What is Doggie Daycare?
Doggie daycare is an invaluable service developed for busy pet parents. It provides owners with a fun, safe environment to take their dogs while they work or run errands. The dogs are dropped off at the start of their owner's day and picked up on their way home.
While at daycare, the dogs are lavished with individual attention, walks, play sessions, and socialization with compatible playmates. During nap time, each dog rests comfortably in his/her own spacious kennel. Non-destructive dogs will be provided with a blanket to curl up on. The Ruffin' Around staff will be happy to feed your pet a lunchtime meal; however, we require you to provide us with your pet's own diet to avoid stomach upset.
At the end of every stay, our goal is to return a tired, content dog to you, the exhausted owner.
Who Benefits From Daycare?
Both dogs and their owners benefit from daycare. Pet parents will have peace-of-mind knowing their baby is being pampered while they are away from home. Owners will also feel at ease knowing that their dog is not at home destroying the house because he/she is bored or anxious. Many pets suffer from separation anxiety or depression when their owners leave them alone. Doggie daycare provides the extra attention that these dogs desire.
Obese and energetic dogs benefit from the additional physical activity they receive while at daycare. Owners of overweight pets will notice them magically shedding those extra pounds. Owners of energetic pets will be pleasantly surprised when their dog is just as tired as they are at the end of a busy day. In addition, daycare assists in the house training of puppies by enabling frequent bathroom breaks throughout the day which may otherwise be impossible due to long hours at work or other obligations.
Finally, daycare allows dogs to socialize with others in a controlled, supervised setting. Socialization is important if you ever plan to add another pet to your household. Socialization is also beneficial any time your dog leaves the home, i.e. taking a walking, going to the park, shopping at the pet store, visiting the vet's office or grooming salon, accompanying the family on pet-friendly vacations, boarding, and of course, playing at daycare. Whether you bring your dog to daycare every day or just a few days per week, the mental, social, and physical stimulation daycare provides will result in a happier, healthier pet.
Does My Pet Qualify For Daycare?
To ensure the health and well-being of all of our daycare participants, there are certain requirements for participation. Before your pet begins daycare, you must first provide us with some background information about your pet as well as documentation from your vet of your pet's vaccination status. All dogs attending daycare must have a pleasant disposition and be in good health. Pets exhibiting any of the following symptoms: coughing, sneezing, discharge from the eyes or nose, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and/or loss of appetite, should be kept at home until seen by a veterinarian and declared non-infectious.
Dogs must have a current distemper and rabies vaccination. In addition, dogs attending daycare must have a bordetella vaccination every six months and a stool sample checked annually for parasites. Flea prevention is required year round. Heartworm preventative is highly recommended for all pets attending daycare because it also protects your pet from intestinal parasites. Puppies must be at least 8 weeks old, and have received at least two vaccine boosters, to attend. All daycare participants over 6 months of age must be spayed or neutered. Any newly adopted pet or pet that has recently visited another pet facility must wait 1 week before attending daycare. Dogs must attend daycare at least once per week to maintain appropriate social skills. If you are unable to meet this requirement, please inquire about our Muttessori School for dogs.
Ruffin' Around requires proof of vaccination from your veterinarian. A vaccine certificate detailing the vaccination dates of the rabies, distemper and bordetella, as well as the date and results of the fecal check must be provided prior to your dog's first daycare visit. While we do not require your dog to wear his license for admittance to our facility, it is state law that all dogs over 12 weeks of age be licensed. Like all other dog facilities, Ruffin' Around is randomly inspected by the state. To prevent being fined, we highly encourage owners to wear their dog's license on their collar or to provide us with a copy of your pet's dog license to keep on file for future inspections.
Spaces are limited so call for your reservation today. Reservations as well as cancellations require 24 hour advance notice.