Frequently Asked Dog Daycare Questions
What is required to participate in daycare?
All dogs must be spayed or neutered, at least 6 months old, current on all vaccines, on a veterinarian approved flea and tick preventative and pass a daycare evaluation.
What is the ratio of people to dogs?
Meadowlake follows the highest standards which requires one counselor for every 15 dogs.
Is there someone with the dogs at all times?
Yes. During Daycare play hours, your pet is never left alone. The Daycare counselors constantly monitor behavior so that each dog is comfortable and having fun!
How are small dogs protected? Are they supervised separately?
At Meadowlake, we have two seperate daycare groups. The Tail Waggers group is primarily for smaller, lower energy dogs. The Jumping Jacks group tends to be larger, higher energy dogs. Occasionally, we are able to combine the groups, but only do so when we are 100% positive that the personalities will match well.
Is there training involved? If so, what kind?
Dog Daycare counselors reinforce positive behaviors throughout the day. While participating in daycare, dogs are encouraged to exhibit appropriate play styles, to respond to their name quickly, and practice basic obedience and manners.
- Practicing Recall - Counselors call dog's name during play and ask them to "come"
- Positive Reinforcement - Pats and cuddles to reward appropriate behaviors
- Quick Time-Outs - Counselors use time-outs to demonstrate that certain behaviors are not toletared while playing. For example: guarding toys, bullying, mounting, excessive mouthing ,excessive barking, etc. Time outs are also used to provide dogs a quick moment to calm themselves down in order to prevent over-excitement. During a time-out, dogs are placed inside a crate, on a leash, or in a cottage.
Meadowlake offers many training programs to help with obedience, socilization or specialized concerns. Call today to set up your FREE Training Eval.
Is there a nap time?
All dogs need rest after strenuous play and stimulation. Due to the strenuous play and stimulation, all dogs will be encouraged to take mid-day naps from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Daycare guests will enjoy sharing quiet time with lavender aromatherapy and comfy beds mid-day with their friends.
Where are the dogs allowed to eliminate?
The groups spend a significant amount of time outdoors in fields. During extreme temperatures or weather, they are taken outside often where they are encouraged to eliminate. However, there may be occasional accidents, which are picked up immediately and cleaned with a disinfectant to prevent the spread of germs or virus.
What is done in case of veterinary emergency?
Meadowlake makes every effort to provide a safe, calm experience for your pet. However, even in the safest of environments, there is risk in allowing a group of dogs to play together. Should a pet be injured, it will be transported to the appropriate animal clinic immediately and the owner contacted. Costs arising from medical care will be billed to the owner upon check-out, unless the Pet Care Warranty is applied.
What if my dog is extremely shy with other dogs?
Extremely shy dogs are often not good candidates for Daycare, as being around other dogs causes them stress. Any such issues will be evaluated and discussed with the owner. Training may be a great option to increase sociaization.
What kind of “report” do I get at the end of the day?
When your dog attends daycare, we will provide you with daily communication about their performance. We will let you know how they are playing with his/her friends, what activities he/she enjoys most, and what positive developments we notice as they mature. These daily conversations allow us to keep you informed regarding your dog's social skills and negative behaviors that we can work together to eliminate.
What behaviors make a dog incompatible for Dog Daycare?
For the safety of our counselors and other dogs, certain behaviors cannot be tolerated in a daycare environment. Aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs, extreme fear or shyness, fence climbing and repeated acts of domination (like mounting) cannot be allowed in Daycare. If such behaviors continue after several time-outs and attempts at training, daycare counselors will contact you to discuss whether or not daycare is the best option for your pet.
What Clients Have Said
"The facilities are clean, lots of space for outside play, and the employees are amazing. I never worry about my pup staying with you because I know he is getting PLENTY of love and having more fun there than he would at home!"
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Thank you so much for taking care of her!!! I’m sure Gaby would love to return and I will definitely recommend your services to my friends.”