The Play Barn at Mearns Canine Lodge offers your dog “Daycare in Play” – endless fun and social interaction, along with mental stimulation, creating a happy, contented pet.

Set in the grounds of the 40 acre Star & Garter Estate, the Play barn is custom built and designed to give dogs a safe, stimulating environment, where they can spend the day in the company of other dogs. The Play Barn is a cage-free facility. That means that our dogs spend the day in the company of other dogs in an open play area.

We offer a safe environment, where your dog can play,  relax and make new friends.


  • 8am – Doors open and our guests for the day start to arrive.   
  • 10am – By now all the dogs have arrive. Everyone has said good morning to everyone else and just like in any school playgound, everyone finds friends with a similar play style to hang out with.

For some this will be lively physical play, others are ball fanatics. And of course there are the quiet contemplative ones that keep more to themselves and think deep thoughts. Each to their own.

  • 12 – 1pm – Feeding time for the puppies and staff.
  • 1pm – Chill time. We gently persuade everyone to rest for an hour, including the Duracell dogs.   
  • 4pm – The daily task of matching leads to dogs begins as the first mums or dads start arriving to pick up their tired and contented dogs.
  • 6pm – Daycare closes


  • Peace of mind for the owner, knowing your pet is enjoying safe play with its canine friends and our experienced and caring staff.
  • Allows your dog to be just a dog. Dogs are naturally pack animals. They love the interaction and stimulation playing alongside canine friends.
  • All day supervision with a structured day. Free play, supervised exercise and relaxation time when needed, all in a safe,caring environment.
  • A reduction in destructive behaviour. Your dog will return home a happy, contented pet.


We offer an open play environment, so understandably, every dog attending must be evaluated for temperament and social abilities. An appointment will be arranged for you and your dog to come and meet the team. A chance for you to see our facilities and for us to meet your dog. This is a good opportunity for us to answer any questions you may have.

If you wish to enroll your dog into day care, there will be some forms to fill out. A date will then be set for you to bring your dog to a temperament test. This requires you to leave your dog with us for evaluation.


Your dog will be introduced to a small group of dogs to observer their interactions. We are looking for any aggressive or fearful tendencies. It is essential to confirm that your dog will be happy at daycare. It’s also important for us to observer your dogs behaviour without your presence – remember – you won’t be there when your dog is in daycare. Ultimately, we can only offer places to good natured dogs that can mix in with other dogs. All adult dogs must be neutered/spayed. We accept puppies from 12 weeks of age.


Does my dog have to attend every day?

No, it’s up to you to decide the number of days your doggy attends day care. Your dog will benefit most if it comes more regularly but some of our guests only come 2 or 3 times a month. Please let us know how many days you would like to attend during the week so we are able to accommodate you.

Do I have to commit to a schedule?

We have a drop off and pick up schedule which needs to be followed to insure that our guests day is not disrupted. If you’re dog has already been a guess of the Play Barn, then we may be able to accept them at short notice subject to availability of spaces.

Do you accept all breeds?

Yes, all dogs are welcome. Owners need to certify that their pet(s) have not harmed or shown aggression toward any other person or pet. If a pet shows aggression he/she may be expelled from day care.

Is my pet supervised during day care?

Yes, the dogs are never left unattended and there is always a member of staff present. We make sure a good time is had by all.

I have a small dog, will he be safe?

Some small dogs enjoy running about with the big dogs but just in case, we have a special area for the little ones to romp with his/her smaller friends. It is up to your dog if he/she wants to play with big or small dogs. We will never allow a dog of any size to be bullied.

What will my dog do all day?

Run! Play! Wrestle! Socialize with playmates, lounge around and talk the latest gossip with new friends!

Where does my dog do its business?

We expect our guests to have been exercised in the morning before they are dropped off. For during the day there are three outside areas which the dogs have access to.

It’s my pets first time at day care, what do I need to bring?

Please call for your interview appointment and bring completed application forms and current vaccination records.

What happens at the interview?

We take time to read your pets registration forms and go over with you, any important information specific to your pet. Your pet will be introduced to a couple of new playmates to see how he/she will react to new friends.

Do you feed my pet during day care?

If you would like your pet to eat while at day care you will need to reply his food or treats and his/her eating schedule. There is no extra cost to feed your pet while in day care.

My pet has special needs. Will this cost extra?

No most medications and dietary needs will be handled at no extra cost to you. If your pet requires injections this will be discussed with you during the interview process or by phone before applying. Pets with handicaps are welcome at day care and placed in an appropriate playgroup.

Do you offer any discounts?

We offer discounts on multi family pets and also for long term bookings.

Do you offer your services to older pets?

Yes! All ages are welcome. Older or handicapped pets will be placed in appropriate groups or of they like to relax alone they will be placed in the lounge where they can rest and nap all day.

What if my pet becomes ill during day care?

We will try in all cases to use your veterinarian if your pet is feeling under the weather. If your veterinarian is not within close proximity of our day care we will use our veterinarian. You will receive a call in all instances of illness.