Your dog must be at least four months (16 weeks) of age before beginning daycare. Dog's under four months need special attention when beginning their socialization, and dogs that young are often overwhelmed and scared by larger groups of rambunctious dogs. For more information on socializing your young puppy, check out our Puppy Kindergarten and Pup-n-Play Workshop.
Your dog must be up-to-date on Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella (canine cough) vaccines, and be able to provide proof of such on their evaluation day. Rabies tags are not acceptable proof because they have no identifying information on them.
Your dog must be spayed or neutered by six months of age.
Your dog must be in your home for at least a month before beginning daycare. Major changes in a dog's life and routine can be stressful. Allowing them time to settle and become accustomed to their new home is crucial for them to enjoy daycare.
Your dog must know or be actively learning obedience cues. At minimum, your dog must know and respond to his name. This allows the staff to keep rough play in check by calling your dog out of play verbally, and redirecting them using obedience cues. If your dog needs help learning to respond to cues in the presence of distractions (namely during off-leash play), we offer Day Training to help them be successful and safe in daycare. Some students will be required to participate in the Day Training program to continue as a successful DaySchool student.
Your dog must be crate trained, and be comfortable in a crate as our dogs are rotated through mandatory nap times in a room separate from the play space. Time for quality rest in a quieter, calmer environment is important for the safety and wellbeing of the pups in our care. If you’d like to read more about our philosophy on the importance of rest time, check out our blog post here!
PLEASE NOTE: If your dog was previously attending daycare with us but has been absent for more than three months, you may be required to re-apply and/or have your dog re-evaluated. Our play groups change throughout the year and, however successful your dog may have played with us in the past, it is likely that the faces and play styles have changed since he was last here. We want to ensure that everyone will get along well with a new group of friends!