Advanced learning and play for a healthy, happy dog

 

Our newly designed DaySchool daycare program is designed to offer your dog a more rewarding and engaging experience in the off-leash group play environment. By maintaining regular attendance schedules and activities curriculum, we are able to provide a more individualized daycare experience for you dog, tailored specifically to their play styles, learning levels, and favorite friends.

Check out our program brochure below!

 
 
  • 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 the TCSPCA's Puppy Play and Learn Program, and our Puppy Obedience classes offered by trainer Margie Hillenbrand.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Application

All dogs wishing to attend the DaySchool program for doggy daycare must complete an application and have successfully passed their Entrance Exam evaluation. Accepted students will be required to maintain a regular schedule of attending days. 

Entrance Exam evaluations are scheduled with drop off at 10am and pick up at 12pm; this allows your dog ample time to interact without becoming over-tired. Faculty will introduce your dog to the play areas, other dogs, and staff to evaluate their behavior in the group environment. We look for how well they interact with other dogs, staff members and the environment in addition to evaluating their play style, tolerance level for off-leash interactions, how much they enjoy group play and, of course, monitoring for any aggression. Some anxiety is to be expected when introducing a dog to a new environment full of unfamiliar smells, people, and other dogs. Our goal is to make the acclimation as positive as possible, as we all want to help your dog enjoy his time with us. 

At the completion of your dog's evaluation, we'll discuss with you whether off-leash play is a good fit for your dog and what days they would be suited to attend. You will receive a detailed evaluation assessment and a welcome packet with all the necessary information on our program and other offered services. 

An Entrance Exam evaluation fee of $15 (plus tax) will be collected at the end of the evaluation, regardless of their acceptance status.

 

View and complete the Dayschool Application form here

Conduct & Safety

  • Dogs must be on leash at all times. Retractable leashes must be locked at 6 feet or less.

  • Do not approach other dogs on leash, as some dogs can be protective of mom/dad while on leash. Do not allow your dog to approach others while on leash.

  • Be respectful of other pet parents dropping off or picking up ahead of you: WAIT in the lobby until they are leaving by way of the side exit and a staff member will be available to help you.

  • Enter only through the front entrance to avoid accidental greetings with those exiting the building.

  • We are a "naked" daycare: The dogs play with no collars on to prevent them from getting their teeth/jaw stuck on another dog's collar while playing. 

  • Only breakaway flea collars like Seresto and Playsafe collars are allowed.

  • We reserve the right to expel dogs who exhibit aggressive or destructive behavior such as gate jumping/rushing and/or excessively rough play. Dogs in our daycare program are always on probation: Continued acceptance in the program is never guaranteed and is subject to their behavior on any given day.


Health & Wellness

  • Dogs must be on a monthly flea/tick preventative. If we find fleas on your dog while in daycare, we will give them a flea bath at your expense to prevent the spread of fleas to the environment and the other dogs.

  • Puppies between 4 and 5 months old may bring a lunch to be fed while crated. We do not feed lunches to dogs over 5 months unless medically necessary.

  • All attendees must be spayed or neutered by 6 months of age.

  • We encourage you to use the designated potty space outside for your dog to eliminate before and after daycare. Free poop bags are available at the front desk and we are happy to dispose of them for you. ALL POOP MUST BE PICKED UP! Please help keep our facility and grounds clean.

  • If your dog is showing signs of illness (coughing, sneezing, runny eyes or nose, lethargy, diarrhea, lack of appetite, vomiting, etc.) KEEP THEM HOME! Help us keep everyone healthy!

  • If your dog is exhibiting signs of illness while at daycare, we will contact you and remove them from group play until they can be picked up.


Reservations & Attendance

  • Reservations are required! You may set up a recurring reservation or call ahead to reserve attendance. Dogs who arrive without prior reservation will be turned away.

  • Please give us 24 hours notice to cancel your reservation for a day so that we can give that spot to another dog.

  • If someone other than yourself will be picking up your dog, let us know!

  • Drop-off is limited from 7am to 10am. Students arriving after 10am will be turned away.

  •  All dogs must be picked up NO LATER THAN 7pm. 

  • We provide cubbies for collars and leashes to be left for the day. Remember to let a staff member know of your approximate time of pick-up so we can keep track of attendance.

  • If your dog has not attended daycare for more than 6 weeks without prior notice of his absence, you MUST call prior to drop-off to confirm we have a space for him, even on days he was previously in regular attendance. If you do not call to confirm, you may be turned away.

  • If your dog has not attended daycare with us for more than 3 months, he may be required to be re-evaluated due to differences in attendees, play groups, and age-dependent play style changes that may have occurred in his extended absence.


General Studies

These courses are part of the General Studies program and participation is required for all DaySchool students. Grading for these courses will be reported quarterly.

Attendance: Regular attendance is important to students' success as part of the off-leash play environment. Much like missing a few episodes of your favorite show and then watching the newest installment of the story: having your dog miss just a few days of daycare can be confusing, throw off their entire schedule, and shift their understanding of the play groups and off-leash manners.

Punctuality: Tardiness interrupts class schedules, making it difficult for students to focus on activities and appropriate play behavior. All students must be in attendance and ready to participate by 10am. Parents should notify staff of planned absences by calling at least 24 hours in advance, if possible.

Civic Studies: Students learn to communicate appropriately with each other, regardless of breed type or background. Additional learning may extend to other dog-to-dog interactions outside of the daycare environment (such as the dog park or family and friend gatherings).

Psychology 101: Students work on engaging and controlling parts of their learning that may otherwise be under-utilized (especially in working/hunting/herding breeds). Foundations for polite behaviors are set such that parents may continue reinforcing good behaviors at home. Mental activity and exercise is just as (if not more) exhausting and important as physical exercise, and often assists in attentiveness outside of the daycare environment.

Intro to Logic Theory: A student favorite! Faculty apply students' learning styles to multiple activities to encourage problem-solving, exploration, curiosity, and confidence.

Field Lab: Lessons are taken from the General Studies program and translated to real-world applications. Priceless for students who prefer working out-of-doors and parents who are looking for a more reliable response from their dog under distractions.


Electives

Outdoor Program: Students are taught outside of the daycare environment with special one-on-one instruction to help improve learning and performance under distraction. The Outdoor Program may also include urban excursions on leash to practice real-world applications.

Intramural Activities: Instruction focuses on individual learning style and performance, tailored to students with outstanding performance in the General Studies program and those with athletic interests. May be assigned at senior faculty's discretion.

To visit our Elective Program page and request consultation:

 

VIP Training Program: 

Living with your dog shouldn't be frustrating. Our intensive, exclusive, program will teach your dog how to be a well-mannered family member by working on basic and advanced obedience, common behavior issues, crate training and more!

To visit our VIP Training Program page and request consultation:


General Conduct

Adherence of both parents and students to our general policies and communications skills. Students who regularly perform poorly may be required to participate in the Day Training program until improvement is seen. Parents may also be assigned Homework Assignments and/or Parent Teacher Conference to work with their dog to help improve overall performance in the daycare environment.