West Perth’s Happy Tails doggy day care given permanency to operate along Douglas Street – PerthNow


The owner of a dog day care centre has been granted the right to work permanently out of a West Perth site after initially being given just three years.

Happy Tails doggy day care owner and manager Amanda Deurloo was granted council approval in June 2019 to run her business from the site on a three-year trial basis.

Amanda Deurloo with Harvey J.
Camera Icon Amanda Deurloo with Harvey J. Credit: Daniel Wilkins / The West Australian

During this time, Ms Deurloo had to demonstrate the business could be managed without affecting adjoining properties.

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The dog day care offers grooming, behavioural training and general day-to-day care of dogs, including playing, resting and feeding.

The dogs are accommodated within rooms over two levels.

At a meeting last week, City of Vincent councillors unanimously agreed the dog day care could permanently operate at its 11 Douglas Street home.

Ms Deurloo said a “well thought out” business plan helps the dog child care manage waste, traffic flow and noise on site.

“All dog faeces are frozen to eliminate odours and bins are emptied weekly by a private waste company, ” she said.

“Excessive barking, signs of aggression plus severe anxiety are not suitable behaviours for a day care setting, which results in discontinued service, a referral to a behaviourist for modification and training is provided.

“We aim to prevent enrolling dogs who are disruptive or not suitable to a group play environment.

“We offer a pet taxi support to reduce the need for customer drop-offs and pick-ups. ”

Ms Deurloo said permanent approval meant the girl business could continue to provide high quality grooming and day care to Vincent and surrounds for many years to come.

“Permanent approval will allow us to continue to provide valuable services in the grooming and pet industry, give peace of mind to our customers, and show small business what can be possible within the city, ” she said.

“(Over) the next five years, we would like to have more training/seminars for stylists to service the high demand within pet grooming. ”

Ms Deurloo stated over three years, the business had become one of WA’s most recognised and desirable canine day care and grooming salons.

Pictured - Amanda Deurloo with Harvey J and Sachi and Charmaine Caveux with Kenzo Daniel Wilkins
Camera Icon Pictured – Amanda Deurloo with Harvey J and Sachi and Charmaine Caveux with Kenzo Daniel Wilkins Credit: Daniel Wilkins / The West Australian

“We have grown from eight dogs to 35 total capacity, not exceeding our licence in year one, plus continued our maximum amount resulting in quite a large wait list, ” she mentioned.

“Our grooming clients have also grown, with a total of 60 in order to 70 grooms a week, resulting in having to close our books to new clients until 2023. ”

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