What To Expect?

Group Play - Large Indoor/Outdoor Yards - Supervision - No Forced Kennel Time

Our DayCare at Covepets is a place where your dog can be a dog in a safe and controlled environment. We have three play groups playing on our yards from 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday. The groups are supervised at all times by our trained and caring staff. We photograph the pets playing throughout the morning and post photos to our Facebook page around noon each day. Covepets is committed to providing a DayCare that allows the pets to actually be kennel free for there day with us. We have three large indoor/outdoor play yards with area heaters for cold days and fans and pools for those hot summer days. There are no forced lunch or nap times at our facility (*unless specifically asked for by you), if there is any reason your pet would need to be kenneled (behavior issue, injury, etc.) you will be contacted immediately. 

*If you request for your pet to have lunch we can take care of that. We will kennel your pet around noon and let them enjoy their lunch and give them 45 to 60 minuets after they complete their meal to make sure their stomach is settled and ready for more play.

The Whole Story:

One of my favorite things about working with the pups in DayCare is just watching them interact with one another. The groups often remind me of playing sports back in high school. I see lots of exercise, some competition, communication and the biggest thing I notice is the joy they seem to have just being in a group of friends sharing an activity. The exercise your pet receives will be the easiest thing for you to see at home. You will notice that your pup is very happy to see you when you pick up from DayCare but their energy level will be much lower than usual after they "tell you how awesome their day with friends went". The competition that happens within the group can come about through a toy, a game of chase or a good old fashion wrestling match. This is the element of DayCare that makes supervised playgroups so important. We do allow "friendly rough housing" which can sometimes sound and look very intense but the pups are just having a great time interacting with a friend. Our staff is always keeping a close eye on these situations and are trained on how to calm the pups down if the "friendly rough housing" begins to escalate. It is usually as easy as walking by and petting the "excited" pup and getting them distracted from the situation by asking them to follow you to get a quick drink of water, having them sit a few times or just give them a quick burst of petting. There are rare times that a pup needs a few minuets alone to cool down and we have a yard just for that at Covepets. The pup can cool down for 15 to 20 minuets in our 400 square foot yard and then rejoin the group.  The communication element is as simple as one pup saying to another "Hey, I don't want to play right now! Go play with somebody else." It can be done quietly with a grumble or a yell but again our staff knows how to tell the difference between a request that is safe for the group and a threat that could escalate and sacrifice the safety of the group. The joy of the group interaction is pretty easy to see in the pups faces on our Facebook page, so go check them out at www.facebook.com/covepets.  If you have any questions or would like to tour our facility give us a call at 256-533-3385 or email Jason at jason@covepets.com.