So how does it work?
Doggy De-stress will visit your business for just over two hours with three dogs and two dog handling humans to de-stress up to eighty members of your staff.
How much does it cost?
Costs will vary depending on distance we travel and available parking. As a rough guide for central London businesses our 2019 prices are as follows:
Businesses based in zones 1-2: £550
Businesses based in zones 3-4: £600
Business based outside of zone 4 will receive a quote on request.
Travel costs such as mileage or taxi fares (where there is no parking) will be in addition to the session cost.
Costs may vary if you are booking specific themed days or weeks such as those listed here.
Can you give me an example of a session?
Yes! A two hour fifteen minute booking split in to fifteen minute sessions, for eight to ten people per session and three dogs would be structured as follows:
10:30 - 10:45 - session 1
10:45 - 11:00 - session 2
11:00 - 11:15 - session 3
11:15 - 11:30 - session 4
11:30 - 11:45 - DOG BREAK
11:45 - 12:00 - session 5
12:00 - 12:15 - session 6
12:15 - 12:30 - session 7
12:30 - 12:45 - session 8
We ask clients to encourage attendees to sign up to allocated time slots rather than organise an ‘ad hoc’ or ‘drop in’ arrangement. Those signed up should enter and leave the room as one group. This ensures disruption is kept to a minimum, latecomers may not be admitted. It's worth letting attendees know that in the first half of the session our dogs are excited and more playful. The second half of the session is usually calmer and more chilled. We advise they bear this in mind when booking their time slot.
How many hours can I have?
We deliver two hour sessions. We can provide one hour sessions, but at the price of a two hour session - our minimum cost. Due to the welfare of our dogs, we do not offer sessions any longer than two hours.
What times of day do you operate?
We can provide sessions to begin between the hours of 10:30 and 12:00. We arrive on site half an hour before the session begins so that we can settle the dogs.
What kind of room do you need?
Sessions must take place in an appropriate safely enclosed space – empty office, meeting room or conference room. We suggest somewhere without tables or where tables can be blocked off and somewhere not too big because dogs like running around and you won’t get to have the cuddles! We will ask for either a picture or location visit to check out the area you propose. We do not provide sessions in open plan office spaces or outside areas due to dog distraction.
Who are the dogs?
Our dogs, mostly labrador and labrador retrievers live with experienced dog owners. They are all put through a friendly test to make sure they have basic training, travel well with others and love coming out with us. All of our dogs have their own personalities and behaviours which we know you'll enjoy. More information about our dog welfare can be found here.
Can you bring puppies?
I'm afraid not. Their unpredictable behaviour and complex welfare needs means that travelling to, and bringing puppies in to unfamilar, busy environments is not in their best interests. They require regular breaks and it's more likely that toileting accidents will happen indoors, therefore it's very unlikely that bringing puppies in to your workplace will meet health and safety measures set by your facilities and building management departments. We pick our adult dogs at ages where behaviour and temperament is more predictable and most importantly we know that all of our dogs get on well with each other and are experienced and well behaved in busy London offices.
How do you travel to us?
We will be coming to you via a dog friendly car, so ideally we ask for a parking space at your premises so we can get the dogs to you as fresh and stress-free as possible. If that’s not available we will park nearby, or get a dog friendly taxi - both will be charged on top of the cost of the sessions.
Can we take photos?
Yes! We encourage people to share their Doggy De-stress experience on social media using Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook channels.
What about health and safety?
We’re used to dealing with large offices and their managers getting understandably nervous about dogs in building. We have standard thorough risk assessments that we can send you and tailor to your premises.
It’s worth remembering that our dogs are very well behaved, but they are still dogs and you may get the odd excited bark and there’s a guarantee that hair will be left behind which will be the responsibility of the office vacuum to get rid of! We carry basic cleaning equipment with us should there be an accident and we bring alcohol gel and wipes.
Food and toys are not permitted in the de-stress area and dogs must not be fed or offered treats.
And the legal bit?
All our dogs are covered by third party liability insurance protection up to £10M. We reserve the right to end a session at any time should we feel that the environment is, or becomes unsuitable for the welfare of our dogs. Our terms and conditions set out further details.
How do I book?
You can fill in our online contact form here. We will get in touch with you and confirm availability for your chosen date. As soon as you confirm you wish to go ahead we will need to see a picture of the room you propose using to check its suitability. Once you've agreed our Terms and Conditions your booking is confirmed.
Can I see evidence of its success elsewhere?
Our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/doggydestress) has a huge amount of feedback from previous sessions with our clients. We’re currently working with high profile establishments such as John Lewis, The Hilton, Harrods, The Savoy, Lego, Foster + Partners, Adobe and King and all continue to give us 100% positive feedback. We ask that you collate feedback after the sessions for your benefit and ours so that you can see the amazing positive effect our visits can have on staff.
Who are the humans?
Doggy De-stress is run by Rob and Mel. Both have worked for Guide Dogs and Rob has also worked for the RSPCA. Both are well experienced in dog handling.
Our dogs are chosen specifically for their calm, cuddly and friendly temperaments so that you can give them all the love and attention you wish during your session. All we ask is that you stay gentle and calm around our dogs to keep the environment as stress free as possible for everyone. You can read more about our dog welfare information here.