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Click here for our Calgary dog daycare/boarding release form.
Is there someone with the boarding dogs at night?
YES. We provide 24 hour care 7 days a week 365 days a year your dog is never left alone.
What is dog daycare?
At Dogaholics our dog daycare is an enviroment where your dog is dropped off for the day to play and socialize with other dogs in a fun, well stimulating, and safe enviroment.
What will my dog do all day?
Your dog will be engaged in many activities throughout the day. Run! Play! Socialize with playmates, lounge around and talk the latest gossip with new friends! Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Run through tunnels, jump through hoola hoops and even splash around in the outdoor pool! Whatever your dogs personality there is a place for them at Dogaholics!
Do you crate train/kennel?
Yes we do. At Dogaholics we work closely with the Calgary Humane Society with regards to our training methods and believe that crate/kennel training is an integral part of a dog’s training. We believe it is important to start this step as soon as possible! There are other benefits of crate training. At some point in your dog’s life, it may be necessary to use a crate when you are traveling with your pet or when your dog is recuperating from an injury. Such potentially traumatic situations have been proven to be much less stressful if your dog is already familiar with and comfortable in a crate. In fact, many clients choose us to help with the crate training process with much success! Our daycare guests are kenneled for a lunch time break so they may enjoy their mid day snack all at the same time without interfering with their neighbor, or stealing a better meal. To aid in proper digestion of each meal prior to exercise/playtime, we allow at minimum one hour of rest after all mealtimes. Night time guests sleep in their reserved private den where they will feel safe and comfortable, access to fresh water all night and bathroom breaks are given at scheduled intervals throughout the night. At Dogaholics it is our mission to provide the best possible care we can and will provide training tips and feedback on each dog’s progress on an ongoing basis. We will do our best to cater to your dog’s specific needs. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask! Click here for more information on crate training your pup at home.
Do you walk the dogs?
No. Because the dogs are playing all day inside our 6500sq foot building or outside in our outdoor playpen, there is no need for our staff to walk your dog for exercise. Your dog is able to run free and partake in our indoor and outdoor daycare activities.
Do you provide outdoor play areas?
Yes. We have a 2500sq ft outdoor play area consisting of pea gravel and an 8 foot high fence blinded off. It's 100% secure and safe for all of our guests.
What makes Dogaholics different than a traditional kennel?
Kennels vary, but in a "traditional" kennel, your dog is usually left in a kennel or dog run most of the day and may be let out briefly or placed in an outdoor run a couple of times a day. The dogs usually do not interact with each other. Some kennels will offer 15-minute play times with a staff member for an extra charge. Dogaholics offers all day play for no additional cost.
Is there a discount for multiple dogs?
Yes. We offer discounted pricing for our daycare and boarding services. In order to qualify both dogs must be from the same owner and live in the same household, vaccine copies must show same owners name to qualify. See our Daycare/Boarding page for a list of our discounted rates.
Do you offer a discount for extended stays?
Yes we do. The longer your dog stays the cheaper the daily rate. 2+, 10+ & 30+ nights are discounted accordingly. See our Boarding page for a list 30+ of our discounted rates
Can you provide my dog his/her medications? Will this cost extra?
Yes. There will be a small fee for medication administration. Please bring your pets medication in the original prescriptive bottles. If your pet requires injections this will be discussed with you during the interview process or by phone before applying. Older pets or pets with minor ailments are welcome at daycare and are placed in an appropriate playgroup. It is our ultimate goal to ensure that your pet is comfortable during his/her stay. We will do everything we can to ensure your pet is comfortable.
Can I take a tour?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. We do our best to accommodate tours at anytime during our regular business hours, however it is preferred that tours be performed between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday, as our staff will have more time to dedicate to you. We encourage you to ask many questions, as it is our goal for you to have peace of mind while on vacation or at work.
Can I put my own dog in a group and watch him/her with other dogs?
Unfortunately we do not allow this. Since dogs often behave differently in the presence of their owners, all introductions at Dogaholics are done by a team of two dog handlers who interpret, monitor, and evaluate the dynamics of the dogs as they interact. Other dogs may also behave differently with a stranger observing them and this may affect the group.
A dog is introduced into a playgroup by meeting one dog first, then two, and so on, until he/she is fully integrated into the playgroup. It is important to evaluate how a dog interacts over the course of a few hours, since dogs may react differently as they adjust to a new environment. This is done for the safety of your dog, all the dogs at our facility and our staff. We take lots of pictures and video and post them on our Facebook Fan Page so that you can enjoy seeing many pictures and videos updated often.
Can any dog come in for daycare or boarding?
No. Every dog must first complete an interview process so we can see how they interact with other dogs. They must be at least 3 months old, must be spayed or neutered if they are over 9 months old, and must be current on veterinarian recommended vaccinations. All dogs must be in good health, flee, lice, tick and mite free, friendly to all dogs, and generally love to play.
What is your evaluation & interview process?

Dogaholics welcomes all dogs based on their behaviour, ability to be comfortable and generally social, and have not shown any form of aggression towards other dogs or humans. It is not our policy to turn away a dog based on breed.

We have a very stringent application and interview process for our guests. All dogs must pass before entering our group play environment. Our guests must be able to co-habituate in a pack and after initial behavior training. Play monitoring techniques and evaluating dogs based on capabilities to adapt and enjoy our open-play environments, is a continuous process at Dogaholics.

We are partnered with the Calgary Humane Socitey, and as such, we work with several experts including the department head of animal behavior at the Calgary Humane Society. This helps us create policies designed to evaluate each dog on an individual basis. We look at the whole dog during this process. Breed type is only one of many considerations when qualifying a dog for daycare/boarding. Dogs are bred for many different types of work; some are bred to be physically strong while others are bred for jobs requiring them to have dominant behavioral characteristics and/or tendencies. During the evaluation process, emphasis is placed on each dog’s behavior with his or her breed characteristics taken into consideration.

Our daycare trainers are continuously educated and recertified to learn the best techniques on evaluating and monitoring dogs when they come for boarding/daycare. They are certified to evaluate dogs using some of the following techniques:

  • Hands-on meet-and-greet to evaluate dogs response to physical touch
  • One-on-one introduction with other regular guests
  • Slow introduction into open-play yard environment
  • Ongoing evaluation during every visit to Dogaholics
How old do the dogs have to be?
We require that dogs be at least 3 months of age. All dogs must have all the required vaccinations. Puppies will also be required to have all sets of shots however we recommend you seek your Veterinarians recommendations on this prior to bringing your puppy to daycare.
What vaccinations are required?
All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Owners must submit proof from their veterinarian that they have received vaccinations. Specifically, the vaccines required are Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. These immunizations are commonly referred to as DHLPP, 5-in-1, or 6-in-1. We also HIGHLY recommend the Bordatella vaccination and a veterinary prescribed flea/tick treatment every 30 days such as Advantage Multi or Revolution.
Why do you require that my dog be spayed or neutered?
The main reason is that intact dogs are at greater risk of injury from other dogs. In a social enviroment, intact males are often viewed as threats by other dominant dogs. Intact females, whether in heat or not, may be picked on by other female dogs and male dogs will view and treat her as such, and “fighting for the female” can occur. Dogs that are not spayed or neutered also tend to mark their territory and may mark everything including staff and other dogs. For safety of your dog, other dogs and our staff, we require all dogs to be spayed or neutered by 6-8 months of age.
How do I get my dog started at Dogaholics Daycare and Boarding programs? What is the initial process?
Please call for an initial phone consultation so we can ensure our daycare is the right fit for your dog. We also welcome any questions or concerns you may have so that we may help you become more familiar with our services and procedures. Your dog MUST meet our daycare and boarding criteria prior to being accepted into our daily playgroups (see our section under Daycare/Boarding). We require a completed Boarding/Daycare registration form for each of your dogs. Please also provide current vaccination records. We will then review your pets registration forms and go over any important information specific to your pet with you. Your pet will be introduced to a couple of new playmates to see how he/she will react to new friends. You are welcome to call and check in on your pups first day. We will update you regularly when you drop/pick up your dog, although we do encourage you to talk to us anytime with any/all inquiries or concerns.
Does my dog have to attend everyday?
No, you may come everyday if you like. Some of our guests come three times a week or two times a week. It is up to you and your pet to decide the number of days you attend daycare.
Do you accept all breeds?
Yes, all dogs are welcome. Owners need to certify that their pet has not harmed or shown aggression toward any person or other animal. If a pet shows aggression he/she may be expelled from daycare.
Is my pet supervised during daycare?
Yes. Your dog will be supervised at all times. Our daycare trainers all make sure dogs are safe at all times.
I have a small dog - will he be safe?
Some smaller dogs enjoy running with the big dogs, but, just in case, we have a special area for the little ones to romp with his/her smaller friends. Our daycare trainers will assess the best/safest place for your dog. It is up to your dog if he/she wants to play with the big or small dogs.
Sometimes my dog is thirsty when he/she comes home. Why is that?
Water is available at all times in all of our play areas. Playing hard is just as strenuous as working out. Even though water is available, after a car ride home, it will probably be time for your dog to drink some more water to help re-hydrate after a hard day of play.
Why is my dog tired when he/she comes home?
This is one of the great benefits of dog daycare! Often when you take your dog home, they will curl up and go to sleep. Rest assured, if your dog becomes overly tired during the day, we will give them and extra breaks. If your dog is boarding at our facility it is very common for them to sleep for a couple of days after they leave. This is from all the stimulation and play!
Are there nap times?
Our daycare and boarding guests enjoy a much needed rest mid-day when they can enjoy a lunch brought from home or provided for a $1.50 fee. (Please notify us at drop off if you like your pup fed at lunch.)
Where does my dog do his/her business?
Our guests do their business mostly outside. However, dogs do tend to mark from time to time due to other dogs scent. Staff is with the dogs at all times to immediately clean up after them.
If my dog goes potty anywhere he likes at daycare, will he do this at home?
No! Dogs are very good at learning they can do one behavior in one location and another behavior in a different location. If your pet is housetrained at home - he will remain housetrained at home. Your home does not have 40 canine residents with all their attendant odors. Your dog will definitely know the difference between home and daycare.
What cleaning agents are used?
We use the best cleaning agents available on the market. Virkon is what is used in veterinary offices and is used throughout the day to control any bacteria/viruses that are on the floors/kennels. This is actually even safe for human and dog consumption! We then use a more stringent cleaner at the end of the day for a final overall sanitization. These products keep our facility clean and safe for all and free from bacteria and mold.
Is my dog required to come in for an assessment prior to Boarding? If so when is a good time for this?
Yes. We ask that your dog come in for an assessment day of daycare prior to being accepted into our boarding services. This first day of meet-and greet is complimentary and is a great way for your dog to meet us, sniff around and meet some new friends. If after this assessment day is complete and our daycare trainers have determined that your dog does not exhibit any aggression towards other dogs and our staff, he/she will be accepted into Dogaholics boarding services. The best days for this are Mondays and Tuesdays as these are typically quieter days at Dogaholics. However, we can arrange to do this any weekday Monday to Friday, as we have more trainers on staff and will be able to properly assess your dog.
It's my pets' first time at daycare, what do I need to do and what should i bring?
Please drop your dog off between 6:30am and 10:00am and you are welcome to leave him/her for the day or at least for a few hours of assessment. Please bring completed application forms and current vaccination records. We also suggest bringing a lunch time meal/snack, especially if you have a puppy who eats throughout the day. When you arrive please ensure your dog is brought in on a leash.
Do you feed my pet during daycare?
If you would like your pet to eat while at daycare you may supply his food in a marked container. We will NOT feed your dog any treats or food unless instructed by the owner. 
Do I need to make a reservation for overnight boarding?
Yes. For overnight boarding a reservation is required. Depending on the time of year, we can often accommodate short notice or same day notice. Please be aware that holidays such as Easter and Christmas book several months in advance and other holidays and long weekends several weeks in advance. During the summer months we fill up early for weekends. Reservations are NOT required for daycare; you may drop your dog in anytime.
Do you offer any discounts?
We offer prepaid packages (please see our rates page). Discounts are offered on multi family pets. We also offer a “spa day”, which consists of a fun filled half day of play and full groom in the afternoon. The cost is just $16 for daycare plus the cost of a full groom. You pup is sure to be tired and looking great when you pick him/her up!
Do you offer your services to older pets?
Yes! All ages are welcome. Older pets will be placed in appropriate playgroups or if they like to relax alone, they can enjoy a rest in the sunshine or in a shaded cooler area inside on a bed/blanket.
What if my dog gets sick or hurt while at your facility?
All of our staff are certified in canine first aid and CPR. We will take excellent care of your dog if anything comes up. You will be contacted in the event of an emergency. If we are not able to get a hold of you, the emergency contact will be the secondary call. Depending on the severity of the situation, we will try to use your veterinarian. If your veterinarian is not within close proximity of our daycare, we will use one of our veterinarian clinics - Calgary North or Mcknight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital. There will be a Vet Transportation fee added to your bill if one of our staff transports your dog to the vet of $25-$50.
My dog’s paws are very sensitive after his/her stay. Did something happen to my dog’s feet?
No. Its very common that some dogs pads will be sore after playing at daycare. Most dogs are not used to playing all day, especially outside. Rest assured its only temporary and they will build stronger pads. If you have any concerns or questions though, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We would be glad to help in any way we can.
What if I forgot to bring my dogs food for his/her overnight stay?
We prefer to keep all dogs on their own diets; however, should you forget your dogs food, we can provide food for your dog we use Medi-Cal gastro at a cost of $1.50 per meal.
Can I bring my dogs own bedding for his/her stay?
Yes. If you prefer to bring your own bedding from home this is ok. At Dogaholics we provide all dogs with their own comfortable kennel and bedding for the duration of their stay.
Do I need to bring my own dishes?
No. We have plenty of dishes for all of our guests. This will ensure your dishes will not get lost or mixed up.
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