Evaluation Process: To enroll in daycare, all candidates must be spayed or neutered (unless under 1 year of age), must not be aggressive, be current on our required vaccinations, and be using a flea and tick preventative. Once we have enrollment information and proof of vaccinations, a First Visit can be scheduled. This works as a trial run of a half day of daycare, where we can assess your dog’s social skills to make sure daycare is right for them.
RV (Rabies), DHPP (Distemper/Parvo), LV (Leptospirosis), CIV (Bivalent Canine Influenza): annually
BV (Bordetella): semi-annually
Hours: Dog daycare runs from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, for pets that are not staying overnight. Pets can be dropped off at any time during the day, but must be picked up by closing at 6:00 pm. We may cancel daycare on certain dates close to and around major holidays.
Activity: Dogs that are enrolled in full-day daycare will enjoy approximately 7 hours of social activity. Dogs enrolled in half-day daycare will enjoy approximately 4 hours of social activity. Dogs are given a rest period of two hours in the middle of the day.
Feeding: We strongly recommend NOT feeding your pet a large meal just prior to daycare. Eating a large meal and then participating in physical activity within an hour, increases a pet’s risk for bloat, a serious and sometimes fatal condition. If you would like to feed your dog breakfast, we recommend doing so by 6:30 am. We typically do not feed dogs lunch when they are enrolled in daycare.
Going Home: Dogs at play during regular daycare can get a little disheveled! Dogs with longer hair may get tangled from daycare activity and/or water play. We appreciate your understanding. Many dogs will be VERY tired and seem thirsty when they get home, and depending on their fitness, may appear sore.
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT MY DOG IS A GOOD CANDIATE FOR GROUP PLAY?
Our manager will do a temperament test during your dog’s first visit. We will first have your pup with a control dog, one with a calm demeanor, to determine if they are comfortable around other dogs. After this, we will slowly introduce them to a small playgroup and keep an eye on them and see how they react with others. We always want them to feel confident and comfortable during playtime. It will sometimes take some time for them to warm up to their friends, and this is totally normal. We just take it one visit at a time! Unfortunately, we do not allow any fence climbers, diggers, and aggressive dogs to come for daycare.
MY DOG WAS VERY THIRSTY WHEN THEY GOT HOME, IS THAT NORMAL?
This is very common with our daycare kiddos! We always have water available in the play areas, but a lot of times the dogs are so concerned with playtime that they forget to drink enough water. They typically realize how thirsty they are when they calm down at home since they are not distracted by their friends.
MY DOG WAS TIRED AND LETHARGIC WHEN THEY GOT HOME, SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?
Our daycare kiddos are outside for a lot of the day, playing with their friends. Commonly, if they are not use to that much physical activity, when they get home they are very tired. It can take a day or so for them to recharge, especially if it is their first time at daycare.
IF MY DOG MISBEHAVES AT DAYCARE, WILL YOU TELL ME?
Absolutely! Our main priority is the health and safety of our guests. We always want to be honest with you about your fur baby’s behavior during daycare. Our caretakers are with your kiddos all day and will notice some behaviors that may need to be addressed. We do recommend training in some instances so that we can correct those behaviors. Just like us, dogs will have off days or will need to take a break from all the fun to rest.
DO I NEED A RESERVATION FOR DAYCARE?
We only require a reservation for the very first visit. This is so we can have our manager or an assistant manager available to do a temperament test to determine if your fur baby is a good candidate for daycare and if so, what playgroup they would do best in. After their first visit, we will not require a reservation, but we do appreciate them.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FOR MY DOG’S FIRST DAY OF DAYCARE?
We typically will do a half-day of daycare for their first visit so that your dog does not get too overwhelmed with all of the excitement. It may even take a couple of visits for your fur baby to fully adjust to daycare. This is completely normal! Sometimes, taking it slow is the best thing for them. Your pup will most likely be tired and thirsty when they get home. A lot of times our daycare kiddos are so interested in what is going on around them, that they forget to rest or drink enough water. At pick up, we will let you know how they did and will talk to you about how often they should come for daycare. Some kiddos will need a day in between daycare visits to rest and recharge, others are able to come every day without skipping a beat. It all depends on the dog.
MY DOG IS NOT FIXED, CAN THEY STILL COME TO DAYCARE?
Yes! If your pup is not fixed, they will get to have group play until they are a year old. We do separate unaltered males and females to be as careful as we can during playtime. After they are over a year, they will be considered a private daycare guest and will get playtime with our caretakers, but will not be able to have group play. We definitely recommend spaying or neutering your dog in general.
CAN MY DOG GET A BATH OR NAIL TRIM WHEN THEY COME FOR DAYCARE?
Yes! Just let our front desk know that you would like a bath or nail trim and our caretakers will get it done before you pick up!
IS THERE SOMEONE WATCHING THE DOGS DURING PLAYTIME?
Your fur baby’s playtime is always supervised! Our caretakers will sit outside to keep an eye on everyone and make sure they are on their best behavior and having a blast with their friends.
HOW MUCH PLAYTIME DO THEY ACTUALLY GET TO HAVE DURING DAYCARE?
Our goal for our daycare kiddos is to wear them out! We have them outside playing as long as we possibly can during the day. During warmer weather, they will be rotated in and out more frequently to prevent anyone from getting too hot. During rainy weather, we will rotate them in and out depending on when it stops raining. When they are inside, they are in our indoor playroom so the fun can continue!
DO YOU PROVIDE WATER DURING PLAYTIME?
Absolutely! There is always water and shade available at all times during playtime. Our caretakers are always paying attention to the water in the yards and make sure the buckets are full! During the summer/warmer months, we also have water troughs in the yards to swim and cool down in.