REQUIRED BY ALL DOGS INTERESTED IN DAYCARE OR BOARDING
Complete and submit our online application
Pass a temperament evaluation
Provide current RABIES, DISTEMPER, and BORDETELLA vaccination records
Be spayed or neutered by 7 months of age
Be at least 4 months of age
Be on flea/heartworm preventatives
Be in overall good health
FULL DAY...$30 HALF DAY...$20
*INCLUDES 7% SALES TAX
HALF DAY PACKAGES
10 DAYS - $190.08 (SAVE 5%)
20 DAYS - $360.16 (SAVE 10 %)
30 DAYS- $510.23 (SAVE 15%)
FULL DAY PACKAGES
10 DAYS- $285.02 (SAVE 5%)
20 DAYS- $540.05 (SAVE 10%)
30 DAYS- $767.07 (SAVE 15%)
We think it is important to communicate with owners how their dog behaves during daycare. We encourage all owners to ask questions to better understand their dogs and improve their daycare experience.
What are the requirements for my dog to attend daycare?
If you’re interested in daycare, please fill out our online application. Once submitted, we will contact you to schedule a temperament test. We require all doggy daycare members to have passed the 1-hour temperament evaluation. This evaluation allows us to observe how your dog interacts and reacts to other dogs and how they might behave on a full day of daycare. If an existing doggy daycare member has not attended daycare in more than 6 months, we recommend scheduling another temperament evaluation. Before any dog is allowed into daycare, we require proof of current vaccine records including Bordetella, Distemper, and Rabies. It is also required that all dogs be spayed or neutered by 7 months of age.
What are the benefits of taking my dog to daycare?
Dogs are social pack animals and benefit from being able to interact with other dogs. They can learn to properly socialize, burn energy, and have fun!
Why is it required my dog be spayed or neutered?
Most dogs react differently to intact dogs and this causes increased stress among the pack, this can result in conflicts and aggressive behaviors.
Why did my dog not pass the temperament test?
Not all dogs are suited for or enjoy the environment of doggy daycare and that's OK! This does not mean they are bad or vicious dogs. It also does not necessarily mean your dog doesn’t like being with other dogs. If a dog shows signs of increased stress or discomfort such as excessive drooling, pacing, cowering, or attempts to escape, daycare may be overwhelming for your dog. Aggressive behaviors such as snapping, growling, lunging, reactivity, or asserting dominance are determining factors of whether your dog will pass the temperament test. These behaviors are a major concern because they are likely to lead to a serious altercation. If any incidents or concerns arise during the temperament test, we will contact you to pick up your dog immediately. We want the best possible experience for you and your dog in daycare and in most cases we’re willing to work with you to overcome or cope with your dog’s hindrances. However, some behaviors are just not safe for the daycare environment.
What happens during a temperament test?
A temperament test is required for all dogs who are interested in attending daycare or boarding. It is a 1-hour long, free-of-charge, visit in which the owner drops their dog off, provides the required vaccinations, and leaves for the 1-hour. During the 1-hour evaluation, our objective is to determine whether this dog will be a safe addition to the pack and enjoy socializing with other dogs. We limit the number of dogs initially in the play area upon the arrival of the new dog. Gradually, we introduce dogs into the play area based on how the new dog reacts. During the entirety of the evaluation, there is staff closely monitoring the body language and behavior of the new dog. Should any serious concerns arise, the temperament test will be concluded, the dog will likely be moved to an isolated area, and we will contact you to pick your dog up immediately. Keep in mind that a dog’s behavior may change with time and although they may have passed the temperament test, issues may arise at a later time of which we will then inform the owner that daycare may no longer be a good match for your pup.
Are there toys allowed in daycare?
We do not allow toys in the daycare play area. This is due to avoid any territorial behaviors such as resource guarding and to reduce conflicts between the dogs. Boarding dogs are allowed to bring toys should the owner wish, however the toys will remain in the individual’s kennel for the remainder of their stay.
Should I bring food for my dog attending daycare?
We recommend feeding your dog at home a minimum of 30 minutes before dropping them off for a day of daycare. This can help reduce risk of bloat or vomiting during play. If you wish to provide lunch for your dog or young pup, we can pull your dog out of daycare to an isolated area for feeding and rest. However, most dogs are too excited or distracted to have an appetite during daycare and we have experienced food aggression in these situations. When these behaviors are observed, we inform the owner that their dog is better off being fed at home.
What should I expect when my dog comes home from daycare?
After a day of daycare your dog will most likely come home hungry, thirsty, and very tired. This is normal. During play, dogs might not take the time to stop and drink as much as they should. We always have fresh water available but many dogs are too distracted with playing. Dogs may not find time to rest or take breaks due to over-stimulation, which can result in exhaustion at home. It is also not uncommon that dogs attending daycare may experience some mild diarrhea due to increased stress or activity.
Do I need to make a reservation for daycare?
No, reservations are not required for daycare. We only ask that daycare dogs be dropped off before 12 PM.
What do the dogs do all day in daycare?
There are always plenty of friends for your dog to play with! Some dogs play all day long, consisting of jumping, barking, running, and wrestling. Other dogs prefer to enjoy the outdoor areas and others enjoy the love and attention from the Gnarly crew.
Still have questions?
Just ask! We're happy to help!
Dog Walking and Transport Services
We offer dog walking, home visits, and transportation for clients within an approximate 5 mile radius of The Gnarly Dog. If you need someone to let your dog out for a potty-break or stop by and fill their food bowl, we can do that for you. We also offer drop-off transportation for dogs attending daycare who are in need of a ride home. Fees are dependent on distance and type of visit. For more information on these personal services, feel free to call or e-mail.