One day a week, minimum commitment:
We ask that you make an initial 8-week commitment for the same day(s) each week. We focus on providing a consistent environment for the dogs, as they are most comfortable with familiar dogs and staff. New dogs can take up to a full day to integrate into daycare so a long-term and consistent commitment is best. Our playful and no-barking environment is the result of dogs getting to know each other during repeated visits. This occurs by reducing the stress of meeting new and unfamiliar dogs everyday, no different from the increased comfort level you feel once you become more familiar with new friends. Therefore, we do not offer drop in service for dogs that are not current clients. If your dog comes once a week, it is suggested to keep to that day. This helps with scheduling and increases the dog’s comfort level with their dog buddies.
The following 5 steps need to be completed in order for your dog to come to camp:
- Call for an interview
- Complete the Choo Choo Dog Camp registration form
- Schedule an appointment to review the registration form, do a temperament test and read & sign additional paperwork. This initial consultation requires a one-time fee of $20.
- We need a copy of your dog’s vaccination records and fecal test
- Other requirements:
- The dog must be at least 4 months old, or call to discuss
- Spayed or neutered over 7 months of age, or call to discuss
- Current on vaccinations for Bordatella, DHPP and rabies
All dogs must pass the interview process to assure that they are both dog and people-friendly. We take our commitment to safety seriously, and even though we love all dogs, not every dog can be a Choo Choo Camper. It is important for the health and safety of all concerned that the dogs attending dog camp do not have aggressive tendencies and show excessive shyness. It is also important that the dogs are not food or toy possessive, are not overly protective of territory, or are stressed easily in new situations. At the screening appointment your dog will be tested for attitude and human handling. This includes all four paws being picked up, petting all over your dog’s body, a big restraint hug, teeth and ear check and to see how comfortable your dog is with this kind of touch both physically and emotionally. All new dogs need to be at daycare between 7:30 and 8:00 am. Your dog will then be introduced to each dog in the existing pack one at a time. As the morning goes on they will then be introduced to 2, then 3, and so on, increasing the number of dogs with their comfort level.