We work with our dogs with a few principles in mind...
• Encourage them to enjoy being dogs
• Help them be good doggie citizens
• Treat them with the same respect and high standard of care we would our own dogs
A Positive Social Environment
To sum up what we provide the dogs at daycare: it's a Positive Social Environment, in which they learn good social habits, are safe, and enjoy themselves. We pride ourselves on maintaining an appropriately playful, but non-frenetic environment for our doggie friends. A big part of this is not allowing excessive barking, which can become stressful for the whole group. We actually do quite a bit of training with the dogs at Bowhaus!
Is Daycare Good for My Dog?
Naturally, daycare isn't for every dog, but for the average sociable (even hesitantly social) dog, it can be the best thing in the world! Dogs are pack animals. Without a pack, they may not have all their social needs met, nor necessarily learn how to behave around other dogs. We help them fulfill their natural doggie drive to play and socialize in groups, and incidentally burn up a whole bunch of energy. (Do you know any dogs that need to get some energy out!?) Some dogs are more shy or nervous at first, and many of these dogs eventually come around and really enjoy themselves. Some dogs, of course, are in heaven as soon as they enter the yard.
Photo and Video Report Cards
It's important to us that you know how your dog is doing at daycare, and we know you'll enjoy getting a glimpse into their day with photos and videos! A digital report card is emailed (and/or texted) to you every time you check your dog out.
Daycare Hours 7 days a week!
Play and Social Time: 6:30am–3:15pm
Drop-offs allowed: 6:30am–10am (the earlier the better, thanks!)
Pick-ups allowed: 4pm–7:00pm
Lunch/Nap Time†: 12pm–1pm
Note: Lunch/Nap Time is only for young puppies and those who request a lunch/rest time, otherwise your dog(s) will be out playing all day.
1 dog per day: $29
2 dogs per day: $52
3 dogs per day: $74
(1 credit: 1 day of daycare for 1 dog)
10 full day credits: $270 ($27/day)
20 full day credits: $490 ($24.50/day)
*Please note: Packages are non-refundable after 30 days.
Package credits expire 1 year after purchase.
-Trial Day: $20-
Requirements for Your Dog to Attend Daycare
• all dogs over 12 months of age must be spayed or neutered
• all dogs must have proof of current vaccinations: Rabies, Bordatella, and Distemper-Parvo (DHLLP / DAPP2). Please note: As of Oct. 1st 2018 we will start requiring the canine flu vaccine, which covers the H3N8 AND the H3N2 strains. There is a one shot combo. Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions. We also accept vaccination titer tests to prove the dogs immunity. If your dog cannot receive a vaccination for health reasons you must have a letter from your vet.
• puppies must have had their second round of immunizations, usually around 4 months of age.
• for the safety of every dog, and to maintain a Positive Social Environment, we do not accept dogs with a history of aggression or fighting
• all dogs must weigh at least 5 lbs.
• must be free of any communicable disease (please also don't bring your dog if they have diarrhea or are showing any other potential symptoms of being sick such as caughing!)
• we reccommend using a quick-release collar
• For safety please keep your dog leashed going to and from your car, including in our lobby
We Require Reservations
Over the years we've built quite a furry customer base and we actually do fill up some days. So that we don't over-pack our play area, and so we always have enough humans present to properly care for and monitor the dogs, we require reservations for all our services, and suggest making them as soon as you know you'll want to bring your dog. (If you have changes of plans, please also cancel your reservations as soon as possible, to make room for another dog.) Failure to cancel may result in a daycare charge. Upon registering, we will be notified and will follow up with you to create your first reservation and answer any questions you may have.
A dog's first day of daycare is considered a Trial Day, and we offer it at the low price of $20. This single day of daycare is required prior to a dog's first boarding stay and before they are approved for further daycare. The purpose of the Trial Day is for us to get to know your dog, for them to get to know us, and for all of us to be sure it's a good fit. This day of daycare also helps a dog know that, if they are boarded, they are not being abandoned at an unfamiliar place, but will be picked up by their human eventually.
On a dog's Trial Day, we strongly recommend and prefer that you bring your dog as close to 7am as possible. Being one of the first dogs in the yard ensures your dog has the easiest entry into our social environment. We also request you don't pick up before 4pm, so they can have at least a little time in the kennel after daycare ends at 3:15.
IF YOU DO NOT UPLOAD OR EMAIL US PROOF OF CURRENT VACCINATIONS, PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING THEM ON YOUR DOG'S TRIAL DAY! (You can upload files once you register.)
PLEASE NOTE - We do not offer any grooming services to trial day dogs. We want their first day to be as positive as possible.
Would you like to register for Daycare now?
Please be sure you've read everything above before registering your dog for Daycare! If you still have questions, please read the FAQ below!
(Once you've registered, you can come back to this site any time and click the "Log In" link at the top of the page to make reservation requests and manage your account.)
Daycare Frequently Asked Questions:
-Do you separate the dogs into groups, like by size or temperament?
No, but our Boulder location does. If you would prefer this please check out our Boulder location. We love providing a social experience where dogs of all sizes and (sociable) temperaments get to hang out together, and it works quite well. However, we do have an area in our play yard where small dogs can come and go from at will, if they want to get away from the hustle and bustle of a playful yard. Older or more shy dogs also may hang out in this area if they seem bothered by anything that's happening in the main area.
-Does my dog get to play all day or are they kenneled part of the time?
7 days a week our daycare dogs get to play and socialize from the time they arrive until daycare ends at 3pm, at which point they are put in a kennel run by themselves, where they will stay until they are picked up. The exceptions are Lunch and Nap time (12pm–1pm – only for dogs who need to eat lunch or have a break) and if a dog is having serious behavior or health issues and needs to be separated.
-What do you do about dogs bullying each other or being aggressive? What about humping and barking?
Of course, we don't tolerate any unfriendly behavior in our play groups, and we use a variety of non-harming methods for correcting unwanted behavior (also including barking). Our goal is to teach the dogs what is appropriate (acceptable) behavior, not to punish them for inappropriate behavior. Our corrective methods include: squirt bottles with water, verbal/vocal commands and corrections, body-blocking (to separate dogs), and gentle physical corrections or re-directions, much like what you might see on "The Dog Whisperer." In some cases, we also use time-outs, in order to get a dog to calm down and cease trouble-making behavior. For extreme barking cases, we may use citronella bark collars.
-Do I need to bring anything for my dog when they come to daycare?
Nope! However, if your dog requires lunch, you can bring that for them and we will feed them (in their own private kennel run) at lunch time, at no additional charge. We just ask that you write their name on their lunch bag. Also, please be sure your dog is wearing a quick-release collar (pretty much any collar with a plastic buckle), which we can keep on them throughout the day. Here's an example of a quick-release collar. (These are by far the safest collars when your dog is interacting with other dogs!)