Covid19 Update (in Summary) 12th May 2020Following the announcement by the Government at the weekend The Doggy Lodge has decided to take its own small steps to return to work.Inititally we will offer day care only from Monday 1st June. The online system will be able to take bookings in advance of that date, as normal.Our opening times will not change (7:30am – 6:30pm) but we will only be open Monday – Friday, so no day care on Saturdays throughout June. We plan to re-open boarding on the 1st July.Please do read our full Covid19 update page which contains more detailed information than this summary offers. [CLICK HERE FOR OUR COVID19 UPDATE PAGE]. 29th May – Our Covid19 update page now contains information regarding our new drop off and pick-up procedure. Welcome to The Doggy Lodge Day Care Centre & Hotel. The Ultimate Doggy Day Out! Welcome to The Doggy Lodge Day Care Centre & Hotel. The Ultimate Doggy Day Out! Welcome to The Doggy Lodge Day Care Centre & Hotel. The Ultimate Doggy Day Out! Welcome to The Doggy Lodge Day Care Centre & Hotel. The Ultimate Doggy Day Out! Welcome to The Doggy Lodge Day Care Centre & Hotel. The Ultimate Doggy Day Out! Welcome to The Doggy Lodge Day Care Centre & Hotel. The Ultimate Doggy Day Out! The Doggy Lodge Day Care Centre and Hotel in Braintree, Essex offers the best day care service for your family dog in Essex. It’s also the best day out your dog could have… running, playing and socialising with our other guests. Your dog will NOT need to be walked after you’ve picked them up from us. See our day care page for more info and click here to read client reviews. We are fully insured and licensed, recently (Jan 2019) achieving the highest 5 Star Rating for the Animal Activity Licence.Our home boarding services are equally as amazing. On site we have a large 4 bedroom farmhouse with plenty of space for you doggy to feel right at home. A dedicated ‘Doggy Bedroom’, large kitchen and comfy lounge await your dog for their stay as well as getting full use of the day care centre during the day. We also have other family homes that are part of The Doggy Lodge offering home boarding. See our home boarding page for more info.We are very proud of our facilities.We have sectioned outside play areas in approximately 2 acres of secure, private land with 7ft dog approved fencing as well as comfortable indoor areas in our large farmhouse Doggy Lodge. We have toys for chewing, balls for chasing and quiet areas for when it all gets too much! We have plans for an agility area and also a paddling pool!! (don’t worry, your dog will be clean and dry when you are ready to collect them)The inside area isn’t just for when we have uncomfortable weather, it’s also for smaller dogs who would rather have some peace and quiet. At The Doggy Lodge all friendly, sociable dogs are welcome and are given the same high levels of care and attention.Check out some of the pictures on our gallery to view our different areas and happy dogs. Please feel free to use the contact us page to get in touch, whether that’s to give us some feedback and ideas, or to enquire about booking in.All of us at The Doggy Lodge look forward to meeting you (and your furry friend, of course) very soon. General Information GENERAL OPENING TIMES Please check our Covid19 update page for opening times and days during the current pandemic as these may differ to our general opening times.Monday to Friday - 7.30am to 6.30pmSaturday - 8.30am to 5.30pmSunday - 10am to Midday (Boarders Only)Bank Holidays - 8.30am to 5.30pmTestimonialsVictoria ClenchRocky loves his time at Doggy Lodge. He's excited from the moment we pull into the lane and can't wait to get out of the car to join his buddies. When I collect him, he's happily exhausted. The staff are always friendly and helpful. I can't recommend it enough.Tanith CoeThank you for making it such an easy and lovely day. Tan, Jezz, Piper & Bess ?Stephanie HarrisCoco loves her visits to the doggy lodge, she always has a lovely time and comes home shattered. This is a wonderful place and we are so glad we've found it. We've used the overnight facilities too and the whole thing is just fab ?Coco had another lovely day yesterday although she’s had a duvet day today to recover!! Thank you for always looking after her so well xSharon ScottFabulous day - well organised and such a lovely environment. Looking forward to many more like it!Sharon PhillipsWe wish we'd found you earlier. We are.so happy And our Tillie lou loves going there. BRILLIANT STAFF SUCH LOVELY PEOPLE.. HAPPY TILLIE HAPPY US ????Sharon CarterSo impressed!! Very helpful staff made the transition for our dogs very easy and stress free. Our two Great Danes are loving Doggy Lodge. Highly recommended!Sandie EdwardsBrodie had a wonderful time at his first session. He was only there for the morning but he came home exhausted. He slept for most of the afternoon. Thank you looking after him. He will see you next week. I will be able to relax knowing he will be happy and having fun.Sam HowgegoThis is Topsey's 4th visit to Doggy Lodge (including a week long stay) and she loves it. She’s always so excited to come and is always exhausted once she’s home. We feel so comfortable leaving her here, especially while we were away on holiday - we had lovely updates and knew she was being thoroughly well looked after. Thank you!Rebecca WallmanPerfect for my long-legged hound who likes to run around. It's so refreshing to find somewhere for dogs to be dogs and spend time outside in a natural environment and not on concrete. The staff take the time to let you know how your dog has been and seem to genuinely care about the animals they look after. Penny comes home absolutely exhausted so I know she has been active and having fun all day. I highly recommend.Rebecca DixonMy puppy had a great first day, has been asleep since,!! lovely staff and wonderful day of fun, booked in already for next week.Luther loves it. Great place with friendly staff. Brilliant place . We love it xNathan BunceMy dogs loved their first time at The Doggy Lodge and it was nice for us to have some time to ourselves. Even if it was just a few hours! Will definitely be bringing them back for regular day care!Natalie HamptonMy boys Riley & Chester visited day care for the first time yesterday and I think they had a great time! They were exhausted at the end of the day and we didn't hear a peep from them. Have already booked them another day out and a trial sleepover!! Thank you to Paul and his team for putting our minds at rest and looking after our furbabies!Natalie Chiara TroyCuba hasn’t been socialised and after recommendation of this fab place I bit the bullet and gave it a go, within minutes she was happy as larrry but I can’t thank the guys enough there for not only making her stay fab but also reassuring and advising me. Would very much recommend to Everyone and anyone. One happy dog one very happy dog mum. ♥️Mandi DixonBest place ever - Milo and Fizz have been going since they were tiny pups they are now 11 months old and love it every time - they even had a 2 night sleep over last month and so enjoyed it - can't thank them enough for the care they give xxLesley WilsonCooper always his day at the Doggy Lodge. Cam back shattered as usual. :):)Kay EdwardsOur four furbabies had such fun...and finally wore themselves out...we would highly recommend this place and will definitely be using it again...thanks to all concerned...xxJodie WellsMy dog Silky always has a lovely time at Doggy lodge, we use it quite sporadically due to changing work patterns but she is always thoroughly welcomed and fully accommodated - often at the last minute!Jo SchonenbergerMy puppy came for a taster morning session in preparation for a stay. He had a great time I'm told and got on really well with all the other dogs.He slept for most of the afternoon and evening which was nice 🙂 I just wish I could have seen the other dogs there. I will certainly be booking him in to stay for a few nights.Jill DanielsBrilliant, brilliant! Wonderful safe and happy Doggy lodge. Merlin is happy to go and spend time there. Fabulous staff. Better stop now or everyone will want to send their pooches there. Well done Paul and staff.Jeff GodboldJust to say Baggins and Dollie love the Doggy Lodge.Hi, We always have a lovely quiet day, the day after the dogs have been with you. So we get two great days of peace ? Thank you.Jane WadleyThanks so much to all the staff at the Doggy Lodge. My dogs were absolutely worn out from all the excitement of such a fun dayJelly and Juno had a wonderful time. When we left, they were asleep before I had even pulled out of the drive! What a fantastic place, I wish I had known about the Doggy Lodge sooner and will definitely recommend you to my friends. Thank you.Fiona HurdOur boy goes regularly and absolutely loves it. I would definitely recommend!Emma BrightThis place is great!! Really loved the look and feel of the place as soon as I visited. Lovely friendly atmosphere. My dog max was absolutely shattered when he came home and I love the fact that he can socialise all day with so many different dogs. I’m so glad I found out about the doggy lodge!! I can’t wait for Max’s next visit to play. Thank you so much xDoreen HillierCan’t praise enough!!! This was the first time our 18 month old pups had been away., so it was nerve racking for me. There was no need to have worried, they were well looked after, and most of all they had fun, whilst learning to socialise. Would highly recommend.Diane EglinCan't praise Doggy Lodge enough. Alfie's loves it, he can't get out of the car quick enough and doesn't even turn around to say goodbye. Would recommend you any day, we have no worries and always know that he's safe and happy.Alfie once again was so excited when he realised where he was going. Loves spending the day with you and would easily come everyday if he couldDena AronbergEveryone I met at doggy lodge was really interested in doggy welfare and very personable. Unfortunately, in spite of care and attention, my very nervous lurcher wouldn't settle on his trial morning. This is down to my dog's issues. I collected him early. I was more than impressed when I was refunded for the morning. Just want to say a big thank you to doggy lodge for giving Jasper a chance. I will definitely recommend them as it is a secure, safe, fun and caring place for most dogs.Debra MclarenFriday is Lola’s favourite day of the week when she comes to play at Doggy Lodge!Deborah SwanThe Doggy lodge is absolutely brilliant. Our Jack loves it there and is looked after so well. He also has so much fun. Thank you all xDamian LizakProfessional and friendly staff. Yoda hopes to see you again.Clare HayesTop class friendly service. Happy dogs.Claire RultonRosie has had a wonderful time at Doggy Lodge, she came home very tired and happy!Catie SpinkWe had a fantastic breed day here. The staff are very friendly and clearly love the dogs! 3 hours of off lead fun for the furries and 3 hours of unstressful chatting time with the other owners. We will definitely be booking in again - cannot rate this place highly enoughAbbie WildenVery happy with the service our dogs were very sleepy and didn't seem worried at allClair TomalinA wonderful service! They always save the day when the unexpected crops up and I need care for my furry friend at short notice. The facilities are great and so brilliant for socialization with such a great collection of different types and size of dogs for my little one to play with. She always comes back and goes straight to sleep after such a busy day, so great for her exercise too! Can't recommend them enough for what they offer and their obvious care and engagement with their daily guests.Diane CoxHi everyone at the Doggy Lodge, Eddie would like to thank you for an amazing week. He had great fun and was exhausted every night. My daughter who brought him and picked him up said he was like a different dog, very well behaved, no going crazy when anyone visited. A Big Thank you to everyone and Eddie will definately be coming again.Paul SkingleThis place is a real gem highly recommend even if you just wanted to teach your dog how to socialise.The ease of booking and the way our dog was treated make the doggy lodge a first rate place of care. We highly recommend and look forward to future play days with the dogs and staff at the doggy lodge .Sarah ChapmanMolly had a great time she is always happy to come to day care and is exhausted when she comes home.Alice BrandFantastic place, lovely friendly and helpful staff. Thoroughly recommend.Jill PhillipsRalph’s first day at The Doggy Lodge. He obviously enjoyed himself and got plenty of exercise as he’s still tired the day after! The environment is doggy heaven, a great place for continuing socialisation and stimulation. The photos and videos on FB site are great. Will be making this a weekly visit.Carrie HaslerJenson is a very ‘golden’ retriever today! After a lovely morning playing at the Doggy Lodge, Chloe gave him a grooming session. He looks gorgeous and smells divine. It was his first time, but won’t be the last. Thanks to all xAll Jenson really wants is to run and play with other dogs, and he's found his perfect paradise at the Doggy Lodge!Charlotte HodsonHunter loved his first couple of days, of day care! He slept all evening after which shows how much fun he had, running round all day. Can't wait to bring him back again soonSam FieldYou guys are amazing and Cooper absolutely loves coming we are so happy we found you guys . Me and Dean are so happy with everything!! Thank you againSam and Dean 🙂Sarah LambertConnie always has a great time at Doggy Lodge. She loves going to Doggy Lodge and comes home very happy and tired!A huge thank you to everyone for all your care of her.Christine LampeyPoppy had a great day... Quiet at first as it was her first time and not used to being off the lead but ...true to beagle ...just had to see if she could get out, but alas no..so joined ins the fun and had a good run round with the others. Looking forward to the next one.Shannon BlackburnSo glad we took Nellie to doggy day care, got great feedback at the end of the day and Nellie was asleep for the rest of the night showing she had a good day! Can't wait to bring her back!Lesley MundayRoxie stayed with you on Wed 21st Sept came home very tired we all had a restful evening and most of the next day. We'll be back.Gabrielle LucasThank you for always taking such good care of Loki Leah and our newest member Ally they always have the best of times when they are with you.Helen JermyRiley loves his days with you guys and all his doggy friends ... see you very soonMoira BreezeFantastic ! Our Labrador puppy has a great time and returns home a very happy but tired dog. Thank you.Tracy MillerThank you for making Archie's first day at the Doggy lodge so easy. As he is only four months I was worried about leaving him, but there was no need as I know he was treated like he would be in his own home and was very well looked after. Wouldn't hesitate to bring him back.Jan StocksCody looked like he thoroughly enjoyed himself, not sure he wanted to come home!!Claire HannanHaving found your company on Facebook, I needed your Doggy Daycare quite suddenly as we were attending a funeral that was not local. Phoned & spoke to a friendly person, who instructed me in all aspects & I managed to finish off the booking online, which was very easy to use. Found the Day care quite easily & both my greyhounds left me willingly! Again, another friendly person handled the dogs & off I went. I saw the outside area where there were already quite a few dogs playing & apparently my two couldn't wait to join in. After picking them both up just before closing, I was told they had behaved themselves, enjoyed playing with everyone & were welcome back. Lovely, I feel quite happy taking them back again, & I will be booking them in again as they came back tired & slept all night. Plus they've both been off the lead & run around the large play area, which is great as they don't get off the lead normally because as they're ex-racing greyhounds, they can't be trusted to come back especially if there's something that requires chasing in the foreground!!! I would highly recommend this service, maybe handy if they offered a feeding service for the dogs that are there all day, it's not a criticism, just a thought. Thank you very much for looking after Thad & Tula. xXxXxAngie RainsIt was great to know that Reggie was able to play and have fun for the day, as well as being supervised and safe. He came home shattered and happy. Thank you.Louise WilliamsFantastic site for dogs to run around in safety. Professionally run. Willow was exhausted when she got home, we didn't hear a peep from her. Highly recommended.David OliverBenji the Miniature Schnauzer has been attending Doggy Lodge Daycare a few days each week for a month or so now. He was a very anxious little boy when he first started going and was very noisy round strangers and other dogs. He has grown in confidence after each visit and is now very well behaved each visit. He is very excited when arriving at Doggy Lodge Daycare and cannot wait to get in. We are very happy with Doggy Day Care and think it is an excellent venue to for your dog to attend.Jade WoodyardJay loved he whole day! & was sound asleep when we got home, such a lovely place with wonderful staff, i know Jays looked after well & hes very excited to stay the weekend! Thanks again JadeChad PageExcellent facilities and terrific value Staff were professional and very friendly highly recommended My dog Bella was well looked afterAmanda WallbankI should have used Doggy Day Lodge along time ago. Riley our Husky comes home very worn out and it has made him more sociable towards other dogs. The people are very friendly - website is easy to book your dog in. Happy days!Cara CravenMy 2 labs love it at the lodge, so do I when I pick them up they have dinner and sleep till the next morning shattered and contentFiona HorrodThe doggy lodge are the only people on earth I trust with Lady. They truly understand her and understand she just loves to run. She loves going there and playing with all the doggies. I will always bring her back. XxxxMark AllanThanks for looking after Stanley he seemed to have a great time!Kirsty MaurerRoxy loves coming to the doggy lodge! Such a good place to leave your pup whilst you have to go to work! We decided to get Roxy groomed by Chloe and she looks and smells beautiful even came home with a cute bow in place! Thank you all we will be using this service again xZoe JenningsOnyx has now been coming to day care for a couple of months now, she knows when we pull up where she is and rushes to get out of the car. I'm not sure if she is looking forward to meeting all the other dogs or the lovely team that help look after her. Leaving her with you for the day, I no I don't have to worry as she is being looked after so well. Thank youMartin HoldenYou look after coco and bumble so well. I like the advice that's given if you have a problem. The couple of overnight stays they've had have been brilliant too.Sachiyo BarnesMy 2years old playful boy had a lovely time with lots new friends yesterday. I really recommended.Heather EastwoodRio had a fun filled day and certainly slept well.Katrina LehmanOllie absolutely loves coming to visit. He enjoys playing with the dogs and talking to the staff. He comes home exhausted and sleeps well. I feel better knowing that he is out enjoying himself for the day rather than sitting at home alone while I'm at work. I would recommend Doggy Lodge to anyone who requires care for their dog. I really appreciate the changes you have made to suit my circumstances. We will be seeing you again soon!! Thanks so much. KatrinaTracey DillonThank you for looking after Keiser. What a wonderful idea, and very reasonably priced (I've paid £10 previously for someone to walk him for an hour!) It was his first time and as an 18 month old chocolate lab, I'm sure you had your hands full all day! He slept from 8pm that night and that's never happened before, so I'll be back very soon! Thanks againAmanda GoodchildHi Paul & Tony Pete & I can't thankyou enough for giving Kodi a lovely experience for him to be able to have a fab time without worrying about being with us. Was so lovely to see him so settled with all the other dogs and we shall be bringing Kodi back very soon. Cannot think of anything to help you guys as think, you have thought of everything for the dogs, to have a fab time ? Thanks again Amanda, & PeteSam WebbPringle had a fantastic day at the doggy lodge day care. She was absolutely exhausted when we got her home! Paul and Jans are always so friendly and nice and truely love all the dogs......feel even happier to leave my little baby with them for a week boarding next week when we are on holiday. Totally recommend the doggy lodgeMartin HoldenExcellent advice given. Massive improvement socially after one visit.Catherine AllenReally great setup for the dogs, well thought out accommodation, easy to use website and an invaluable service for dog owners! On behalf of Maggie & myself, thank you very much!Jackie TylerSusie seems quite happy to be left and she is tired for the rest of the day. She needs company which is why I bring her - more for her sake than mine! Thanks.Kerry AkersMy husband and I were very happy with doggy lodge day care! The dogs (belle and Frank ) came home shattered and would highly recommend anyone to doggy lodge!!Kirstie BrooksThe Doggy Lodge is fantastic, the team are friendly, knowledgeable and do an amazing job! Fred is so well socialised now and loves his visitsPat DobinsonOur two Beagles love it there. They get to socialise and to run off lead with all kinds of dogs. They get lots of exercise and fresh air and sleep well for the rest of the day! I love the space in the large field and also the dry areas in the house, so the dogs are fine in both good and bad weather. It's all very well organised. Plus the dogs are well cared for. I would recommend The Doggy Lodge to any dogs owners.Paris HartWe would be lost without you guys ... Thank u so much 🙂Lesly BalcombeElla has really settled in at the doggy lodge and bounds in when I get her out of the car. Thank you very much for taking care of her and making her days such fun. Lesly & EllaClaire BlackwellExcellent service as always. I can see in my rear view mirror as I leave Ben enjoying himself and stretching his legs in the field with his friends! Thank you.Stuart CowenVery friendly. Happy to share their procedures and facilities. My dog seemed to enjoy himself and came home very tired!Sandra MerrittWe bring Toby once a week and he is always happy to go. The staff are friendly and welcoming, all the dogs are treated like family when they are there. It is a lovely safe environment of fun packed times. Thank youLaura JonesMurphy clearly had a great time at his first doggy lodge day. Jumped up at me when I came to pick him up but only so he could be carried to the car where he was asleep before I pulled away after his busy day chasing and playing! One happy puppy, one happy ownerDebra MclarenOur little dogs tail wags harder when we mention doggy day care! She loves every minute of it! We don't hear a peep from her all evening! First class service every time!Sara KayleyMyself & titch received a warm welcome on our 1st visit ..I was shown the indoor area & outside ...paul & tony are fab asking lots of questions regarding titch ..felt very happy leaving her there ..think titch enjoyed it ..will definitely recommend them ..& titch will certainly return again xJill HughesThank you for looking after Riley yesterday afternoon, he really enjoyed himself and he is already booked in for next week. It's lovely to see all the dogs looking so happy.Stacey PollardGreat service, very friendly staff. I felt very comfortable leaving Oscar for his trial day and we had a nice chat about how he had got on during the day on pick up. I think the booking system is great, really convenient online.John DobsonThank for looking after pickle ! Absolutely shattered, slept all night and this morning !!Bev SimpsonWhat an amazing idea. Nothing like this i've seen or heard of in Essex, just what i need for the occasional day when i don't want to leave Oscar alone. Will be a regular.Teresa HawkinsWOW!!! My 2 Springers LOVED IT!!!!. Never seen them so tired. Perfect location for dogs. Thank you so much Rachel & the team.Chris HowellGreat for my shift work. Hate leaving Bubbles but now I have you guys i'll be booking her in a lot. Perfect for her to run wild and play with other doggies.