Each pet in our care has their own personal space with visual barriers between runs to help prevent stress, fence-fighting, and to allow them their own natural den-like space to relax. Our secure fencing allows dogs to move freely off leash from the kennel to the yards, while preventing contact with other dogs.
-Your dog’s/cat’s food and treats, clearly labeled with feeding instructions (please note the brand of food for our records).
-Medications or supplements, clearly labeled with your dog’s/cat’s name and instructions (please note the name of medication for our records).
-If you prefer to bring something familiar from home, please feel free to bring your pet’s toys or bedding.
-Comfortable Kuranda cot-style beds for dogs. (www.Kuranda.com)
-Cozy sleeping beds for cats.
-Deep pile Vet fleeces for all beds. (www.thewhelpingbox.com/ultimate-vet-fleece)
-Additional blankets and towels as needed.
-Stainless steel bowls and water buckets.
Once their rooms are tidied and beds made, dogs are served fresh clean water and breakfast. After breakfast their full stomachs are given time to digest. In mid-morning all dogs are given playtime in the yard to hang out, with us individually, or in socialized groups.
At mid-day we serve lunch for some, depending on each dog’s feeding schedule. All dogs are given another playtime in the afternoon, before dinner is served. Interaction, socialization, and exercise are vital in maintaining a calm and enjoyable environment for all our guests.
After a full day of mental and physical activity, dogs are given time to relax. Before settling in for the night and being served their bedtime snacks, dogs are given another exercise time in the yard.
- Do all dogs go out together for group play?
Safety is our first priority, and we only allow dogs to socialize together if they are mannerly, comfortable, and respond to our verbal commands. We match dogs in small groups of two to four. As we get to know get to know our regular guests we may form larger play groups.
Each and every dog receives time in the yard at least four times a day, with other dogs, or one-on-one with us.
- What about senior, arthritic, or lame dogs?
All dogs are naturally social, even if they don’t obviously interact together. Hanging out in the yard together, grazing on grass, reading the p-mail, laying in the sun, and getting rub downs are some of their favorite activities. Having fun along with low impact movement is the best mental and physical therapy for dogs with mobility issues.
We never group frail dogs with rambunctious dogs, so all dogs can be confident, relaxed, and comfortable.
Rough play can contribute to sports injuries in any dog, just like humans, especially when they are not used to daily exercise or have a bit of a weight problem.
- Big breed hyper-active puppies?
Large breed and overly active puppies are often too strong and intense for other dogs to play with. Large dogs often take longer to mature, exhibiting many puppy behaviours in a big clumsy body. Adult female dogs tend to put puppies “in their place,” and this can be mistaken for aggression.
A well socialized dog knows how to play with a variety of ages and sizes of dogs. They know to be gentle with a shy or petite dog, but can wrestle or play a friendly game of chase with another.