New dog daycare centre to open in Gorleston

Dog Dayzzz is a new dog daycare centre which is set to open in Bells Road, Gorleston.

Dog Dayzzz is a new dog daycare centre which is set to open in Bells Road, Gorleston. - Credit: Emily Thomson/Archant

A new dog daycare is set to open for pooches looking for a more relaxed experience.

Dog Dayzzz has taken over the former Lamp Locker building in Bells Road in Gorleston. 

The new business is owned by dog-lover Karley Richards who is hoping to open around mid-May.

Dog Dayzzz is a new dog daycare centre which is set to open in Bells Road, Gorleston.

Dog Dayzzz is a new dog daycare centre which is set to open in Bells Road, Gorleston. - Credit: Emily Thomson/Archant

It comes after Ms Richards, who lives in North Road, attempted to take over an industrial unit in Sinclair Court in Bradwell back in 2020, but a planning application for the site's change of use was denied by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

This meant her dream to open a dog daycare was put on hold. 

But in October last year, the former antique shop in Bells Road became available.

Dog Dayzzz is a new dog daycare centre which is set to open in Bells Road, Gorleston.

Dog Dayzzz is a new dog daycare centre which is set to open in Bells Road, Gorleston. - Credit: Emily Thomson/Archant

The 42-year-old said: "It has been very difficult trying to find a property with the right space and a landlord who was happy for me to make alterations so we could get a licence.

"I was over the moon when we found this place.

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"But we are not like your normal daycare centres, we are very small.

"Not all dogs want to be in a huge packs and we can only fit a maximum of about seven or eight, so our dogs will have more space to roam and not be overwhelmed.

"It will be a lot more relaxed."

Dog Dayzzz is a new dog daycare centre which is set to open in Bells Road, Gorleston.

Dog Dayzzz is a new dog daycare centre which is set to open in Bells Road, Gorleston. - Credit: Emily Thomson/Archant

The downstairs floor of the building is currently undergoing renovation work ready to welcome the first four-legged customers.

The dog daycare centre will include a reception with a woodland theme, a snug area for naps, an isolation room and games room with ball pit, tunnels and toys.

It will also have a sheltered courtyard outside with AstroTurf.

Ms Richards, who has also completed a level three course in dog care and welfare, added: "It’s absolutely terrifying but very exciting as well. I just hope it works out.

"I’ve always been obsessed with dogs and I just wanted a job where I could play with dogs all day."

Ms Richards, who previously worked in finance, is also hoping to offer volunteer opportunities and work placements.

Dog Dayzzz is a new dog daycare centre which is set to open in Bells Road, Gorleston

Dog Dayzzz is a new dog daycare centre which is set to open in Bells Road, Gorleston. It is owned by Karley Richards. - Credit: Karley Richards