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01-17-2014 03:56 PM
xtramile Thank you
01-17-2014 03:50 PM
martemchik Every boarding/training place requires those vaccines.
01-17-2014 03:47 PM
xtramile Stopped by one of the facilities today and it was clean and very professional despite being on the edge of a fairly rough part of town. You could not see any dogs from the lobby because it was walled off except for one viewing window into the "big dog room" that I saw.

They require dogs have:
Bordatella every 6 months
DHPP annually
and a current rabies vac.

Seems pretty strict but I know little about vaccines.Any thoughts on that anyone?
01-17-2014 01:59 AM
howlk9 I've had several German shepherds in my various daycares. In fact, I think most of the GSDs were some of the better behaved dogs, if you ignore the constant perimeter checks(lol).
01-17-2014 12:18 AM
xtramile Thanks once more everyone for your replies. I am already opting to work holidays at my current job to get the extra money because it is not paying well enough. Even 40 hours a week minimum wage would be an improvement at this doggy daycare. We are going to try and go see the facilities tomorrow (they have two different locations). I do not have any issues with "dirty work" and if I was able to take our pup to work even once a week I would love that. I think what will ultimately help me decide if I want to go out for it is how clean the facilities are, and how it appears the business is ran.

From what I can tell they do not offer any training, dog walks, or transportation, just daycare and boarding. From what I can tell it seems like the quality of these places can range from top notch to kind of scummy shotty business practices that do not care about the dogs. Are there any red flags that any of you would say indicate a less than desire able location?
01-16-2014 08:35 PM
Baillif I haven't seen us turn a dog down that had its shots up to date. We had a gsd in for training that wanted to kill everyone on the staff. I couldn't even make direct eye contact with it for 2 days. Loved to play with other dogs and didn't care if we were around when that happened so we used it as a wedge to get it to accept new people, and stop being a jerk.
01-16-2014 08:05 PM
ladyb Interesting what martemchic mentioned...we did some training at our local petsmart, and though others have had differing experiences, our trainer LOVED GSD's, especially our little girl, and he was really good with the dogs. When he left, we tried another group class that also offers doggy daycare, and it was pretty obvious that we were not very well liked. I thought it was my imagination , but when my kids went they noticed it as well...even to the point of offering water to other dogs but not mine keep in mind that my girl is very sweet and very submissive. Not at all aggressive with other dogs.
The owner, however, was really smart, and I stuck with the class, but a couple of months later when I emailed her about the possibility of a couple of days of daycare, she "forwarded it to the girl in charge of that"...the "no water for you" girl...and I never heard back. So that's where we are now. And it's disappointing because I fear that this is the norm, and my girl would love to be with other dogs occasionally!

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01-16-2014 07:15 PM
Baillif Another thing. Don't expect holidays off. The holidays will be when you do the most work. Expect split shifts, expect to need to be flexible as to when you work and when you don't.

As has been mentioned, without commissions coming from the training/petwalking/at home care/ pet transportation portions of things, if the facility even offers that, the pay probably won't be great and don't expect to get in on that kind of thing unless you have the knowledge needed and the trust of the owners.
01-16-2014 06:03 PM
howlk9 Ask a lot of questions. See if they will allow you a "working interview" so you can actually see inside the play areas and how other employees act. Be sure you are clear on how they expect you to handle issues-such as over-zealous play, barking, timid dogs or bullies.
Martemchik, I think when some of these places say the employees are "dog people" they mean a teenager or 20-something that thinks it's cool to play with dogs as a part-time job. As you said, few places have the resources to hire people with serious handler skills or in-depth knowledge.
01-16-2014 05:23 PM
xtramile Thank you everyone for your responses, your viewpoints are helpful. I plan to drop by and see the facility soon. Feel it out as to what kind of people they are. More feedback from anyone is welcome.
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