Play with playmates matched for personality, size & playstyle.
Learn how to play appropriately & take breaks.
Train foundation manners and fun tricks with our certified trainers.
This very unique concept incorporates play between dogs and humans with learning and relaxation. This program is fully structured, with education being an intricate part! Our goal is to provide safe and structured play environment and stimulate your dogs enthusiasm to learn and add to their current skills. We strive to assist you in making your dog be the best dog they can be : a mentally and physically sound and fit dog. A dog that will happily play with any other dog, but also understand the need for calmness and consideration around dogs that are shy or older and around people.
We do NOT prescribe to a Free For All or Open Concept where dogs are taken in all day , where there is limited or no down time or resting place options. Often the stimulation can be overwhelming to dogs. This can result in possible bullying and pestering by the top dogs, which in turn can lead to submissive or scared stressed behaviour by the softer dogs. This can eventually lead to problems such as uncontrolled jumping up on dogs and people, or more serious: reactivity issues.
We offer "Fully Supervised" play time with other dogs,Interactive play time with people,Scheduled dog and age appropriate physical exercise, Learning time intervals using the most up to date positive science based learning methods and relaxation times to balance the mind and body. Options for assistance with weight management program are avaiable also. The Schedule will allow for average 30-45 minutes of play/learning time, with 30-45 minutes of rest followed by another round of play/learning etc throughout your dogs stay. Rotation also allows for us to select groupings of dogs best suited to each other in energy and interactions.
This program ensures your dog is not over tired and cranky or over stimulated when going home. Basically we offer the perfect mix of structure and a homey environment where dogs are surrounded by friends and good care.
Pre-arranged drop off and pick up times will permit us to give your dogs the ultimate in care. If space allows, day-off appointments may be possible (your dog must have been pre-approved).
Your dog will want to tell you all about his day!
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Dogs are welcome for half-day or full-day DAWG Play Skool care.
Dogs that stay beyond 4 pm will be resting until their pick up time (they are usually totally worn out by this time).. The groups are carefully monitored and assisted/instructed by our expert staff members.
Dogs will be assessed for suitability into the program on a case by case basis.
Once approved, you will have access to our online booking system or you can call or email us for an appointment
Dogs of all ages are welcome, puppies do require their first set of vaccines.
Neutered Male dogs preferred. Depending on the behaviour, intact males may be allowed.
Females NOT in season or pregnant will be eligible to attend.
Nanaimo has breed-specific legislation and we are bound to the bylaws, DAWG Play Skool will accept dogs of the designated breeds provided they are CGN (Canine Good Neighbour) certified which exempts them from the muzzle bylaws.
Your dog's Good health is important to us:
Proof of previous vaccination for Distemper, Rabies and Parvo or titer results are required (maximum 3 years old).
A current (not older than 6 months) certificate of health through your veterinarian will be accepted in lieu of vaccine certification.
We require your dog to be free of fleas or other parasites and up to date with a flea/ tick preventative program.
Mid-day meals and medications supplied by you will be given to your dog during rest times. If your dog has allergies, please provide us with his own treats and detailed instructions.
Weight loss program for dogs that are overweight or weight-challenged. DAWG Play Skool care will gladly provide a tailored food management service for you, and take care of all your dog’s food needs for the day. That will prevent overfeeding or overeating and with the exercises, we will provide, your dog will become healthier faster!
We use toys, treats and interactive play. Dogs must be able to display appropriate impulse control and be non-possessive.
Program Suitability Screening takes place regularly, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Half day: $25.00 this can be 2 hours to a max of 5 hours, any stay over 5 hours will be billed full day fee.
Full day fee: $40.00 this can be 5 hours to 9 hours.
10 Pack deals, pay for 9 get the 10th free!
A one-time Complimentary 1 - 2 hour try out session is offered as part of our suitability screening process provided your dog's initial interaction deems them to be a good fit for Play Skool
Our indoor areas are fully heated in winter and well ventilated in summer, with cushioning rubber non-slip flooring and lots of natural daylight.
Our outside play areas are fully and securely fenced, the flooring consists of a clean non-slip surface. There is an additional Grass field available with dog safe play structures and tunnels.
We have separate areas for small or older dogs and for large or energetic dogs, and numbers will be limited to facilitate proper care and attention to each individual dog.