We get it. You’re busy. It seems what we are all lacking in today’s hustle-bustle world is time. But don’t worry, we can help take one thing off your to do list. If you’re a dog owner pressed for time, you should know that we couldn’t make enrolling your dog at our doggy daycare any easier – we will even pick up and/or drop off your pooch for you (talk about door to door service!). We regularly offer doggy pick-up and drop-off services for clients living in Beverly, Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott, Lynn, and Little Nahant (for rides outside these areas please contact Nancy). The cost for a pickup or drop-off is $6 ($12 round trip). Morning pickups are scheduled between 7:30 and 9:00AM (a more precise pickup window can be communicated to you upon request the evening before a dog’s scheduled pickup). Dogs scheduled for a “half day” with transportation home are typically dropped off between 12 noon and 2PM; whereas dogs scheduled for a “full day” (with transportation home) are typically dropped off between 3 and 5PM. For a more specific drop-off window, please contact management along with your City/Town of residence.
Dog transportation is done in either our grape-colored “short bus”, our Toyota Sienna mini-van or our Nissan Versa. The bus is equipped with a number of crates that have been bolted to the ground as well as regular bus seats. Dogs that are well-behaved and sit still for the ride are welcome to ride on the seats along with our “bus monitor” who is sent out with the driver for every trip. If you prefer your dog to ride in a crate, just let us know and we will be happy to accommodate this request.
We advise against scheduling a pickup on your dog’s first day with us for a couple reasons; for one, some dogs will not want to get in a vehicle with a human they have not previously met. Secondly, a bus or car is not the ideal place to introduce a new pack member. If you are the owner of a dog who will need to be picked up for daycare regularly, we would ask that on your dog’s first day you make arrangements to drop him/her off (we can bring him/her home if needed). If, based on extreme circumstances, you are unable to bring your dog to us for his first day, we will make arrangements to have a member of management pickup your dog in their personal vehicle. Pickup time will be quite early as we like new dogs to arrive at the daycare before most (if not all) of the “regulars” get there. This is because we have a specific way we like to introduce new dogs to our pack, as described here: http://dingosdogsitting.com/single-post/2017/01/15/enrollment-information-and-what-to-expect-on-your-dogs-first-day-of-daycare/
We ask clients to be sure that their dogs are ready for pickup and that their bladders and bowels are empty when we arrive. If you’re not home, please leave the leash out for us in a highly visible location. Also, if a dog has a tendency to get “car sick”, we ask that clients let us know and refrain from feeding him/her before pickup – a packed breakfast or lunch can be sent with the dog in cases such as these.
If your dog tends to chew his leash or harness, please communicate that to management so we can try to make arrangements to avoid this. Also, if your dog needs to be crated or gated in a certain area of your house at drop-off, please communicate that to us as well.
In our experience, we have noticed that some dogs, particularly those that are sensitive to loud noises, are a bit fearful of the bus at first. Typically, this subsides once they realize that the bus is the vehicle (literally) taking them to their “happy place”. We will aid in this acclimation process by shutting the bus off at pickup and/or coming equipped with high value treats and a friendly voice/touch. The bus monitor will sit with nervous and/or new dogs to help calm them down. After all, the first day of school with a bunch of new friends can be nerve-wracking for anyone.
Transportation reservations should be placed 24 hours before service is needed. Last minute additions or cancellations may be subject to an additional fee as we staff and plan our routes the night before. For additional questions about our dog transportation services, please email management at: email@example.com.