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Where learning and socialisation are part of the fun!

Dogs HQ Doggy Day Care is one of the best and most reputable dog day cares in Melbourne. Conveniently located on Hoddle St in Abbotsford and South Melbourne just minutes from the CBD and freeways, our huge state-of-the-art centres have been designed to ensure your pooch gets the very best care, guidance and stimulation. Over our 10+ years, we’ve built a strong community of pooches and their pawrents, as well as a passionate and expert team of handlers who know how to mix learning with fun!

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We have a new doggy day care centre in South Melbourne!

We are so excited to announce we've opened a new location in South Melbourne!

We’ve already had lots of pups join our new pack, and we're looking forward to welcoming more pooches and their parents to our amazing community!

We're looking forward to more pooches and their pawrents joining our amazing community.

We’ve already had a lot of interest so make sure you join our waitlist if you want to secure your furry friend a place!

New Location


Peace of mind

10+ years with a stellar reputation & experienced team – go about your day knowing your pooch is getting the best care!


Huge play areas with built-in platforms, tunnels, ramps and room to run – tired, happy dogs at the end of the day!

Learning & socialisation

A balanced approach focused on letting dogs be dogs while guiding behaviour towards healthy play

Stimulation & fun

Interactive toys, agility equipment, rotating mind training games & special events to keep dogs always engaged

Learn more about doggy daycare


Ready to try doggy daycare and see what all the fuss is about? Here's how it works:

  • Complete the online enrolment & provide your dog's C5 vaccination certificate to info@dogshq.com.au (just a pic on your phone is fine!).

  • We'll be in touch to either go ahead and book your first day, or to chat further about your pooch if we have any questions.

  • On your dog's first day, arrive at 7.30am so your dog can meet our team and their new friends one-by-one and be assigned to a play group. We’ll get them settled in and assess their behaviour closely.

  • If all goes well with the assessment and your pooch is a good fit for doggy daycare, you relax and enjoy the rest of your day knowing they're having an awesome time!

  • Collect your tired, happy pup by 6.30pm and take them home for cuddles and a quiet night!

Other Services

Pamper your pooch with wash and blow dry while they're at daycare! Read more
Puppy training classes coming soon - register your interest & watch this space! Read more
Dog treats, food & accessories available at HQ - if we don't stock your favourite just ask us & we'll see what we can do! Read more
Dog training classes coming soon - register your interest & watch this space! Read more


Just fill in our enrolment form and email us a copy of their c5 vaccination to info@dogshq.com.au (a pic on your phone is fine). Then we’ll be in touch to make arrangements for your pooch to enjoy a day of fun!
Yes! We temperament-test every dog who comes into the facility and separate dogs into play groups based on play styles and energy levels, not size. It's very important to us to ensure pooches are socialised with dogs of ALL shapes and sizes - just like they'd meet at the park! We're very careful to ensure the safety of our littler pups, so we take lots of care to match the right dogs together in each play group and supervise them constantly.
We have three huge playrooms, each equipped with built-in tunnels, ramps, platforms and lots of fun interactive toys and games. We also have a dedicated rest areas for dogs who need a bit of downtime, and several holding areas where over-excited dogs can chill out!
Yes. There is always at least one staff member in every play room at all times - even quick bathroom breaks must be covered by another employee! This is to ensure the safety and well-being of the dogs, as well as to foster strong, interactive relationships between our team members and each and every dog. And, of course, to allow for lots of cuddles!
Our centre is on the east side of Hoddle St in Abbotsford, in between Gipps and Langridge Sts. You can park in our Henry St carpark until 10am, after that, there's ample parking available on Hoddle St right outside our doors. Because of our convenient location right near the Eastern and SE freeways, we provide doggy daycare to customers from Melbourne, Abbotsford, Collingwood, Richmond, Clifton Hill, Fitzroy, Cremorne, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Kew, Kew East, South Yarra, Toorak Burnley, North, Brunswick, Thornbury, Preston Northcote, Brunswick East, Alphington, Reservoir, Coburg, Ivanhoe, Brunswick West, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Reservoir, Carlton, Carlton North and more!
No, and this is by design. Socialising with other puppies is great for young pooches, but it's only a small part of the socialisation picture. At Dogs HQ, puppies are safely socialised not only with other puppies, but also with pooches of a range of ages, breeds and sizes - this helps them learn positive behaviours from older dogs, and gives them the broad socialisation they need to set them up for success in the outside world!