Since opening its state of the art facility in Rathfarnham in 2003, the DSPCA has offered shelter and care to a wide variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, goats, cows, pigs, rabbits, ferrets, gerbils, budgies, snakes, terrapins and all manner of farmyard fowl.

The DSPCA also offer a range of services for pet owners. By using these services, 100% of the income goes directly to fund the work of the DSPCA in helping sick, injured and cruelly treated animals.

Over the next three weeks, the DSPCA will offer Dublin Gazette readers some fantastic discounts on some of these services. Pick up your FREE copy of Dublin Gazette this week to get €50 off a Dog Training Diploma course and take a look at some of the services offered by the DSPCA below.

Pet Hotel

The hotel is segregated into two buildings – a dog hotel and a cat hotel.

The dog hotel has 52 Suites and the cat hotel has 18 pods. Every pet is housed individually (unless from the same household).

Each suite is indoors with their own individual radiator and air conditioning and meals are served on a ‘Meals on Wheels’ trolley.

All pets receive one-to-one playtime and cuddles with the DSPCA’s canine carers and dogs receive outdoor one-to-one playtime in a special enclosed area and on lead walks. No dogs are mixed unless clients book the extra service of doggie day care.

Cats get playtime out of their suites in our cat play-zone, fully equipped with scratch posts & toys

Doggie Day Care

Doggie day care operates Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm.

What is doggie day care?

Day care is off lead socialisation for all breeds and sizes. Owners go off about their day or too work and collect a happy, tired dog at the end of the day. Doggie day care has paddling pools, sprinklers, play houses, enrichment toys and much more to keep doggies occupied throughout the day.

Day care is for all breeds, all ages.

Dog Training Academy

What’s on offer:

  • Free puppy play dates
  • Free behaviour assessments
  • Private 1-2-1 training
  • 3, 4 week training classes level one and level two
  • Agility classes
  • In house bootcamp training
  • Workshops

Dog Training Locations

  • Onsite @ DSPCA, Mount Venus Rd, Rathfarnham, D16
  • St Enda’s Park, Grange Rd, Rathfarnham, D16
  • Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, D16
  • Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Co.Dublin
  • Bushy Park, Terenure, D6
  • St Anne’s Park, Raheny, D3
  • Millenuium Park, Blanchardstown, D15
  • St Catherine’s Park, Lucan, Co. Dublin
  • Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Co Dublin
Human Education

The DSPCA run a diploma course in ‘Canine Behaviour & Dog Training’. This can be run onsite or online.

The course aims to give a full introductory overview of the modern canine, looking at such topics as core physiology, evolution and canine learning theory.

This programme is designed as a short introduction with only a small practical component.

Students can progress on to become assistant dog trainers and join the DSPCA’s pet boarding internship.

 

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