Frequently Asked Questions
- What is dog daycare?
- Why should dog daycare be considered for my dog?
- Why do I need an interview?
- How many other dogs will my dog play with?
- How does the daycare facility segregate the dogs?
- What do the dogs do all day?
- What about my dog getting sick from another dog?
- What happens if my dog gets hurt while attending daycare?
What is dog daycare?
Dog daycare is a monitored, organized and controlled environment for a group of friendly dogs to play and interact through the day. The purpose of dog daycare is to provide exercise, socialization, stimulation and affection for a dog that might otherwise be left home alone all day. Along with that you receive peace of mind knowing your dog is being cared for by experienced professionals and will most likely be as tired as you at the end of your busy day.
Why should dog daycare be considered for my dog?
If your dog is left home alone for extended periods of time throughout the day without sufficient exercise, they sometimes develop problems. Some types of problems are excessive barking, destructive behavior, and may even start regressing in their housebreaking. To maintain physical and mental health dogs need daily exercise and with our own busy lives it is sometimes hard to do. Dog daycare provides a quilt free environment for your dog. It gives them a chance to play and run with other dogs along with working on their socialization skills. If you have a new puppy experts agree that is it very important to socialize them from the beginning. This helps you to form a fairly permanent adult personality.
Why do I need an interview?
The interview helps to determine if your dog is right for dog daycare. It is for your protection as well as for the other dogs and people at the daycare. It helps address your concerns and expectations and gives you a chance to tour the facility so that you are comfortable with the process and where your dog will play.
How many other dogs will my dog play with?
This depends on the number of dogs attending on any given day. Some dogs prefer small groups and others enjoy crowds. We will do our best at suggesting which days are better suited for your dog.
How does the daycare facility segregate the dogs?
We accept all breeds and sizes that are social to people and other dogs, providing they have been vaccinated for rabies, distemper and parvo virus and are spayed or neutered. The exception to this is that puppies need not be spayed or neutered until they are 6 months old but must have their first course of puppy shots.
What do the dogs do all day?
From arrival time until noon the dogs play in groups both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting. From noon to 2 pm we close to the public so that we may calm and rest the dogs. We encourage them to choose a favorite comfortable bed or spot to rest. From 2 pm until they go home your dog will again play with his pals. Our dog daycare is for your dog! Dogs that want to play and run as much as possible will be allowed to. Those who choose to go in spurts will also be encouraged. If you would like us to encourage certain play we will, otherwise we'll take our cues from our four legged friends.
What about my dog getting sick from another dog?
Keeping your dog up-to-date with their vaccinations, flea/tick prevention and worming prevents most diseases your dog could contract in a dog daycare setting. Some diseases however, like Bordatilla, commonly known as "canine cough" have different strains. It is always possible your dog could contract "canine cough". If a staff member hears a dog coughing, they know to quarantine the affected dog and send them home. We would always let you know if an outbreak has occurred, clean the daycare thoroughly and observe if the other dogs begin to show symptoms. Please always talk to your veterinarian about the suitability of daycare for your dog.
What happens if my dog gets hurt while attending daycare?
In a cage-free, group play environment some minor injuries are to be expected. Some examples are minor scrapes similar to what you would expect in a children's day care center. We have a first aid kit on hand at all times. In case of a more serious injury we will immediately contact your dog's veterinarian and take him for treatment if he feels it is warranted. We will also attempt to contact you and if unable to do so we will contact the person indicated as your emergency contact.