Welcome to Shorty & Co VIP's!
(Very Important Pooches)
"Sizzles is proudly one of the original Shorty's gang and it's like his second home! Dawn and Keith have loved him like their own from the start. It's a wonderful fun and stimulating place for him to go, so good to know he is as tired as we are at the end of the day. Shorty's are always super flexible and it's great to know he is being brought up so socialised and comfortable spending the day away from us. It's a reason to get a sausage dog!!!" Chris Pitt
We (Dawn and Keith) are delighted to welcome you to SHORTY & CO, located in Cheltenham and designed exclusively for daxies and other small breed dogs. Our licence number is 21/00889/AWREGS. We have been awarded a 5 STAR rating which we are very proud to have achieved!
We have personally owned small breeds for over 25 years, and are very experienced with small breed dogs.
At Shorty & Co, our main aim is to provide a nurturing day care experience, providing your little VIP with as much love, care and attention that you will give at home. This means lots of cuddles, fun and frolics, time to play and learn, relax and enjoy the company of other dogs within our safe and secure environment. Being with similar sized doggy friends helps reduce stress and anxiety and build strong bonds of friendship and trust. At Shorty & Co we are dedicated to providing lots of individual and collective play and companionship. We work hard to ensure that all our little treasures are pampered and enjoy days full of fun and relaxation with the added bonus of having a select group of little friends to play with in our delightful daycare centre and garden, with all the creature comforts required for a perfectly pawesome doggylicious day!
"So thankful for the loving care and attention that my dog gets at Shorty & Co. It's really helped with her separation anxiety...and mine come to think of it." Claire Anderson
We have recently gained our Ofqual Level 3 Qualification in Professional Day Care and Boarding, and we firmly believe in the importance of regularly updating our knowledge and understanding through professional development.
"There is nowhere quite like Shorty & Co, it's uniquely brilliant....I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Shorty & Co - your fur baby will absolutely love it!" Liz Haworth
Our doggy day care centre
Our Doggy Day Care Centre is part of our completely re-landscaped garden. In January 2021 we completed each gated and securely enclosed area with faux grass, and the outdoor area is proving to be a huge success for Shorty & Co - providing our little VIP's with self contained doggy areas, and no muddy paws! Our fully heated and equipped daycare centre has cosy doggy beds and sofas, large play equipment and lots of fun activities! The faux grass now provides the perfect year round play surface in which the dogs can frolic in complete safety and comfort.
"Shorty & Co are simply amazing....Arthur absolutely loves going and spending time with the other dogs and the Shorty & Co team. We wouldn't send him anywhere else. If you're thinking of going - do it!!" Tom Sarson
Security at Shorty & Co
We are fully enclosed and gated throughout, with independent connected areas and CCTV cameras operating 24/7.
"Shorty & Co is a brilliant doggie daycare centre and I would have no hesitation in recommending them. Dawn and Keith treat all the dogs as if they are their own and have created an amazing environment with lots of space for the dogs to play and run around as well as having places to rest and snuggle. Our dog was super timid before attending the daycare sessions but she is now part of the gang and absolutely loves her time spent there." Shelley Davey
A typical day at Shorty & Co
Our day begins with our dogs eagerly arriving from 8 a.m. - they can't wait to come in. They say hello to everyone, check out every corner and begin spontaneous free play - always great fun to watch!
Once we have received all our daycare VIP's, we have our morning walk using either a double or triple split lead to reinforce walking together, which is a great way to share experiences. We do not walk any dog off lead. Our walks provide a variety of doggy experiences, along footpaths, parks and leafy lanes, encouraging their instinct to sniff, interact and explore! It is very beneficial for your VIP's habituation and familiarisation with different environments, to learn to walk while hearing a variety of sounds - traffic noise, children playing, dogs barking, sirens, aeroplanes and of course - maintenance work! Your dog will become more confident and less fretful experiencing a variety of sounds and sights. Once back at Shorty HQ it's time for a treat, followed by snoozing time if the dogs want to chill out with our rest and relax facilities (lots of doggy beds, sleepy sofas and cosy corners), or they can indulge in indoor and outdoor fun and play opportunities which include a shallow pool on sunny days, ball pit, sand pit, bubbles, play tunnels, and lots of play toys - all important for their ongoing socialisation. While they are constantly supervised, we do encourage them to explore and extend their impromptu play so that they learn more about each other and where each dog's boundaries lie!
In the afternoon we have enrichment - brain puzzles/mind games, snuffle mats, agility toys, grooming, and more focused play. Whilst in our care, please be reassured that your dog(s) will never be left unattended.
The importance of companionship and social interaction with other dogs (and us hoomans) will be a highlight of each visit and we can guarantee that your pooch will be eager to come back for more!
With your dog's health and safety in mind (and ours!), Shorty&Co is a completely non smoking/vaping zone both inside and outside the house and the daycare centre.
"I would recommend Shorty & Co to anyone looking for doggy daycare in Cheltenham, they are the best of the best...Dawn and Keith are absolutely brilliant - kind, attentive, trustworthy and really take care of each and every dog, Maggie adores them!" Georgie Bass
How to book
1) : Call us on our landline or mobile to discuss your little VIP and your booking request
: OR email/ text/instamessage us your requirements
2) We will contact you to discuss the above, and arrange a 'Meet and Greet' at Shorty & Co so that you and your pooch will be able to meet us and discuss how we operate, and for us to assess your pooch's suitability to be a VIP member of Shorty & Co.
Have a look at our current prices which are listed on our SERVICES page along with details of times etc.
We are also fully insured, first aid trained and DBS checked.
"As a mini Daxie, Orla, who attends every day, has really come on leaps and bounds. She has made so many lovely doggy friends, who are all part of the amazing Shorty & Co community...Shorty & Co really is our safe haven for our little one and I couldn't be happier that we discovered such lovely owners who we now regard as lovely friends. If you are in need of daycare, then look no further" Amy Robinson
Meet and Greet
Once we have arranged a time for our Meet and Greet, text 07811 945815 or ring the front doorbell when you arrive. We will welcome you into Shorty & Co by our side entrance. Once inside, you will be able to see our facilities, and we will be able to discuss your pooch's needs and how we operate. The meeting will take around 30-45 minutes, during which time we will have initially assessed your dog and got to know him/her on and off the lead. We will take the opportunity to discuss your dog's likes and habits just to make sure that he/she is going to enjoy being with us, and you can take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
We will also give you 2 forms to complete which are 1) Client Details and 2) Important information about your dog.
"Our dog is timid and nervous around larger dogs, so Shorty & Co was a perfect find ....10/10 recommend if you're looking for a doggy daycare for your small dog." Jessica Halsall
The next step
If we and yourself are happy to proceed to the next step, then we will arrange a free 3 hour trial so that we can see your dog in situ - this will help us assess your dog's suitability in settling in with our regular dogs.
For daycare bookings, we will then arrange the days that you would like to book.
"We knew that we'd have to find somewhere special to trust them to look after our puppy, and we can't quite believe we've managed it and on our doorstep, too. Dawn and Keith have created such an amazing environment at their home. We wanted a home from home, where our puppy would be as safe and loved as she is with us, and where we were confident leaving her, and Shorty & Co deliver on every front." Lucy Craze
And finally.....fee payment and form filling!
We operate a 'pay monthly' system for Daycare clients - payments are made in advance by bank transfer.
Every client must read our Terms and Conditions, and agree them before the start date of your dog's stay (for our records), as we cannot process a booking without you agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.
The following documents are available for you to read on the T&C's page :-
1) Procedures and preventative healthcare plan
2) Terms and conditions