New Doggie Daycare
I heard through acquaintances in puppy class that the new doggie daycare in town was open and taking in dogs. So I stopped by today to give it a look. I've never actually been to a doggie daycare before, though I have read quite a bit about them. I toyed with the dream of opening my own a while back, so I was quite interested in seeing this new space.
We went in and met the owner and toured the facility. Right now, there's no staff besides her. The facility is quite nice, though of course a bit rough as she's just getting off the ground. The entry opens into nicely finished area. There's a wire gate that opens into the first fenced area. This area is separated from the main dog area by a white fence. It's all climate controlled with cement flooring. The brochure says it is 3000 square feet of space for the dogs to run and play inside. There are tennis balls all about and a children's jungle gym play equipment. The dogs that were there today were having quite the time running around chasing the one dog who had a ball (and ignoring the other 10 laying about!). We also saw the kennel area. It looks fine. A lot like a shelter kennel, really.
The only issues that concerned me are the limited outdoor space and the fact that the smaller dogs arent separated from the smaller dogs. I asked the owner about that, as Cedar and Willow would certainly not able to hold their own to the type of play we observed with the larger dogs today (the jack russell there was fine, but of course, cavs arent jack russells!). The owner said that, if small dogs were there who couldnt handle the larger dogs, she could keep them separated between the large space and the smaller entry space. While that would limit the space the girls would have, they probably wouldnt mind. In fact, wherever the person is, is where they will want to be!
The price per dog is 15 dollars a day. 10 dollars a half day, and 20 dollars for overnight boarding. I asked about discounts for multiple dogs, and she said something about a "package" but I didnt get all the details. I will have to call back.
The dogs have to have all their shots, including kennel cough vaccine and a behavior test, and there's a 15 dollar registration fee.
What do you all think?
Cedar (tri), Willow (blen), Holly (ruby), & Bella (blen)