Application & Assessment
For the safety and comfort of the dogs, staff, and owners, people must apply to have their dog join our daycare.
The application process includes a paper application form and an in-person interview and screening for suitability.
Each dog accepted into our daycare is fully assessed to ensure the dog is suitable for the daycare experience. Should a dog not be suitable, it does not mean the dog is a bad dog, or that we do not like your dog. It is just that some dogs do well in daycare situations; whereas others do not do well.
Dogs must be:
spayed or neutered (some exceptions possible)
relatively well-behaved, including house-broken
familiar with basic commands
Booking an Assessment
To book your Assessment Appointment, please call or email us and tell us a bit about yourself, your dog, and your daycare needs. Include your phone number and we will call you back to answer questions and set up an appointment.
What To Bring?
Completed Application Form
Vaccination Certificate, or Titre Test, or Vet’s Letter of Explanation (for foregoing vaccinations).
And don’t forget…your dog!
*Please do not bring children to the assessment appointment.
We look forward to meeting you and your dog, showing you our happy little space, and introducing you to our Staff-Dogs.
Email us now at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell us about your dog and include your phone number(s) so we can call you to set up an appointment.
Please complete the application form and email it back before your appointment. If emailing it back isn’t an option please just bring the completed form with you to your appointment.
What Are We Looking For?
The Assessment is like a 2-way interview. It is just a chance for you to ask us questions and us to ask you questions while we get to know your dog.
We will observe and interact with your dog, noting temperament and suitability for daycare.
We look at a dog’s potential for aggression, current level of social development, ability to interact with people, ability to greet, interact, and play with other dogs.
We will use treats and toys to see if your dog displays any possessiveness or guarding over resources and to what level.
We hope to see no significant amounts of nervousness, anxiety, timidity, fear, dominance, uncontrollable barking, resource guarding, and zero aggression.
These traits do not mean you have a bad dog, just one that is not likely to do well in a daycare situation.
We are hoping to find that your dog is open to amiable interactions with people and other dogs, and is relatively obedient, affectionate, sociable, playful, and sharing. These dogs do well in daycare.
What Will Happen During The Interview And Assessment?
We will meet you and your dog, observing how your dog responds to meeting strangers and interacts with people, including playing and following instructions. We will take a look at your completed Application form, discuss your dog, and answer any questions you may have. Your dog will meet our “Staff Dogs.” These are dogs that are well socialized and experienced in interacting with other dogs.
If the interview goes well during the assessment, and the paperwork is all in order, we will suggest you book a trial day in the daycare before purchasing multiple-day passes.
If it does not go so well, we will offer you our best advice.