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.

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 5ft 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.



Opening Times
Weekdays 7.30am - 6.30pm
Saturday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday Boarders Only
Bank Holidays 8.30am - 5.30pm

Dog Training

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  • Katrina Lehman

    Ollie 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. Katrina
  • Tracey Dillon

    Thank 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 again
  • Amanda Goodchild

    Hi 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, & Pete
  • Sam Webb

    Pringle 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 lodge
  • Martin Holden

    Excellent advice given. Massive improvement socially after one visit.
  • Catherine Allen

    Really 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 Tyler

    Susie 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 Akers

    My 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 Brooks

    The Doggy Lodge is fantastic, the team are friendly, knowledgeable and do an amazing job! Fred is so well socialised now and loves his visits
  • Pat Dobinson

    Our 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 Hart

    We would be lost without you guys ... Thank u so much 🙂
  • Lesly Balcombe

    Ella 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 & Ella
  • Claire Blackwell

    Excellent 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 Cowen

    Very friendly. Happy to share their procedures and facilities. My dog seemed to enjoy himself and came home very tired!
  • Sandra Merritt

    We 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 you
  • Laura Jones

    Murphy 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 owner
  • Debra Mclaren

    Our 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 Kayley

    Myself & 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 x
  • Jill Hughes

    Thank 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 Pollard

    Great 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 Dobson

    Thank for looking after pickle ! Absolutely shattered, slept all night and this morning !!
  • Bev Simpson

    What 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 Hawkins

    WOW!!! My 2 Springers LOVED IT!!!!. Never seen them so tired. Perfect location for dogs. Thank you so much Rachel & the team.
  • Chris Howell

    Great 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.