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Day Care

We do not have fancy web cams or plasma TVs for the dogs to watch, but we do:

  • Provide quality care
  • Go the extra mile
  • Know what your dog’ s poop looks like (we just know them that well!)
  • Make snow forts with them in the winter
  • Play with them in the baby pool in the summer

The purpose of dog day care is to provide a safe, fun and stimulating social environment for dogs. It is not meant to be a total replacement for walks or exercise. Dog day care will:

  • Help your dog develop socialization skills
  • Curb destructive behaviors
  • Reduce separation anxiety (may not work in severe cases)
  • Provide exercise in addition to your normal regimen
  • Build confidence
  • Provide human/canine contact all day long

 

Requirements

1.  All dogs over 7 months of age must be spayed or neutered

2.  Day care dogs must be up to date with the following:

  • DHLPP Vaccine (Distemper)
  • Bordetella Vaccine (Prevents against kennel cough)
  • Rabies (Required for dogs over 4 months of age)
  • Negative fecal test
  • We do not require, but STRONGLY recommend that your dog is protected against heart worm and fleas. Heart worm protection is given to your dog monthly in the form of a pill. Most heart worm medicines do not kill adult fleas as their primary job is to protect against heart worm, which is why we also recommend using a topical solution such as Frontline Plus.

3.  All dogs must be non-aggressive and not food or toy protective. Owners must certify that their dog(s) have not harmed or shown any aggressive or threatening behavior towards any person or other dogs. Please remember: your pet will be spending time with other pets and the safety and health of all animals is our main concern. Owners must certify their dog has not been ill with any communicable diseases within the last 30 days.

4.  All dogs must be evaluated by The Paw Place before being admitted to dog day
care. The evaluation process will slowly introduce your dog to the environment of dog day care as well as the other dogs. The evaluation lasts 1-3 hours. Please call for an appointment.

5.  BUSINESS HOURS: Monday through Friday 7:00am to 6:00pm. The Paw Place
is not an overnight facility.

 


Dog Day Care: Frequently Asked Questions

What will my dog do during the day?
The dogs play many games with each other such as chase, tug of war, wrestling and king of the mountain. Besides interacting with other dogs your dog will also get human attention (belly rubs, petting, etc.) Your dog will also take naps from time to time to “recharge”.

Will my dog be put in a kennel?
The dogs are not kenneled during the day. The few kennels that we have are left open all day and there are beds in them. Many dogs will take a “self appointed” nap in the afternoon.

Do the dogs fight?
We do not accept aggressive behavior from any of the dogs which is why the evaluation process is so important. The dogs “play fight”, but this is normal dog behavior and it is not aggressive. Dogs like to grab each other by the neck and wrestle and “box” with their feet. Please be aware your dog may have a nick or scratch from time to time because they do play with their mouths and feet. We can not guarantee against dog fights, however we do our very best to constantly monitor the dogs play, behavior and noise levels.

What if my dog needs to eat a lunch?
You can bring your dog’s lunch in a labeled baggie and we will feed your dog between 12 and 2pm. There is no extra charge to feed your dog lunch.

What if my dog needs medication?
We will administer your dog’s medication per your instructions at no extra charge.

My dog has been around dogs before, but not in a day care setting. Will that be a problem?
The evaluation process will help us determine if dog day care is a good fit for your dog. If your dog has never been around a group of dogs, the busy environment may be too overwhelming. However, we have had several dogs that just seem to “fit right in.” If your dog is somewhere in the middle, we can assist your dog in adjusting to the new atmosphere.

Will my dog get to play outside?
Yes. We have a fenced in back yard where the dogs can relieve themselves as well as play. When it’s really hot out we sometimes fill a baby pool with water so the dogs can cool off. We have air conditioning inside for those dogs that would rather stay in and relax.

What if my dog gets hurt?
If your dog gets a minor injury such as a scratch or cut we will treat your dog and notify you when you pick up your dog. If something more serious should occur such as a bite, broken toe nail, etc. we will call you immediately and/or take your dog to a veterinarian if necessary.

My dog has been to a dog day care before. Do I still need to have my dog evaluated?
Yes. Even though your dog has been to day care before, this is a different environment with dogs that are unfamiliar to your dog. It is important that we gradually introduce your dog to the other dogs.