1. What are the daycare hours?
Monday - Friday: 7am - 6pm
2. What do dogs do at daycare?
We firmly believe that dogs need to be allowed to act like dogs, which means playing and interacting on a regular basis (just like our kids). While the dogs are here at our doggie daycare, we encourage dogs to play with one another - whether it be wrestling on the ground, playing tug-of-war, or chasing each other around. We also work hard to make sure your doggy is tired, so if we notice that he/she isn't as social as other dogs, we do our best to keep them playing fetch with toys or wrestling with a human friend. Of course, there comes a time during each day when the dogs need a break! In order to get some peace and quiet we have several beds and a really comfy couch for them to get some shut-eye until they're ready to play some more!
3. What is the weight limit for daycare?
25 pounds, although we make exceptions for overweight small breed dogs.
4. Where do the dogs go potty?
We get sod every two weeks to put in the daycare, so there is a real potty patch made of REAL GRASS for them to go potty. It usually takes a couple of times coming to daycare before dogs are trained that this is where to go potty.
5. Will this ruin my dog's potty training?
This should absolutely NOT ruin what habits your dog has at home for potty time. We have made every effort to make our potty patch as authentic as possible to avoid this problem. Dogs have to learn a new habit of going potty no matter where they are (daycare, groomer, a new person's house, etc.) whether it is the same as what they are used to or not.
6. Will my dog be crated?
The only reasons we crate dogs is if they need a time out for aggressive behavior, if they become ill, or if they need to be fed lunch. If behavior or illness is serious enough, the owner will be called to come pick up the dog.
7. How do I get my dog enrolled in daycare?
Just fill out the Introduction Form on the Enrollment page and someone will reply to set up an interview.
8. What is involved in an interview?
While you are here, we will give you some paperwork to read through and your dog will be put into the daycare for a brief period to make sure that he/she will be a good fit. We primarily look for signs of aggression and/or extreme anxiety or fear.
9. What if my dog is anxious/nervous around other dogs?
We are one of the few daycares in the area that works to rehabilitate anxious dogs. The only way to get better at doing anything is by practicing, and the same goes for dogs. If they are nervous being away from you or around other dogs, the solution is not to keep them with you at all times or in the house so they never encounter other dogs. We do what we believe is in the best interest of each dog and, most times, dogs who are very anxious get through that after just a couple of visits. On rare occasions, we have seen dogs who just cannot seem to relax while at daycare and, in these cases, we usually recommend a less intensive socialization process before attempting daycare again. Another thing that is VERY important to keep in mind - dogs are creatures of habit. Getting them on a regular schedule definitely helps in this process. If you really want your anxious dog to become more socialized, or even if you just need them out of the house for a day, please keep in mind that bringing them to daycare once every month or two is not frequent enough for them to learn that A Dog's Dream is a safe place for them to be.
10. What vaccinations does my dog need for daycare?
Rabies, DHLPP, and a yearly Bordatella (Canine Cough)
11. What vaccinations does my dog need for grooming?
Rabies and DHLPP
12. What are the grooming hours?
Monday- Saturday: 8am to 5pm
(By appointment only)
13. How many dogs does the groomer groom at a time?
They each only groom one dog at a time - your dog will be done from start to finish without any interruptions.
14. Will my dog be in a crate during the grooming process?
The only time your dog would be put in a crate is if there was a slight wait before his/her appointment or if you can’t get here as soon as your dog is finished. If you’re unable to pick your dog up from an appointment quickly and would prefer that he/she is not crated, you also have the option of utilizing the daycare if you have a small dog.
15. How do you dry the dogs?
We have a forced air dryer mounted to the wall, and the dogs get dried fully on the grooming table.
16. How much will it cost to groom my dog?
The cost of grooming varies depending on the breed of your dog, what you’d like done with the groom, the condition of your dog’s coat, and his/her temperament while being groomed.
17. What vaccinations are required for training?
Rabies, DHLPP, and Bordatella (yearly)