Important Information About a Recent Respiratory Illness in Dogs
Veterinarians in several states have recently documented an unidentified respiratory illness in dogs. Symptoms of respiratory illness in dogs include: coughing, sneezing, nasal or eye discharge and lethargy. Please ensure your dogs are up to date on all vaccinations. If you notice symptoms in your dog, do not send them to daycare or boarding and contact your veterinarian right away. We will keep you updated as this situation develops.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Do you offer doggie daycare?
Because of limited space, we do not offer a daycare program at this time. If you still want to socialize your pup, you can send them to us for just a night or two!
How many dogs do you accept?
Due to space constraints, we can only accept around 10 to 15 dogs at one time. Holidays and school breaks are peak times, and we are sometimes booked several months in advance. Please bear this in mind when making your plans to board with us.
What age range do you accept?
We require all vaccinations be up to date and prefer your pup to be spayed/neutered before their stay. We happily accept senior and special needs dogs!
What is your screening process for new boarders?
We only board dogs that have had or are in training with Ben. We require that all new boarding dogs pass a temperament test before their stay. This is a simple process of evaluating how your dog interacts with other dogs they have not met previously.
Socialization is a perishable skill, so if it has been more than one year since your dogs' last stay with us we may require a new temperament test.
Do you have any breed restrictions?
No! We believe a dog is measured by more than their breed, we happily accept dogs of all breeds! All new boarders must simply pass our temperament test.
Where will my dog stay?
Ben has converted his home's garage into a dedicated kennel space! It is fully climate controlled and video monitored 24/7. When not playing in our massive fenced yard with Ben or Abby, our boarding dogs stay securely in individual kennels. Our farm is fully fenced, gated, and video monitored, so you can rest assured your pup is in safe hands!
What does a day on the farm look like for my dog?
Our farm is a puppy's paradise! We begin our day at or before 7:00 AM with a morning play session lasting about an hour, and feed breakfast promptly at 8:00 AM. We then allow the dogs some downtime to digest breakfast and recover from their morning mania! No two days on the farm are exactly alike, but typically we are back out at or before 10:00 AM. The rest of the day is spent outside playing, with the only exception being when the dogs go in their kennels to allow someone on or off the property. Usually by around 3:00 PM the pups are exhausted, but they get another two hours outside before going in their kennels at 5:00 PM for dinner. By the way - all meals are fed while the dogs are in individual kennels, so there is no need to worry about resource guarding! On the rare occasion the dogs are restless after dinner, they may get an additional hour of playtime in the evening, but usually they are soundly sleeping until the morning!
Please be aware that while your dog is at the farm the majority of their time will be spent playing vigorously, and they may sustain small abrasions or other play related injuries during their stay. We thoroughly check every dog multiple times daily and will always inform you of any injuries if they happen.
What do I need to bring for my dog's stay?
Proof of Vaccination
Enough food for their stay
Any medication or supplements (we will administer as needed)
A normal flat collar
Anything sent with your pup may be damaged or lost. For example, many of our clients keep an Apple Airtag on their dog's collar, however they are not designed to hold up during rigorous play. If the Airtag falls out of place, it is often lost until found by our lawnmower.
We have plenty of beds, toys, treats, leashes, etc. Our storage space is limited so please only send what is necessary!
What is the procedure for drop off and pick up?
Because our farm is run with the intention of giving our boarding dogs the maximum amount of outdoor play, we strictly require advance notice for comings and goings. For our dogs' safety we do not allow anyone on the property while they are out. You will need to coordinate a set time to deliver or collect your dog with Ben and/or Abby, typically one to two days prior. We will be expecting you to arrive at that time, and plan our day accordingly. If you are running late or need to adjust the set time that's no problem, just let us know as soon as possible! We will be in close communication with you leading up to your pup's arrival or departure and are happy to accommodate your needs as they may change. Please be aware that we are a private property and will not allow unannounced visitors through our gate.
Will I get updates on how my dog is doing?
Absolutely! We know you miss your fur-baby while they're gone, so we try to send an update once a day! If we miss a day or you just need an extra dose of cuteness, feel free to text and ask how your pup is doing any time!
My dog was kicked out of doggie daycare, can they still board with you?
Don't worry! The daycare environment is not ideal for all dogs for many reasons, and many of our regular boarders came to us with problems at daycare. Your dog must simply pass our temperament test to board with us.
Do dog fights happen at the farm?
As much as we see them as our children, the reality is that dogs are animals. When dogs play, they often simulate fighting or wrestling. Occasionally this type of play can escalate to a fight. Both Ben and Abby are extensively trained to not only prevent fights from breaking out to start with, but to deescalate and diffuse them if they happen. We constantly monitor all interaction to ensure it is friendly and are ready to intervene should an interaction become aggressive. On the rare occasion a dog is injured, first aid will be administered and parents contacted immediately. Should an injury require veterinary care, we are less than three miles from the closest veterinary clinic. The dog that started the fight will be responsible for any vet bills. Please rest assured our top priority is dogs' safety. Any dog that is the cause of a fight or negative incident will be excluded from group play for the duration of their visit. Should a dog become a continual problem we may refuse future boarding.
Can my dog get sick while boarding?
Unfortunately it is a reality of housing animals that disease can occur. We have strict vaccination requirements, but vaccines can't cover everything. We constantly monitor our boarding dogs for health, if anything seems off we will contact you immediately. If it's necessary, we are just down the road from a reputable veterinarian.
Do you offer multi-dog pricing?
Yes! If you are a multiple dog family, our pricing is as follows:
First dog - $50 per night
Additional dogs - $30 per night
Have a question that we didn't answer here? Contact us today, we’d be happy to help.