Dog Day Care in Guildford

Dog Day Care in Guildford

Welcome to our 5 Star Dog Day Care Centre

Following the latest Government response to COVID-19, Merrist Wood Dog Day Care will remain OPEN, operating as usual but still following our current COVID guidelines.


We recognise the need for routines and socialisation to ensure the welfare of the dogs in our care and we will continue to offer our services in a safe and controlled way to protect our dogs, staff and customers.


Merrist Wood’s Dog Day Care Centre, in Guildford, is a secure area with double entry and buzzer gate system for additional security and heated indoor cabin. Situated on our 400-acre estate, nestled amongst woodland and just three miles from Guildford. After a recent inspection the Centre has been awarded 5 stars which means that the criteria for the higher standards have been met. All new dogs will need to have a trial session before being accepted to the day care centre.


Your dog will spend their days socialising with friends, sniffing specifically designed areas, running around our field and enjoying fun activities that involve use of various equipment and toys. For some well-earned rest and relaxation, the dogs can lounge on the comfortable sofas and beds in our heated cabins. Our staff are fully qualified and hold Pet First Aid certificates as well as being DBS checked.


Our Dog Day Care Centre can also be privately hired at weekends and evenings for private training purposes and off-leash exercise. Adjacent to the Dog Day Care Centre, we also have a secure fenced field ideal for dog training and other activities, which can also be privately hired. There are car park areas close to both locations with easy access.


If you wish to make an enquiry into the Dog Day Care Centre or hiring out these areas, please complete the enquiry form below.


Contact Details:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07976 681608 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm only)


Licence Information
Licence Number: AWRL02
Licensed by Guildford Borough Council

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Dog Day Care in Guildford | Prices

One Dog
Full Day
08:30 - 17:30
One Dog
Half Day
08:30 - 12:30
Two Dogs
Full Day
08:30 - 17:30
Two Dogs
Half Day
08:30 - 12:30
Dogs Smiling at Dog Day Care in Guildford

Merrist Wood

Field and Dog Day Care Area Hire

The Dog Day Care Centre has a secure fenced field which can be privately hired at weekends and evenings for training purposes and off-lead exercises.


Costs are:

  • £10 per hour for individual off-lead exercise
  • £25 per hour for trainers/professional dog walkers (discounts may be given for block bookings)


The size of the field is approximately 100m x 60m

Use MUST be pre-booked (minimum of 48 hours notice please) by contacting [email protected]


Please complete the enquiry form below if you require further information.

Meet some of our dogs

Terms and Conditions

  • All dogs MUST have a trial session before attending the Day Care Centre. These sessions are to be pre-booked, last 2 hours and cost £10 (non-refundable regardless of whether you use the Centre after or not). This fee covers the administration and staffing cost.
  • Please feed you dogs prior to arriving at Day Care – we don’t feed dogs as a standard rule. If your dog/s need to be fed during their time at Day Care, due to age or medication, then please let us know. You would then need to bring their own food and any medication along with you on the day of arrival.
  • Your dog must be up to date with vaccinations, flea, tick and worming treatments.
  • A minimum of 48 hours’ notice MUST be given for any cancellations of booked sessions or you may be charged the full amount.
  • Although not necessary, we highly recommend a quick release clip style collar; to ensure ultimate safety whilst playing with others at Dog Day Care. Please ask for advice if you are unsure.
  • Your dogs will have a great time enjoying our centre and so may on occasion come home wet, sandy, muddy or dirty depending on the great British weather, and what toys we have brought out to play; however we will try our best to keep them as clean as possible.
  • If your dog does have a coat or jacket for colder or wet days, then please do bring this with them; however we cannot be held liable if damage is caused to the item while your dog is enjoying playtime.
  • No dogs will be able to spend any time on the Day Care premises overnight. Drop off and collection times must be adhered to (Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.30pm), unless under exceptional circumstances and with prior agreement from the DDC Supervisor. Any late pick ups (after 5.30pm) will be charged at a rate of £15 for up to 30 mins.
  • You will be invoiced monthly (invoices will come from Activate Learning) and we would ask that you make payment within 5 days of receiving your invoice, payments should be made via BACS, or by card over the phone – payment details are specified on the invoice.
  • As far as practically possible Merrist Wood Dog Day Care will make every possible effort to ensure that all dogs in our care are happy and supervised at all times whilst exercising and socialising, however, by allowing your dog to be cared for by us you accept ultimate responsibility and liability for any loss, accident, injury or death to your dog or to another dog as a result of your dog’s behaviour.
  • Failure to provide us with any information regarding your dog’s health concerns and history, behavioural, social and antisocial tendencies and habits which may affect the way we care for your pet and the way we integrate them with other animals or effect or disrupt any other animal in our care or person may result in a breach of contract and services may be ceased.
  • We are unable to accept dogs that have anti-social behavioural tendencies or aggressive behaviour. Should the clients dog demonstrate any aggressive or anti-social behaviour towards any other animals or persons on site, Merrist Wood Dog Day Care reserves the right to cancel any bookings with immediate effect.
  • We don’t accept entire male dogs over the age of 12 months. Female dogs in season will not be allowed to attend day care until their season has finished.
  • The discounted rate for 2 dogs is only for dogs living in the same household.
  • We reserve the right to change services and rates at any time but will give as much notice in advance as possible.
  • The morning session time is strictly 8.30am – 12.30pm (if your dog isn’t picked up until after 12.30pm you will be charged for the full day)
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