The easiest way to find out if your dog will love doggie day care is by bringing them in for a meet and greet with our Canine Coaches – be sure to RSVP with us first! Really, it all depends on your dog and their temperament.
Dogs at Dogtopia are put into play groups based on size, temperament, and play style. You as a pet parent likely know how your dog likes to play- if they’re rough and rambunctious or a slow and steady sort of pup. No matter the style, we have a room for them. We’ve seen tiny dogs who are wild and pushy, and large dogs who prefer to take things slow. No one way of playing is best, and no matter how your dog likes to play there’s a place for them to do so at Dogtopia.
Things to ask yourself before you bring your dog in for a meet and greet:
- Does my dog like to play with other dogs?
- Does my dog like other people?
- Is my dog generally nervous?
- Has my dog ever bitten someone or another dog?
- Does my dog have special needs?
- Is my dog spayed/neutered?
Our Canine Coaches will ask you all sorts of questions and evaluate your dog on a number of issues prior to allowing them to participate in our open play doggie day care. We do this because we have a commitment to the safety and happiness of all the dogs under our care, and we have to ensure that your dog will happily fit into one of the play groups. Not all dogs are allowed in after their initial assessment.
What to do if your dog isn’t allowed into Dogtopia
Don’t despair! Just because your dog wasn’t allowed into our open-play doggie day care doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with your dog. If your pup is a new rescue, they might simply need some time to adjust and decompress. When dogs fail their evaluation, we highly recommend taking some time to work with them on socialization in controlled, one-on-one events. There are dog trainers in the area who will work with your dog to see if they’re fearful, or anxious, or if there’s something else going on that makes them uncomfortable with our doggie day care setting. It’s important to remember that if your dog isn’t allowed in, it’s nothing personal or a failure in any way- it just means that our setup might not be right for them, or that they need time and a little help in getting comfortable with an open-play concept.
As an aside, here are some of the happy faces we welcomed to the Dogtopia family recently. We’d love to see your pup added to the list! Contact us today to get started.