Why do we require a temperament test before your dog stays with us?
Safety! We want to make sure all of the dogs in our care are safe and are comfortable. After looking over your filled out application and shot records we get started.
During the temperament test we first let your dog get comfortable in one of our indoor or outdoor play yards. Once they have sniffed around and seem like they are ready to play we will introduce a very easy going dog to them and see how your dog reacts with a fence as a barrier between the dogs. If the body language is ok, we will introduce them. A lot goes into this process and all employees are trained extensively in pointing out body language that we would not consider play. Once that interaction goes smoothly we slowly do this until they meet the entire pack. If a dog shows any signs of aggression we would not accept that dog and the test would be over at that point.
If you have a shy dog we do not want to overwhelm them and put them in with a large group of dogs so we will usually stop introducing the new dog to the other pack dogs after 2-3 dogs. The shy dogs would still be accepted if they seem comfortable in our environment. If they do not seem comfortable and are shaking or hide in a corner we would notify the parent that this may not be the best facility for their individual dog.
We do not discriminate on size or what type of breed your dog is. We take pride in our temperament testing and make sure it is done slowly and safely each and every time. If your dog is doing great, once he/she is introduced to the pack you will receive a picture text message with your dog in action
What is a temperament test? Why do you require one?
A temperament test is a simple evaluation process that we use to determine whether or not your dog will have a positive experience when attending our facility for boarding or daycare. Every dog that stays with us has passed the temperament test.
Temperament tests will be conducted by appointment only during an available time slot during business hours at Puppy Paradise. They last approximately two hours. For information on the details of the temperament test, please click here.
Temperament tests are conducted for safety and wellness purposes. We want to ensure all of the dogs in our care are both secure and comfortable. We also like to get to know your dog as an individual and discover their unique preferences, body language, and social skills.
We do not discriminate based on the size or the breed of the dog. We take pride in our temperament testing procedures and make sure it is done slowly and safely each time. Parents are kept updated via text message during the temperament test process.
What are the requirements?
Well tempered. Love to play with other dogs. Tick and flea free. Your dog must be at least 4 months old. Spayed or Neutered (if over 6 months). Current Vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella (canine cough)Temperament test. After all paperwork is filled out and the initial interview is completed and passed, your dog will stay for a minimum of 2 hours where we will monitor behavior.
What are the pickup & drop off times?
Boarding is based on a 24 hour time frame so you are able to drop off and pick up during any of our business hours. If you drop off at 9:00am you have until 9:00am to pick up with no additional charges. Anything after your 24 hours is charged at our regular daycare rate. We are open 6:30am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 8-6 Sat and Sun.
Should you feed your dog prior to coming Puppy Paradise?
Dogs should eat at least 90 minutes before being dropped off for care. If you drop off your dog immediately after eating, the dog will be placed in a separate play area until the time has elapsed. This is for the safety of the dog to prevent bloat, which can be caused by playing directly after eating
What if your dog gets sick or injured during the day?
I am certified in pet first aid and pet CPR. I will take excellent care of your dog if an accident occurs. If it is an emergency we will take your dog to a vet immediately and you will be contacted immediately.
What should you bring?
Food (please place in separate bags for each day). Medication. You do not need to bring bedding. When the dogs are tucked in at night they will be given a cot, blanket and treat.
What type collar can my dog wear?
At Puppy Paradise our first priority is the health and safety of the dogs that are in our care. Therefore we require all of the dogs in our care to have a quick release collar on during their stay. Quick release collars have clasps, no buckles for ease of removal. We sell these in the lobby if you are unable to find one at your local pet store. If your pup comes to Puppy Paradise without a collar we reserve the right to provide a collar at the owners expense.
What is your flea and trick policy?
Each new dog will be examined for fleas. We require all of the dogs in our care to have a topical flea and tick treatment prior to their stay. If you do not routinely apply treatments or if it is determined that your pet shows evidence of fleas or ticks during their visit, a bath will be given and Frontline will be administered. If these services are required, charges will be billed at the end of your dog’s stay.