Educational Daycare

Maintain your dog’s training

Our daycare challenges your dog’s mind, not just their body.

Each day provides physical exercise, enrichment activities, socialization, and maintenance of your dog’s manners training. Attendees enjoy indoor free play time, exploring a fenced-in outdoor space, crated nap time, and small group fetch or recalls in our training hall.

What does Educational Daycare include?

Consistency & Excellent Care

Our daycare program is designed to maintain your dog’s basic manners training while providing social time, mental stimulation, exercise, and enrichment for your dog on a regular basis – at least twice a week.

If you want a safe alternative to off-leash dog parks, something more comprehensive than a stroll around the block with a dog walker, and a daycare experience that promotes polite behavior, Educational Daycare is for you!

Each day includes…

  • Group play with similarly-sized dogs

  • Regular outdoor potty breaks

  • Consistent reinforcement of polite behavior

  • Crated nap time with a chew toy

  • Optional add-on training sessions to grow your dog’s skills

Educational Policies & FAQs

Yes, we are open and accepting new clients for Educational Daycare during the COVID-19 situation. Please see our blog post on COVID-19 for details on our contactless pick-up and drop-off area and other safety protocols during this time.

Social, reasonably well-behaved dogs over six months old who have completed basic manners training are eligible to enroll in Educational Daycare. Puppies under the age of six months should start in Puppy Day School. Dogs who do not have basic manners training yet are eligible for our Intensive Training Programs.

Candidates for Educational Daycare come when called, can be handled by strangers, are comfortable in groups of 5-15 other dogs, and will relax quietly in a crate during nap time. We screen for these behaviors during the evaluation. (For more details, read our blog post What to Expect at Your Dog’s Educational Daycare Evaluation.)

We do not require dogs to be spayed or neutered to attend Educational Daycare and accept dogs based on their behavior. Females in season cannot attend Educational Daycare.

Educational Daycare program hours are 9AM to 3PM. Drop-off is between 7AM and 9AM and pick-up is between 3PM and 6:30PM.

The first step is to read the FAQ here on our website. After you’ve done this, you can schedule an evaluation online, or contact us if you have questions.

The evaluation is $50 + tax, and is non-refundable after purchase. This payment is applicable toward tuition for Educational Daycare or an Intensive Training Program. Shortly after booking, we review your intake form, contact your veterinarian to receive copies of your dog’s health records, and begin arranging for particular dogs to be available for your dog’s evaluation. If you need to reschedule, we need at least 48 hours notice. We thank you for respecting the time and effort our team puts into setting up a great evaluation experience for your dog!

Our receptionist team will reach out to your veterinarian to get your dog’s health records. Click here for a “Health Requirements” checklist PDF you can download and bring to your vet. We will reach out to you to either confirm that we have received everything, or let you know if anything is missing.

Next, read our blog post What to Expect at Your Dog’s Educational Daycare Evaluation. This will prepare you for your appointment!

We require vaccination for rabies, parvo, distemper, and bordetella (kennel cough) as well as a negative fecal test result from your veterinarian (not the rescue/breeder’s vet). Proof of all of these health requirements must be on file 48 hours before your evaluation. Click here for a “Health Requirements” checklist PDF you can download and bring to your vet.

New dogs must have lived in their current home for at least 14 days prior to coming to an evaluation, have been examined by their owner’s veterinarian (not the breeder/shelter’s vet), and meet all of the above health requirements.

We do not require dogs to be spayed or neutered to attend Educational Daycare and accept dogs based on their behavior. Females in season cannot attend Educational Daycare.

To maintain a consistent, enjoyable environment for our team and canine guests, clients must commit to attending at least twice a week for four weeks. Rates are as follows:

2x/week for 4 weeks: $352*
3x/week for 4 weeks: $516
4x/week for 4 weeks: $672
5x/week for 4 weeks: $820

*=2x/week is only available for low-energy, mellow dogs. The majority of dogs need to attend 3x/week or more.

For new dogs, we do offer a trial week (5 consecutive days) option for $300.

Your Educational Daycare evaluation appointment will take approximately 20 minutes. A member of our canine care team will evaluate your dog’s behavior in the lobby, with our team members, in one of our play areas, and finally with one or more of our dogs. We are looking for dogs who are neutral or friendly toward people, friendly toward other dogs, and are reasonably well behaved.

For more details, read our blog post What to Expect at Your Dog’s Educational Daycare Evaluation.

Examples of behaviors that are not acceptable in our Educational Daycare program: attempting to climb or jump our 4′ and 6′ fences, jumping up on and clawing at people, resource guarding toys or food from other dogs, actively avoiding other dogs, excessive (more than a single instance) urine marking, any hesitation about being led by the collar, playing “keep away” when called or approached, excessive vocalization or pawing in the crate, or aggressive behavior such as snapping or biting.

Most of these behaviors can be resolved in an Intensive Training Program if your dog needs a little extra help becoming daycare ready. Your evaluator will discuss this option with you if your dog does not pass the Educational Daycare evaluation.

If you are going on vacation, we can arrange for your dog to skip a week or two during one of their 4-week Educational Daycare programs. Please let us know at the evaluation or when purchasing the renewal. We do need vacation/day off requests in writing, either via e-mail or on a printed/written note.

Crated nap time is an integral part of the Educational Daycare experience. Therefore, all dogs must be crate trained. We define “crate trained” as a dog who will go willingly into a crate when the door is open & they are led up to it and will then remain in the crate without barking, whining, pawing at the door, or chewing on the crate.

If your dog is not crate trained, we can help! Contact us for details about a private training program to address crate training.

If your dog or puppy is currently enrolled in Puppy Day School or an Intensive Training Program, they do not need an evaluation for Educational Daycare and can go straight from one program to the other if our training staff deems it appropriate.

If your dog has taken time off since attending one of these programs, or only attended classes/private lessons, your dog does need an Educational Daycare evaluation. Behavior is always changing, and the evaluation is an opportunity for us to determine not only your dog’s suitability for the program, but also what playgroups they fit into and who they will likely enjoy playing with.

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