FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 plenty of pictures and video and post them on our Facebook Fan Page so that you can spot your pup at play (If they’re not camera shy that is!)
We have a very stringent application and assessment process for our guests. All dogs must be able to co-habituate in a pack. 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 Society, 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 handlers are continuously educated and recertified to learn the best techniques to evaluate and monitor all dogs who visit us. 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