Frequently Asked Questions
What do the dogs do all day?
All our daycare pups get the chance to play in spacious play yards and our pool, where they can socialize and romp around with other dogs. We separate our pups by activity level, temperament, and size. Our trusted yard attendants, who are trained in pet first aid and CPR, carefully supervise and monitor play at all times.
There is no safer place for your dog to get out their energy and learn to socialize with others than at The Dog Play Spot. Here, your beloved pup can play all day long with other dogs. If one of our furry friends is tired, they can nap in a private yard of their own. Overnight pups play all day and take short breaks for meals and naps.
What vaccinations are required?
We require all dogs to be current on Rabies, Distemper (DHPP), and Bordetella vaccinations.
Do you provide indoor or outdoor play areas?
Our facility features 3 indoor yards and 4 outdoor yards. If the weather is suitable, we will put the dogs into our outdoor yards where they can enjoy the sunshine, hang in the shade, or splash around in our pool.
Our indoor yards are fully climate controlled, and our outdoor yards provide many places to hide from the sun and hangout in the shade (or cool off in the pool!).
Why should I choose The Dog Play Spot?
The Dog Play Spot does things a lot differently. We provide all-day play with other dogs, so they get a lot of exercise during the day. Most pet care providers do not provide much opportunity to socialize with other dogs or the staff, and typically are in a kennel or alone far more than you would think. Our dog behavior experts have created a unique temperament test process that ensures all our pups can play safely in a group setting.
Safety is our top priority. You can feel confident leaving your furry family member with our caring Yard Attendants who are trained in pet first aid and CPR. We have a strict staff-to-dog ratio for additional peace of mind.
Our pricing is all-inclusive! Your pup’s daycare time includes:
- All day play, day care services which includes all of the fun things that The Dog Play Spot has to offer
- Lots of TLC from our Certified Yard Attendants
- Live web cams you can access from your smartphone or computer
- The ability to check in and out anytime
- Medication administration if needed
- Food and break time as required or requested
Can you provide my dog with their medications? Is there a charge?
We are happy to administer your dog’s medication, free of charge. However, we do not give any injected medications. For the safety of your pet, we ask that the medication must be in its original bottle with a current prescription.
Can any dog come in for dog daycare?
In order to maintain our incredibly high standards and satisfaction ratings, your pup must be:
- Able to pass the temperment test and trial day (such a test is not required for dogs boarding or dogs who do not engage in group play time)
- Friendly with dogs and people
- Free of open wounds or stitches of any kind
- Free of ticks and fleas
- In good overall health
- At least four months old
- Spayed or neutered (If 7 months or older)
- Current on Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella vaccines. Oral Bordetella accepted if given within the last six months. Injectable or intra-nasal accepted if given within the last twelve months.
What is the temperment test and why is it required?
Because safety is The Dog Play Spot's top priority, we have created policies to ensure a happy, healthy environment for all our pups. We are very proud of our high safety standards. Therefore, all dogs must pass a temperament test before being able to participate in our group setting.
This process is completely free! The Interview lasts about 30 minutes and has a 98% pass rate. Dogs who don't pass receive a discount on training with our staff to work on any tendencies that may be holding them back from Play, and through this we achieve a 100% pass rate for those who need additional training before going into a group setting.
Our Camper Interview includes:
- Hands-on meet-and-greet, where our Certified Yard Attendants will make sure your dog is comfortable with being handled and check for fleas, ticks, or other injuries that may worsen during play
- One-on-one introduction with some of our regular Campers
- Slow introduction into one of our open-play environments specifically designed for your dog’s temperament and size
We require all new dogs to participate in a Temperament Test because:
- It gives us the chance to slowly introduce your pup to a new environment and not overstimulate them
- It ensures the overall safety of your dog, other pups, and our Certified Yard Attendants
- We want to make sure your furry family member is comfortable and enjoys being in large social settings with other dogs
Do you turn away dogs based on their breed?
The Dog Play Spot happily welcomes dogs of all breeds, depending on their behavior and ability to handle our play-based environment.
Do dogs ever get hurt?
When kids are on a playground, they sometimes come home with small scratches and other minor injuries. The same goes for dog day care. While we do our best to prevent all injuries while at The Dog Play Spot, pups can sometimes experience small nicks, scratches, or minimal fur loss. Although it is very rare and our facility operates with incredibly high safety standards, it is still possible for more serious injuries to occur.
What do you do in case of illness or injury?
All Dog Play Spot yard attendants are trained in pet CPR and first aid. You can trust us to take excellent care of your dog at all times. In the event of an injury or illness, we will quickly assess the situation to determine the best plan of action to take. Your canine’s health and safety are our primary concern. Depending on the situation, our team will either take your dog to your personal vet or rush them to the closest emergency vet. We will contact you as soon as we can if this ever occurs.
I have an older dog. Will they enjoy this environment?
This depends on your dog. Many of our pups are older and love interacting with other canines. The free temperament test will help us and you determine if our environment is the appropriate fit for your furry friend’s needs. Our Certified Yard Attendants are constantly evaluating the behaviors of all our pups at all times. If, at any point, we feel as though your dog may be tired, we will place them in one of our private yards for a short nap.
This is an environment that has dogs of different sizes. Is it safe for my smaller dog to be there?
For the safety of our little pups, we separate our dogs into separate play areas based on size, activity level, and temperament. By doing this, we ensure that all dogs, regardless of age, size, breed and energy level, have a fun and safe time at The Dog Play Spot.
What should I expect when my dog comes home from Play?
After full days of play at Camp, your pooch may come home feeling pooped. This is entirely normal and expected. Our Certified Yard Attendants are constantly monitoring all pups and can take yours into a private yard for a nap if they become overly tired during doggy day care. It’s not uncommon for pets to sleep a lot and even skip meals after they come home.
Your dog may also be quite thirsty. While water is always available, they may still be thirsty after arriving home from playing all day.
Are your pet’s paws sensitive? This is also completely normal, especially if they are new to a dog day care setting. It’s common for dogs’ pads to be sore after romping and playing all day. Rest assured your pup’s pads will become stronger the more they visit!
Should I bring anything for my dog’s stay? Do I need to bring my own dog food?
We highly recommend that you bring your dog’s food in order to prevent them from getting sick during their stay. Sudden changes in diet can result in gastrointestinal reactions like vomiting and diarrhea.
Our Certified Yard Attendants provide pups with a comfy cot and cozy fleece blanket. If you wish to bring your own bedding, toys, or anything else that may make your pup feel more at home, we are happy to accommodate.
Do I need to make a reservation?
If you’re interested in overnight boarding, we do require you to make a reservation. In this case, it would be in your best interest to make a reservation as early as possible. Your pooch must pass the temperment test before you make a reservation.
Depending on the time of year, we can sometimes accommodate short-notice pups. It’s important to note that holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving book several months in advance and other holidays book several weeks in advance. We sometimes fill up early for weekends during the summer months.
How do I make a reservation?
You can make a reservation by clicking the "Register/Login" tab or by calling 252-439-2275.
Should I feed my dog before going to Camp?
We recommend that you feed your dog a minimum of 1.5 hours before Play to prevent bloat. Playing too soon after eating can cause bloat and it can be deadly. If your dog eats less than 1.5 hours before coming to Camp, please inform one of our Certified Yard Attendants for the safety and well-being of your pup