Tender Touch

Daycare


Tender Touch offers daycare for small and large dogs with a cozy atmosphere of friendly fun in a 900 square foot playroom and a recently expanded 700 square foot outdoor fenced yard! We provide lots of love and positive training with time for cuddling, playing, and napping. We also include free pawdicures for our regular daycare dogs.

Our daycare is not just a place for dogs to burn off energy.  We manage safe and supervised play while offering mental stimulation and social contact for your dog.  Our staff are all Pet CPR and First Aid Certified through St John Ambulance.  We have years of experience caring for and working with dogs and we continue to educate ourselves on dog behaviour, body language, play style and behaviour management.  We regularly bring in Cindy Kitz-Morris, CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer), during daycare playtime to discuss behaviours and play styles to help ensure we keep dogs in our care as safe as possible during play and while interacting with each other throughout the day.     

We feel daycare is something a dog’s people can do for the good of the dog, not just for the convenience of a busy schedule. As such, we encourage our clients to make a regular booking at a minimum weekly frequency. We suggest booking the same day(s) every week, so your dog will become a part of a play pack and get to know the dogs who also attend on the same day(s) very well. Doing so will increase your dog’s confidence, reduce anxiety, create a sense of familiarity, and provide more enjoyment of the daycare experience.

After assessing your dog during the application process, we will be happy to recommend days that best suit your dog. When suggesting which day(s) best fit your dog we consider their energy level, size and temperament. 

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Weekly Schedule

Monday - Play Day

These days are open for puppies, active medium sized dogs and smaller sturdy dogs that are comfortable playing with bigger buddies.

Tuesday - Small Dog Day

Open to puppies and small dogs of all kinds. If your dog is comfortable playing with other dogs, ranging from calm and quiet ones all the way through to energetic and playful, these are great days for your dog to come out.

Wednesday - Large dog day

These days are designated for active, large dogs. Limited space – contact us to be placed on our waitlist.

Thursday - Play Day

These days are open for puppies, active medium sized dogs and smaller sturdy dogs that are comfortable playing with bigger buddies.


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Our Hours

Daily Hours:

7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Drop off Hours:

7:00 am to 9:30 am

Pick up Hours

3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

*There are late fees if a dog is not picked up by 6:00 pm.

**THE DAYCARE DOORS ARE LOCKED BETWEEN 9:30 AM AND 3:30 PM. PLEASE NOTIFY US IF YOU ARE DROPPING OFF LATER THAN 9:30 AM OR PICKING UP BEFORE 3:30 PM.  WE HAVE ADDITIONAL STAFF ON HAND DURING DROP OFF AND PICK UP TIMES AND AS SUCH WE NEED ADVANCE NOTICE OF LATE ARRIVALS AND/OR EARLY PICKUPS SO THAT WE CAN BE STAFFED ACCORDINGLY AND GET YOU ON YOUR WAY IN A TIMELY FASHION. 

Our Space

In our comfortable and friendly daycare we make the most of our homey indoor space.  For the safety, protection, and comfort of the dogs, we have a large gated section and a few crates available for use within our play space. The gated section is a cozy corner and is used as a quiet space for dogs that would like to take a rest while play continues in the room. 

We do have a few crates for us to use when need be. Closed-door crating is used only for short durations of time (minutes) for the well-being of the dog, and we do not use crates for longer-term confinement.

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Crates are left open during the day for the dogs to use for privacy, quiet, and sleep if they choose. It is a cozy space where a dog can let its guard down, relax, and snooze.

We have a large screen TV in the playroom. Studies show dogs thrive with exposure to certain music, other sounds, and can be entertained by sights viewed onscreen.

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Dogs that attend our daycare are fortunate to have all day access to our huge outdoor space.  The 700 square foot space offers a secure fence and well drained footing which allows dogs to play outside year around.  Providing the dogs with unlimited access to the yard helps ensure that your training efforts at home are being encouraged at daycare with frequent visits outside to “do their business”. 

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Our playroom is fully air conditioned and we keep it at a comfortable temperature to prevent any dogs from getting over-heated. Different dogs tolerate heat differently. Dogs who get cold easily can put a sweater on, but dogs who get hot easily can’t get any more naked than they are!