Daycare is an excellent way to give dogs the socialization and exercise to meet their needs. Daycare helps dogs learn appropriate interactions with humans and other dogs. Dogs also gain lots of exercise by playing with other dogs, toys, &/ or staff. This allows dogs to stimulate both mind and body.
Austin Dogtown gives dogs a chance to be part of a “pack” in a safe, monitored environment. Dogs come to daycare to have fun, but will also need to play by the rules that we set for them in order to maintain a safe environment. At Dogtown, we believe that it is important for dogs to have structure in their playtime and not think that they can do what they want, when they want and how they want. Through the use of basic command practice and positive reinforcement methods, the dogs learn that good behavior brings good rewards (play, toys, verbal and physical praise). We have found that when using positive reinforcement methods, the dogs actually want to learn and are eager to please us.
While appropriate behaviors are reinforced, inappropriate behaviors are disciplined through the use of time outs or loss of play. By consistently applying these techniques, we can help ensure that every dog has a fun and safe experience while at daycare.
Just like people, dogs come in all shapes, sizes and personalities; We accommodate the various dog personalities by engaging them in activities and separating them into our playrooms that match their interests. In one room, it is typical to see the larger, more active dogs with a ball in their mouth, running back and forth, playing fetch. Others may enjoy a game of chase, racing around our playing structures &/or jumping from spot to spot. The older, more mellow dogs may be ‘chilling out’ in our general areas, and the smaller guys may have a room of their own to play in without the worries of a big paw stopping them in their tracks.
Dogtown also has great outdoor accommodations – more than 3,000 sq ft of fenced-in space in between our two buildings that house our playrooms, boarding accommodations, and grooming space.
We love our senior pups– but because of our super stimulating environment, we are not able to take dogs 13 years and older for either boarding or daycare.
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