We have designed a dog daycare program, which we feel better facilitates the natural activity and rest response for dogs. Our daycare schedule eliminates the regular mid-day naptime, opens up our play floors, and incorporates rest periods between the dog’s play periods. We have increased the number of staff per dog to better observe your dog as he plays. Basically, we give your dog more room, more time to recover, and more supervision, greatly improving the quality of his play intervals. This is an original Lucky Dog concept!
ADVANTAGES OF THE PROGRAM
More Room to Play! Dogs release more energy, and our games (tennis, bubbles, follow the leader etc) are performed over larger areas (more than 7,000 indoor and outdoor square footage at each facility). The dogs have more running room, and less close contact that, in certain situations, can cause problems.
The Thinking Dogs daycare! The very act of changing location (from play floor to rest area and back again) varies your dog’s environment and sources of stimulation. Just the act of moving dogs around provides interest during their daycare day!
Me and my gang! Dogs, as always, play within their own size group. We have decided to join the medium and large dogs because our trainers tell us the differences in these sized dogs (the way they play and behave) are practically non-existent. Also, with the increased space and better supervision there is less chance of canine disagreements. Smaller dogs will be played and rested together and not be exposed to their larger friends. We also create a “mini” group when we have very tiny dogs playing.
More human companions! Your dog will have more human supervision, and our staff has easier access to the dogs – no gates or separated areas to get through if there are any problems. Some canine care facilities get around the Dept of Agriculture rule of 1 supervisor for 15 dogs by counting a front desk person or cleaner outside play area as a supervisor. This is an unsafe practice because that person is distracted and may not be watching the dogs as carefully as they should be. Also, when our dogs go outside the supervisors go with them – not true for all canine care facilities! Most, if not all, modern canine care facilities have webcams so you can watch the human to dog supervision provided by that facility. If there is no handler WITHIN a dog group, or more than 15 dogs per supervisor, that’s a red flag. Check out Lucky Dog web cams and note that the supervisors are always in the group with the dogs.
Special Dog Daycare Equipment to Climb On, Over and Through! The dogs have access to all of our special dog daycare play equipment which adds to the fun!
A Well Rested Dog Plays Even More! Dogs given more rest throughout the day, rather than one naptime at mid-day, play harder during their play times. They are of a better temperament with their canine friends, while experiencing a healthy amount of exercise. We give the dogs opportunity to rest every hour and a half, to rejuvenate and refresh, ready for the next round of play! The rest periods are taken in their own kennel, which follows a more natural behavior for dogs – resting in a den. Dogs left on playfloors all day long have to find a place to try and get some rest without being disturbed. It’s like having a preschooler rest with other kids having fun around him – it just does not work!
DEBI ROPES-STEVENSON, CAPCT, CCS
Lucky Dog Resorts
A little story tells you why our way of daycare is best:
Mojo and Willow
Willow is a very friendly, tolerant dog that loves to come to playgroup! Willow ’s mom brings her to Lucky Dog every day at7:30 AM . Willow plays from the time she enters Lucky Dog until she is really tired. At about 9 AM she takes a rest in her favorite spot on the daycare floor.
At 9 AM Mojo comes to daycare, and he is a very happy boy! He has been at home resting in his favorite arm chair just waiting for this moment! Mojo ready to play! One of his favorite playmates is Willow , and there she is. He runs up to her and presents his most elegant play bow. Willow is tired and opens one eye to see who is disturbing her beauty sleep. Willow loves Mojo, but has been playing for two hours and wants to rejuvenate herself before starting again.
Mojo decides to nudge Willow a little to initiate some play, but she has little patience for his prompting. Willow nips Mojo on the leg to send him a clear message. Mojo is unsure of the problem but sadly moves on to another playmate. This has not been a satisfactory encounter for either dog.
Same dogs, different scenario:
This time Willow played for an hour when she came to Lucky Dog, and then was given an hour of rest. Mojo enters the play group and Willow is excited and happy to see him. They play for a full hour and are then given another chance to rest. This routine continues all day until their moms pick them up. It has been a very satisfactory play event – no one is overly tired or grumpy, and Mojo did not get the confusing signal of a leg nip!
Dogs that are overly tired tend to be short tempered, just like people. The major problem with most dog daycares is that they try to push too much playtime into one day, resulting in bad tempers, and sometimes injuries. Lucky Dog is going to ensure your dog gets adequate exercise by increasing the exercise area, and the adding more human friends to the groups. We think we have come up with a better way to play!