03 Mar 2010 5:49 AM
|Have just been emailed by a dog walker at Byford Kennels. I have been told that the dogs get walked 2 x per week by the staff there. To get them walked more you need to pay for a dog walker. Anyone know if this is the case? Where do the dogs do their business then if they are only walked twice a week? Kendal|
03 Mar 2010 8:41 PM
|My dog was at eastern creek in november, i didnt bother with the dog walker, i spoke to the girl looking after her and she said to post her some toys you know that she would play with. She come out looking better than when she left the uk they did a great job looking after her the cost to have her walked was expensive for the time they would give her it was about half an hour it didnt justify the price
But it is up to you and what you feel is best for the dog, they runs a far big so plently of room for her to do her business
04 Mar 2010 3:13 AM
|So basically you are saying that the dogs have runs that they can go and do their business whenever they need?|
04 Mar 2010 8:02 PM
Yes she had a concrete area and then a grass as well which also had a sprinkler system for the hot days to cool her down. From what the girl told me it was quite a big space in the kennel. She was so well looked after, i felt the cost was way too much for the half an hour and sometimes she might just play in the kennel run depending on the weather. Way up the cost (my dog used have have 3 walks a day in the uk but she wasnt that bothered)of bringing them and then the stations fees on top of that its only 30 days and it did go fast!!
04 Mar 2010 8:03 PM
|i forgot to say my friend brought her great dane over and she didnt have her walked and her business is fairly big lol
05 Mar 2010 12:33 AM
|Anita, Byford themselves sent me an e-mail and said that the dogs mostly do their business within the kennel and the bedding etc is lifted before it gets hosed out. My dog is the fussiest dog there is when it comes to where he does his toilet so I think he will struggle finding somewhere suitable!!!|
05 Mar 2010 9:08 PM
|Hi, we have been here since Aug 08, our dogs were in quarantine at Byford and their release date was Sept 08!! Actually its not that bad, however I would say my two dogs (Border Collies) were in a shared kennel with a concrete run which wasn't that big about 6ft X 12ft including the indoor kennel, they do not have individual grass areas for their runs. The dogs are expected to do their business in their runs and they are cleaned atleast once a day that I know of and hosed down. I used to visit my dogs 3 times a week and exercised them in the enclosed grass areas provided which have to be booked in advance. If you don't exercise them yourself or arrange for someone else to do it they DON'T come out of their kennels, I was told that mine would be exercised but I found out when I was there from someone that worked there that if you don't exercise them then no one does. Are you going to be in Perth whilst they are in kennels? If you are I would suggest visting them and seeing it for yourself. My dogs were very happy to come home and a bit lighter but other than that they were just fine, I think the owners get more distressed than the animals do.|
05 Mar 2010 9:35 PM
|Thanks for that. Yes I've decided when I'm out on my rekkie next month to visit the kennels and see for myself. We have also decided that we will visit our dog when we make the move over. That way I know he will get the attention and get a decent bit of exercise. He is used to a lot of love and attention from us so leaving him for 30 days without anything wouldn't be an option. Any idea what they feed the dogs in there?|
06 Mar 2010 9:15 PM
|They feed the dogs on dog roll and dry biscuit as far as I know. My dogs seemed to like it and I still feed them it now. I thought the staff at the quarantine station were lovely they always made me feel very welcome and you get to know them quite well after 30 days. If you have any concerns during their stay you can talk to the staff and if they can help they will. I asked for my dogs to be fed seperatley because one of mine is a pig and the other isnt, so they were fed apart, so I think they will help in any way they can to make your dogs stay as pleasant as possible. You have to pick up their air freight container and take it away either during or when they leave so bear this in mind when you go there to pick your dog up.
09 Mar 2010 5:39 AM
|Thanks for this Deb.