why choose Daycare?
We all wish we could stay home with our pets 24/7. But in today's busy world that just isn't possible. Dogs are social creatures. They thrive in a pack setting. Being home alone can lead to destructive behaviors. Attending doggy daycare keeps them socialized, allows them to interact with old friends and make new ones. For many dogs, especially puppies, there are specific doggy life lessons that can only be learned by being in the company of other dogs. This helps them build confidence and carries through to their life outside of daycare as well. Plus all of the exercise and mental stimulation helps tire them out!
Daycare also gives us humans peace of mind. We know our pups are being monitored and loved on by staff who they know, love and trust. They are not home alone where they can get into trouble or be frightened by loud noises or weather. And you know that when your dog comes home at the end of the day they will be a happy level of exhausted. Attending doggy daycare adds value to your pet's day and helps you relax knowing they are happy and safe. We call that a Win Win scenario!
As if daycare wasn't fun enough, we have an entire Add On Menu of fun treats and activities you can add on to your dog's daycare session. Spice things up! They would order these for themselves if they could figure out how to type.
*Got a pup who isn't a social butterfly? We offer solutions for that too. Drop us a line!
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What will my dog's day look like?
Dogs are placed into playgroups according to temperament and play style. Each group is overseen by a dedicated daycare attendant. We are consistently training and learning best practices for group management and enrichment.
We offer full day and half day sessions. Dogs are welcome to stay as long or as short as they like! If we notice your pup seems tired or over-stimulated we may send them to a quiet room for a short nap.
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Play time! Fetch balls, chase friends, or lounge on the playsets.
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch & nap time. Recharge those batteries for more afternoon fun! Daycare dogs will be served lunch and get to nap. Boarding dogs nap until at least 2PM in our Zen Room. We turn off the lights, put on some quiet classical music and let them mellow out.
We are closed for drop off & pickup from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
2:00 PM– 6:00 PM: Afternoon play time. Sniff-up a new friend or two, resume your game of fetch from earlier or snooze a little more!
Your pet's health and safety are always our top priority. We want your dog to have fun but we also want everyone to stay safe. That is why we require a behavioral evaluation, trial day, and proof of vaccinations for all new dogs.
Our management and/or our staff trainer will meet your dog to assess if they are an ideal candidate for our daycare setting. During the evaluation your dog will have the opportunity to meet dogs of different sizes and energy levels as well as get acquainted with the staff, sounds and smells of North Shore Dog. Because some dogs take longer than others to be comfortable in group play and to show their true colors, the evaluation process may require multiple days.
*If we feel that a follow-up is necessary, we may ask you to return for additional half-day sessions.
free Trial Day
Once your dog has passed their evaluation they will be asked to complete a free trial day. This can be done the same day as the eval. A trial day will allow us to determine if your dog has acceptable play & socialization skills and that they are able to take basic direction from the North Shore Dog staff. It also gives us the chance to get to know your dog better and for them to make lots of new doggy friends. Book your free trial now!
If you are considering us for either daycare or boarding, please make sure your pet meets our basic requirements:
All dogs or cats must be at least 3 months old
All dogs & cats over 7 months old must be spayed or neutered (no exceptions)
Required vaccinations for dogs: Rabies, Distemper/Parvo* & Kennel Cough (we accept titers for Distemper/Parvo)
For cats: FVRCP
Dogs must have had a negative fecal test within the last 6 months
We require all dogs to be vaccinated for kennel cough (bordetella) annually. The vaccine can take up to 14 days to become effective. During that time your dog cannot visit with us.