New to Dogtopia?Schedule Your Meet & Greet
What is a Meet & Greet and why do I need one?
While we love all breeds and personalities, not every dog is suited for an off-leash, open-play environment. We take our doggie guests’ safety very seriously, so each Meet & Greet consists of 20-30 minutes with our trained evaluator to ensure that your pup is a good fit for daycare. It will include a health history overview, a nose-to-tail assessment, and an evaluation of their comfort level with other dogs in a controlled mini-play area. The process is very easy and ensures all dogs are comfortable at Dogtopia – we look forward to getting to know you and your furry family member better! Please note: All dogs must be at least 12 weeks of age AND current on required vaccinations (Rabies, DHLPP/DHPP, Bordetella and CIV (starting September 1)). Dogs older than 7 months must be spayed or neutered.
- Up-to-date on vaccinations (including Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella*, CIV (Mandatory starting September 1) – don’t have your records? We can call your vet for you!
- Puppies must be at least 12 weeks old AND fully vaccinated for Rabies, DHPP, CIV (Mandatory starting September 1) and Bordetella (every 6 months)**
- Dogs 7 months and older must be spayed/neutered
*Newly adopted adult dogs should be in their new home for at least 30 days to get comfortable in their new surroundings
*Dogtopia highly recommends all new overnight boarding pups complete 3 days of daycare prior to their first overnight stay with us to ensure their comfort during the stay and meet all their new human and furry friends ahead of time.
**Canine Influenza had been isolated in our area and is recommended for social dogs, including dogs that attend daycare, boarding, and grooming appointments. There is a shortage of the vaccine in the area, call your vet to check availability, and if they do not have it, it can be obtained at Banfield Pet Hospital in Petsmart, Greensburg, or Pet Vet Clinics in Tractor Supply stores. The Canine Influenza vaccine is strongly encouraged for all new pups to our facility and will be mandatory for all pets in daycare starting September 1.
MEET & GREET
GETTING READY FOR THE MEET & GREET:
Once your Meet & Greet appointment is set and confirmed by our team, you will receive an email to log-in to your online dashboard and begin the registration process. This is where we get to know more about you and your dog, vaccinations can be uploaded by you or our team and you can review and digitally sign our Pet Parent Agreement. We will happily call your vet for vaccine confirmation! One of the most common reasons Meet & Greets are cancelled is because pets do not have the Bordetella vaccine, which is required for boarding and daycare to help prevent canine cough. If you’ve never boarded or taken your dog to daycare, you probably don’t have this! Check your vet records. Once this is all complete, then you’re ready!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
On Meet & Greet day, you will bring your dog(s) to the facility; it is very important to bring the dog on a leash or slip lead with a collar/harness when you enter the lobby. From here, depending on your preference, we have two options for the Meet & Greet for convenience! Our two options are the Traditional option, offered Monday, Friday, and Saturday, and the Drop-off option, offered Tuesday through Thursday.
For the Traditional option, the evaluation process with your dog takes 20-30 minutes with our trained evaluator. During this time, we would love to show you around, address your questions and you can even watch the playroom cameras from our lobby! We do this traditional Meet & Greet on Mondays, Fridays an Saturdays.
For the Drop-off option, you will be forwarded an additional paper to fill out regarding your dogs behaviors to complete within 24 hours of their appointment. Then, drop off your dog on your way to work before 9 am and we will keep you posted on their progress with emails, photos, etc. Then return at 6 pm for your facility tour with other pet parents that had the Meet and Greet for the day, and to pick up your pup from their first day of daycare!
- Wellness check
- Response to staff touch/interaction
- Comfort level in a crate – Crates are used for rest, naptime, boarding, feedings and administering medication when applicable
- Reaction in “open-play” setting with other dogs of varying size, breed, and temperament
- Overall observations
The process is very easy and there is nothing to be nervous about at Dogtopia – we just want to get to know your pup better!
Have additional questions? Please visit our FAQ page.
WHERE DOGS ARE A REALLY BIG DEAL
Because dogs are a really big deal to us, Meet & Greet day at Dogtopia is fun for the whole family – consider it an introduction to our open-play environment perfectly suited for your pup’s fitness and social life. In fact, don’t be surprised if your furry child meets his or her BFFF (best furry friend forever) while you’re here!