Durban Dog Hotel FAQ

FAQ Pawfectly Answered

Don't worry, be happy 🙂

"Thank you for treating our pup like your own!"

Candice Schneider - Account Manager, Project Room

1. Where are the dogs kept?

Dogs will have the full run of the 5 acres of fenced land from morning to early evening.They will have the option of coming inside too. After 6pm they will be inside the hotel. The fur kids sleep with their pack leader on a bed or sofa if they prefer. The property is also sectioned so that small puppies can be with small puppies and older dogs can be kept with older dogs and the big robust pooches can party it up together without hurting any small dogs.

2. What if my dog doesn't get along with another dog?

Dogs will be slowly introduced to one another whilst leashed and only once they prove comfortable will they be unleashed. Any dogs that are temperamental will be kept separate from the pack in a spacious playroom and rotated on run free time.Sonseirai does not take unsocialised dogs so two dogs not getting on is a great rarity.

3. Who will take care of my dog?

Management and the pack leaders will be there to give your pooch their undivided attention.

4. What must I bring?

Dog owners must bring dog food and/or choose food off our fabulous tail wagging doggie menu​.
Fur kids must come with a collar and tag that has a name and contactable number on.

5. What happens if my dog gets sick?

Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions for more detail on this.

6. Can my dog escape the property?

The 5 acres is fully fenced. We also have a double gate that is manned by a security/doorman .

Please do keep in mind though that this is a home environment, everything in our power has been done to ensure no dog can get out of the premises but if you would like total security with no human error a kennel where dogs are caged for their full stay is recommended. Having said this, a well known kennel in our area where dogs are caged, has had a dog escape. Human error, severe separation anxiety and 'houdini breeds' are factors. The Durban Dog Hotel holds no liability for escape artist pooches.

7. Will my dog be groomed?

Baths are available on request for an additional R150 per pooch.

8. How will I know my fur baby is doing okay?

WhatsApp updates are given 5 days of the week including photos and videos of your poochies vacay or day care.

9. Will my fur baby come home with fleas and ticks?

No. The Durban Dog Hotel religiously treats the hotel and garden for fleas and ticks and no dogs are permitted entry onto the premises without confirmation of their being on a reliable monthly flea/tick treatment. Once every 30 days the 5 acres is treated with pet friendly disinfectant to kill any germs and keep the hotel clean and fresh for your baby.

10. What vaccinations are required for my dog to stay at the DDH?

The 5 in 1, Kennel Cough as well as Rabies. Dogs that have never been vaccinated before or who's vaccinations are expired for over one month will have to wait for 14 days before being able to check into the hotel. Vaccines do not stimulate immunity immediately they are administered. Once a vaccine is administered the antigens must be recognised, responded to and remembered by the immune system. In most cases protection does not begin until 5 days after vaccination. Full protection from a vaccine usually takes up to 14 days.

11. I came to drop off my dog and realised that one or more of his/her vaccinations are expired for over one month. Can you make a one time exception for me and still allow me to drop-off my dog?

No, we will have to decline your check-in for your dog and our other doggie guests safety. We CANNOT make any exceptions.

Durban Dog Hotel Services - Behaviour Modification

    5 star review  Doggy Day Care is just the most fabulous facility for new and old doggy owners. We took our pup Mowgli to doggy day care for a period of about 3 months (3 days a week) for socialisation from the age of 9 weeks old. We also signed him up for one-on-one behaviour work for the first two months and we just can't thank Sonserai and Candice enough. Our little Mo went from being a little terror to the most sweet and gentle pup. We could not believe the difference in his personality. We were worried that all of the behaviour work would be reversed when we stopped taking him to day care so we signed our domestic worker up for 2 lessons with Sonserai in order to teach her all the tricks of the trade with emphasis on correction (should he chew carpets, dig holes, jump up on visitors, etc). Needless to say we have not looked back. We would highly recommend Doggy Day Care and the Durban Dog Hotel to anyone and everyone! Xx

    thumb Samantha Elizabeth Nightingale
    10/05/2016

    5 star review  DDH completely put my mind at ease sending our lab to them for 2 weeks while we were away- we got regular updates and photos and Zinzan came Home happy, clean and fit! Thank you so much!

    thumb Ashleigh Rosenbaum
    8/02/2018

    5 star review  I booked my 5 month old spaniel pup in for a week and after arriving and dropping him off I was so relieved to see how the Durban Dog Hotel care for and love the dogs like their own. We received daily whatsapp mesages, photos and videos showing him having lots of one on one cuddle time, play time and long walks with the pack. It was wonderful to see him so happy. He seemed to love being there and we were thrilled that he was being loved and cared for as we do. There are no cages or small concrete runs like kennels, but wide open spaces to.explore and have adventures. The dogs sleep inside on the owners bed or on their own beds. They are with people 24hrs a day so they get lots of attention and love. It seemed to rain a lot while our pup was there but they managed to entertain the dogs indoors and keep him dry and clean. They have a very large fenced garden to play in and be taken for long walks, which exhausted hiim. I have now booked my 2 pups in for our next holiday. I would highly recommend the Durban Dog Hotel to anyone.

    thumb Tammy Swingler Cross
    4/04/2018

    5 star review  We took our dear Bilbo to the Dog hotel when he was just 11 weeks old as we didn't want him alone at home while we were at work. Sonseirai and Candice have been amazing from the start and looked after him as if he was their own. They are loving, kind and patient with the dogs. As a little alpha male puppy, bilbo was a bit nippy and tried to dominate other dogs and so Sons recommended behavioral lessons. Every day she worked with Bilbo and we are so happy that he has turned into a real gentlemen. He is calm, kind natured and loving to all dogs. Thanks for the amazing work, commitment and love you give Bilbo.

    thumb Jessica Blase
    8/22/2016

    5 star review  You know when you think twice about going on holiday, because you just can't imagine leaving your furbaby behind� Well, that was me... But seeing that it was my 40th birthday and all I wanted was to take my parents with me to Cape Town to see my brother, I just had to make a plan. I found The Durban Dog Hotel on Facebook and was impressed with how the animals are treated... Just like at home... No kennels, no cold cement floors, no isolation. Now, my little dachshund Bugsy isn't the most social, but Sonseirai & Candice just knew how to make him come out of his shell & yes...even enjoy himself!!! With daily WhatsApp updates (pics&videos), I was totally at ease and could enjoy my family time to the utmost. Thank you The Durban Dog Hotel for treating Bugsy like he was one of your own. There is no other place I will entrust my Bugsy to if we have to go away again�

    thumb Madeleine Myburgh
    8/22/2016