All dogs must come in for an evaluation prior to being accepted for boarding or day care. We will assess your dog’s temperament overall and look for signs of aggression towards other dogs or people. We will also take note of signs of stress or any other problematic behavior. After the evaluation visit we will give you our honest opinion of whether or not your dog will be a good fit for K9 Country Village.
Why is this evaluation so important?
K9 Country Village is not like any other boarding facility. In every other boarding facility, your dog is alone 95% of the time. Why care about a dog’s personality if they don’t interact with other dogs? Here at K9 Country Village, dogs are free to play with each other, socialize, etc. For almost every dog, this does not present a problem. Dogs are social animals, and quickly adapt to the social order of the pack. A very select few dogs, however, simply cannot function in this environment. How do we know which dogs can’t get along? Again, this is where K9 Country Village is different from other boarding facilities. We have years of experience observing dog behavior in a professional atmosphere. We are able to very quickly spot any problem behavior, and occasionally we enlist the help of some of our younger staff members. Our own personal dogs, have been exposed to this environment since they were acquired. Some are rescues and have been amazing role models of how on can leave bad behaviors behind and move forward when the right environment and training is provided. They are no strangers to the interview process. They have the ability to quickly adapt any dog to the social order here, in a limited one-on-one fashion.
Our number one objective is your dog’s safety and we are strict about what temperaments we allow. Your dog needs to be nice. Being nice means different things to different people and that is another reason why our evaluation is so important.
While we inquire about how you would describe your dog’s temperament, in the end your dog will make their own choice about how they will act. If we feel your dog is not making good choices for themselves we will step in to make choices for them.
We are careful about the dogs we accept. Depending on their temperament, some dogs are kept separate from the pack. At the Village the dogs do not fight because we do not allow it. While arguments are natural we are trained to keep the arguments from escalating into full-blown physical confrontations.
It is paramount that your dog plays well with others. As the pack leaders we can judge very quickly what dogs are happy in this environment. Some of the dogs are clowns preferring to play with anyone and everyone. Other dogs are observers, more comfortable in the periphery. There are dogs that are the fun police, it’s their job to insure that the pack doesn’t get too carried away. And of course there are the dogs that earn their role as the dominant dog. There are many dynamics to a pack of dogs that we could talk about for hours and hours but it is important for you to know that the number one objective is the safety and happiness of the dogs that visit.
K9 Country Village believes that the happiest place on earth for dogs is to be with a pack of dogs. Their instincts allow them to know where they fit into a pack of their friends. In the pack there are few mixed messages for them to understand. The rules that dogs live by are as old as time. Fit into the pack or don’t fit in at all.
Watching a pack of dogs is exciting and educational everyday. The Village is full of fun loving good-hearted dogs. Contented, happy, funny, wild, full of energy, sweet, if these are the words you would use to describe your dog then your dog will be welcome to join in.
Vaccination & Health
All dogs must be in good health. Owners will have to certify their dogs are in good health and have not been ill with a communicable condition in the last 30 days. Dogs who have been sick will require a veterinarian's certificate of health to be admitted, with a recent negative fecal result required. The Village must be notified of any/all joint issues, bone problems or health issues. All dogs must have current vaccination records on file with us. You can have your vet EMAIL them to us or bring a copy with you at check-in.
* Rabies annually
* DHLP annually
* Bordatella every 6 months
Most veterinarian’s protocol is the Bordatella vaccine be given every 6 months. The Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine loses its effectiveness as time goes by and we feel that every 6 months provides a safer and healthier environment against this very contagious illness for the dogs that stay with us.
If your vet recommends a different vaccination protocol for your pet please follow your vet’s advice and have him or her fax us a note stating any changes.
Flea & Tick Protection
All dogs are required to be on flea and tick control for their protection and the protection of the other guest staying at the Village. We recommend Advantage, Frontline, Trifexis, Advantix, or Revolution. If your dog is not on one of these four flea and tick prevention products, we will apply Frontline for a small fee.