Most dog day care facilities, dog boarding and dog hotels are run, owned and operated by people with very little if any background, experience and expertise in applied behavior analysis (ABA). However, Dog behavior, is by far the most critical area of expertise anyone in a dog related business can possess. (link) Without an intimate working knowledge and application of ethology (non-human animal behavior) and applied behavior analysis, your dog cannot be understood, nor communicate. Without understanding and communication your dog is at great risk! Some of the many physical, emotional, psychological and physiological health issues that may come about from a lack of communication and misunderstanding of a dog’s subtle behaviors are: Increased stress, anxiety, fear, phobia, fights, disease, depression, immunological diseases, over excitement, aggression and even death. The very first question a dog parent should be asking and looking for in a doggie daycare or pet hotel is, who will be watching/supervising my dog and what is their background in canine ethology, cognitive ethology and dog training?
Dogs thrive on properly formulated and structured play groups and conspecific interactions, setting them up to succeed, learn, be fulfilled and have fun all day long while in our care. Canines are crepuscular animals, meaning they are most naturally active during twilight hours, dawn and dusk. We structure our play groups around a dog’s natural state and somatosensory preferences. Thus everything about our doggie day care, dog boarding hotel and training facility is carefully designed to encourage your dog to thrive in every aspect of health: mental, physical, emotional, behavioral and nutritional. We are holistic, comprehensive behaviorists, (psychologists), trainers and nutritionists that are true pet experts in all our respective fields coming together to provide each family with a first-class experience structured around a holistic approach to optimal training, boarding and day care. When you drop your day off at our dog day care, learning center and dog hotel, you are truly getting the best care a dog can get.
Our doggie day care is a first-class, private, designed and structured dog park where well balanced, well behaved, social, affable dogs go to socialize, play, exercise and hangout with their friends. Everything about your dog’s day and night, play groups, drop-off and pick-up times, activities, park layout, smells, lighting, tactile surfaces, enrichment, socialization, naps, toys, and nutrition are designed to meet and exceed your dog’s behavioral, exercise and enrichment needs so that you pick up a well-balanced completely fulfilled dog. This way both of you will be fulfilled throughout the day and your dog won’t be bored to death staying at home doing nothing or worse employing themselves, practicing bad habits (barking, chewing, counter surfing, separation anxiety) when you are not home. We believe you have a rich and fulfilling day, so should your dog!
Most doggie day cares and hotel dog boarding facilities are not adept at structuring and setting up safe, healthy play sessions. Play sessions aid in social development, exercise, but also very importantly build behavioral flexibility while in the process, helping a dog learn to get along with many other dog morphologies, and temperaments. Too rough, inappropriate play, or poor matching of dogs’ energy, size, sex, breed or age may easily cause traumatic experiences. Which can lead to emotional, physical, psychological health problems. And in many cases will lead to aggression or a fight.
Here’s how to tell the difference. Some key aspects of what a behaviorist and trainer should be watching for are:
All of these are contextual and situational that only a skilled behaviorist and trainer would be able to sort through and navigate.
Monday – Friday = 7:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday – Sunday = Closed (for Puppy Socialization Classes & Training)
Half Day Care: $65
Drop-off, 7:00am – 9:00am, Pick-up, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Drop-off, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Pick-up, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Full Day Care: $85
Drop-off, 7:00am-9:00am, Pick-up, 5:00pm-7:00pm