There are a multitude of benefits. You’ll see for yourself the joy your dog exhibits when nearing Urban Hound’s front door after his first few visits. In brief, exposing a dog to a variety of people, dogs, sights and sounds is the definition of socialization. Behaviorists encourage regular socialization and daily exercise for a dog’s overall quality of life and improved behavior.
Who can play and stay at Urban Hound?
Requirements to Play: Most dogs that do well in a dog park will do well at Urban Hound. Since your dog’s safety and well-being is our top concern, we do have a few requirements for daycare (playcare) dogs.
- Play Nice! Dogs must be able to share toys and space with people and other dogs.
- Spay or Neuter Age: Dogs must be over 6 months and spayed or neutered.
Dogs must be current on the following vaccinations: DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella (Dogs must be vaccinated for Bordetella at least 1 week prior to staying with us and thereafter every 6 months)
How do I become a client?
- Read the requirements above and ensure your dog meets them.
- Complete the Enrollment Form and Terms and Conditions Agreement available on this website.
- For Daycare (Playcare): Call to schedule your dog’s temperament evaluation. On your evaluation day, bring your dog and your proof of vaccination if it has not already been forwarded by your vet.
- For Boarding only: Submit your proof of vaccination at least 24 hours prior to your dog’s first visit.
What if my dog fails the temperament evaluation or is unable to stay in daycare (playcare)?
Some dogs just need a little socialization training before meshing in daycare (playcare). If your dog is not initially accepted or can’t stay in daycare (playcare), it’s not the end of the world. It doesn’t mean he’s not a lovable dog; it simply means daycare (playcare) is too stressful of a situation for him and is better off in a different environment. We can help coordinate alternate outlets for such dogs.
My dog doesn’t always want to play with other dogs; sometimes he just wants to be given affection. Is daycare (playcare) appropriate for him?
Yes, many enjoy watching the action from the sidelines. They prefer spending the majority of their day being petted and loved by our staff. We’re more than happy to cater to these dogs as well.
Do you separate big and little dogs?
On busier days with more guests we will separate dogs into appropriate play groups, but on quieter days we might combine the group since our play areas are spacious enough for the little ones not to feel intimidated.
Do the dogs fight?
While there is never a guarantee, Urban Hound takes every precaution to ensure there are no fights. Because we require an evaluation of all daycare (playcare) dogs prior to attendance and because the dogs’ behavior is carefully managed, we are able to prevent fights. Your dog’s safety is our top priority!
Precautions we take to ensure your dog’s safety:
- All daycare (playcare) dogs are evaluated and dogs exhibiting aggressive behaviors are not admitted.
- Dogs are supervised by trained professionals 100% of the time.
- Our staff is trained to understand dogs’ body language so fights can be stopped before they start. Dogs are carefully and slowly introduced to their play group.
- Since dogs do bite and claw as they play, minor cuts and scratches are not uncommon; however, you can rest assured that every precaution is taken to avoid a serious altercation.
What do I bring with my dog when I check them in for boarding?
- Food: Urban Hound will provide food for your dog while staying with us; however, we highly encourage you to provide your dog’s own food to prevent tummy upset. If you choose to bring your dog’s food, please package individual meals in zip-lock bags per length of stay.
- Belongings: Urban Hound provides orthopedic beds, blankets, water and food bowls for our guests. Please refrain from bringing belongings from home. Urban Hound is not responsible for any lost or damaged items.
- Medication: Please make sure any medication needed is brought in the original container with dosage instructions included.