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Enrollment Information and What to Expect on Your Dog’s First Day of Daycare


Most owners typically have a lot of questions regarding the enrollment process and what to expect on their dog’s first day of doggy daycare. For an overview on everything you will need to know ahead of time, please read below!

Before your dog can attend Dingo’s Dogsitting Doggy Daycare, we will need the following:

Completed and signed Dingo’s Dogsitting Forms and Liability Waiver. Forms can be downloaded from the “Contact Us” section of our website: http://dingosdogsitting.com/contact-us/

Copy of Vet/Vaccination Records. These can be faxed to us directly by your Vet. Our fax number is: 857-588-7706. Please note, we do require the Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine. This is not a routine vaccination so please confirm with your Vet that your dog has been innoculated.

If your dog is under a year we will need proof of a negative fecal sample within the past six months. This is because puppies are often carriers of Giardia and we do not want any parasites being introduced to our pack.


We ask that as responsible owners, you do the following BEFORE bringing your dog to our daycare:

If your dog is under two years of age, please check their mouth including gums and tongue for “puppy warts” prior to enrolling them in daycare. Information on “puppy warts”, technically known as the Oral Canine Papilloma Virus, can be found here: http://dingosdogsitting.com/single-post/2017/02/09/the-canine-papilloma-virus-what-it-is-and-how-you-can-help-us-minimize-it-at-the-daycare/

Please check your dog for fleas and ticks PRIOR to attending daycare.

“In tact” bitches that are either in heat or have gone through a heat cycle will not be allowed at the daycare until after they have been spayed. We strongly suggest spaying your dog BEFORE a heat cycle – around 5 to 6 months of age to be safe.

“In tact” males under a year old will be monitored and allowed to remain in the “pack” on a case-by-case basis provided no behavioral issues – such as aggression or excessive mounting – are noted. Males must be neutered by one year of age.

Your Dog’s First Day

We do not do a “Temperament Test” ahead of time because dogs are continually monitored to insure a copacetic pack environment. Behavioral issues not seen when a dog starts daycare may present themselves weeks, months or even years later. Some dogs phase out of daycare as they mature. For the safety of all the dogs in our care, we reserve the right to suspend or expel dogs at our sole discretion. In an effort to remain as transparent as possible, verbal and/or written communication with regards to behavioral issues that transpire will be maintained with the owner. Because we do not do a “temperament test” a dog’s arrival time on his/her first day is profoundly important. We ask that you bring your dog on his/her first day very early – before any of the other dogs arrive. This insures your dog has a chance to sniff around, meet the staff, get comfortable and claim the space. As the “regulars” slowly trickle in, your dog will have the chance to meet each dog individually as the dogs come in to him/her (not vice versa). It is at this point that we will begin monitoring your dog very closely for any signs of anxiety or aggression. This is when our life-long and on-going “temperament test” begins. Most dogs introduced to the pack in this manner are successful. On the flip-side, if you were to drop your dog off later in the day when our pack of regulars had already arrived, this would likely be an anxiety provoking event for your dog as he would be swarmed by a dozen strange dogs wanting to sniff him/her upon entering. Fear and anxiety can lead to aggression and this is what we want to avoid!

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 because, as I mentioned previously, we like new dogs to arrive at the daycare before most (if not all) of the “regulars” get there.

We recommend a “half day” for a dog’s first day (no need to overwhelm Fido with a long day of new sights, smells, sounds and experiences). Management will be in touch with you regularly on your dog’s first day to let you know how he/she is doing.

Once we have received your registration forms and vet records, you can reserve a spot at our daycare directly from our website: http://dingosdogsitting.com/services/make-a-reservation/

If you have any additional questions about the enrollment process, feel free to email us at: info@dingosdogsitting.com

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