Frequently Asked Questions

HEALTH

Does my dog need to be spayed or neutered to attend your facility?

As a responsible pet owner, we know you will make the right decision for your dog’s health and to prevent any unwanted or unplanned litters from coming into the world. For some people this means spaying or neutering their dog at an age recommended by their vet. For other people, who plan on showing or even potentially breeding their dogs, this means providing adequate supervision and having a good understanding of the reproductive cycles of dogs.

We do allow intact dogs at Prairie Dog Daycare but we do need to know who has (or doesn’t have) what parts. We also require that bitches in heat stay home for a minimum of 3 weeks after they begin to show.

While it might seem like we could end up with tons and tons of intact dogs, in reality there are only a handful of intact dogs that come to daycare and they are rarely ever here on the same day.

What is your vaccination policy?

Our policy is that your dog must be up to date on the vaccines recommended to you by your veterinarian.

Alternatively, you may submit proof of immunity against common diseases, also known as titres.

BEHAVIOR

My dog has never been crate trained, can he come to your facility?

Many dogs have come to us having never been crate trained. If we know this ahead of time, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to make down time for your dog a little less stressful – contact us for more information.

My dog doesn’t like the dog park, will he like daycare?

The answer to this question will depend on a few things – some of which will become clear to us after meeting your dog and reviewing your intake form. Not all dog parks are created equal and not every dog at the park should be there! I have nothing against dog parks as a concept but in reality there can be lots of rude dogs there and more often than not, supervision is minimal.

Because our daycare model is based on maximum supervision, a high human to dog ratio, rest breaks to reduce arousal and a real understanding of dog behavior, we have been able to integrate many dogs into our daycare that have problems at the dog park. Our goal is to make sure all dogs are safe and comfortable so if you have a concern, or are wondering if your dog might fit in here, give us a call.

MISCELLANEOUS

Do you offer discounts If I want to bring multiple dogs to daycare?

Absolutely! Multiple dog families save 15% of daycare services.

Do I need to commit to coming for a certain number of days a week to in order to bring my dog to your facility?

Absolutely not! We recognize that some people bring their dogs to daycare because they can’t be home (shift work, meetings all day, travel) but we also have clients that like to bring their dogs in for a regular play date. Because we do have a daily maximum we ask that you call before you bring your dog or, better yet, set up a weekly reservation.

Can I bring my dog’s lunch?

Of course! We have plenty of bowls, kongs and other great toys for feeding dogs and can ensure your dog get’s his or her lunch when he’s here. If you are feeding home-cooked, raw or canned food, we also have a fridge on the premises to ensure that food is stored safely.

Can I bring my dog’s toys?

If your dog has a few toys he really likes, by all means bring them. Personal toys have been known to cause of squabbles amongst dogs so we will only give your dog his toy in his crate during nap/rest times.

What are your pick up and drop off times?

You can drop off or pick up your dog anytime during operating hours. To make things go a little smoother we ask that you call ahead and we’ll have your dog ready to go and make sure the others are safely away from the door. If you forget to call that’s fine too just understand it may take us a minute or two to get dogs safely and securely away from the door.

How old does my dog have to be in order to come to daycare?

To come to daycare your dog must be at least 6 months old however we do offer a couple of programs for younger dogs and puppies for a half a day each week called Puppy Adventure Camp© and Tween Camp©.

The reason we do not allow younger dogs into our general daycare program is that there is a huge developmental and behavioral difference between puppies and adult dogs. Exposing puppies and teens to other dogs in an unstructured and poorly supervised way can be harmful to your little one. Our Puppy and Tween Camps feature reduced attendance, structured time, and exposure to well known adult dogs that are good with puppies in order to encourage good habits and reduce the chances of any traumatic experiences.

Why is there so much paperwork?

Our intake form is designed to give us an idea of what is normal for our dog so that we know what to expect when she comes for her first day and so that we can alert you to and discrepancies. (I.e. you say your dog never growls but in the daycare environment, we hear them growl all the time). The form also allows us to collect relevant health information about your dog and will also allow any future employees a chance to read about your dogs before they work with them. The information we collect is much more detailed than what would typically be collected at a boarding kennel because here your dog will be interacting directly with other dogs. At a boarding kennel, dogs from different families do not typically interact.

Do you accept dangerous dogs like Pitbulls, Rottweilers and Boxers?

As the owner of a rescued Rottweiler, having worked with, observed many breeds and having instructed owners of many breeds, Prairie Dog Daycare owner, Ayoka Bubar, believes that it is nearly impossible to predict behavior based on breed alone.

While every breed or mix of breeds has temperament specific to that breed (usually related to their original purpose) in reality – even within a breed – we see many different temperaments. If you have siblings, you know that sharing the same genetic past does not make you identical to your siblings – at all.

At Prairie Dog Daycare, our belief is that each dog’s behavior is a function of nature (breeding) and nurture (training/lifestyle), therefore we do not believe it would be fair to discount all dogs of a certain breed. It is our belief that each dog should be assessed as an individual for appropriate behavior.

To help us keep dogs safe we separate playgroups by size to decrease the incidence of injury due to size differences or <predatory drift> but again, this has more to do with size than breed specific tendencies.

PUPPY ADVENTURE CAMP©

Why do I have to be registered in classes with my puppy for him to attend Puppy Adventure Camp?

It is our belief that the bond between dogs and their owners is the foundation for everything we do with our dogs. While puppies do get playtime in Puppy Playgroup at Two Brown Dogs, that class also allows owners to learn about their puppy, other puppies and dog body language in general. Puppy Adventure Camp© is designed to compliment what you are learning with your puppy in Puppy Play Group and provide and extra bit of playtime and socialization away from home.

Do you offer Puppy Adventure Camp© on the weekends?

Sorry, at this time Puppy Adventure Camp© is only available on Friday mornings.

Can I drop my puppy off for just one session of Puppy Adventure Camp©?

We do offer the option of drop in Puppy Adventure Camp, however our flexible 4 day pass offers the best value for your dollar.

Why not offer camp for a full day?

Just like young children, puppies can only take in so much in one day. We consciously designed this program as a ½ day program so as not to overwhelm your puppy.

I would like to bring my puppy to camp but I can’t get away from work over the lunch hour.

For puppies that settle nicely in their crates, we do offer afternoon naps as an add-on service. This means that puppies come and play in the morning and then we settle them down for the afternoon with their lunch and a good bone to chew on.

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