Is Your Daycare This Great?

February has become my new favorite time of the year. It’s the month that The Dog Gurus host the annual Daycare Games!  And it’s my favorite time of year because it is a chance to show the world what a well run dog daycare should look like. Dog daycare services have grown in popularity over the past 20+ years since I’ve been in the pet care industry.  And with that growth there are some common myths that prevail.  One of the myths is that daycare is unsafe and out of control. And to be honest, I’ve seen those kinds of dog daycares.  But trust me when I say there are GREAT daycares out there.  Is yours one of them?

Look for a dog daycare that puts a high value on a formal dog evaluation process (not all dogs should be in daycare) and one that provides excellent staff training.  When those two things are in place, the results are astounding.  Here are a few of the daycares participating in The Daycare Games this year.  There are over 75 facilities and over 500 different handlers competing for how well they manage the dogs in their care! Does your dog daycare look like this?  It should!

ABC Pet Resort and Spa, Houston, TX

ABC Pet Resort and Spa, Houston, TX practicing group sits

 

Bowhaus Dog Daycare & Boarding, Erie, CO

Bowhaus Dog Daycare & Boarding, Erie, CO – teaching the dogs to wait at an open gate

 

Camp K9, Madison, WI working on gate boundaries (note the open door)

Camp K9, Madison, WI working on gate boundaries (note the open door)

Milton Manor Pet Spa & Resort, Middle Grove, NY with dogs patiently waiting to go out the gate

Milton Manor Pet Spa & Resort, Middle Grove, NY with dogs patiently waiting to go out the gate

 

Rover Oaks Pet Resort, Houston, TX practicing group sits at the gate!

Rover Oaks Pet Resort, Houston, TX practicing group sits at the gate!

 

West Coast K9, Olympia, WA - even the small dogs should learn this stuff!

West Coast K9, Olympia, WA – even the small dogs should learn this stuff!

 

Dog Tired Pet Services, Johns Island, SC practices r

Dog Tired Pet Services, Johns Island, SC practices recalls. All the dogs learn to come to their name..even when they are distracted by other dogs!

And if you want to see some great video footage of recalls, check out K9 Country Club’s, (Yakima Washington) video on Facebook showing amazing gate management and the ability to call the dogs through the gate by name.  Simply amazing!

Looking for a great daycare? Start by checking out the membership directory for The Dog Gurus!

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5 thoughts on “Is Your Daycare This Great?

  1. Why do the dogs in the K-9 Country club video looks so… well, looks like they’re doing appeasment signals all of them.
    Was that trained positively?

    • Hi K.G., I always recommend positive training. I do not know specifically how these were trained, but I know The Dog Gurus generally use positive methods as well. We start with boundary training using a hula hoop (teach the dog to move from the hoop without touching the dogs but only with using your body motion), and we teach gate boundaries by closing the gate if the dog tries to bolt though. I am assuming these dogs were trained with positive methods and that they are not fluid in their behavior yet. Hope that helps.

  2. OMG… West Coast 9 has a Kooikerhondje. I have my Kooikerhondje at BowMeowRegency, Sheffeld Ma.

    • Hi Betsy, The Dog Gurus (which is a joint venture between me and Susan Briggs) has a full evaluation checklist and profile form (the owner fills out the profile form) that we would recommend. It’s available at http://www.safeoffleashdogplay.com You can purchase it individually in the store, or if you prefer, you can join the membership site for $35 and get that form plus a whole ton of other information too! There is no minimum commitment and you can cancel anytime. hope that helps!

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