Oh My Dog! The team taking doggie daycare to new heights in Totnes

BF Updated
Oh My Dog! The team taking doggie daycare to new heights in Totnes

Blog Tags

Search by Tag
Select existing or new tags and apply to your post.

Juliet and her partner Eugene are the pair behind a new, purpose built doggie daycare facility in Totnes, where your pet’s health, happiness and wellbeing is central to the experience. Perfect for holiday makers who want to spend time doing an activity that’s not suitable for pup, or local residents who need someone to look after that pooch while they’re at work or to simply enrich your dog’s week, here Juliet tells us more…

What’s the story behind the business?

My partner, Eugene, and I are really outdoorsy people, and I have always had big dogs who, one way or another, have turned into happy, sociable, well adjusted pets. So doing something with animals has always made sense to me.

In 2018 we were at a point in our lives where I had just sold a business and was looking for an opportunity that would allow us to be outside more, be active and do something different. Doggy daycare has really changed in recent years, taking inspiration from LA and going beyond the UK tradition of individuals who look after a couple of dogs in their own home.

We wanted to replicate that, creating a space that’s really fun and intentional for dogs and where owners feel really happy leaving them because they know they’re going to have a wonderful time in a safe environment.

What did you do before Oh My Dog?

I had a restaurant in Kingsbridge, which I ran for 11 years, and I was ready for a change. Eugene and I wanted something that we had both built together and that provided a change in lifestyle that allowed us to do other things with our spare time as well. I was also looking for something that reflected my own style more. The restaurant was in a listed building with a character of its own. We now have this amazing unit in Totnes, which was a blank canvas, and we have been able to turn it into something really fun, industrial and modern.

What can people dog owners (and dogs) from Oh My Dog!?

We have a doggie fun bus, so we can pick dogs up in the morning, and then they can expect to have a day that’s a great balance of stimulation, walks, down time and lots of nurturing. The Dartington Estate is close by for walks, and here we have lots of space for dogs to mingle freely. However, they’re always supervised so it doesn’t ever descend into chaos.

We have lots of toys and entertainment for them. For example, we have a dog trampoline, which they really like, we do lots of enrichment games, and we try to help with basic training while they’re with us. We provide them with lots of objects to see and assess - sometimes things that they might not have seen before. The idea is to help them gain life skills that help to set them up for a happy life. Of course, dogs do also sleep a lot (about 14 hours a day), so when you drop off you might see a lot of running around but they do tend to take themselves off and lie down, and we make sure they have space for that.

When we have new dogs with us we always put them on a harness and a long lead for walks, so I always make sure they’re safe and understand who’s the ‘responsible adult’. I always have a clicker on me and plenty of treats; we are all about positive reinforcement style of training. With puppies we are also really careful not to over exercise them. They’re still developing their bones and muscles at that age. Our goal is to make sure they have a really happy and positive time with us, not just to tire them out, but also using their brains and learning good manners.

Who is it for?

We take dogs of all ages and sizes - we’re not breedist! Some people are happy to leave them and others want to stay with them for the day the first time. We have a couple of dogs we’ve had since they were about 12 weeks old, which is lovely because we are part of helping them grow up. In the summer holidays we’ve had people who want to do non doggy things with the family and they can use us for one off occasions. For example, if there’s guaranteed hot weather and want to be on the beach all day, then it’s sensible to make sure the dog isn’t in the heat all day. We are also five minutes from the station in Totnes, so for anyone who has to go to London for a day or something, it’s perfect.

Legally we can take up to 10 dogs per person, but that seems like a lot. We are aiming to take on a new member of the team by end of the year and would only take up to 12 dogs between the three of us. It’s really a tailor made experience that’s about getting to know dogs and their owners.

Our only real restriction is no intact males as they tend to have a one track mind. Also, it’s important to stress that while we do what we can to be helpful with any general training, we are not dog trainers, we are dog nannies. So we’re not the place for dogs with issues because we’re not qualified to help with that safely and I wouldn’t want to endanger anyone. There are fantastic people in Devon who are dog behaviourists and I would recommend that if a dog has behavioural problems.

What are people surprised about when they visit?

I think that the space really appeals to humans. You’re not dropping the dog off at a warehouse, it’s nice and pleasant. Some people with little dogs are anxious about the big dogs initially and like to spend time here to see how they get on before leaving them. They are always surprised by how gentle the big dogs are and we promise not to ever let anything negative happen to them.

What are you looking forward to?

We have a girl who helps us and who is naturally gifted with dogs. At the moment she is volunteering, but we would really like to invest in her, with more qualifications and take her on as a paid member of staff. so we want to develop the business to do that. We want her to help with more training and to develop the positive reinforcement style of behaviour that we already encourage.



Oh My Dog! The team taking doggie daycare to new heights in Totnes

User comments

There are no user comments for this listing.

You might also be interested in

E-bike trial coming to Totnes
Category: General News
Totnes Town Council have worked alongside Exeter-based social enterprise, Co Bikes, to successfully apply for £25,000 funding to trial an e-bike scheme in the...
When your trailer or horsebox needs someone who really knows their stuff, look no further than Collaton Trailers
Category: Members' News
When your trailer or horsebox needs someone who really knows their stuff, look no further than Collaton Trailers. 
Police have said "no other suspects are being sought" in bandstand arson
Category: General News
Kingsbridge and Salcombe Police officers say they have interviewed "three males and are content that, at this time, no other suspects are being sought"....
SHDC says its tax reduction scheme is "designed to help more people than ever"
Category: General News
South Hams Council Tax Reduction scheme "designed to help more people than ever".
SHDC announces how it will spend £1m funding - supporting economy and reducing carbon
Category: General News
Plans have been released for how South Hams District Council plans to spend the £1m funding announced recently to help support the economy and...
Local MP will be taking questions at chamber of commerce meeting
Category: General News
Totnes and South Devon MP Anthony Mangnall will be at the business meeting of the Kingsbridge and Salcombe Chamber of Commerce. ...

Featured Members

Image Three Sixty - Commercial Property Images & Virtual Tours - Kingsbridge
0.0 (0)
A South Hams based company offering unique marketing solutions. Specialising in commercial property images,...
A F Agricultural Engineering - Andrew Frampton
0.0 (0)
A F Agricultural Engineering specialises in Massey Ferguson and Kubota and has over 35...
Robert W Lynn Ltd - Painting and Decorating Specialist - Kingsbridge
0.0 (0)
Robert W Lynn Ltd is a traditional painting and decorating company covering Kingsbridge, Salcombe,...
0.0 (0)
Whether you’re building a new home, renovating an existing space or about to embark...
The Blue Whale Cafe - Ashby's Salcombe
0.0 (0)
Category: Cafes & Deli's
From The Blue Whale Café at Ashby’s of Salcombe you can enjoy sweeping panoramic...
Ashby's of Salcombe
5.0 (2)
Category: Sports & Leisure
Farm Shop filled with Fresh Local Farm Produce, Artisan-baked Bread, Traditional on-site Butchery,...
Slimming World - Dartmouth - Kingsbridge - Totnes
5.0 (4)
Slimming World is the nation’s favourite way to lose weight. We’ll help you reach...
Adventure South
5.0 (1)
Category: Sailing & Boating
We are proud to offer the best outdoor adventure activities & paddleboard hire service...
Hanzon Landscaping and Tree Surgery
5.0 (2)
WELCOME TO HANZON A professional, dedicated and experienced firm offering Landscaping,...
Ashby's Butchers Salcombe
0.0 (0)
Category: Food & Drink
A new, vibrant customer-focused butchery in Salcombe offering high quality, locally sourced meat from...
Couch Joinery
0.0 (0)
Couch Joinery is a thriving business with an outstanding reputation for excellence based in...
Michael Heath and Son Building Contractors
0.0 (0)
Local Family building firm specialising in new builds and all types of extensions in...
Salcombe Wedding Transport by Twenty20taxis
4.7 (14)
Category: Wedding Transport
Twenty20taxis is an established licensed taxi company with a variety of vehicles carrying up...
Church House Inn - Stokenham
0.0 (0)
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
The Church House Inn is located in the pretty village of Stokenham, conveniently located...
Southern Veg Crate
0.0 (0)
Category: Food & Drink
Locally produced vegetables packed into size varying crates, delivered to your doorstep in Kingsbridge,...
Katie Carswell - Wellbeing & Mindfulness
0.0 (0)
Category: Life Coaching
SESSIONS, COURSES, WORKSHOPS, TREATMENTS & RETREATS in mindfulness, life coaching, eco-life coaching, Reiki, Medition...
Burrows Removals & Storage
5.0 (1)
Category: Storage & Removals
Burrows Removals & Storage - Professional removals company specialists in pianos and fine art....
24/7 Taxis Kingsbridge & Salcombe Ltd
5.0 (10)
1-8 seater taxis for all your travelling requirements including airport transfers and long distance...
RW Plumbing and Heating - Kingsbridge
5.0 (2)
RW Plumbing and Heating is one of the local plumbers based in Kingsbridge but...
Tellus Landscaping
0.0 (0)
A local environmentally friendly landscaping gardening company. Experienced gardeners offering garden design, wooden decking...
In Vogue Painting, Decorating & Renovation
0.0 (0)
Based in the heart of the South Hams, In Vogue Painting, Decorating & Renovation...
Superior Housekeeping
0.0 (0)
Orchard Cleaning and Laundry Limited – Changeover and Domestic cleaning, Laundry services in Kingsbridge,...
Devon Wildlife Management
4.9 (19)
Category: Pest Control
Devon Wildlife Management offer the safe control and removal of unwanted pests, which include...
Warcombe Produce Ltd
4.6 (4)
Category: Food & Drink
Warcombe Produce Ltd is a...
James A A Gordon  - Property Maintenance and Landscaping
4.9 (8)
Welcome to James AA Gordon. James AA Gordon, based in Kingsbridge,...
Pittman Trees - Tree Surgeons & Forestry Contractors
5.0 (5)
Pittman Trees are specialist tree surgery and forestry contractors working within the South Hams...
Woodleigh Wood - Quality Firewood Suppliers
0.0 (0)
Woodleigh Wood supplies and delivers quality Firewood throughout the South Hams. ...
Chapman Contractors Ltd
0.0 (0)
Chapman Contractors Ltd specialise in gardening, landscaping, fencing, waste removal and plant hire in...
Pizza Planet - Takeaway - Delivery - Kingsbridge
5.0 (5)
Category: Takeaways
Since 2005, we have been offering fresh dough pizzas for delivery & collection in...
Hope and Anchor - Pub - Accommodation - Hope Cove
5.0 (2)
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
The Hope & Anchor is a vibrant pub in Hope Cove in the South...

Latest Listings

Latest Reviews

Bandstand set ablaze last night
RW Rob Wheeler
"A substantial reward is needed to bring these mindless vandals to account. They need taking off the streets, this serious..."
Carlys Decorating
JA John and Val
"Another great job Carly and Shannon. It was an absolute pleasure having you to decorate our living room. That's the..."
Merrifield House Devon
D Diana
"Lovely house in rural location. Spotlessly clean with very calm atmosphere. Outside sheltered area with tea and coffee making facilities..."
Simply Soulful Yoga & Therapies with Donna McCheyne
S S.L.
"Thoroughly enjoyed the SUP yoga class. Felt peaceful and more centred after it. Very relaxing listening to the sounds of..."
STG Engineering - Geotechnical Site Engineers
DH David Hickman
"Planning Authority deemed property to be within a Critical Drainage Area and requested a Surface Water Drainage Assessment and a..."
Liam Johns Carpentry
JS Jane Sandilands
"I am absolutely delighted with my Howdens kitchen, fitted by Liam. He did an excellent job and was polite, friendly..."
STG Engineering - Geotechnical Site Engineers
KB keith belt
"Contacted Simon after planners requested a drainage report. He came promptly was very professional and amiable. He managed to..."
SR Property Maintenance
RW Ross Wotton
"Highly recommend amazing customer service and amazing work. The jobs were done to a very high standard and great value..."
SHDC says waste service has seen "significant improvements" since it was taken in house
MT Martin Tyler
"What a load of rubbish. Nothing has changed as far as I am concerned. The problem over the..."
Man charged for "nonpayment" of parking charge, despite having proof
"I had the same issued. Paid at the machine and could prove through my bank that I paid the..."
SHDC releases schedule for festive bin collections
DP Debbie Pickering
"Hi, can you update this to include your Monday collections please? 9th, 16th & 23rd?"
Simply Soulful Yoga & Therapies with Donna McCheyne
NF Nicola Felton
"Donna created an amazing and wonderful weekend for us all. Everything was thought of. Loved the outside space and the..."

Our Sponsors

* The information contained on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge, if you notice anything that you know to be incorrect or misleading, please contact us.

SouthHams.com Long Light logo

© 2012 - 2023 South Hams Online Ltd - All Rights Reserved. Legal & Privacy | Sitemap