Whether you’re planning a day trip around Concord, looking for somewhere safe and fun for your dog to spend the day while you’re at work, or just want to give your dog the opportunity to be active and socialize with people and other dogs in a safe and controlled environment, we offer our doggie daycare and day boarding services year-round. We understand that it takes a great deal of trust to leave your loved ones with someone else for any amount of time, so we are dedicated to providing the highest level of care and safety possible while your pet is with us – we treat your pet as if it were our own!
Monday through Friday we offer our Doggie Daycare program, where visitors get a chance to run around and exercise, and have a great opportunity to meet and play with other 4-legged friends throughout the day. Daycare dogs are set up in groups based on their size and personality, and spend time with other dogs all day – in smaller groups when they’re inside, and larger groups when they go out to the play yard. Daycare dogs are rotated out to the play yard in groups, 8-10 times over the course of a full day. A staff member is always present in the yard when groups are outside, while other staff members monitor the smaller groups inside. Seasonally and weather permitting, we often provide a kiddie pool on hot days, a doggie play structure with a ramp, bridge, and stairs to climb on, and numerous other types of toys. All Daycare dogs must meet the vaccine, health, and behavioral requirements and terms and conditions set out in our Daycare and Boarding Agreement form, listed below.
Due to COVID-19, we have closed our waiting room and are doing curbside drop-offs and pick-ups. On weekdays, excepting holidays or special circumstances, Doggie Daycare is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm. We like to be as flexible and convenient as possible, so we are offering quick drop-off and pick-up times on weekdays during which we will have someone available and waiting to come out and assist you as you arrive, as follows:
As always, you are welcome to pick up and drop off anytime that we are open – these quick pick-up and drop-off times are here to help get you on your way quickly and without having to call in to announce your arrival and waiting for staff to be freed up to assist you. You are welcome to come at any time that we are open, just know that there will likely be a wait before we are able to take your call, and then a wait while we send someone out to assist you. As always, thank you for your patience as we all adjust to new challenges and attempt to return to normalcy in these unusual times.
Signing Up for Daycare
**At the time of writing (7/10/2020), we are taking applications for new dogs to start in the daycare program. Please note that we are currently only accepting applications from existing clients with whom we already have a relationship, either through medical or kennel services. Please note that there may be a wait-list to start in daycare depending on availability. See below for information about the vaccine and health requirements for starting in daycare, and to learn about the trial period and introduction process.**
Doggie Daycare Application Form
As a new dogs enter the daycare program, we like to do an 8 week trial/introductory period during which new dogs are scheduled to attend at least two days each week. This gives us a consistent opportunity to work with your dog and build a relationship with them while they get used to the new place and people, and other dogs.
Every dog is different and may go at different speeds, but a typical first day will start with introductions to the staff, letting them walk around the building and kennel and play yards and sniff and check things out. They will start out with their own personal space while they become accustomed to the new setting. Once they are comfortable with the staff and the space, we begin introductions to other dogs – we usually start with a single similarly sized dog in a play yard that we know will be neutral and pretty much just hang out – if that goes well, we try a more interactive dog, and work our way up to a playful dog. As we see the response and interactions to these dogs, we will get a sense of your dog’s personality, comfort level and play style, and will start to build a group of compatible dogs for them.
Obviously, every dog is different and has different preferences, tastes, and comfort levels, so we try to go at a pace that makes sense for them. If a dog is uncomfortable being around other dogs, being away from the house or their owners, etc, it may take them a bit longer to adjust – a big part of the introductory process is there to help make sure that your dog will be comfortable with what’s happening, and if they aren’t loving it for any reason, we will let you know. Ultimately, dogs will need to do well with and be comfortable spending time with a diverse group of similarly sized other dogs by the end of the introduction process and trial period to be accepted to the program.
If you’re looking for somewhere for your dog to spend a single day, they can be scheduled to come and spend the day with us – any day of the week, schedule permitting. We would be happy to discuss your and your dog’s needs, and set a plan in place. Day Boarding dogs have their own personal space when they are inside, and have outside time in a fenced-in single’s yard up to 5 times during the day Monday through Saturday, and up to 4 times on Sundays. All Day Boarding dogs must meet all vaccine, health, and behavioral requirements set out in our Daycare and Boarding Agreement form, which is listed below.
We offer half days of daycare and day boarding (up to 5 hours of service) at a rate of $15.50, or $31 for full days (over 5 hours). For your convenience, dogs can be dropped off or picked up at any time that we are open. We also offer a pre-paid package plan, where you can pre-purchase 10 half or whole days, and get an 11th half or whole day free.
For dogs who are boarding overnight and participating in the daycare program, the cost is an additional $14 for each weekday that they participate in the program, along with the associated overnight boarding fees.
All dogs participating in Day Boarding or Daycare must be up to date on the following vaccine and health requirements:
Annual Physical Exam
Canine Distemper Vaccine
Kennel Cough (aka Bordetella) Vaccine.
Canine Parainfluenza Vaccine*
*Canine parainfluenza is typically included in distemper combination vaccines and in some kennel cough vaccines; it must be given annually to be effective. Please note that not all veterinarians administer this each year – typically if it’s only given with their distemper vaccine every 3 years and is not included in their kennel cough vaccine – so it must be confirmed prior to boarding.
Canine Influenza Vaccine, for strains H3N2 and H3N8.
Fecal Testing – Floatation and Giardia ELISA – Every 6 months. Veterinary practices typically recommend fecal testing at least once per year; with so many animals in one place, it’s important that we test more regularly to catch any contagious infections early to prevent them from spreading to other dogs. In addition to the standard fecal floatation, we require an additional, more sensitive test for Giardia – some practices do this by default, and some do not. Our standards are a little higher on this because we want your pet to come in healthy, and go home healthy, too!
Annual Heartworm Testing, with a Negative result.
Flea and Tick Preventative, year-round.
In order to socialize with others, dogs must be Castrated or Spayed.
**If a pet has not had one of the required vaccinations, they typically must be administered at least 10 days prior to the scheduled boarding or daycare day, so that that it is effective by the time that they arrive. In addition to the health and vaccine requirements above, there are additional policies and conditions that must be agreed to and met for all dogs who will be socializing while they are with us. The form for this has all of the health and vaccine requirements conveniently on it, and is printable – it can be downloaded here:**
Daycare and Boarding Socialization Agreement
Click here to view or download the Daycare and Boarding Socialization Agreement – it lists all of the above requirements, as well as policies and procedures related to dogs socializing in our programs.
In addition to our boarding services, we are also a primary care veterinary hospital, and offer grooming services. We are happy to offer health services or grooming while your pet is staying with us. We do tend to book up ahead for some services, so it is best to schedule in advance to ensure availability while your pet is with us.
To learn more about our boarding and daycare facilities, call us today at (603) 224-9549, or email us at email@example.com. We are happy to schedule tours of our facility Monday through Friday, and Saturday mornings.