Inside a Dog's Paradise: A Typical Day at the Ranch
The Dog Ranch is really “Camp for dogs.” We cater to each dog, ensuring a healthy balance of play and sleep. Depending on those individual needs, here’s a peek at your pup’s typical day:
- We prefer to receive new dogs in the morning, ahead of midday playtime. This helps alleviate any stress your dog may feel adapting to new surroundings inside and outside before nighttime.
- If your dog arrives in your car, he or she will be greeted at the “Pup Shack” office next to our parking area. If they come via our City Shuttle, they disembark at the boarding facilities.
- A typical day starts at around 7:30 a.m. (8 a.m. weekends and holidays), when dogs are woken up and let outside to potty and play in groups for at least an hour before breakfast, depending on their energy level and needs. During this time we also assess any individual feeding, medical, grooming and training needs.
- Once the dogs enter the Dog Ranch, they can sniff and roam the forested Barn area and get comfortable with staff before we introduce them, slowly and carefully, to the other dogs.
- All dogs are completely leash-free for the rest of their stay at the Dog Ranch.
- We remove collars once dogs are registered as guests, as collars are a potential safety hazard during rambunctious play.
- The early morning outside playtime is usually a lively one, and is followed by rest before feeding time.
- Dogs are fed breakfast and dinner in their rooms, and always have a nap afterwards to digest.
- Dogs go outdoors again from about 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., then it’s back to their rooms for an afternoon nap.
- At 3:00 p.m., it’s outdoor play time once again, with opportunities for more romps and sniffing around (and peeing on our many, many trees)…before dinner.
- At around 7:30 p.m., (8 a.m. weekends and holidays), dogs go out for final potty and a stroll before settling down for the night.
- Outside, dogs are constantly supervised within our double-fenced acreage of forest and trails. Ranch dog handlers are always interacting with the dogs, checking for medical issues, and ensuring they are playing with other dogs of similar size and temperament.
- Please note: To facilitate this off-leash environment, your dog must be obedient enough to come when called by our staff, male or female.