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  • What is doggy daycare?

    What is a doggy daycare?  Doggy daycare is an environment where dogs are dropped off for the day to play with other dogs in a fun, well supervised and safe environment. You can find more information on the benefits of dog daycare in our section on Why Come to Camp?
  • What do the dogs do all day?

    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.
  • Do you walk the dogs?

    No. Because the dogs are out playing all day, there is no need to walk a dog for exercise. Taking dogs off premises becomes a liability issue and we insure the safety and security of our Campers.
  • Do you provide outdoor play areas?

    Yes. Most all of our locations have indoor and outdoor play areas.
  • What makes you different than a traditional kennel?

    Kennels vary, but in a "traditional" kennel, your dog is usually left in a cage most of the day and may be let out briefly or placed in an outdoor run a couple of times a day. The dogs usually do not interact with other dogs. Some kennels will offer 15-minute play times with a staff member for an extra charge. Camp Bow Wow offers all-day play for no additional cost.
  • How do you justify your prices?

    Compared to a traditional kennel, we provide a social environment for our dogs. To keep a safe play environment, we maintain staffing ratios of one staff member for every 15 dogs; whereas a kennel may have one or two staff members for 100 dogs. We will feed our food or your own food at no extra charge and provide nighttime treats for free. We also do not charge extra for providing your pet their medications, feeding or play times. Dog Day Camp is included in all of our boarding rates. Access to our web cams is also included so you can always watch your pup play while you are away!
  • Is there a discount for multiple dogs?

    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.
  • Do you offer a discount for extended stays?


    Some of our locations may offer a discount for extended stays, although some do not. Check each location's "pricing" page, or call for more information. Whether it is day one or day 20 for your dog, they will get the same love and attention from our staff.
  • Can you provide my dog his/her medications? Is there a charge?

    Yes, we will provide your dog's medications at no extra charge. Please bring the medication in the original prescription bottle. This is required by law in several states and provides useful information for our Certified Camp Counselors®.
  • Can I take a tour?

    Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it.
  • Can any dog come in for doggy Day Camp or Overnight Camp?

    No. 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, must be spayed or neutered if they are over 6 months old, and must be current on their Rabies, 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
  • Camp Bow Wow Camper Evaluation & Interview Process

    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.

    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 (including recording all play yard activity on our live web cams for review at a later time). 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 – and about 10% don't make it due to excessive possessiveness, territorial and fear aggression. Our Camps must be certified in the Camper Care Specialist Program, which consists of intense dog behavior training, 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.  Camps look at the whole dog during this process. Breed type is only one of many considerations when qualifying a dog for camp. Dogs are bred for many different types of work; some are bred to be physically strong while others are bred for jobs requiring them to have dominant behavioral characteristics and/or tendencies. During the evaluation process emphasis is placed on each dog’s behavior with their breed characteristics taken into consideration.
    Our Camp Counselors and Camper Care Specialists 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.
  • How old do the dogs have to be?

    We require that dogs be at least four months old. This is for the safety of your puppy and for the safety of other dogs. Final vaccinations, including the first rabies vaccination, typically aren't given until four months of age.
  • What vaccinations are required?

    All of our locations require Rabies, Bordetella and Distemper. Please check with the location you choose as certain vaccinations may be required based on the regional location.
  • Why do you require that my dog be spayed or neutered?

    The main reason is that intact dogs are at greater risk of injury from other dogs. In a social environment, intact males are often viewed as threats by other dominant dogs. Intact females, whether in heat or not, may be picked on by other female dogs and male dogs will view her as an intact female and treat her as such.
  • Why do you require an interview?

    We require an interview to judge how your dog will interact with other dogs and to see if your dog enjoys the environment. We are concerned for not only your dog's safety, but with the safety of all of our Campers. In our social environment, it is extremely important that we disallow dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior or that have any medical conditions that may be harmful to the other dogs. 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.
  • What is the interview process?

    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 realize that 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. The interview usually consists of us leading your dog into a separate play area or "interview area" where our Camp Counselors will spend a little time getting to know your dog and checking to see how your dog interacts with people. At this time, the Camp Counselor 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 in order to see how your dog interacts with other dogs. After our counselors are comfortable with your dog, with your dog's reactions to other dogs, and 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. Please be aware that if we do have issues with your dog during the interview process, we may need to contact you to come pick them up early.

  • Do dogs ever get hurt?

    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.
  • What do you do 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. We always try to contact the owner to get their permission for our chosen course of action.
  • Will my dog like this environment?

    If your dog does not like other dogs, then no, your dog may not like this environment. Every dog is different, but part of our interview process is to asses whether your dog enjoys this environment. At the end of the interview day, we provide a report card and are definitely there to talk to you about how your dog interacted with the other dogs and if they seemed to enjoy the environment. 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.


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