Frequently Asked Questions and Concerns
My dog is a toy breed - what about all those huge dogs
that are running around?
Size appears to be of no concern to dogs when it comes to
getting along together. Small and big dogs from different
households play and sleep together. Click on the link to
Photos and you'll see all shapes and sizes interacting. With
24-hour supervision, we are able to closely monitor
behavior, and on the extremely rare occassions that a large
dog gives even the slightest indication of a less than
friendly attitude toward a small dog, the big dog is
seperated from all the others and then re-evaluated for
My dog is aggressive toward other dogs - I'm afraid that
he'll get into a fight.
Aggression is frequently a territorial issue and Dog Days
isn't any particular dog's territory. Dogs don't have anything
to protect or defend here so "territory" is not an issue.
Some dogs are aggressive because they believe that being
offensive (in fighting terms) is a good deterrent. We slowly
introduce new dogs into our pack so that their stress level
will be reduced, and when they get to meet their
playmates, it's normally a matter of the usual dog sniffing
and then they are off to whatever part of the area that
If your dog is truly one of the rare ones that will not adjust
to the cageless environment, we will keep him or her in a
100 square foot area that is both comfortable and separate
from the rest of the pack. Your dog will still have access to
a fairly large outside area and will be well cared for until
I would like to see the facility before I bring my dog there
- is that possible?
Not only is it possible, we encourage it. We assume that
you are leaving one of your children with us so you must
be comfortable with both the facility and the staff. Feel
free to visit any time between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
I would like to visit with my dog - may I do that?
You may, but you will not be allowed into the main area
with your dog. If your dog feels that your safety is at risk, it
may protect you by attacking dogs that come too close.
Another issue that comes with you staying while your dog
is here involves your dog's desire to be with you. It may
stay at the gate and cry because you're on the other side -
not a particularly pleasant time for either one of you.
I want my dog to really feel at home - may I bring his bed,
bowl, toys, etc.?
We discourage bringing anything other than food. We
place cushions on the floor and we also have sofas and
chairs - all make for great sleeping. Toys in a cageless
environment become chew toys for any number of dogs so
we usually don't put them down. We use stainless steel
bowls for feeding and for water. All our bowls are washed
in hot soapy water and dried before they are used again,
and that includes our water bowls.
Why do you require receipt of a 50% advance deposit for
first time boarders before you confirm a reservation?
It's simply a way to keep our costs to everyone as low as
possible. Our staffing levels are dictated by the number of
reservations that we have. When a client is a no-show, and
the vast majority of no-shows are first time boarders, we
have extra staff to pay. We also usually have a waiting list
(on big holidays, a waiting list of 20 dogs is very common)
and no-shows do not give us the necessary lead time to
accomodate dogs that are wait listed so we lose that