Boarding at Shady Orchard (as easy as 1-2-3)
Step 1: Email us and make an appointment to swing by with your canine friend for a 30 min meet and greet. These visits are usually scheduled on Sundays at either 2:30 or 3:15. We use this time as an opportunity to chat about your pup and introduce them to the environment and gauge their sociability with our resident dogs. While we assess your dogs, it is easier and safer to do so if there are no children present.
Step 2: After our visit (and once we all decide to go ahead with a trial stay) log in to ProPet to complete an on-line file for your pup(s) at shadyorcharddogs.propetware.com and provide confirmation that your four legged friend is up to date on their Rabies, DHPP and Leptospirosis vaccinations, as well as a parasite control program (from April- Dec annually) recommended by your vet.
Step 3: Drop them off for a complimentary 2 night (3 day) trial stay to gauge their comfort levels at Shady on their own. A morning arrival helps them settle in to their new environment a little easier, especially for young high energy dogs. After this stay, your four legged friend becomes Shady Orchard approved and you are free to book their next stay any time!
Wondering what we look for during an assessment?
- Overtly sociable/friendly behavior towards new/strange people. If your dog jumps up to say hi don't worry about it! That can actually be a good sign- all we care about is that your pup wants to say hi, and we can work on jumping etiquette later-;) Even if your pup isn't a social butterfly, that doesn't mean they aren't going to be a good fit. Shy dogs tend to do really well here! However there is a distinction between shy/friendly personalities and shy/reactive personalities. If your pup is shy/reactive towards new people or new dogs, then they are not going to enjoy this style of care and would do better in a more tailored setting.
- Sustained comfort and ease around other dogs without avoidance or obsession or discomfort We want to see a new pup be able to engage and disengage with all types of other dogs easily. They need to be able to switch their focus away from another dog to check out the environment and to check in with us. If a dog is very safe and sociable, but needs a little coaching on how to politely interact with other dogs or needs to build a little confidence with other dogs- we have lots of experience and enjoy helping them out with that!
- A dog who prioritizes friendly behavior over everything else. We all know dogs that are friendly as long as... (fill in the blank) The dogs who are appropriate for our style of boarding are dogs who can experience any emotion whether it be frustration, excitement, fear, pain, jealousy, possessiveness etc and still remain safe and sociable towards everyone around them. There is always the possibility of a toe getting stepped on or a piece of kibble being dropped- and because of that, every dog we borrow must be reliable under every possible circumstance.