Enriching Lives with Dog Daycare in Raleigh, NC
Whether you work all day or just need to run some errands, our dog day camp is a great way to give your pet a more enriching daily experience! Instead of leaving them at home alone all day in a crate or pet-safe room, bringing them to dog daycare gives them the chance to stretch their legs, interact with other dogs, and form lasting friendships.
Our camp is offered Monday through Friday, and campers should arrive between the hours of 7:00-8:30 a.m. and be picked up between 4:00-5:30 p.m. Please let us know ahead of time that your pet will be coming to camp. This way, our counselor can plan the day's playgroups before your pet arrives. You are welcome to bring a lunch or snack for your dog.
At Companion Animal Hospital of Wakefield in Raleigh, NC, our daycare is run by professionally trained staff who are dedicated to giving each of our guests a fun, enriching, and above all safe daycare experience.
What Makes Our Day Camp Special?
We want each and every guest to have the best possible daycare experience. To create a fun and safe environment, we:
- Build each playgroup with dogs of like sizes and personalities so that each guest can enjoy a stress-free, fun excursion.*
- Allow no more than six dogs per playgroup in order to allow for maximum supervision for every interaction.
- Provide supervision by well-trained staff in dog training and behavior.
- Each playgroup has a minimum of two play sessions each day — one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
- Offer medical care to pets with health conditions.
- Take pets to their own runs in between play sessions where they can relax and have some time alone.
*Each dog will need to go through a temperament assessment so that we know how well they get along with other dogs and how their personalities mesh with others!
Benefits of Dog Daycare
Dog daycare provides pets an enriching experience that is far more beneficial than being home alone all day. Here are some of the benefits of daycare:
- Builds your pet’s social skills as they interact with other dogs and people
- Gives them the exercise they need to be healthy
- Prevents separation anxiety which can cause pets to exhibit destructive behaviors such as chewing, digging, and scratching
- Helps pets to become more comfortable when visiting the veterinary clinic
Requirements for Daycare
Safety is our top priority at daycare, so we have several requirements for your pet to go through before they’ll be able to stay with us. These include:
- Temperament assessment. We start by taking into account your pet’s age, breed, temperament, and previous experiences to determine the best playgroup match for them. Then, we’ll take your dog out with us and a small number of dogs to see how they interact and if they get along with the other dogs. As long as everything goes well, your pet will be able to camp with us!
- Up-to-date vaccinations. Day campers need to be at least 16 weeks old and have received their Rabies and final DHPP vaccine. Dogs need to be current with the following vaccines before they are allowed to camp with us: Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza.
- Spayed or neutered: Dogs over 7 months of age need to be spayed or neutered.
- Parasite-free. Your pet will need to be free of all parasites and we require a negative fecal exam within 12 months of their stay, as well as no signs of external parasites. If any parasites are found on your pet, they will be treated at an additional cost to you. All dog boarders and day campers should be receiving monthly heartworm and flea/tick prevention. We will administer a dose at admission for pets that are not current.