Why doggy day care?

Day care offers many benefits in addition to the obvious exercise and energy expenditure. While in a day care setting, your dog is able to work on their socialization skills, which helps them learn the proper ways to interact and communicate with others. It also helps with any future interactions with other animals and helps to build confidence in all aspects of their interaction-based life. This could mean building confidence in properly meeting new people coming to the house, properly meeting and greeting new friends out on walks, and/or even future visits to any veterinary setting. Day care is also a great source of relief from boredom, especially in the breeds that like having a “job to do,” and couples as an additional source of human interaction that he/she would otherwise not get if they were staying at home.

At day care, your dog will become socialized and exhausted, all while exercising his/her mind and learning new skills. These skills/activities help your dog learn self-control, obedience, sharing toys, and overall help to learn how to become a better behaved family member. A well-exercised dog is a fun dog to have in your home, and is less likely to be destructive or disobedient. When you get home from a busy day, so has your furry friend, and you two can enjoy the evening relaxing TOGETHER!

Here at the Village Vet & Pet Resort, we are very proud of our expansive, 5000 square foot yard that is divided into a small dog play area and a large dog play area. It is fully shaded, equipped with a large misting fan and misting systems run through the yard for the hot days, and we have various toys and platforms for stimulation and exercise.

In order for your dog to to participate in day care, we do require that he/she is current on all core vaccines, has a negative fecal parasite test on file and is spayed/neutered. We do allow fully vaccinated, intact puppies in the yard, however, once they reach reproductive age (around 6+ months) and start exhibiting reproductive behavior, they will have to be removed from the yard until castration occurs. To be considered fully vaccinated, your dog must be up to date on his/her Rabies, DHPP, and Bordetella vaccines. We do not require the Canine Influenza vaccine or the Canine Leptospirosis vaccines, however, we do strongly recommend them. If you are not a current client of VVPR, and would like to update any of these vaccines or fecal with our veterinary side of the clinic, a new client exam will be required in order to establish a legal client/pet/vet relationship.

In addition, a temperament test will have to be conducted. The temperament test is a slow introduction of your dog to the “pack.” The slow introduction allows us to evaluate the reactions of both your pet and the rest of the pack, helping to ensure the safety of every one involved. Temperament tests are performed Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5:00pm. For the new dog testing, the dogs need to be dropped off before 9:00am, the temperament test will occur around 10:00am, and as long as things go well, he/she is welcome to hang out the rest of the day with the pack.

We offer daily drop ins, half days, and packages at a discounted rate. It is important to note that if your pet is going to participate in day care, that they must be a regular attendee, meaning they must attend day care at least once every 2 weeks. This will ensure that no additional temperament testing will be needed prior to releasing him/her into the day care yard. Regular day care attendees also have the added benefit of participating in daily day care during the week if/when they board with us.

If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to give us a call, send us an email, or come by to speak with our staff and get a tour of the facility.