Day Camp Enrollment
Day Camp is a cage-free service designed for social dogs to play and have fun. Safety is our primary goal, therefore, Day Camp is not for every dog. It is not a place for aggressive dogs to learn how to be social. To be accepted into our Day Camp program, each Day Camp guest must:
- Complete a Day Camp Application/Agreement
- Be at least 12 weeks of age and have completed their first two series of vaccinations, including the bordetella vaccine and a fecal exam
- Meet our published vaccination standards
- Be spayed or neutered (except puppies under 6 months)
- Attend a Day Camp evaluation day (single-day fee applies) and be deemed "safe for play"
- Dogs under 15 lbs. may participate in large dog Day Camp if special waiver is signed
What is a Day Camp Evaluation Day?
Since Day Camp is not for every dog, every dog needs to be professionally evaluated to ensure its’ safety and compatibility. Evaluations are only done during the early morning hours (between 7-8 weekdays or between 9-10 Saturday) because it is less stressful for the dog and it increases the chances for a successful evaluation. It is always better to have the “pack” form around the new dog rather than the new guy trying to conform to the already established pack.
The evaluation begins by removing all other dogs from the play area. The new dog is then brought in and is allowed to check out the play area. Then, one at a time, other dogs are introduced to the newcomer. The goal of the introduction is to observe how the dog reacts. The first several dogs introduced are usually ones known to be “low-key”, mild-mannered, or submissive dogs. Our trainers watch for warning signals, such as: stiffness, stress, high tail carriage, and ears/body forward - all signs of potential increased aggression. If aggression is observed, it must be very mild (i.e. snapping to send a message, without actual contact). Obviously, for the safety of all, any dog who appears overly aggressive will not be allowed in Day Camp. Once a dog is deemed “safe for play” or is ”accepted” into our program, he/she is free to attend our Day Camp any day of the week or as an overnight guest.
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