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Old 06-13-2012, 10:04 PM
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I almost never take my eyes off the dogs unless they're crated or sometimes we treadmill one while we work the other but we xpen around the 'mill, we don't tether on. The only other exception is if I tuck in the office I might allow two really reliable dogs to continue playing with the door open and them in the hallway.

We have a client who used another daycare in town that has 2 people per room and each room has 20-40 dogs with rooms separated by small dogs, big dog adults, big dog puppies, and puppy puppies. I know a lot of people use them but this particular client picked up their dog and it had a laceration inside the eye lid below the eyeball. The workers then said, that must have been there, no that wasn't there, so they said, must be allergies. My client never returned.

She was also upset that there never seemed to be the same employees in all the times they went (a couple times for a trial, then a boarding for a week). I'm not shocked though, the daycares here from what I remember when applying years ago paid barely minimum wage which can make it hard to hold employees.

I have however heard of and seen outside of this city some really great daycares. Like one in San Diego that I would totally send my dogs to if I had appropriate dogs (Sloan might be). My friend used them for years and it was always clean, happy, and seemed very safe.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:19 PM
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We absolutely have eyes on the dogs at all times, and one person at minimum in the yards. If theres a certain number of dogs, it must be two or more people in the yard. We cut off numbers at a certain amount as well. Every dog through the doors for daycare or boarding is required to go through a temp test and if the dog isn't cut out for daycare, they're excused pretty much and we recommend other facilities that can and will accept that type of dog, usually for boarding.

Absolutely no aggression towards other dogs or humans allowed, and if the dog is a bully, they're asked to leave pretty much. We're pretty strict as to what type of dog is allowed to come play. We do utilize supression techniques rather than training because as a facility that runs over thirty dogs in a yard, we can't train the dogs that come through the doors. We refer these clients out as well.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:24 PM
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She was also upset that there never seemed to be the same employees in all the times they went (a couple times for a trial, then a boarding for a week). I'm not shocked though, the daycares here from what I remember when applying years ago paid barely minimum wage which can make it hard to hold employees.
I understand that...I worked for a guy that ran daycare/boarding and it is hard work for not much money. It seems around here though people get some kennels and they don't 'hire' people, they run it just themselves and probably stretch themselves thin. I was a little surprised though as the girl was active in training, showing, and rescue with her breed..thought she would be more professional.

At the daycare I worked, the owner didn't have a clue...he was a jerk to the dogs and was always screaming and kicking the kennels for them barking. One day an ACD latched onto a mini aussie, and I had it broken up quickly...he heard the noise, came out with a slip lead and 'hung' the ACD mid air while he walked from the yard to the kennels... I was spitting mad, couldn't hold my tongue, and quit that day. It makes me really wary knowing what I know..this place seemed great on the outside and there were so many bad things about it.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:33 PM
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You all that do the daycare thing...do you guys actively supervise the dogs out playing?

I went to the only daycare that's really an option (location) and couldn't believe when I was told that they let the dogs out in the yard to play without supervision. They 'keep an ear out'. Not to mention dog arguments, Skye is a digger and it was a normal fenced yard-not concrete or anything. She also wouldn't let me in the kennels because it was 'nap time'...I had dropped by unannounced. Bah, I wish there was a good daycare nearby.
I did a working interview at a dog daycare and the reason I didn't take the job was because of the intense supervision. It drove me crazy the 2 hours I was there. I can not keep my eyes on 20+ dogs at the same time, WHILE cleaning the play area. And that is what the job is. Lol so yes, I would say a good daycare absolutely supervises them. Juno's daycare has webcams set up and whenever I turn it on, there's always a person or two floating around... so they are watched as well.

Plus this place in particular doesn't allow the dogs to engage in like, any normal dog play activity... so they need someone to pretty much be available to constantly intervene. Which was annoying as well.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:52 PM
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Sorry for taking this a little off track...I'll say that I worked pretty strictly in kennel boarding only and it was consistently crazy during the summer and quieter the rest of the year.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:02 PM
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No sweat, I don't mind the wandering topic.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:13 PM
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Where I've worked, out of necessity, we don't allow loud/grumbly play behaviors because it can and will rile everyone up. We don't allow zoomies in the yard, running really fast is discouraged because it can hurt just about anyone in the yard if the dog slips, skids, stumbles or slams into anyone or anything.

Bullying behavior is suppressed, ganging up on one dog is not allowed, ect.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:26 PM
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I usually only play 2 dogs unless I have a group of relatively gentle dogs or a group of ball loving but not ball possessive dogs. Like I have 3 goldendoodles, 2 border collies, 1 lab, 1 great dane puppy, 1 gsd/husky puppy, and 1 aussie (sometimes) that I can let all out together and play fetch with one of the doodles and one of the collies while the rest happily trot along and lightly wrestle. We're rarely that lucky though, to have that pack all there on the same day.

I have two regulars, a lab and an aussie, that I call my social butterflies to their owners and my sluts to my manager. They can play with anyone and often I let them out and rotate the boys through for 10-15 minute sessions of play. Their owners of course love those days because those girls go home and crash!
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:51 PM
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When I did a short stint at a doggy daycare the only dogs you were ever allowed to let out and not watch were the owners. You could let their dogs out, or the staff's dogs out if they brought them in and had permission to and just ignore them out in the yard. Other than that it was a huge no no.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:53 PM
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Lol! I can't remember where I saw it, but we now call the dogs that are constantly getting humped our "daycare bicycle"

And there are certain dogs like that that come that I will seperate into a different yard by themselves and let them just balls to the wall it for hours. They always go home exhausted.

Staff dogs are different where I work. Because all of our dogs are jerks. Knox is allowed in my yard and two other peoples yards. Enzo is allowed in almost everyones yard, but they must be able to control her freakouts when I'm out of the building. Almost everyone does, but she doesn't come often because she's a stressball there. So it's only bath days that she comes. Knox has his buddies he's allowed to be in the yard with alone, but other than myself, one of my bosses and one other employee's yard who knows him and knows how to handle him, he's out alone.
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