At Dawgs in Motion we refer to Daycare as Daycamp; where your pup can play with all our other dogs!
We accept all breeds, ages, and sizes!
Daycamp is one of our most popular services here at Dawgs in Motion! We have about 300 dogs that use our Daycamp service each week. Daycamp is always supervised by our great staff that are trained to recognize dog body language to maintain a safe play environment for all the dogs.
Our facility features three large, fenced in outdoor fields (with real grass!), four smaller fenced in areas, and two indoor space when Wisconsin weather strikes. Another great feature, NO STAIRS! Stairs can be challenging for young and old dogs, but they won’t have to deal with them here.
The dogs run and play for several hours through out the day, with an hour long nap and snack break in between. We do our best to keep the dogs outdoors in our largest areas, and to keep them comfortable no matter the weather or season.
What should I bring to daycamp?
* Quick release collar – flat buckle or martingale. Not a break away collar!
* Non-retractable leash – nylon, cotton, leather, bio thane, etc.
* Lunch/Treats labeled with name (lunch time is 11:30-12:30) – OPTIONAL
* Blanket or Bed for in your pup’s kennel – OPTIONAL
* Toy for in your pup’s kennel – OPTIONAL
Dogs that pass will be placed into one or more of 4 groups based on their size, age, temperament, and personality:
Red – High activity for active or hyper, medium to large dogs
Blue – Moderate activity group for larger and medium dogs
Green – Moderate to lower energy group for dogs of all sizes
Yellow – Lower energy for smaller dogs, seniors, or puppies
Daycamp Tools and Procedures
Daycamp group play begins with our trained supervisors meet with the daycamp manager and review the “Group List” a specially designed list of each of the dogs in attendance for the day. The group list is split into up to 4 groups depending on the days attendees and their needs. During this meeting our team familiarizes themselves with each dog’s specially documented personality and behavioral notes and creates a plan of success for our guests.
Once the meeting has taken place dogs are then brought outside from their kennels on a slip lead (unless health concerns do not safely permit it). We do not allow our dogs to run loose in our camp rooms (the rooms where our pups are kenneled until their activity time) for safety. Each dog is walked from their room (kennel) to the outdoor play yards where they are given time to eliminate in our gravel areas. Once the dogs have eliminated, we will guide them to one of the play yards. If the weather is nice we will bring them out to one of our large fenced in grass turf fields to rub and play! If the weather is not so nice or the fields are muddy we will either bring the dogs into the indoor training arena to play or in our larger gravel yards to play!
The time that your dog spends out in daycamp will depend on their needs and behavior. Some dogs can become easily overstimulated in a fast paced and exciting environment and thrive on more frequent shorter playtime and others do well with more prolonged playtime. Our team will carefully decide what will be best for your dog to achieve the perfect balance of enrichment, fun, and quality care for your individual pup!
Each of our daycampers will also receive a personalized report card that will detail their day, who their staff and dog friends were, their mood, and what they did along with any special notes we wish to make you aware of! These can be found in the customer portal.
During daycamp our staff will work with your dog on different enrichment activities including playtime with toys, on exercise sets and playgrounds, agility and medical equipment exposure, bubbles, and training for good manners such as “sit” “off” “come” and more. Our team does work to curb excessive inappropriate behavior such as digging, chewing, mounting (humping) of staff and other dogs, and rushing gates/doors etc. To correct negative behaviors our staff uses verbal corrections such as “No” “Ah-Ah” or “Leave-It” and we also have squirt bottles to help deter a dog from performing a negative behavior. Anytime a dog is corrected or walked away from doing something inappropriate we always reinforce their alternative good behavior with lots of extra love and praise to help encourage them to show more of the good behavior in the future.
In the afternoon all dogs have a special down time where they are returned to their room and are allowed a rest period to avoid stress and over-stimulation. Guests may bring a lunch or treats or choose to add on a special treat (we offer cheese kongs, peanut butter kongs, puppaccinos, and banana berry smoothies). Once break time is over the fun begins again! Owners that want to check in on their dogs can also choose to add on a special pupdate! Pups that sign up for these pupdates will received a personalized update via text message on how your dog is doing, who their friends are, and er even include their featured pictures on our facebook page! We even offer personalized photobooths to go home with your pup at the end of the day!
Reasons a dog may not pass evaluation
At Dawgs in Motion we are always putting the safety and happiness of all of our guests first. With this in mind there are some cases where we may decline a dog for our daycamp group play. Listed below are a few of the more common reasons a dog may not be a good fit for the pack play option.
Aggression: This is an obvious one. Dogs that show aggression towards the staff or other dogs are not a good fit for group play. If the aggression is being demonstrated due to fear we would be willing to work with the dog through training playdates to help acclimate and socialize your pup and help them become more comfortable. Dogs that show aggression out of dominance or reasons other than fear or lack of confidence would be referred to our in-home trainer.
Lack of Obedience: Dogs that participate in group play need to know the basics – Name, Come, Sit, and Leave-It. This helps our teams to manage the groups and the dog’s behavior and help to guide them on proper play styles and movement through the building and play areas safely. We do make exceptions for puppies that are still learning and dogs that are enrolled in classes.
Excessive Mounting: Dogs mount sometimes to initiate play, rank themselves in the pack, and to relieve stress. While mounting once in a while in the group is a natural and normal thing (even for females or altered dogs), it can become a problem when it becomes excessive. It can upset the other dogs leading to potential altercations and is a sign that your dog is stressed and anxious. If your dog would mount excessively we would not be able to allow them in the daycamp setting.
Face-barking: Just like with mounting, this is often a way for dogs to initiate play and communicate with one another but when it becomes excessive and your dog does not listen to corrections from staff and their other companions, it can lead to other dogs becoming stressed and uncomfortable which in turn can cause altercations.
Muzzle Punching: Just like someone punching you in the shoulder or jabbing at you, this behavior, when repetitive or harsh can cause companions to become annoyed, sore, and unhappy with the behavior. Dogs that muzzle punch will also often nip at their targets causing their companion to become scared, sore, or upset.
Full Day of Daycamp (6 hours or more at the facility) is $38.00 +tax
Half Day of Daycamp (Less than 6 hours at the facility) is $29.00 +tax
Full Day Playdate (6 hours or more at the facility) is $38.00 +tax
Half Day Playdate (Less than 6 hours at the facility) is $29.00 +tax
Full Day Training Playdate (6 hours or more at the facility with a play session and 30 minute training session) is $52.00
Half Day Training Playdate (Less than 6 hours with a 30 minute training session) is $40.00
Purchase Camp Packages
I have a very small dog..9 lbs..and had trouble finding a place where she could actually play with other dogs. My girl gets so excited for doggy daycare and she’s pooped all night! The staff is friendly and my dog shows no fear going there!!
Both of my boys, Dinger and Mason, have attended doggy daycare once a week since we got them and they were about 4-6 months old… still love going on a weekly basis. The staff is always very friendly, helpful and accommodating. I trust all of them with my “babies”. They definitely get some extensive play time during the day because they are always passed out on the ride home and for a while after we arrive home. If you are looking for a place to send your dogs for a day or overnight, Dawgs in Motion is the place to do it! You will not be disappointed in this decision.”
We love DIM, our dog has been going to DIM for over 5 years. It’s his home away from home. He loves going to daycare to see all his furry and human friends. I never have to worry when we leave him for night camp, as we know he will be well taken care of.