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Doggy Daycare and Grooming - covering the greater Wellington region
Doggy Daycare and Grooming - covering the greater Wellington region
Doggy Daycare and Grooming - covering the greater Wellington region

More wagging, less worrying - enrol your furry friend at Wellington's experienced daycare centre for dogs

At Happy Tails in Porirua, we believe every dog deserves a day filled with adventure and excitement. Helen and her passionate team provide a doggy haven that combines playtime, agility and exercise, with lots of cuddles in between. With a unique and customised play-based approach to dog daycare, we've spent the past 15 years caring for canine companions across Wellington and Porirua, including the Kapiti Region.

Over the years, we've expanded our daycare for small dogs to now cater for all breeds, and currently operate six vans for our daily home pick-up and drop-off service. Enrol in our Wellington daycare centre today, or contact us if you have any questions.

Let our groomers bathe, trim and pamper your dog after a full day of play

A clean and well-groomed dog is a happy dog. We offer a professional grooming service to daycare clients as well as the public. Our experienced groomers are skilled in providing gentle and thorough hygiene cleaning, trimming, and styling services to help your furry friend look and feel their best. 

We use only the best quality non-allergenic products for a healthy and shiny coat, leaving them feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Working together for a seamless transition into daycare

When you enrol your dog with us, we'll advise on the best days for attendance based on their needs and social skills and you'll receive a tailored welcome plan to ensure your dog is never overwhelmed. Our staff have spent the last 15 years creating a homely and welcoming space that caters for all personalities and preferences. We group dogs of similar temperaments together, so they can look forward to fun-filled days chasing their buddies around the yard or enjoy a peaceful nap alongside other old-timers indoors.

With us, your dog is not just another number; they're a member of our family and will always be treated with love and respect. View our gallery page to see why dog owners call us Wellington's best dog daycare.

Meet the Happy Tails team

Our team of dedicated dog lovers work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide exceptional service and premium facilities for dogs and their humans alike. Our team members are selected based not only on their knowledge and experience but on their kind and fun-loving personalities. Get to know our passionate dog-mad team.


Helen is the owner of Happy Tails, relief driver and dog handler. Helen ran an early childhood centre for 17 years before branching out into dog day care - She is married with two daughters. Helen has been a animal lover all her life and currently has a Staffy x rescure dog called Brandy and a horse, Charlotte.


Joined our Happy Tails Team in 2009. Vicki worked as a veterinary nurse for approximately eight years, later running her own pet shop business in Tawa and assisted in running kennels for several years. Vicki covers the Titahi Bay Area so if you see her in the area give her a wave . Vicki can be seen with her K9 family - Zeus the Chihuahua and Samson the Choc Lab.


Joined our Happy Tails Team in 2014. Having been a homemaker for many years, it was a very steep learning curve getting back into full-time employment and having the K9s showing her the ropes. Seen here with one of our HT K9s - Shakia.


Joined our Happy Tail Team in October 2017. Cain works every day for us picking up and dropping off our furry friends. Cain also manages his own personal training business along with caring for his gorgeous husky Ragnar.


Danielle joined the team in 2021 as dog handler and Groomer - Danielle completed the Angels Academy grooming course considered one of the top training services in New Zealand, she now has experience in grooming all breeds and coat conditions. She loves nothing more than taking care of her two dogs Monty and Bella.


Emma, Joined the Happy tails team last year and does the Kapiti run. She has a dog called Denise.


Elliott joined our team as the new manager. Elliott has many years' experience in the animal industry as well as being qualified in animal husbandry and care for domesticated and exotic animals. He worked for many years as a dog trainer, handler and later owning his own dog grooming business. You can spot Elliotts van by looking out for his wonderful Husky Rogue in the passenger seat.


Joined our Happy Tails Team in 2014. Suz has been a sales rep for many years and has always been a dog lover, she has spent the last 9 years being a trusted dog handler and driver and her passion for loving her newfound furry friends is a dream come true.


Sean works behind the scenes making sure all your dogs get sufficient cuddles. He has worked with dogs for over 2 years and has a deep love for our canine friends. He is another one of our dedicated groomers specialising in large breed dogs. In his spare time he plays ice hockey and is in two bands!
View our gallery to see our staff and dogs having a ball at daycare together!

Make a Booking

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Please note: 
Enrolment is not automatic - we need to have space in the van run on the day you require - and we will suggest certain days of availability. We are a small service and prefer to know our dogs well to provide a more personalised service.