This is what Doggy Daycare could feel like for dogs without a proper slow introduction based on the needs of their unique temperament, which we identify in our Doggy Daycare assessment process.
There are 4 stages to the assessment process. For every step, there are green, yellow and red scores. There is a lengthy checklist for positive
- The dog is taken into a pen alone with a Canine Educator. Here we let the dog sniff around and do what they want. We positively reinforce the dog with treats, pats, cuddles and encouraging words. If the dog is too shy for any of this, we wait! Step 1 is to get the dog comfortable and desensitised to different noises, smells, sounds and bond with our staff.
- The new dog and the dog that has been carefully selected based on temperament are put in a pen together, both on lead and each with a Canine Educator. Polite interaction is encouraged with treats, pats and words. This step can take a few minutes, 10 minutes or even multiple tries until the right dog is matched.
The ultimate goal is for the new dog to feel comfortable, play, socialise and want to be there. Some dogs can take a few times to warm up to Daycare, but with the careful and experienced eye of the Canine Educators, we are able to see the potential in timid dogs and watch them blossom over time.