Puppy Prep School
Puppy Prep SchoolAn introductory program designed for puppies 12 weeks to eight months
An introductory program designed for puppies 12 weeks to eight months. This specialized curriculum encompasses a variety of new sights and sounds, supervised play with balanced dogs, and crate time. The time spent in this program will teach your pup how to be a social, balanced, A+ student when they graduate to traditional daycare, as well as experience the world.
Early exposure and desensitization to a variety of situations, people, and experiences, and confidence will help reduce the chances of developing fears and anxieties in response to unknowns. Throughout the program, we will introduce common things such as XY and Z. Supervised play sessions with dogs of varying sizes, ages, and play styles assists in teaching the appropriate play, managing conflict without aggression, and when to take breaks in play. Brain games will build attention, confidence, and problem-solving skills setting your pup up to become a well-adjusted, thriving adult dog. Additionally, puppies require an average of 18-20 hours a day of sleep and frequent breaks in order to prevent overstimulation and exhaustion. To teach self-regulation and allow for rest, they nap in airline crates creating a den and assisting you with crate training at home. Their quiet space will be fitted with comfy blankets, calming spray, and a nap time treat. They will recharge and rest in-between lessons. Upon completion of Puppy Prep School, or when showing readiness, we will discuss your pup's transition to daycare with you.
Puppy Prep School is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:30 am - 4 pm, with every puppy taking a midday lunch/nap break (please bring in lunch for your pup). Drop off before school is available starting at 7 am, with the latest pick up at 7 pm.
Your youngster will experience:
- Supervised socialization with other puppies and select adult dogs in a small group setting
- Structured daily activities, brain games, meal, and nap times
- Introduction to crate and basic obedience training
- Supported potty training
- Introduction to grooming (includes limited grooming services, nail trim, ear, and teeth cleaning, twice during program $66 value)
- Progress reports each week
The fine print:
- Registration is rolling but required to participate
- Must have first two rounds of shots, and the Bordetella vaccination
- Offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at this time
- Hours: drop off by 8:30 am; pick up begins at 4 pm
- 2-day or 3-day per week pricing options available
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We are a locally owned dog care facility located in Rochester, New York. Our facility consists of 5,500 square feet of three interior playrooms with hygienic rubber flooring and climbing structures as well as 2,000 square feet of secure outdoor play area with “K9 Grass” (not mud).
We treat every dog as if they were our own, making it easy for you to leave them in our care. Our social events bring together a community of dog lovers where owners and pets build bonds that last a lifetime!
We love to welcome new pack members! There are a few things to do to get started. Be sure your pup has the required vaccinations. We require Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella. Dogs recently adopted must be in home for two weeks prior to coming to daycare or boarding and show no signs of coughing, sneezing, or any other symptoms of illness. All dogs 7 months or older must be spayed or neutered. Finally, fill out our application (link to application/waiver) and give us a call to schedule your Orientation Day any weekday between 7 – 10 am. After your first day, day care is on a drop-in basis, with no reservation required.
It’s important to note that we only allow a limited number of orientations in one day to be able to give your pup our full attention.
Depending on what time your pup arrives for the day or if they stay overnight, below is a pretty typical day.
6:30 am Rise and shine! Breakfast and potty time.
7:00 am Wags opens and day care friends begin to arrive.
9:00 am Group exercises and open playtime.
11:30 am Lunches are prepared.
12:00 pm Quiet play or nap time.
1:00 pm Group playtime resumes.
4:30 pm End of day routine begins. Day care friends begin leaving.
5:00 pm Dinners prepared and served.
6:00 pm Evening chill time with overnight guests.
9:30 pm Night Night! Bedtime treats and snuggles.