Dogs are social pack animals.¬† There are instinctual lessons dogs can only learn from each other.
At doggie daycare, we play breed specific games daily to fulfill your dog‚Äôs instinctual needs so they come home happy, balanced and tired!
Dogs are supervised together in core color groups based on size, temperament, special needs, energy level, etc. to ensure a safe and fun experience for every dog!
All dogs should come to doggie daycare at least once a week to stay physically fit and socially balanced! Make your reservation today!
Who Can Play
- Rabies-1 or 3 year
- Distemper Combo-1 or 3 year
- Heartworm test-annually for dogs over one year old regardless of whether they are on prevention or not
- Fecal test-required every 6 months
Your First Day
You will need to fill out a new friend reservation¬†that will automatically direct you to a Pet Profile so we have all the information for a successful first day!
All dogs must come on a quick release collar! We have these collars for sale in various sizes in our lobby for $3-5. If you come without a quick release collar, one will be added to your invoice for the day!
You will be greeted by a staff member who will ask you to sign in at the check in desk; and you are encouraged to let us know if you would like a report card, or any other additional services. All new friends get a complimentary report card on their first day and a “new friend bag” with some goodies to show our appreciation for your business.
Once you have checked in, we will secure our newest friend in our introduction area, let him/her sniff around a bit and get familiar with us, before we begin the introduction to all of his/her new friends. We will introduce your fur kid to one or two dogs we know are well socialized and we will add to your fur friend’s core play group from there. Some dogs acclimate quickly and can play with all the dogs at the end of the day and some need a little more time. Do not be concerned if your tail-wagger only meets a few friends on his/her first day. It’s important the dogs be comfortable and able to meet new friends at their own pace!
We know your fur kids first day at school is a big one, so check out our Facebook Page to see “first day” pictures. We encourage you to “Like” our page as we post daily pictures and important updates.
Your first visit is FREE. Payment is expected at the time of service for future visits: We only accept cash or check. To maintain the best pricing possible, we do not accept credit cards.
Please Note: In the event of inclement weather, if West Ottawa Public Schools are closed, Doggie Daycare will be closed.
Please see¬†our FAQ’s below¬†for more info!
Thank you for trusting your precious fur kid with us!
Time to Play!!!
The Dogs Bay Team
What is the price?
Only $17 day! Best price in town!!
Do you sell packages?
We do not sell “packages”, but you may purchase as few or as many day visits as you like with NO expiration date!
Do I need a reservation?
You need a first time reservation. After that, you may come as you please. We are always staffed appropriately for all our fur friends to come and play.
Are their certain hours I have to drop off or pick up?
No. You may drop off and/or pick up any time 7am-6pm.
Do you have¬†special¬†arrangements for early drop off or late pick up?
Yes, please contact our office for details (link to “contact us” page)
Will you feed my dog lunch/snacks or administer medication?
Yes! There is $1 charge for each. You may select these services on the check in sheet upon arrival. Medication must be in the original container. Please bring your dog’s own food or snacks.
Can my puppy play?
Puppies must be 6 months or older to come play at daycare, but we have a specialized Puppy Preschool for Puppies 8 weeks-6 months old! ¬†Check it out!!
Does my dog have to be spayed or neutered?
Males over 6 months old must be neutered. There are rare exceptions for geriatric dogs. Females do not have to be spayed, but they can not attend daycare during any part of their heat cycle, which is 21 days!
Are certain breeds not allowed to come?
No, that is ridiculous. We do have a special temperament test for some of the stronger breeds, but all socially fit dogs are allowed to attend.
What is your bad weather policy?
If West Ottawa Public Schools are closed, doggie daycare is closed. We will post closings on our Facebook Page by 6:30 am.
Is Daycare Right for my Dog?
There are many benefits to doggie daycare, but it’s not for every tail-wagger. Here at Dogs Bay, it is our policy to only allow dogs into the program who actually benefit from doggie daycare.
Doggie daycare is NOT a place to work out dog issues. As a dog parent, I know it’s very hard to hear your dog isn’t a good fit, but please understand that many awesome and amazing fur kids simply can not tolerate or adapt to being in a large pack of dogs. It is stressful for them and not fun at all. We have to be very selective about which dogs are suitable for and benefit from daycare to ensure a happy, fun and safe environment for all!
Good candidates for daycare are healthy, spayed or neutered and well-socialized dogs who really enjoy other dogs and seek interaction with them at every opportunity.
However, some dogs do better being at home alone than spending the day in the company of other dogs. If your dog has ever bitten another dog; is aggressive toward other dogs in any way (snarling, growling or snapping. leash aggression, fence aggression, mounting or bullying); is fearful, tense or anxious; or tends to avoid or just tolerate other dogs, then daycare is probably not right for him/her.
Aggression is not the only behavior we consider. Other unsuitable candidates for daycare include:
- Unvaccinated puppies
- Females in heat and unneutered males
- Under-socialized dogs who haven‚Äôt had sufficient pleasant experiences with a wide variety of other dogs
Bullies who tend to pick on other dogs
- Extremely high energy dogs who lack good social skills and whose intensity and energy often seem to annoy or scare other dogs
- ‚ÄúFun police‚ÄĚ dogs (often herding breeds) who run around trying to control the movements of other dogs and interfere with their playing
We will do everything in our power to set your dog up for success. It is very difficult for our team when we have to tell our friends their beloved tail wagger is not a good fit for doggie daycare. We ask that you understand we are truly looking out for the best interest of all our fur friends and not saying in any way we don’t love your dog or they are bad in any way. We are simply taking seriously our committment and responsibility to provide a fun, safe environment for all.