How does daycare benefit my dog?

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.

What happens during the temperament test?
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. In addition the test includes a dog to dog trial and trial day of daycare to be sure that daycare is a good fit for the dog. When a dog passes the temperament test the dog is assigned a colored coded collar. The different colored collars help the daycare attendants get to know each dog and their personality.
What happens if my dog does not pass the temperament test?

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.

Does my dog need to be spayed or neutered to attend Doggy Daycare?

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.

Do I have to commit to a specific schedule?

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.  To make a reservation you may do so through our Client Portal or by calling the store at 440-708-1364

Do dogs of all sizes play together?

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.

How secure are the play areas?
Play areas are secured with six foot fences. Whether indoors or outdoors, dogs are always monitored.”

Is my dog supervised?

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.

Does my dog get to go outside?

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.

Does my dog have access to water?

Yes. Water is available in the daycare area at all times.

Does my dog get treats in Doggy Daycare?

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 either their owner or All About Dogs  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.

Are toys allowed in Doggy Daycare?

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.

Do the dogs ever fight or get hurt?

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.

How do you discipline the dogs?

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 do keep a water bottle on hand at all times for use in managing the group.

What happens if my dog gets injured?

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.

What if my dog has medical conditions?

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 to determine their comfort and safety in the daycare environment. If a dog has an allergy it will be specifically documented on their file.

What is kennel cough? What is done to prevent it?

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 or biannually immunization , based on the recommendations of the dog’s vet, 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.