This is what they call a dog’s life. Your human drops you off in the morning, you play and play and PLAY! They pick you up and once you are home it’s time for dinner and a nap. You don’t have any desire (or energy) to chase the cat or gum the couch. Could life get better? Not! Dogs at Play is basically one big (& little) dog party. Well, okay, there’s a bit of learning mixed in.
The Dogs at Play facility is worth drooling over. Inside there is 3,000 square feet of rubber-flooring to race around on. Our idea of the great outdoors is a large securely fenced play area with pea gravel to skid around on and keep everything sanitary. For the summer months we add shade sails and puppy pools to keep things cool. Add lots of buddies and the most experienced dog wranglers in town – it's a great way to spend a day. The only reason to leave is we don't serve dinner!
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It's not all about play here, but learning is fun. All day, every day, basic good manners and obedience are reinforced . For those young or undereducated dogs out there those good manners are taught. For example, barking, jumping, begging, are not allowed. The wranglers will freshen beverages, fluff blankies and keep the yard “duty” free, in return they expect the pups to sit when asked, come when called and wait to be invited before launching onto a lap or racing through a door.
Resting is an important part of playing. We don't have set naptimes. Since all dogs have different needs, we provide lots of comfy spots to rest anytime during the day. There is a natural break in the action after lunch. Since all of the dogs are here by noon, the excitement of a new playmate is eliminated. We take a break from scampering about and poof all the dogs are sprawled out. Once they recoup, the party starts up and they have another romp before they go home. We can keep them off the "raised dog bed" (aka couch) if they aren't allowed at home.
Before accepting a new dog into our pack, we spend a short time getting to know each other. For our safety and yours, all new dogs are interviewed. Shy or fearful pups (of all ages) can build confidence and learn to play appropriately. Everyone (dogs and staff) have a regular schedule, so you make friends and see them every week. This isn’t the place for short tempered or aggressive dogs to learn. We require that all dogs be spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian for DHPP & Rabies, flea-free, properly licensed and have a negative fecal before their interview.
Everything you need we have, or can get. Tons of food brands, treats, toys, collars, leashes and pick up bags. Special orders and reasonable prices are our pleasure.
Drop it in!
Feel free to drop in and check out our digs. You are welcome anytime we are open, except for Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:00, which is when we host our new dog appointments.
This isn't exactly how we do it, but it's a cute picture!