What We Do During Day Care, Boarding & Walking

While Day Caring Or Boarding

All dogs in our care roam free 24/7. No crates ever unless requested by owner which is very rare and then only through the night. Our goal is to make every dog in our care feel like home as much as possible. We believe in a lot of interaction so they have a great deal of inside and outside playtime and we’re very sensitive as to what different dogs need at different times. They get two walks to the park during day care and three walks to the park while boarding with us. Our night handler, Jason, stays here on a cot with all the dogs through the night. So whether you want your dog socialized and/or exercised during the day or if you need to on vacation or a business trip, we’ve got you covered.

 

When Walking Dogs From And To Your Home

During the Walk

Safety

We never leave dogs unattended or tied up outside. We are careful when encountering other dogs, children or anything that may make the dogs uncomfortable (bikes, skates, skateboards, etc.). We are careful in keeping dogs away from dangerous objects on the ground such as discarded scraps of food and bones, trash, rat poison, antifreeze (also a deadly poison), etc.

Uncomfortable Weather

During extreme weather (freezing temperatures, snow storms, pouring rain, extreme heat/humidity), we keep the dogs outside only as long as it is comfortable for them. However, we do whatever we can to make it easier for them to relieve themselves before returning home. 

During freezing temperatures, snow and rain, we request that items necessary for these weather conditions (coat, towel, paw’s wax for snow salt, baby wipes for wiping paws, etc.) be left in a designated place where they are easily found. (If a dog does not have a coat and appears to be cold and uncomfortable during the above weather condition, we will promptly notify the owner.) During hot/humid days, we always carry water for the dogs to drink and to cool them off by wetting their heads and paws. We also find shady areas for the walks and will take a rest if the dogs are panting and appear uncomfortable from the heat/humidity.

Illness

If a dog shows signs of being ill (vomiting, excessive diarrhea, lethargic, etc.), we will immediately contact and inform the owner. (We request that we be advised in advance whenever an owner is aware of their pet being sick prior to a walk in order for us to plan the walk accordingly and be prepared.)

Leash Safety Note:

We ask that you supply a common everyday cloth or leather leash in order to walk your dog(s). In our past experience, we’ve found that walking dogs with retractable leashes can be cumbersome and unsafe.

After The Walk

It is our policy to discuss the below items with the owners for instructions.
Temperature at home
We will check that the temperature at home is comfortable for the dogs. We can adjust it as per the owner’s instructions and according to the time of year (too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, etc.).
Lights
We can leave a light on after the walk if the owners are getting home after dark, especially on short fall/winter days when it begins to get dark early. Owners should let us know which light/lamp they prefer.
Drinking Water
We always make sure the dogs have plenty of fresh water in their water bowls. For crated dogs, we try to get them to drink water during the walk and before putting them back in the crate.