What vaccines do you require?
We require rabies, bordetella, and distemper/parvovirus combo (DHLPP or DA2PP). We don’t currently require canine influenza (H3N2 & H3N8) or leptospirosis but those are highly recommended. All vaccines must be administered at least 3 days prior to visit.
Can I tour the facility?
Absolutely, we’d love to show you around! Call our front desk at (352) 355 – 4310 to setup a tour today! We schedule tours Monday–Thursday @ 10am, 10:30am, 2:00pm, & 2:30pm to ensure a manager is available to show you around.
Do you take cats?
We do not currently offer services for cats.
Where are you located?
Take a look at the map at the bottom of the page - we are located NE of downtown Ocala near the intersection of Bonnie Heath Blvd and 25th Avenue!
What happens if my dog gets sick or hurt?
Our staff is very knowledgeable in recognizing and treating common canine illnesses and injuries. In the unlikely event that something more serious should happen concerning your dog's health, we will contact or visit your veterinarian during business hours. After hours, we will contact the appropriate emergency clinic in our area. We will of course keep you informed should any health issues arise. All vet costs are the responsibility of the owner and must be paid separately.
Do you administer medication/accept special needs dogs?
Our employees are trained to administer medications in their original container with the dog's name and instructions. We can accommodate insulin-dependent dogs and have a refrigerator to store the insulin. We cannot accommodate dogs post-surgery with stitches within 2 weeks of the operation.
Does someone stay overnight?
Our facility is fully monitored by a security system and equipped with surveillance cameras and fire alarms. Should anything happen after hours, our staff will be notified and can get here quickly. Our last walk-out for lodging dogs is around 7pm and our first walk-out is at 7am the next morning.
Meet & Greet
What is a Meet and Greet?
A Meet & Greet is an opportunity for us to meet you and your pup(s), show you around our facility, and see how your pup does with our staff and other furry friends! When you come in for your Meet & Greet, we’ll take you on a tour and introduce your pup to others – this usually takes 20-30 minutes. You are welcome to stay in our lobby during their Meet & Greet, however you do have the option of leaving your pup for a half day of play (~5 hours) free of charge!
What if I need a same-day reservation but haven't completed a Meet and Greet?
If we are able to accommodate your same day reservation we will "build-in" an abbreviated Meet & Greet if you are interested in daycare or free play. Meet & Greets are typically not "pass/fail" - so long as they are not people-aggressive. However, if your dog shows signs of aggression in multiple scenarios, we may not be able to accommodate them in group play and may restric them to a day-boarding or wellness-check activity level.
When do you schedule Meet and Greets?
By appointments Monday-Thursday @ 10am, 10:30am, 2:00pm, & 2:30pm.
Does my dog need to complete a Meet and Greet?
A Meet & Greet is necessary for a pup who would like to be a part of Daycare or Free Play during Lodging (group play). If your dog likes to keep to themselves and would not be interested in playing with others, we understand! Please give us a call at (352) 355-4310 and we’ll help you take the next step to onboard your pup!
How long do I have to use my daycare package?
Daycare packages expire 6 months after purchase.
What does my dog do all day in daycare?
Our daycare is a fun experience for all dogs - we tailor each day to meet the needs of dogs, focusing on enrichment whether for fun, exercise, or socialization. Our group options offer safe interactions and are led by our knowledgeable staff. Each group of like-sized dogs rotate through our outdoor paddocks and indoor play areas so your dog will never get bored.
What should I expect for my dog after a day of play?
Unsuprisingly, dog daycare is not unlike a children's daycare! After being in a socially stimulating environment all day, you can expect your pup to be tired! While they have access to water all day, some dogs may drink a lot of water when they get home - this is normal. Minor nicks and scrapes are also normal for dogs that play hard.
Do I need a reservation for overnight stays?
Yes! All overnights require a reservation made at least 24 hours in advance. We fill up during major holidays and peak times (Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, etc.) so reservations are recommended a few months in advance.
What do I bring for an overnight lodging?
We recommend bringing your dog's food. Please portion their meals in ziploc bags for stays 4 nights or less. If their are staying for 5 night or more, you are welcome to bring their food container or bag with your measuring scoop. Please do not bring beds or bowls - we provide those! We do not accept rawhide or marrow bones.
When do I check-in or check-out my dog for an overnight?
Check-in after 1:00pm Monday-Saturday. Check-out before 12:00pm Monday-Saturday. We are closed on Sunday but offer check-outs for lodgers from 2:00pm-5:00pm.
Do you offer Sunday pick-up?
Yes, from 2:00pm-5:00pm!
Spa & Grooming
Do I need to make an appointment for a groom?
We require appointments for grooms on Monday-Thursday. If you are bringing your dog for daycare or lodging, let us know when you make the reservation to make sure we are able to accommodate a groom during your reservation.
How much is grooming?
Check out our pricing page for grooming below:
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