There are times when a dog will bite another dog. We do our best to prevent this, but it does happen. If there is a small bite, we will clean it. If it is something that needs to be checked by a vet I will take the dog to Vinegar Hill to be seen. I will call you and keep you updated.
Normally dogs will act differently here than they do with their owners. Dogs get very protective at home and on leash. Perhaps they know we will not let them get away with certain behaviors here at daycare. Feel free to bring up any concerns you have.
We do not have anyone here overnight. The dogs are put away in their own rooms or crates. We have an alarm and sprinkler system.
The dogs are very tired when they go to bed and generally fall right to sleep.
We don’t always know. Scuffles will happen. What we watch for is very distinct body language. Dog’s speak to each other with their bodies. The staff here know what to look for. There are very specific things dogs will do if they are going to be too dominant.
There are as many dog personalities as there are people. They are all different. Many will find a friend to play with. Many will kind of “hang out” and watch. All of this is good. They are stimulated either way and will go home tired. Being in a group of dogs and getting along well is very good social practice.
When someone walks into the daycare, the dogs will all start barking. Very soon after or as soon as that person leaves they quiet right down. We do not let them bark excessively.
There are generally always two to three people here. Someone may step out to take a dog home, but will be right back.
We do not have to test all dogs. Puppies and dogs who have good experience with previous daycare or boarding may not need to be tested. Please call to discuss your dog and we will let you know.
Everyone is welcome to stop by with their dog prior to their stay. Saturdays and Sundays are best days for trials.
Leash aggression is very common. It does not mean the dog will behave the same at daycare. Barking while on leash has more to do with the owner.
You only need to provide your dog’s food. Changing a dog’s food can cause stomach upset, so we do not provide it. We have a refrigerator for wet food. Please bring only enough for your dog’s stay and not a very large bag.
You are welcome to bring a blanket or washable bed from home. This can help with a dog’s stay.
Please no toys or bowls.
We have rooms (like stalls). Each dog or pair of siblings will have their own room to sleep in at night. They will have a raised bed, a fleece blanket and water. If they do not eat their food during meal time, we will leave their food in their room overnight.
Some dogs will sleep in a crate. We have very large crates. We use these at peak boarding times. We also use them for certain dogs. Some dogs prefer a crate because they can see out of it, or they are used to one at home. Some dogs are very high jumpers and will have to be in a crate so they don’t jump out of the rooms.
We try to figure out what will be best for each dog.
Around six months of age, the doggie hormones kick right in. They will smell different to other dogs. Females will get a lot of unwanted attention. Males will give a lot of unwanted attention. This can cause fights, even if you dog is very docile. Male dogs can be aggressive toward unneutered males, also causing fights.
We generally do not. The dogs will potty in here and we will clean right up behind them. This behavior will not transfer home. If you would like us to walk your dog while he is here, we can do that for a small fee. If your dog does not go in here, we will take him out at no charge.
We do have a separate room for small dogs. Sometimes a larger shyer dog will be in there with them, but don’t worry, only if we feel it’s ok. We have many siblings that come who are different sizes so sometimes the smaller dogs will be out with the general group. We do our best to decide what will make the dog happiest and safe.