Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What's a typical day like at Barkley Square?

Another popular question we get from new clients and friends is, "What do the dogs do during a typical day care day at Barkley Square?" In general this is what a day looks like - dogs arrive between 6:30am-9am. Dogs are usually separated into small and big dog areas while they play with each other, run around and check things out. When a new dog is brought in there is an short introduction phase when the current "pack" welcomes the new dog. Throughout the morning the large and small dog groups take turns being in the outside play area and one of the indoor areas. Around noon dogs that brought lunch are served lunch while the other dogs practice their training skills (sit, down, stay) with training treats. Then around 1pm the dogs settle down for an afternoon nap. Next, around 2 or 3pm the dogs get a second wind - more playing and running around. As dogs start getting picked up (starting around 4:30pm) the large and small dogs are often merged allowing socialization with a larger variety of dogs. Dinner is served at 6pm (for the dogs that are boarding or who have brought dinner) and then we close up the day care at 7:30pm.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Does my dog need dog day care?

One of the most common questions we get at Barkley Square is, "Why should I bring my dog to dog daycare?" Well, dogs are very similar to people and they like contact with others (dogs and people). While at day care dogs are free to roam around, play with their friends, run in circles, chase a ball, play in a swimming pool or just lounge in a dog bed. Dog day care allows dogs to be entertained, stimulated and most important socialized. For those dogs that get into mischief while at home (chewing up the furniture, rearranging the items on your coffee table, getting into the cupboards, etc) then dog day care is the answer! Your dog will have fun, be supervised and be in a climate controlled area (we have air condition and heat in all areas). Does this all sound like an environment your dog would enjoy? If so give us a call or stop on by to check out Barkley Square. Still unsure - check our doggie cam (web cams) and see our current guests in action!