Don't want to leave your puppy alone all day? Four Paws Doggie DayCare is the premier day dog day care service in Hilsea, Portsmouth. A great way to give your pup mental stimulation, socialisation training with dogs of every size, shape and breed and lots of exercise playing with friends. Your dog will love our indoor play areas with lots of toys and playmates.
"Oscar loves going to Four Paws Doggy Day Care. He cant wait to get in the door. I feel happy knowing he is in good hands" - Annette, Oscar's mum
At Four Paws, we do everything we can to ensure your dog is happy and healthy so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your dog is being well-cared for and loved.
Open 7am - 7pm
All dogs have at least 1 hour walk per day, come rain or shine!
If you live in PO1 to PO9 postcodes, Four Paws can arrange secure transport for your dog to and from our doggy daycare facilities
SAFETY IS IMPERATIVE
At Four Paws, we'll do everything we can to make sure your dog is happy, healthy and feels truly loved. You can leave your pup with us, confident in the knowledge that your pet will be well-cared for whilst they play in a safe and secure environment with people who are extensively trained in dog behavior and pet first aid.
All dogs are required to pass a socialisation test before being admitted to Four Paws and all vaccinations, flea and worming treatments must be up to date.
All Four Paws pets get excited about coming to doggie day care – you can tell from the way they pull their parents from the parking lot to the front door because they know a day of play and games with their furry friends is in store.
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Provide regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight
Relieve boredom, separation anxiety and destructive behaviour at home
Improve socialisation skills with people and dogs
Doggie day care is a fun, safe, well-supervised and clean environment where dogs are exercised and play with other dogs of varying sizes, activity levels and temperaments.
Being in doggie daycare reduces boredom which can lead to destructive behaviours at home and separation anxiety whilst improving socialisation skills with other dogs.
Your dog will play with other dogs and their Four Paws carers. There are lots of toys and games like Tug Of War, ball-pits and even a small slide! And your dog's Four Paws carer will give them lot of love and attention too. In summer Four Paws has an in-house paddling pool to keep your dog cool and there is a quiet room available for older dogs who find the younger pups a little too boisterous. Dogs are taken out for at least an hour long walk. Both off lead and on lead walks are available dependent on the dog's level of training and recall abilities. If you would like your dog to have lunch, please bring it with you when you drop your dog off. Most dogs usually take an afternoon nap around 1pm.
Yes. Off lead walks available for dogs that have good recall abilities - Our favoured dog walking areas include Eastney Beach, The Forest of Bere, Foxes Forest, Baffins Field, Goose Field, Hilsea Lines and Great Salterns. For dogs who do not have good recall abilities they go out for up to 1 hour on lead. One supervisor will only walk up to 4 dogs at one time on lead. This combined with playing with friends all day provides all the exercise your dog needs on a daily basis.
Unlike traditional kernels where dogs are left in a cage or only let out briefly for a run a couple of times a day, Four Paws ensures your dog is able to interact all the time with other dogs, toys and different environments and also nap when they want to too! Your dog is always supervised, we do not use crates or kennels and Four Paws’ interview process ensures dogs can play safely in a group setting.
Four Paws does a lot of competitive bench-marking to ensure that our services are fairly priced. Providing a fun, social environment for your dog between 7am and 7pm, safety is our main priority for your pet. We have a stringent 1:4 dog to staff ratio policy to ensure the safety of the dogs and daycare is included in the price of our boarding rates. Our prices are all inclusive and we will feed your food, give your dog his/her medication and provide night-time treats at no extra cost. You can follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram) to keep up to date with what your dog and his/her friends are doing on a daily basis. We also offer loyalty package pricing for dogs who use our services regularly. This includes treats, grooming and training services dependent on the package you choose.
Yes - please refer to our loyalty package pricing or call Four Paws directly for more information.
We will provide your dog's medications at no extra charge. For your pet’s safety, medication must be in the original bottle and the prescription must be current.
There are regular open days and events to encourage interaction between owners and dogs. Appointments are required for tours and every dog much have a 20-minute behavioural assessment before day care services are booked.
Dogs must be able to play safely in a large group which is why we have a 20-minute interview process with your dog to see how they interact with other dogs.
We only take dogs above the age of 12 weeks and whilst we prefer your dog to be spayed or neutered to join Four Paws we do take dogs who are intact or able to breed. We cannot take bitches that are in season for obvious reasons.
All vaccinations must be up to date including Bordetella (for canine kennel cough) Parvovirus and Leptospirosis vaccinations. All dogs must be in good health, flea/tick free, friendly to all dogs, and generally love to play.
To qualify for boarding you must be a Four Paws daycare customer for at least 8-12 weeks to give your dog time to adjust and become familiar with Four Paws carers.
It is extremely important that your dog can play with all dogs so we can keep the daycare environment safe and fun. The interview process allows us to introduce your dog into the general play areas slowly so they are not over-stimulated. The interview process takes at least 20 mins so we have time to get to know your dog and to get to know you too.
The behavioural assessment includes watching how your dog interacts with other dogs, toys and carers. It is also an opportunity for us to ask questions about any medications required, dietary requirements as our carers do provide small treats on occasion, understand your dog’s medical history, get a sense of their temperament on lead and off-lead, review any nervous or biting behaviour, check their recall abilities, review microchip information and check all vaccinations are up to date. It’s pretty thorough but we do try to keep it short and sweet.
We have never turned away a dog based on its breed. All dogs are assessed on their behaviour and ability to socialise with other dogs and carers. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to the Four Paws director, Ben Standen.
We require that dogs be at least three months old because the dogs will be fully vaccinated by that age.
All of our dogs are required to have had Bordetella, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis vaccinations.
At Four Paws, safety comes first. Whilst we do everything to minimise injury to your dog, during normal play with other dogs your dog may get small scratches and nicks.
All of our Four Paws carers are certified in pet first aid and CPR and we will take excellent care of your dog. In case of illness or injury, we quickly assess the situation to determine what plan of action to take. Our concern is always what is best for your dog. Depending on the situation, we will either take your dog to the closest vet or, in non-emergency situations, we will make the effort to take them to their own vet. Either way, you’ll be contacted immediately and made aware of the plan of action.
Your Four Paws carers are available to talk to you about how your dog interacted with the other dogs and if they enjoyed their time with us. We want your dog to be happy as much as you do and we will be honest with you if we feel Four Paws isn’t the right environment for your dog.
Every dog is different. We have many older dogs who love the interaction with other dogs. We also have a supervised quiet area for older dogs who may become overwhelmed or tired so they can chill out and have a nap.
We don’t separate dogs based on size, temperament, or activity level because it is unnecessary. Your Four Paws carer will look after your dog as if it were their own and we often find chichuas become the bestest of friends with great danes!
Your dog gets to play and exercise all day so they will be tired at the end of the day. Often, when you take your dog home, they will often just curl up and go to sleep.If your dog becomes overly tired during the day, we will take them to the quiet room for a nap and we never force any dog to get up from a nap if they’re sleeping. It’s Four Paws policy to let sleeping dogs lie.
Water is available at all times at Four Paws, but playing all day is a pretty good work out for your pet. Even though water is available, after a car ride home, it will probably be time for your dog to re-hydrate after a hard day of play.
Yes. We use Ken and Karen’s dog services to pick up and drop off dogs who live in the surrounding area.
Yes, your dog is supervised 24/7 and we only take 8 dogs per night for boarding. As all boarders must have been to Four Paws for 8 - 12 weeks prior to boarding, the dogs become firm friends and are looked after by familiar faces which helps with separation anxiety whilst you’re away. Posts on social media means you can keep up to date with what your dog is up to whilst you’re away. Four Paws aim to provide a home away from home.
We strongly suggest bringing your dog’s food from home to keep their stomach from getting sick during their stay. We can supply food for your pet for a fee, but it is best for them to not change foods rapidly. Four Paws always provides night-time treats, a comfy cot and cozy fleece. If you wish to bring toys, bedding, or anything else that will help make your dog feel more at home, we can certainly accommodate this but we can not be held responsible for any damage.
For overnight boarding, we need a reservation, and it would be best to make a reservation as soon as you know you will need one. Depending on the time of year, we can often accommodate short notice or same day notice (if your dog has previously completed the interview process). Please be aware that we do not take boarders on 2 dates: Christmas Day 25th December or News Years Eve 31st December. The dates leading up to Christmas and between Christmas and New Year often book up well in advance. During the summer months, we usually fill up early for weekend boarding as well.
Give Four Paws a call or request an interview online. One of our Four Paws carers will contact you to confirm your interview request.
We require a minimum of 24 hours notice if your dog is unable to attend daycare.
It is best to have your dog eat a minimum of 1.5 hours prior to coming to Four Paws to prevent bloating. Bloating can be caused from playing too soon after eating, and in rare instances it can be fatal. If your dog has eaten less than 1.5 hours before coming to daycare, please let one of the Four Paws carers know - this is important for the safety and well-being of your pet.
Four Paws preferthat all dogs wear a quick release collar with an ID tag including your name and phone number. If your dog wears a harness and does not have a collar, please note your dog will be in a harness all day which can become uncomfortable. You can buy collars from our Four Paws pet shop.
Sometimes dog’s pads get sore after playing in daycare as most dogs are not used to playing all day. It does not last long as they build up stronger pads over time.
Four Paws offers a full range of grooming services including baths, nail trims, ear cleans, anal glands and fur trimming so you can pick up a clean and fresh smelling pup after their stay at Four Paws. We also offer pet cologne and a variety of shampoos and conditioners in our pet shop as well as treats for your pampered pooch.
“Alfie’s anxieties around other dogs and people was becoming an issue. We left him with our hearts in our mouths but there was no need. 1st visit he was very timid, 2nd he started to play, now he LOVES it here. Huge thank you to Ben and his staff for the great work done - would recommend without hesitation” - Alison, Alfie’s mum
Training will be provided by Ben, our experienced advanced dog training instructor qualified by The Academy of Modern Canine Behaviour. Services include:
Basic Puppy Package - sit, stay, lie down, stand, leave
General obedience training
Dog Nutrition Advice
Here at Four Paws we know it’s very difficult to choose the right diet for your puppy or dog when there is such a huge variety of foods available on the market. The needs of your dog will change throughout its life and different species and breeds may require different diets.
Good levels of high quality protein support healthy tissue and organ development as a puppy, higher levels of essential minerals and Vitamin D help build strong bones and teeth.
With a variety of flavours on offer, your furry friend is sure to be kept happy as well as healthy with the Nature’s menu range. Using all natural raw ingredients the Nature’s Menu range includes a selection of wholesome foods and treats for your pets. Choose from complete meals to tasty treats to ensure your pet has a natural and healthy balanced diet. Nature’s Menu foods are sealed raw and then gently steam cooked to seal in all those lovely nutrients.
Want to know more? Check out our FAQs:
The safety of our foods is top priority here at Natures Menu. With facilities linked to human food production standards Natures Menu leads the market with our continued quality handling methods, the use of good HACCP controls, Defra approved micro-biological testing, raw material traceability and outstanding in house microbiological practices.
We genuinely care about your pets and are proud to say that we work hard to ensure our raw pet foods face the most safety and bacteria protocols in the UK.
Our manufacturing plant in Norfolk has been specifically built in line with all current EU legislation for the manufacturing and distribution of raw meat products.
Natures Menu raw foods comply with the Legal Trading Requirement of the APHA (Animal Plant Healthy Agency) inspections which allow us only to be able to trade raw pet foods if we can show the foods have no Salmonella.
We have separate temperature controlled departments for raw material, production, packing, despatch and finished goods, in order to maintain the highest standards and safety for both humans and animals that come into contact with our foods.
Our company runs a specialist delivery service and ensures the food is delivered direct to your freezer, minimising any risk of the product defrosting at delivery and having to be re-frozen again before consumption. Thus avoiding the subsequent bacteria problems that can arise from re-freezing.
Our Manufacturing Facilities are registered by DEFRA registered plant No. 28/720/9200/ABP/PTF.
Good hygiene is paramount to good health for humans and this includes handling, storage and preparation of all foods but especially raw foods.
At Natures Menu we genuinely care about animals and are aware that many of our customers are also concerned about the welfare of farm animals. We are able to trace back any product used right back to the farm and all of our suppliers are DEFRA Approved.
The welfare of an animal includes its physical and mental state and at Natures Menu we believe that good animal welfare needs to also consider a sense of well-being.
We are in favour of laying systems in which the welfare of the Chicken is properly protected and in which a nest, scratching/dustbathing areas and a perch are provided and where the stocking density and colony size is appropriate for their needs. We are opposed to:
The use of individual crates for the rearing of animals
Production systems in which the welfare of chickens (broilers), turkeys, ducks and other poultry is compromised
All forms of farming that cause distress or suffering, or prevent animals of the opportunity to behave naturally
We endorse the ‘Five Freedoms’ concept endorsed by the Animal Welfare Council
Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind
Freedom from Fear and Distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
We will not make any misleading claims to our customers. We will continue to communicate honestly and clearly to them about the animal welfare standards under which our food is produced.
Only if they are Raw! Cooked bones are low moisture and can easily split or cause choking. Raw bones are moisture rich, softer, more flexible and very easily digested in the low ph of a dog or cat's stomach acid.
Follow these guidelines to ensure your pet enjoys their delicious raw bones safely:
• Never cut or saw bones
• Never feed bones with small children present
• Never leave a dog un-attended with a bone
• Never feed cooked bones
• Always separate multi-dog house holds before feeding to prevent fights (raw meaty bones have a very high resource value and even the very best of friend dogs may fight)
• Always feed bones appropriate to the dog’s age, size, breed and experience
• Do not feed bones from the butcher as their storage history is unknown and bacteria may be prevalent
• If storing in between chewing sessions, rinse the bone under cold water and store in a plastic bag or container in the fridge
• Always dispose of any uneaten material after 24 hours post defrost
Natures Menu recommend feeding raw bones can be fed up to 2-3 times a week to promote dental hygiene and provide a naturally satisfying chew session for your pet.
Some the bones may last longer than others and some may be too hard for young dogs or older dogs with weaker teeth.
Please choose the most appropriate bone or chew for your dog from the selection we offer.
Unless there is a medical issue, the young animal’s digestive system will be able to cope with the diet. Our puppy and kitten ranges are made with high quality portions of chicken and have a higher protein content to support growth. The puppy and kitten diets we provide are nutritionally complete and balanced, so nothing needs to be added to them.
It is safe to wean puppies from approximately 3-4 weeks of age onto our raw puppy nuggets or junior cans & pouches, and kittens onto our raw cat nuggets or kitten pouches, alongside their mother's milk. We just recommend to add some warm water to make the raw nuggets into a paste that is easy for them to lap up. The food should be cooled to body temperature before feeding and can be tested in the same way as testing baby milk or with a thermometer. From 5-6 weeks of age you may find they no longer require the food warmed or water added.
As a general statement the answer is yes, in fact based on customer feedback, a raw food diet can help to resolve a number of health issues, including:
Allergies or food intolerances
Skin conditions: dermatitis, redness of skin, itchy skin, itchy paws
Digestive issues: sensitive stomachs, colitis, loose stools or constipation, gastro-enteritis
Anal gland issues
Joint inflammation or arthritis
*We would like to stress that if a pet is unwell we would always recommend to seek veterinary attention in a timely manner.
This is likely to be a minimal issue if it does occur. The general observation and feedback we hear from our customers feeding a raw diet is that a pet on a raw diet, with the appropriate amount of raw bone, will have a drier, less odorous and more solid, easier to pick up stool.
The harder stool may also improve anal gland problems, as the stool will allow the anal glands to express themselves naturally through its passing.
Rather than appealing to only one type of raw feeding consumer as a manufacturer we provide a range of products that we hope appeal to the variety of choices pet owners are currently choosing when deciding to feed a raw diet.
Dogs do have a more limited ability to digest starchy types of grain than us humans do. They can struggle to cope with digesting meals and diets that contain starchy grains like wheat.
Brown rice is very low starch and far easier for a dog to digest.
At Natures Menu we have set up a pioneering raw food research team which is looking into the science and nutrition of raw feeding. On our list of things to research further is the influence of non starchy grains in a dogs diet as currently there is no evidence to suggest either way is better than the other.
Gradually transition to RAW over 7 days
Days 1-7 divide daily ration into 50% raw and 50% previous food
Feed in alternating separate meals, avoid mixing if possible for easier digestion
Ideally meals are about 12 hours apart
From day 8 feed 100% raw ration
While many healthy dogs can cope without a transition period, we recommend this method to allow the body time to:
Adjust digestive enzyme release
Alter stomach pH
Adapt intestinal microbiome (‘friendly’ bacteria)
Promote healthy digestion and metabolism
We recommend feeding this product defrosted, either in a fridge overnight or simply left to defrost in the same way you would safely defrost any meat you would eat yourself. Not in the microwave.
The nuggets and freeflow minces may take up to 2 hours to defrost, depending on the temperature of the environment where they are being defrosted. The minced blocks may take longer as they are a denser product.
All defrosted meats need to be kept in a fridge and consumed within 24 hours.
Your puppy can have our puppy nuggets up to 12 months of age, although this is not usually necessary. If your puppy is a giant breed dog (with an expected adult weight of 60 kilos plus), then it can be a good idea to keep them on our puppy nuggets up to 7-10 months old.
In most cases, you can try your puppy on our adult range from 20 weeks of age.
All of our minces, except the All Beef and the Tripe are created by mincing quality carcass with meat attached, so minced bone is a natural and integral part of many of our complete meals and just meat products.
When feeding Complete and Balanced Cans, Pouches, Raw Meals or Nuggets:
It is safe to give slightly less if need be as no 2 dogs are the same
Feed for the weight you want the dog to be, unless this would mean a big drop in food, if so then gradually reduce over a 2-week period, down to weight you want the dog to be
For an ideal weight-loss program, speak to one of our team or your veterinary practive
Use one of the lower fat nuggets such as Beef complete nuggets, Country Hunter: Venison, White Fish and Mackerel, Pheasant and Duck or Senior nuggets
Use one of our a grain free varieties as this can often assist with weight loss
When making raw meals up at home:
It is safe to give slightly less if need be as no 2 dogs are the same
Feed for the weight you want the dog to be, unless this would mean a big drop in food, if so then gradually reduce over a 2-week period, down to weight you want the dog to be
Use one of the lower fat minces such as the Just White Fish mince portions, or the Chicken and Beef mince
Go 'Grain Free' as this can often assist with weight loss
We recommend feeding our raw complete and balanced meals, just meat products and raw bones and chews after they've been thoroughly defrosted - but not cooked.
The majority of our products thaw within the space of 2 hours at room temperature, and can be fed immediately in their wholesome raw state.
We do not advise that you cook or microwave our products as we are advocates of a raw diet and are unable to guarantee the nutritional value of our complete meals when cooked.
All our products are designed to be safely fed raw.
All the pet supplies, pet food, toys and accessories you and your pet needs are available at Four Paws, at great prices too!
Specialising in raw foods and accessories, Four Paws offers a friendly shopping experience which cater for all your pet’s needs.
“Our dog runs to the door when we drop him at Four Paws Doggy Day Care and he bounces in. He really loves it and we know he is well looked after and has a great time... so everyone wins!” - Marie & Charlie
Your dog will be walked in a safe, open space away from traffic with a maximum of 3 other dogs per caregiver. This gives your dog the chance to exercise, socialise and play in a safe way
All dogs have up to an hour walk a day, come rain or shine!
Off lead walks are available
All Four Paws Caregivers are passionate about providing love and attention to the pets in their care. Many are trained in dog behaviour and know basic pet first aid.
Fully vaccinated puppies are welcome at Four Paws
Our caregivers will give your puppy their midday feed, stimulating play and lots of love and cuddles whilst you’re out for the day
We have a special chill-out space for puppies if they need it.