes (dog groomers, dog retail, puppy and dog daycare) which he sold in 2011 to concentrate on creating the industry leading Acres 4 Dogs with David.

When not living and breathing dogs you will invariably find Ian, his wife, kids and dogs (often clients dogs on a sleepover), charging around the parks and commons of South West London.  Alternatively, you will find him in Majestic!

David

East Sheen resident of 11 years, business owner and lunch boy (his own!)

Life-long dog owner and for the past 6 years the proud owner of the super dopey but incredibly sweet cross-breed ‘Percy’ (quite possibly the daftest dog in the world!)

Established Acres 4 Dogs in 2010 with Ian to fill the void in puppy and dog care cover – pioneering the service that is now ‘Doggy Day Care’, and what's more, doing it right! Creating the initial standard for puppy and doggy day care and constantly improving it and investing in it.

Chauffeur to ‘The Acres’ dogs by day and at all other times, with his wife, general skivvy to their young daughter!  David also hums and whistles a lot of Country tunes which isn't remotely annoying! 

Lee

Simply put – ‘Manager’. Over the years Lee has had Lady the German Shepherd, Harry the Spinone and Blaise the ‘lord only knew what!'

Lee is one of those people that seems to be everywhere and all the time.

The pups and dogs likely see him as that annoying headmaster who never misses a cheeky trick!

Chauffer, trainer, floor sweeper, water carrier and kitchen polisher (just don’t let his wife know the latter!).

A dad to four kids explains why he is always calm – which is exactly the ethos at The Acres.

Jo

To say Jo is an animal person is to put it mildly. She has a wealth of experience handling, owning and caring for dogs (as well as cats, horses, reptiles... you get the picture!). If we ever needed to coax an alligator out of the Acres swimming pool it would be Jo to whom we would turn!

Jo joined us from managing a warehouse on the promise of working with pups and dogs, long hot summers outside and inspirational bosses (at least she gets to work with pups and dogs!).

Those on the Barnes fun bus routes will know her well. When she’s not getting the pups in line or on pool duty at the 'Acres Lido' she will be found washing vans and keeping the Acres a well oiled machine

Bradley

Fitness loving cool dude, Bradley really is the dogs best friend (and ours when we need something heavy shifted!). His Jack Russell ‘Patch’ departed some years ago but gave him the passion to spend his days taking care of pups and dogs.

Like all of us Bradley and his partner Sam are always welcoming Acres lodgers into their home for sleepovers and holidays.

The most cautious ‘fun-bus’ driver ever (and that takes some doing around here), Bradley is also our very best grass mower and very worst Barista!

Kirstie

Lives in Fulham, life-long dog owner and Canine Queen Bee!

Kirstie takes care of our 'off site' services.  This service is for regulars or new starters unable to attend Acres 4 Dogs (convalescing post-op dogs, pre-vaccine booster pups, bit 'under the weather' etc.).  Acres 4 Dogs is a service.  Wherever possible we want to take the stress out of owning a dog or puppy. 

When not taking care of our pups and dogs or keeping us in order Kirstie is at the beck and call of her 4 (FOUR) super kids and lucky hubby with additional responsibilities for biscuits (and wet food!).

Tayler

Tayler is the latest recruit to our merry team!  When he was a mere slip of a lad he studied Animal Management at Nescott where he achieved a distinction.  This led him to jobs as a Kennel Manager and then a Dog Warden.  The past six years he has focussed on the hospitality industry but decided it was time to get back to nature, so to speak!

Tayler and his partner have two lovely kids who, along with any doggy lodgers, can invariably be found at their caravan in Sussex most weekends.

We have big plans (and small briefs) for Tayler to assume the role of 'Acres Pool Lifeguard' this summer.

Why choose Acres

  • Your dog comes home content and clean!
  • Big enough to cope, small enough to care!
  • You only pay for the days your dog attends!
  • We only take regular, sociable South West London dogs!
  • We’ve invested £80,000 in our dog care facilities!
  • We’ve been operating our dog day care service in South West London since 2007!
  • 75% of our dogs come through customer recommendations!
  • We do NOT collect late or drop-off early and you will get to know your dogs handler/funbus driver
  • We're local - our team all live near you in SW13, SW14, SW15, SW18, SW19, SW20!

Doggie Day Care Attendance

Pups and dogs thrive on routine so other than holiday time away all pups and dogs must come a minimum of one fixed day per week. Many of our dogs are in doggie day care five days a week.

It is important for the dogs to get to know us, other dogs, the surroundings and the facilities on a regular basis to get the full benefit of doggy day care. We’re not temporary dog walkers or dog sitters!

Our facilities

  • Home collection and drop-off in our air-conditioned Fun Buses
  • Acres of tranquil, private, purpose-fenced farmland
  • 120 sq meter block built indoor facility
  • Bespoke heating arrangement and plenty of cosy beds
  • Spick and span warm shower dog wash
  • Amazing swimming pool
  • The Cabin for shade and for shelter from quick downpours
  • Individual puppy feeding crates and post lunch rest-up area
  • Grooming service (daycare clients only)
  • What's not to love about haybale castles to bound over and run through!
  • Agility course

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What people say

Their care for the dogs is superb.

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Simply the best available doggie day care.

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