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What do the dogs do all day? For most of the day, they play with each other. We also will play games of fetch with dogs that are interested and cuddle on the couch with all the lap dogs – big and small!  The dogs are usually pretty tired by the end of the day.

How will the dogs be supervised at the daycare? The daycare has been set up to provide optimum supervision. We have two people scheduled at all times and a staff member will be at the daycare at all times.  Supervising the dogs and keeping them safe is our main priority.  If we don’t answer the phone during regular hours it is probably because one person is already helping a client and the other one is attending to the dogs.

Do dogs get injured at the daycare? Dog injuries are inevitable. Dogs use their teeth like we use our hands; they grab each other by the neck and nibble, and play (quite rough sometimes) with one another. Nicks, scrapes and the occasional puncture wounds are going to happen. The Paws on the Run team is trained to break up fights before they happen using different types of distractions (water, loud noises, separation, etc.) We think the benefits of dog daycare far exceed the very limited risks, and that’s why we love what we do. We implore all new clients to “know thy dog” and help us anticipate and avoid problem dogs and problem behaviors.

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Do I need to call and reserve a spot for my dog? Yes! We do require that you reserve a spot for your dog at the daycare as we are often full.  If you show up unexpectedly and we have space, your dog is welcome to join us, however if we don’t have space, we will have to turn away your dog.  We hate seeing the sad look on your dog’s face as they realize they don’t get to stay, so please call in advance.

Is there anything I should bring? Nope!  We just request that all dogs come in on a leash (or in a crate).  It doesn’t matter what kind of collar they are wearing as we will put a “Play Safe Collar” on them.

What can I expect on my dog’s first visit? We will introduce your dog to a few dogs at a time. Once they are comfortable with those dogs, we’ll introduce them to a few more. We’ll keep repeating this process until they have met all the dogs. How quickly they adjust to the daycare will depend on a couple of things but personality and prior dog socialization will be the biggest factors. Some dogs take a few minutes to be completely comfortable and others take a few visits. What we can guarantee is that your dog is going to be tired after their first few visits. This is normal. As your dog gets used to daycare, he will rest as needed and you will see his energy level stabilize as he’ll start to learn how to “pace” himself.

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What kind of vaccinations does my dog need? The health and safety of all the dogs at the daycare is our number one priority. Your dog will require the following vaccinations: Parvovirus (is included in DHPP vaccination), Rabies and Bordatella (commonly known as Kennel Cough). We will also accept titres as proof of immunity levels.  We also highly recommend your dog be on a flea and tick regime.  Please talk to your veterinarian to find the options that work best for you.

Will you provide food and water? If your dog is used to eating lunch, please bring their meal and we will provide it to them mid-way through the day. We find that dogs that typically graze (i.e. have free access to food at home) don’t tend to eat at daycare as they would much rather be out playing. All dogs will have access to water for their entire visit but some dogs are still really thirsty when they get home. Some simply prefer their own water bowl.

Does my dog need to be neutered or spayed to come to daycare? No. However, dogs in heat will not be allowed and dogs that repeatedly mount other dogs may also be asked to leave (whether they are neutered or not!).

How many dogs are usually at the daycare? We take a maximum of 32 dogs at one time.