Be Safe. Be Happy.
We take the welfare of all our dogs very seriously, so we assess every dog before they can start regularly attending daycare. We want to ensure that not only every dog is safe and social with both our human facilitators and dog friends, but to also ensure that your dog will be happy here. An assessment visit is required for dogs that are new to The Social Dog Daycare, but we also require an assessment for dogs that have not attended daycare in more than 30 days. A lot can change in a month and we don’t take any chances that any of our attendees could be unhappy or at risk when we introduce or reintroduce different dogs to our groups.
What to expect for your dog’s assessment
All assessments are done in the mornings when all of the dogs are fresh and ready for the day. You will drop your dog off at 8:45am and we’ll discuss what your dog’s morning will look like. After we bring your dog inside you’ll stick around in the parking lot for about 5 minutes before we give you the okay to leave. This is to ensure that your dog does not have separation anxiety that will interfere with them enjoying their time at The Social Dog Daycare.
Your dog will be placed into a separated area where they can interact with our approved Dog Friends from the opposite side of a barrier. We’ll make sure they are responsive to our facilitators and showing interest in the other dogs. If so, we move onto a brief introduction to one or two dogs individually (1-on-1 interactions) before integrating them into the full group.
When it’s time for the morning break your dog will have the opportunity to go for a potty walk and then be crated for the morning rest time before you pick them up at 11:45am.
The crating period is the toughest part of the assessment for most dogs. If your dog is unable to be crated in the middle of the day at home, know that they will be unlikely to be successfully crated in the middle of the day here. We do not accept dogs that show any stress or anxiety in the crate. Dogs that excessively vocalize when crated or cannot settle (pawing at the crate door, excessive panting and/or pacing) will not be invited back.
Upon pick up you’ll get a debrief of how your dog did, an assessment report card, and — we hope — an invitation to return as one of The Social Dog Daycare’s Dog Friends.
Assessment Visits are charged at our single day daycare rate of $38, however, if you are a new client you will receive a coupon code for $20 off your first full day visit if your dog is invited back.
Register with The Social Dog and book your Assessment Visit
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