Doggy day care is an environment where dogs are dropped off for the day to play with other dogs in a fun, safe, well-supervised and clean environment. Day Camp at Camp Bow Wow has many benefits including:
- Provides regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight
- Relieves boredom, separation anxiety, and destructive behavior at home
- Improves socialization with dogs and people
- Enhances quality of life
The dogs are placed in indoor / outdoor play areas where they can socialize and play with other dogs. They are separated by size, temperament, and activity level. If a dog is tired, they can take a nap in one of our spacious Cabins. Overnight Campers spend an hour and a half in their Cabins for morning and evening meals in addition to taking a short nap in the middle of the day.
Camp Bow Wow provides all-day play, so taking a walk will be the last thought on your Camper’s mind. Romping around with their friends all day provides them all the exercise they need for the day.
Yes. Most all of our locations have both indoor and outdoor play areas.
Camp Bow Wow provides all-day play with other dogs so your dog has lots of fun and gets a lot of exercise during the day. Many "traditional" kennels typically leave the dogs in a cage most of the day, or they may be let out briefly or placed in an outdoor run a couple of times a day. The dogs at traditional kennels usually do not interact with other dogs. Our dog behavior experts designed a thorough interview process to ensure dogs can play safely in a group setting and not have to be stuck in a kennel.
Camp Bow Wow provides a fun, social environment for our dogs, and safety is our main priority. We have a stringent dog-to-staff member policy that ensures the safety of the dogs. Day Camp is included in the price of all of our boarding rates, and our pricing is all-inclusive. We will administer medication and provide nighttime treats at no added costs. And, of course, access to our web cams is also included, so you can always watch your pup play while you are away!
Most of our locations offer multiple dog discounts if the dogs are able to share a Cabin. Check the "pricing" page of any location to determine their rates for multiple dogs.
Some of our locations may offer a discount for extended stays, although some do not. Check each location's "pricing" page, or call your closest Camp Bow Wow for more information. Whether it is day 1 or day 20 for your dog, they will get the same love and attention from our staff.
We will provide your dog's medications at no extra charge. For your pet’s safety, medication must be in the original bottle and the prescription must be current.
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. Stop by your local Camp Bow Wow anytime during business hours and ask for a tour. No appointment is needed to tour our facilities.
Camp Bow Wow has an all-day play environment, so dogs must be able to play safely in a large group. Every dog must first complete an interview process so we can see how they interact with other dogs. They must be over four months old, be spayed or neutered if they are over 6 months old, and be current on their Rabies, 6 month Bordetella (for canine cough), and Distemper vaccinations. Additional vaccinations may be required based upon regional location. They must be in good health, flea/tick free, friendly to all dogs, and generally love to play.
We built our business and our foundation on improving the lives of our furry friends worldwide. When creating policies for our Camps, we first and foremost consider the safety, health and happiness of our Campers, second, the wishes of our human clients, and third, the welfare of our well-respected and highly regarded brand. Our Camps have an incredible safety record and we hold our franchises to the highest standards in caring for our Campers. Our strict policies are a key reason customers are so loyal to our brand.
We have a very stringent application and interview process for our Campers – all dogs must pass this before entering our group play environments. Our Camp Counselors go through extensive training in dog behavior, play yard monitoring techniques and evaluating dogs based on capabilities to adapt and enjoy our open-play environments.
We work with several experts in dog behavior to create policies designed to evaluate each dog on an individual basis. Our Camp Counselors are continuously educated and recertified to learn the best techniques on evaluating and monitoring dogs at Camp. They are certified to evaluate dogs using some of the following techniques:
- Hands-on meet-and-greet to evaluate dog’s response to physical touch
- One-on-one introduction with other regular Campers
- Slow introduction into open-play environment
- Ongoing Camper evaluation during every visit to Camp
Please note - as each Camp is individually owned and operated, they have the ability to make the decision on accepting dogs as Campers based on their own Camp-specific policies. There may be issues with City Ordinances or Insurance Policies that affect their decision. Please discuss any questions or concerns around Camp policies with the individual Camp owner.
We like the interviews to last at least three hours to give us time to get to know your dog and to give your dog time to play in a group environment and see if they enjoy it. At Camp Bow Wow, the initial interview day is always free. The interview consists of us starting off by checking your dog over to ensure they are comfortable being handled. This is a time for the Camp Counselors to get to spend a little time getting to know your dog and making sure they aren’t nervous of people. They will also look your dog over for any possible issues such as fleas and ticks and for any existing injuries that may worsen when playing with other dogs.
Other dogs will be introduced into the interview area one at a time to see how your dog interacts with other dogs. After our Counselors are confident that your dog feels secure in the environment, your pup - along with their new friends - will be introduced into the appropriate play area based on their size, temperament, and activity level.
Since Camp Bow Wow is a play environment where they will be in a large social group with other dogs, we want to ensure they are able to handle it. This ensures your dog's safety, and also the safety of all of our Campers. In our social environment, it is extremely important that our Campers can play with all dogs so we can keep the play yards safe and fun. The interview process also allows us to introduce your dog into the general play areas slowly so that we do not over stimulate your dog. We like the interview to be at least three hours so we have time to get to know your dog and to give your dog time to realize you have left and – most importantly – to be excited to see you when you come to pick them up. At Camp Bow Wow, the initial interview day is always free.
Camp Bow Wow® welcomes all dogs based on their behavior and ability to handle the rigors of Camp. It is not corporate policy to turn away a dog based on breed. City Ordinances or Insurance Policies may not allow certain Camp locations to accept a particular breed. Please discuss any questions or concerns around Camp policies with the individual Camp owner.
We require that dogs be at least four months old because the dogs will be fully vaccinated by that age.
All of our locations require Rabies, Bordetella and Distemper. We require the Bordetella vaccination to be administered every 6 months. Please check with the location you choose as certain additional vaccinations may be required based on the regional location.
Although we do our best to minimize any injury to your dog, during normal play a dog may get small scratches, nicks, and lose small patches of fur. Although rare, it is possible for more serious injuries to occur.
All of our Camp Counselors are certified in pet first aid and CPR and we will take excellent care of your dog. In case of illness or injury, we quickly assess the situation to determine what plan of action to take. Our concern is always what is best for our canine Camper. Depending on the situation, we will either rush the Camper to the closest vet or, in non-emergency situations, we will make the effort to take them to their own vet.
Scout’s Camp CorralTM is the area of Camp where your Camper can snooze in their comfy Cabin, enjoy his or her Campfire TreatTM, or play all day in the indoor/outdoor play yards. Whether your Camper is here for Day Camp to play with fur-iends or for boarding to Play All Day and Snooze the Night Away®, he or she is sure to enjoy Scout’s Camp CorralTM!
Every dog is different, but our interview process is designed to assess whether your dog enjoys this environment. At the end of the interview day, we provide a report card and are there to talk to you about how your dog interacted with the other dogs and if they enjoyed their time with us. You can also watch the live web cameras to see how much fun they are having. We want your dog to be happy as much as you do and promise to be honest with you if we feel this isn't the best possible environment for your dog.
This will depend on your dog. We have many older Campers who love the interaction with other dogs. The interview process will also help us, and you, determine if our environment is right for your dog. Our Camp Counselors are constantly evaluating each Camper's behavior, and if they view your dog as overwhelmed or tired they will place your dog in one of our spacious Cabins for a short nap.
For the safety of the little dogs, we separate dogs into our play areas based on size, temperament, and activity level.
This is one of the great benefits of Day Camp! Your dog gets to play all day so, naturally, they are tired at the end of the day. Often, when you take your Camper home, they will curl up and go to sleep. Rest assured if your dog becomes overly tired during the day, we will take them to a cabin for a short nap. We will not force a dog to get up from a nap if they are still sleeping. Many of our Campers who stay for extended periods of time choose to take longer naps.
For our Overnight Campers, we require a mid-day nap. Many of our Day Campers enjoy a mid-day nap as well, but it is not required. Please discuss your Camper’s needs with your local Camp owner. We are not closed during nap time on weekdays.
Water is available at all times in all of our play areas and Cabins. Playing hard all day is just as strenuous as working out. Even though water is available, after a car ride home, it will probably be time for your Camper to drink some more water to help re-hydrate after a hard day of play.
All of our Camps have monitored security, fire, and temperature control alarms and the employees located closest to Camp are notified if there are any issues and they can get there quickly. Studies show that the dogs sleep better at night without a human present. In our environment, where the dogs are active all day, getting a good night's rest is important. Also be aware that in traditional kennels that do have a human on site, that person is not interacting with the dogs and the dogs are not let out to use the bathroom. In kennels with indoor / outdoor dog runs, the outdoor section is closed off at night for security purposes. If your dog requires overnight monitoring, the best options to look at are in-home pet care or medical boarding (provided by most veterinary hospitals). Please check our website to see if there is a Home Buddies location near you and learn about our various pet sitting options.
We strongly recommend bringing your dog’s food from home to keep their stomach from getting sick during their stay. Sudden changes in diet can result in gastrointestinal reactions (like vomiting and diarrhea). Maintaining a consistent diet will help your pup feel their best to romp and play all day.
We will provide Campfire Treats, a comfy cot and cozy fleece. If you wish to bring toys, bedding, or anything else that will help make your dog feel more at home, we can certainly accommodate this.
For overnight boarding, we need a reservation, and it would be best to make a reservation as soon as you know you will need one. Some Camps require reservations for Day Camp as well – please check with your local Camp. Depending on the time of year, we can often accommodate short notice or same day notice (if your dog has previously completed the interview process). Please be aware that holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas book several months in advance and other holidays book several weeks in advance. During the summer months, many of our locations fill up early for weekends. Many Camp locations require a deposit to hold a boarding reservation.
You can call your local Camp Bow Wow during Camp hours, or request a reservation online through your local Camp’s website, or through our iPhone or Android app. A Camp Counselor will reach out to you to confirm your online or app reservation request.
Please check with each location for their cancellation policy.
It is best to have your dog eat a minimum of 1.5 hours prior to coming to Camp to prevent bloat. Bloat can be caused from playing too soon after eating, and it can be deadly. If your dog ate less than 1.5 hours before coming to Camp, please let one of the Camp Counselors know for the safety and well-being of your pet.
Yes, Camp Bow Wow requires that all dogs wear a quick release collar with an ID tag including your name and phone number.
It is very common that your dog's pads will be sore after playing at Camp, especially when they first start coming. Most dog’s paws are not used to playing all day, but rest assured it is only temporary and they will build stronger pads the more they visit Camp.
All of our locations offer baths and nail trims so you can pick up a clean and fresh smelling pup after their stay at Camp. Many locations offer additional grooming services – please contact your local Camp for details.