About Doggy Daycare
We are excited to offer Saugeen Shores and surrounding areas a unique form of doggy daycare!
Research shows the average dog only needs a couple hours of stimulation a day and 12-18 hours of sleep! Any more exercise than this on a daily basis can make the average dog over tired, less tolerant and more grumpy (just like kids) which increases risk of injury and can even cause behavioral problems.
Our approach to your dog’s day in our daycare is to balance physical exercise, mental activities, and rest periods. All three are equally important components to keeping your dog safe and healthy when socializing with other dogs.
You want a tired dog after a day of play with their buddies. We understand your goal and will help you tire out your best friend while also monitoring the overall safety and health of your dog.
A typical day with us with alternate between playing with dogs of their own size and play style. While working on obedience skills such as come, stay, leave it and wait, which will not only tire your dog out physically but mentally as well.
** PLEASE NOTE: WE’RE CURRENTLY BOOKING A WEEK IN ADVANCE FOR DAYCARE**
Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 5:30 pm!
In order to be accepted into daycare, all dogs must:
- Have a current application on file
- Pass an evaluation (We only offer one evaluation per day and we don’t do evaluations on Fridays)
- Be people and dog friendly, and have no guarding issues
- Be up to date on shots (Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, and Bordetella) – you must provide proof with current vaccination records
- Your dog must be comfortable in a crate. We use crates daily here so if your dog has never been in a crate or doesn’t enjoy the crate, unfortunately we won’t be a good fit.
- Be spayed/neutered if over 7 months of age, exceptions taking on case-by-case basis – please contact us
- Puppies over 12 weeks or with second set of vaccines administered
View our complete Rules & Regulations.
Doggy Daycare FAQ
What should I bring for my dog’s first day?
On your first day of daycare, bring your vaccination record if you haven’t sent it to us and of course, your dog! All our guests must wear a quick-release buckle collar with identification on the collar and we recommend the leash as well. If your dog arrives on a different type of collar, it will be removed and returned to you at the end of the day.
What shots does my dog need?
What does my dog do all day?
We also have Goughnuts (available for purchase in our lobby!) for dogs that want to tug or settle into a good chew. Our staff is always with the dogs to provide cuddling and belly rubs to our guests’ content. We also work on obedience skills such as Come, Stay, Leave it, and Wait throughout the day as well.
Where do the dogs go potty?
Do you separate the dogs?
Do you need an appointment for daycare?
What if I need to leave for work before 6:30am?
What do I do if I can’t make it before closing?
Since we teach classes starting at 6pm we need all dogs gone home.
Why can’t I stop by any time to see the place?
You can also check out our Facebook page for daily pictures and videos of the dogs playing.
What do you do for bad behaviors?
We have crates available, depending on the situation. Sometimes a mental break is all that is needed and we’ll practice obedience or redirect the behavior onto something more appropriate. Seeing a dog in a crate does not necessarily mean that dog got in trouble, but that he or she more likely needed a break.
What if there is an emergency?
What is the evaluation process?
We have an easy application and evaluation process that all dogs must complete before they come to Unleash the Pawsitive to ensure the safety of all our guest. Our evaluation is like a regular daycare day, so you would not stay, it just allows us to assess your dogs playstyle and behaviour.
We only run evaluations Monday & Wednesday’s.