Frequently Asked Questions
How old does my puppy have to be to start?
Puppies are required to be home for 10 days before attending daycare or classes.
Learn more about our unique good puppy! program.
Why are the interview and first visit at separate times?
I ask to meet all potential daycare and working clients before they actually stay for a visit. Along with making sure the facility will be an appropriate environment for your dog, I believe it’s better for the dogs to have a chance to meet and get comfortable with me, as well as get a gentle introduction to our facility (with the benefit of a parent there) – before they are expected to stay on their own.
Does my dog's first visit need to be 2 hours?
We find that our new dog’s really benefit from a first short visit. This chaperoned introduction gives us a chance to assess their social skills, confidence, preferences and ability to settle. It also allows us to set them up for success by giving them feedback and supervision they need to get started the best way possible.
Is it OK for my dog to do full days right away?
If you require your dog to stay for full days, we advise that they work their way up over a few visits. For visits over two hours, dogs need to be able to take breaks. Although most dogs are fine to rest at home, many find it more difficult in the daycare setting. By keeping initial visits shorter, we can help new dogs develop the skills (including settling), they need to be successful and comfortable.
Can I bring my dog every day?
In general, we suggest 1-3 visits per week, depending on your dog’s age and requirements.
Special circumstances (renovations, bringing a new baby home, moving houses) may require that your dog be out of the home more than usual to help keep them comfortable. In the short-term, we are happy to have dogs come in on a daily basis.
Younger dogs that have not yet learned to be on their own at home, are welcome to come to daycare on a daily basis for 6 hours or less.
Do the dogs get breaks during their visits?
As with any physical or mental activity, it is important that your dog is able to take a break or have a change of activity. Just as your dog would not do well to play endlessly, or frolic at the park for several hours, we ensure every dog’s activity level is monitored, and that they are given suitable breaks based on their age, fitness and conformation. In this way, risks of over-exertion or over-arousal will be minimized.