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Safety is Paramount
As such we cannot accept aggressive dogs, or dogs with an inability to interact socially with other canines. In order to insure the happiness and well-being of our guests, all dogs are required undergo a “Temperament Test” prior to being allowed to participate in daycare or boarding activities. This gives us the opportunity to ascertain the temperament and social skills of the dog, and to insure that the dog will enjoy participating in the services offered by CAMP ZEN Dog Daycare.
Daycare Temperament Test
This test is designed to insure that we do not accept aggressive or anti-social dogs. To begin the process of enrolling your furry child in services that require interaction with the pack, we first require that all new canine parents complete the Daycare information package and questionnaire. The questions in the package are designed to get us acquainted with your pet and help us interact with them safely while using key words that they are familiar with. You may download the forms from our site or we will gladly provide them to you when you tour our facility. Once you have completed the package and have a copy of your pet’s current vaccination, we will schedule a day to conduct your furry Child’s interview.
How the Evaluation is Conducted
Prior to conducting the temperament evaluation, we sit down with the pet parent and review the information presented on the application to include the dog’s history, previous owners, known issues, previous socialization and interactions with other dogs. We want to know as much as possible so we can make their transition into the pack as smooth and enjoyable as possible. This process generally takes 15 minutes, and once complete you may go about your daily activities while we conduct the evaluation with your dog at our facility.
There is no need for you to wait or be present while we conduct the temperament evaluation. Our experience has shown that we are able to gain a much more realistic and accurate assessment of the dog’s social skills when the parents are not present as they are not focused on impressing mom and dad, but on interacting with other dogs.
The temperament evaluation begins with each staff member becoming personally acquainted with your dog, in a controlled environment away from the main pack, after which we will slowly introduce one of our control dogs known for their friendly nature and well-rounded socialization skills. We will carefully monitor your dog for body language, posturing, and reactions during these critical first social interactions. Once the initial canine greeting is out of the way we will carefully introduce a toy into the situation to insure that there are no toy aggressive or possessive tendencies present, we will then give them both a treat in close proximity to check for food aggressiveness. We then observe for 15 minutes while the two of them interact, we will repeat this process 4 more times until we have a total of 5 control dogs and your pet interacting safely and socially. At which point we will introduce your kid to the pack and observe for another two hours.
Daycare Temperament Test
Once a dog has successfully completed the evaluation, we contact the parent and inform them of the good news. In the event that we feel a dog may need more training to interact safely with the pack, we contact the parent and allow them to stay in one of our pet suites until mom or dad can pick them up. The interview process is a very straight forward process designed to address the individual needs of your dog and determine their current level of socialization while insuring that everyone in our care, has a happy, safe and fun time.
• All Dogs Must be free of parasites (fleas and ticks). All Dogs are inspected upon entry into the facility if parasites are found they will be flea bathed and dipped at an additional cost to you. If you use a topical treatment , we ask that you do so 48 hours before attending daycare
• Our guests must be a minimum of 9 weeks old.
• Dogs must be in a good condition of health. (No coughing, vomiting, diarrhea 48 hours prior to arrival at the facility)
• We cannot accept aggressive or anti-social aggressive dogs.
• All dogs must be brought in and out of the facility on a collar and leash.
• All dogs must have current vaccination for RABIES. Please bring a copy of your pet’s vaccination records with you. Always plan ahead as your vet may be closed.