Our Pursuit of Enrichment for Doggy Daycare
One of our primary goals at Sterling K-9 Retreat is to elevate what we have seen and experienced as a dog’s traditional experience at daycare. We’ve accomplished this by implementing enrichment-based programs for all levels of care throughout our facility. In contrast with a traditional daycare model, when a dog is introduced at Sterling K-9 Retreat, careful measures are taken to ensure that your dog is engaged in environments that are designed to specifically elicit the behaviors we want to encourage. These behaviors include sitting at doorways, off-leash recalls, and sitting still for grooming. Our facility has been designed with the assistance of noted industry experts to ensure we provide the dog’s entrusted to our care space to explore, build confidence and interact safely with other dogs.
Just as important, the foundation of our staff training is to instill confidence and leadership, resulting in staff that can properly recognize when to allow dogs to interact with each other, and when to become engaged by eliciting, and then reinforcing a desired behavior. With this system, basic physical needs are met, but new puppies and adult dogs alike are also engaged in positive learning…both passively and actively throughout the day.
Whether your dog participates in our small-group off-leash play program or personal play programs, our focus is providing enrichment activities in a safe and nurturing environment.
We have an appetite to grow…to provide something that is substantial, more meaningful, experiences that are intentional and deliberate. Offering today’s companion dog more than an average life. We owe it to them.
Our playrooms for small group play uses rubber flooring. This is a superior in that it provides a safe flooring for your pups joints and paws as well as comfort for both the dogs and our staff.
Our play space is equipped with K9Grass® potty areas. K9Grass® is an artificial grass product manufactured specifically for dogs. Designed with AlphaSa® antimicrobial technology built into the blade. This fosters a clean, safe environment for dogs.
The Importance of Positive Reinforcement
A common practice we have seen demonstrated in the dog daycare industry is the use of spray bottles and noisemakers to gain control of a deemed undesired behavior. We consider this type of approach to be a negative interaction. This teaches them that they will only stop.
Requirements and Vaccinations
Behavior assessment to ensure that we make the best placement decisions for your pet during his / her sta
Dogs must be at least 4 months of age
Female dogs over 6 months old must be spayed
Male dogs over 6 months old must be neutered
Rabies – 1 or 3 year
DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza)
Leptospirosis – administered yearly and bolstered if your dog is not current
Bordetella -annually and administered at least 10 days prior to check-in to ensure maximum efficiency and protection against kennel cough
Canine Influenza – recommended, but we will defer to your vet’s recommendation
Heartworm exam – required every 12 months
Flea and tick free
We do understand that sometimes the best laid plans can change. If you need to cancel your reservation for an upcoming stay, please call us at (614) 477-8337. Daycare cancellations and no-shows the day of your pet’s reservation are charged 100% of the cost of the scheduled stay.