Our Day begins (Monday-Friday) at 6:00 when we get the boarding dogs up and outside. (Saturday/Sunday we start a little later) At 6:30 the gate opens and both daycare and boarding dogs start arriving.
*Playgroups are formed as dogs come in and groups are either rotated for walks out to our front fields, stay and play in the covered play pavilion, or play inside with one of us.
Our gates close promptly at 8:30 am so we have time to take all dogs out for one more walk before breakfast. Around 9:00 am, we head into the barn and dogs are put into kennels for breakfast.
The morning nap is about 2 hours, so around 11:30 am we are getting the dogs up and back outside. We are again forming playgroups and taking the dogs for walks through the fields. When the weather is nice we bring out the pools for water play. We are outside rain or shine and even in the snow, constantly engaging the dogs and monitoring play. Anytime the dogs get wet we towel-dry them before they go in the kennel and prior to going home. We don’t groom/bathe but we do have an outside, warm-water wash area to hose off muddy dogs when needed.
Puppies, older dogs, and those needing a lunch or nap go in from 1-2. Around 3:30 we all head back in the barn for more play and quiet time. We have found dogs are calmer for pickup if they have time to rest and unwind before we open. Our gates open again from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
At 5:00 pm, Boarding dogs are fed dinner and then nap until 7:00 pm Boarding dogs are back out between 7:00 – 9:00 pm. We go out for a walk and potty if it’s nice we will go to the front field, if not we stay in the play pavilion or in the barn.