In home boarding- In home daycare- Positive reinforcement dog training
ATTENTION: Dog Daycare Needs- I have started dog daycare from my home through DogVacay!! I am only able to take so many dogs per day, but consider the pluses of a professional watching your loving pet from another home instead of a scary, small, caged, warehouse with many barking, confused and anxiety ridden dogs. I recently left a dog daycare position that claims all employees are trained to watch dogs, and I know for a fact (because I worked there for a year) that I was the only one qualified and trained to do it correctly. All I saw was workers squirting dogs in the face with water bottles or water hoses, and yell at them. NOT GOOD! Many of these DDC's don't even have room for your dog to RUN and get his NEEDS MET DAILY! They are crammed into a small area and can develop a ton of anxiety or other bad issues! I've witnessed tons of this for the past 10 years in many different dog daycare businesses. Having your dog in a similar home environment that mimics your home also teaches better, and will still socialize your dog. Daycare dogs do not have to come every day. Once, twice, or up to 5 or 6 days. Up to you. This is only daily, and different than overnight boarding. Get ahold of me here if you want to learn more.
My DogVacay process is always-
1- Start with a "General Inquiry"! Or you can go directly to the "Meet & Greet"
2- Request a "Meet & Greet" in here on my page (I require one before any dog stays with me) It is a 1 time free evaluation
3- After that is done, and we are both on the same page, "Request Reservation". Please don't "Instant Book" before we talk during Holiday times, or if we have never done the "Meet & Greet".
Be sure you are reading and filling out the important details like Up to date on Shots, Spay/Neutered, and of course is your dog Friendly With Other Dogs! These are all very important if all dogs are going to have a positive experience, and enjoy their time while you enjoy yours!
I am a Certified Dog Trainer, and Behaviorist. I studied with a non-profit organization called the Animal Behavior College for 2 years, worked with two mentor trainers, then did my Externship with a dog rescue before graduating. I've worked in many dog daycare facilities (and looked into even more), including opening, developing, and running one of them. I have a great love for dogs, and I know how important it is for pet parents to know their dog is safe. I know how it can be for a dog to enter a strange place or situation. I will take the necessary steps to ensure your dog is comfortable and as happy as possible.
A happy, healthy, confident and exercised dog is a great dog! Many of the current, common beliefs/methods humans have of dog care and boarding are mostly a matter of human convenience, but the caging/kenneling may not be good for the mind of a dog. For example, kenneling an adult dog usually comes with talk about the need to do so, rather than what that action will teach the dog. Pushing a reluctant, fearful dog into a kennel or crate can potentially do mental harm, causing the dog owners and their dog behavior problems later on, and potentially waste your money because your dog is caged half the day, and all night. Understanding individual dogs behaviors and acting accordingly is much more productive and proactive in helping each dog to be a good "pack" member. I am able to help you with this.
There's a reason it's called "puppy" crate training, and it's purpose is to teach the puppy that it's OK to be left alone (separation anxiety), and the other is for potty training. This type of puppy training comes with rules, and shouldn't be done randomly or unstructured. Once a pup has learned and grown, he/she should be naturally integrated into the home and family structure. If the dog likes to go into a crate to get away and rest as an adult, that's fine. Just leave the cage door open. Then it's similar to a dog house, and his/her choice! A caged dog can tend to learn and become neurotic in his/her actions and behaviors. I call it the "Jailbird" syndrome. Positive reinforcement training is a much better way to teach a dog to be a good family member, and it's not very complicated to do after you learn how. There should be a proper order to which a dog will learn things. I can talk more about details in person if someone wishes to know.
I "Confidence Build" dogs in need that I, in-home board, daycare, or train, to help them learn to become more confident and happy. I can also help pet parents understand their own individual dogs behavioral issues if needed. Most all dog daycare/boarding facilities can't or shouldn't say that. I have worked with several large, well known daycares, and I can say that dogs do not get help with any issues or fear problems, and with young, ill-trained workers incorrectly scolding dogs, it actually makes issues worse for the dog and you! Squirt bottles are overused, and incorrectly used in many dog daycare businesses, and should be a big issue to watch for. Also watch out for businesses that claim to have "Dog Trainers", but are very limited in their knowledge! Most of the time they basically want to sell you their food, treats, or package deals, and these so called "trainers" can't train anywhere else but at that business. Mixed signals causing confusion to your dog by workers is usually another constant, and a dog can definitely learn some bad behaviors from "naughty" dogs while at these facilities. I will tell you the TRUTH, not just what you want to hear so you come back. I will also help you to change bad behaviors instead of consistently making them worse.
A "meet & greet" is always needed before having any dogs stay together, or that are entering into a new situation. I am not able to in-home board any dogs that are vicious, attack, fight, or bite! I have three neutered male dogs, and all dogs have to be safe! I can help train, but this is a different situation all together. I will need your detailed information about your dogs needs before hand. Fresh water is always available, and in multiple locations.
Another very important thing to know is- Most dogs need a place they can run and play daily to get their needs met! Many dog daycare businesses just don't have adequate space for this. Outdoor playtime is a must for most young/healthy dogs. My backyard is more than acceptable for this. If your dog is older and doesn't get around well, I can accommodate them too.
Please don't hesitate to write or call to ask me any questions you have. I can honestly say that I truly care about the health (mind & body) and happiness of all dogs, and I will do all I can if you choose me to help you and your dog(s).
In-home boarding- In-home daycare- Training available
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