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Doggie Day Camp Frequently Asked Questions
What happens on the Evaluation Day?
A Camp Counselor will take your dog into the play yard for about ten to fifteen minutes. This gives your dog time to get familiar with the sights, sounds and smells before other dogs are brought out. We will see how your dog responds to toys and treats. This will give us a good idea how friendly he/she is around people they don't really know yet. It helps us to see if there are any signs of aggression toward people and if a toy or treat is taken away. When we and your dog are comfortable, we will introduce one of our current campers. We try to use a dog that has a similar temperament to yours. If everything is looking good and the dog's body language tells us they are comfortable in the situation, then we will introduce another camper. We will add dogs until the group is all together. As we do this, we are always watching body language to make sure your dog as well as other campers are comfortable and not showing any signs of stress. If we feel your dog is a good fit for camp, we will then set up your camp days.
How long does my dog have to stay on the Evaluation Day?
It's totally up to you! The evaluation can be done in a half or a full day. We will work with your schedule. If you feel your dog may be overwhelmed with a full day, we can do a half morning session. If you would like a full or half day, please drop off between 6 am and 8:45 am. If you choose the half day, please pick up between noon and 2 pm.
What happens if my dog does not pass the Evaluation Day?
If we feel your dog is not a good fit, you will be called to pick him/her up. Just a note; if your dog is not a good fit, don't feel bad. Just like humans, not every dog likes to be in a group and not all dogs relate to other dogs, they prefer the human touch. It's not a bad thing!
How often does my dog have to come to camp?
We prefer that your dog come at least once a week so they and the other dogs get used to each other. Absence does not always make the heart grow fonder. If you dog does not come on a regular basis, we may have to re-evaluate him/her. There is a small charge for a second evaluation.
Do I have to come on the same day/s every week?
No, but the groups are generally different each day so your dog may have to be introduced to these dogs. Usually it is not a problem. Some days we have more active dogs and some days are more tranquil. We will recommend the day/s that we feel your dog will be more comfortable. If you do want to come on a different day, please give us a call!
Can I have other veterinary/grooming services done while in Doggie Day Camp?
Yes, you usually can! We regularly do nail trims, grooming and baths during our camp day. These are usually done over the noon break in camp so your dog is not pulled out and can keep playing. Other services such as exams, vaccines, heartworm and fecal tests may be scheduled with a veterinarian during camp if we have openings. Please call ahead for an appointment during camp. If you want to be present for the appointment, it can usually be scheduled for your pick up time. Food and medication refills can also be done during camp and picked up with your dog. Just give us a call or let us know what you need ahead of time and we'll do our best to get it done!