Doggy Daycare benefits dogs in many ways. Puppies that begin Doggy Daycare at an early age learn bite inhibition from the other dogs. They learn what is gentle and appropriate play and interaction from the older dogs. Dogs that attend daycare learn important social and communication skills within the pack. Doggy Daycare can help shy or timid dogs become more confident by allowing them to build positive relationships with the pack and the staff. High energy dogs receive an extra outlet for all of their pent up energy by playing with the other dogs.
All dogs must pass a temperament test prior to attending Doggy Daycare. All evaluations are graded equally based on the dog’s reaction to different stressors and triggers away from the owner including a dog to dog trial. Once the dogs have undergone the temperament test each dog is assigned a different colored collar. The different colored collars help the daycare attendants get to know each dog and their personality.
Dogs that do not pass the temperament test will not be permitted to attend Doggy Daycare. A re-test, at no additional cost, will be considered if there are positive changes in the dogs behavior due to training and/or outside socialization.
Yes. All dogs over the age of six months must be spayed or neutered to attend Doggy Daycare. Dogs that have been recently spayed or neutered must wait approximately two weeks, or until their sutures have been removed, to attend Doggy Daycare.
No. But we do request that a reservation is made at least 24 hours prior to bringing a dog to Doggy Daycare, as our spaces fill up quickly. Standing Doggy Daycare reservations are available for your convenience. We also request that in the case of a cancellation, we are notified to accommodate other dogs into daycare. During peak capacity periods you will be required to pay for your daycare reservation if you do not cancel by 8:00am the day of the reservation.
No. We provide separate daycare areas for large and small dogs, both with their own outdoor area. The designated daycare for each dog is chosen based on their size and temperament during the temperament test. Dogs that are on the cusp of large and small vary, and their designated daycare depends on their temperament.
Play areas are secured with six foot fences. Whether indoors or outdoors, dogs are always monitored.
Yes. Daycare attendants are trained to identify dog behaviors and communications. They use their knowledge to interact with and monitor the pack. The safety of the dogs is our priority! Daycare dogs are supervised at all times indoors and outdoors. To keep the pack at a manageable size, we add more attendants. There is one attendant for every sixteen dogs in the Large Dog Daycare, maxing out at 48 dogs. There is one attendant for every twenty dogs in the Small Dog Daycare, maxing out at 40 dogs.
Yes. Each daycare area has a designated outdoor area. Dogs in Daycare get unlimited outdoor time while also being supervised by the attendants. Although, during adverse weather conditions, their time outdoors is limited.
Yes. Water is provided for all daycare dogs at all times.
No. We do not allow food or treats in the play areas while Doggy Daycare is in session. Dogs have the opportunity to receive food or treats provided by their owner between 12pm and 1:30pm during a mid day break we call ‘Naptime’. This period is a mandatory break for all daycare dogs to rest and receive their provided lunch or treats.
No. Toys are not permitted in the play areas while daycare is in session. However, when the weather is warm we provide baby pools in the outside areas for the dogs to splash and jump in.
We do not allow aggressive dogs into Doggy Daycare. The temperament test of each dog helps us understand how the dogs will react in daycare, however, rare altercations do happen. Just like humans, dogs can have off days too. The staff at All About Dogs is educated in the communications of dogs. Daycare attendants monitor the behavior and interactions of the dogs to identify and prevent altercations from happening.
All About Dogs does not support harsh or harmful discipline, restraint, or management. Our goal is to provide a safe and positive environment for play. Our staff is trained to identify different dog behaviors and communications. Dogs displaying negative behaviors are often given a ‘time out’ until the dog regains an acceptable energy level. Similar to receiving a ‘time out’, attendants may also walk a dog on a leash helping the dog calm down. Daycare attendants also keep a water bottle on hand at all times used to manage the pack.
Wrestling and nipping at each other is all a part of dog play, therefore the risk of scrapes and scratches will be ever present. Whether it is from rough play or an altercation with another dog, if a dog is injured a manager is immediately notified to evaluate the situation. From there the managers notify the owners and take necessary steps to care for the injured dog. In house care can be given, but if the dog’s injury requires immediate veterinarian attention we can transport the dog to a veterinarian.
Any medical conditions will be evaluated during the temperament test. Whether a dog is missing a leg or blind in one eye, they are still assessed equally during their temperament test. If a dog has an allergy it will be specifically documented on their file.
Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease which is spread by an airborne virus. Just as in the case of the common cold, Bordetella is not cured but must run its course. Unfortunately no amount of supervision, sanitation, or personalized care can always prevent a dog from contracting an airborne virus. All About Dogs takes all possible steps to reduce the risk by requiring yearly immunization for any dog visiting our facility. It is important to know that there are over 100 strains of Bordetella. The vaccine is more effective against some strains than others, while some strains aren’t even included in the vaccine. Through our efforts we strive for a clean and healthy environment.