What is the Bark Park?
The Bark Park is an environment where dogs are dropped off for the day to play with other dogs in a fun, safe, well-supervised and clean environment. Bark Park at Dapper Dog has many benefits including:
◦ Provides regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight
◦ Relieves boredom, separation anxiety, and destructive behavior at home
◦ Improves socialization with dogs and people
◦ Enhances quality of life
What do the dogs do all day?
The dogs are placed in indoor / outdoor play areas where they can socialize and play with other dogs. They are separated by size, temperament, and activity level. If a dog is tired, they can take a nap in one of our spacious nap areas. Overnight guests spend an hour and a half in their lodging for morning and evening meals in addition to taking a short nap in the middle of the day.
Do you walk the dogs?
Dapper Dog provides all-day play, so taking a walk will be the last thought on their mind. Romping around with their friends all day provides them all the exercise they need for the day. However, guests staying in our Private Suites will have potty breaks and personal playtime in their own supervised play yard.
Do you provide outdoor play areas?
Yes. We have both indoor and outdoor play areas.
What makes you different than a traditional kennel?
Bark Park Play and Stay at Dapper Dog provides all-day play with other dogs so your dog has lots of fun and gets a lot of exercise during the day. Guest staying in Private Suites also get one on one attention and their very own playtime. Different from a traditional kennel with indoor/outdoor runs and minimal interaction.
How do you justify your prices?
Bark Park at Dapper Dog provides a fun, social environment for our dogs, and safety is our main priority. We have a stringent dog-to-staff member policy that ensures the safety of the dogs play time and is included in the price of our Bark Park Play and Stay boarding rate, in our Private Suites you can choose to add Bark Park as much or as little as you would like if your for a luxury stay. (guest must meet qualifications for Bark Park) and our pricing is all-inclusive. We will feed your own food at no extra charge, give them their medication and provide nighttime treats at no added costs.
Is there a discount for multiple dogs?
Most of our locations offer multiple dog discounts if the dogs are able to share their Suite. There is no multiple discount for our Bark Park Play and Stay.
Do you offer a discount for extended stays?
Guests staying over 10 days will get a discounted rate. Whether it is day 1 or day 20 for your dog, they will get the same love and attention from our staff.
Can you provide my dog his/her medications? Is there a charge?
We will provide your dog's medications at no extra charge. For your pet’s safety, medication must be in the original bottle and the prescription must be current.
Can I take a tour?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. Stop by Dapper Dog anytime during business hours and ask for a tour. No appointment is needed to tour our facilities.
Can any dog come in for dog day care or boarding?
Bark Park and Bark Park Play and Stay has an all-day play environment, so dogs must be able to play safely in a large group. Every dog must first complete an interview process so we can see how they interact with other dogs. They must be over four months old, be spayed or neutered if they are over 6 months old, and be current on their Rabies, 6 month Bordetella (for canine cough), and Distemper vaccinations. We highly recommend they be vaccinated for Canine Influenza as it has presented in the Midwest and is highly contagious, however it is not required by the Dept of Agriculture at this time. They must be in good health, flea/tick free, friendly to all dogs, and generally love to play.
What is the Camper Evaluation?
We built our business and our foundation on improving the lives of our furry friends. When creating policies for our Bark Park, we first and foremost consider the safety, health and happiness of our Bark Parkers, and second, the wishes of our human clients. Our strict policies are a key reason customers are so loyal.
- We have a very stringent application and interview process for our Bark Parkers – all dogs must pass this before entering our group play environments. Our Bark Rangers go through extensive training in dog behavior, play yard monitoring techniques and evaluating dogs based on capabilities to adapt and enjoy our open-play environments.
-We work with Defiant Dog Training and Rehabilitation in dog behavior to create policies designed to evaluate each dog on an individual basis. Our Bark Rangers are continuously educated to learn the best techniques on evaluating and monitoring dogs at Camp. They are taught to evaluate dogs using some of the following techniques:
◦ Hands-on meet-and-greet to evaluate dog’s response to physical touch
◦ One-on-one introduction with other regular Park Players
◦ Slow introduction into open-play environment
◦ Ongoing Park Player evaluation during every visit to Camp
- Please note -not every Bark Park hopeful will qualify right away, do not be discouraged! Defiant Dog Training and Rehabilitation can work with your pet and help them overcome many social issues they may be facing.
What happens during a Camper Interview & Evaluation?
We like the interviews to last at least three hours to give us time to get to know your dog and to give your dog time to play in a group environment and see if they enjoy it. At the Bark Park, the initial interview day is always free. The interview consists of us starting off by checking your dog over to ensure they are comfortable being handled. This is a time for the Bark Rangers to get to spend a little time getting to know your dog and making sure they aren’t nervous of people. They will also look your dog over for any possible issues such as fleas and ticks and for any existing injuries that may worsen when playing with other dogs.
Other dogs will be introduced into the interview area one at a time to see how your dog interacts with other dogs. After our Counselors are confident that your dog feels secure in the environment, your pup - along with their new friends - will be introduced into the appropriate play area based on their size, temperament, and activity level.
Why do you require an interview?
Since the Bark Park is a play environment where they will be in a large social group with other dogs, we want to ensure they are able to handle it. This ensures your dog's safety, and also the safety of all of our Park Players. In our social environment, it is extremely important that our Park Players can play with all dogs so we can keep the play yards safe and fun. The interview process also allows us to introduce your dog into the general play areas slowly so that we do not over stimulate your dog. We like the interview to be at least three hours so we have time to get to know your dog and to give your dog time to realize you have left and – most importantly –to be excited to see you when you come to pick them up. At the Bark Park at Dapper Dog, the initial interview day is always free.
Do you turn away dogs based on their breed?
The Bark Park at Dapper Dog welcomes all dogs based on their behavior and ability to handle the rigors of the Bark Park.
How old do the dogs have to be?
We require that dogs be at least four months old because the dogs will be fully vaccinated by that age.
What vaccinations are required?
We require Rabies, Bordetella and Distemper. We require the Bordetella vaccination to be administered every 6 months.
Do dogs ever get hurt?
Although we do our best to minimize any injury to your dog, during normal play a dog may get small scratches, nicks, and lose small patches of fur. Although rare, it is possible for more serious injuries to occur.
What do you do in case of illness or injury?
All of our Bark Rangers are certified in pet first aid and CPR and we will take excellent care of your dog. In case of illness or injury, we quickly assess the situation to determine what plan of action to take. Our concern is always what is best for our canine Park Player. Depending on the situation, we will either rush the Park Player to the closest vet or, in non-emergency situations, we will make the effort to take them to their own vet.
Will my dog like this environment?
Every dog is different, but our interview process is designed to assess whether your dog enjoys this environment. At the end of the interview day, we provide a report card and are there to talk to you about how your dog interacted with the other dogs and if they enjoyed their time with us.. We want your dog to be happy as much as you do and promise to be honest with you if we feel this isn't the best possible environment for your dog.
I have an older dog. Will they enjoy this environment?
This will depend on your dog. We have many older Park Players who love the interaction with other dogs. The interview process will also help us, and you, determine if our environment is right for your dog. Our Bark Rangers are constantly evaluating each Park Player’s behavior, and if they view your dog as overwhelmed or tired they will place your dog in one of our spacious nap rooms.
This is an environment that has both large and small dogs, is it safe for my smaller dogs to be there?
For the safety of the little dogs, we separate dogs into our play areas based on size, temperament, and activity level.
Why is my dog tired when he/she comes home?
This is one of the great benefits of the Bark Park! Your dog gets to play all day so, naturally, they are tired at the end of the day. Often, when you take your Park Player home, they will curl up and go to sleep. Rest assured if your dog becomes overly tired during the day, we will take them to a nap area for a short rest. We will not force a dog to get up from a nap if they are still sleeping. Many of our Park Players who stay for extended periods of time choose to take longer naps.
Are there nap times?
For our Bark Park Stay and Play guests, we require a mid-day nap. Many of our Park Players enjoy a mid-day nap as well, but it is not required. Please discuss your Park Player’s needs with your Bark Ranger.
Why is my dog thirsty when he/she comes home?
Water is available at all times in all of our play areas and nap areas. Playing hard all day is just as strenuous as working out. Even though water is available, after a car ride home, it will probably be time for your Park Player to drink some more water to help re-hydrate after a hard day of play.
Does someone stay with the dogs overnight?
Our facility has monitored security, and smoke alarms and the employees located closest to the Park are notified if there are any issues and they can get there quickly. Studies show that the dogs sleep better at night without a human present. In our environment, where the dogs are active all day, getting a good night's rest is important. Also be aware that in traditional kennels that do have a human on site, that person is not interacting with the dogs and the dogs are not let out to use the bathroom. In kennels with indoor / outdoor dog runs, the outdoor section is closed off at night for security purposes. If your dog requires overnight monitoring, the best options to look at are in-home pet care or medical boarding (provided by most veterinary hospitals).
Should I bring anything for my dog’s stay? Do I need to bring my own dog food?
We strongly suggest bringing your dog’s food from home to keep their stomach from getting sick during their stay. We will happily feed your pup our food you forget yours but it is best for them to not change foods rapidly. IfWe will provide nighttime treats and KONGs®, a comfy cot and cozy fleece. If you wish to bring toys, bedding, or anything else that will help make your dog feel more at home, we can certainly accommodate this but request that it all be machine washable. We can not accept beds unable to be laundered.
Do I need to make a reservation?
For the Bark Park Play and Stay, we need a reservation, and it would be best to make a reservation as soon as you know you will need one. Depending on the time of year, we can often accommodate short notice or same day notice (if your dog has previously completed the interview process). Please be aware that holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas book several months in advance and other holidays book several weeks in advance. During the summer months, we fill up early for weekends. Play and Stay requires a deposit of 50% to hold a boarding reservation. Daily Bark Park does not require a reservation.
How do I make a reservation?
You can call Dapper Dog during regular business hours, or request a reservation online through your local Camp’s website, or through our Facebook page. A Bark Ranger will reach out to you to confirm your online reservation request.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please cancel as soon as you know, each reservation is holding a space that another guest can accommodate. Reservations canceled 48 hours will receive a full refund of their deposit.
Reservations canceled 24 hours in advance will receive a refund of 50% of their deposit.
Guest who do not cancel their reservation 24 hours prior will not receive a refund of their deposit of 50% of their stay.
Should I feed my dog before going to Camp?
It is best to have your dog eat a minimum of 1.5 hours prior to coming to Bark Park to prevent bloat. Bloat can be caused from playing too soon after eating, and it can be deadly. If your dog ate less than 1.5 hours before coming to Camp, please let one of the Camp Counselors know for the safety and well-being of your pet.
Is there a specific kind of collar my dog must wear to come to Camp?
Yes, you Park Ranger will provide a name collar for you to fill out with your Park Player’s name and contact number.
My dog’s paws are very sensitive after his/her stay with Camp Bow Wow, did something happen to my dog’s feet?
It is very common that your dog's pads will be sore after playing at the Bark Park, especially when they first start coming. Most dog’s paws are not used to playing all day, but rest assured it is only temporary and they will build stronger pads the more they visit the Park.
Do you offer baths and grooming services?
Dapper Dog offers baths and nail trims so you can pick up a clean and fresh smelling pup after their stay at Camp. We also offer many additional grooming services. Our services are by appointment only.