Puppy Preschool Benefits vs Risks - Dogs Bay

Puppy Preschool Benefits vs Risks

The benefits of Puppy Preschool are numerous! You are truly giving your fur friend the best gift of all by bringing him/her to Puppy Preschool!

There is nothing better than a well socialized, well exercised, overall well balanced fur friend!!

As great as Puppy Preschool is, there are a few risks you assume when bringing your dog to daycare. We want you to be aware of the risks, so there are no surprises! We are confident the benefits of doggie daycare and/or puppy preschool far outweigh the risks.



    Similar to children in school, bugs can be passed from dog to dog in a group environment. From a simple tummy bug to the canine flu or bordatella (canine/kennel cough) and/or fecal oral parasites.

    Prevention/Treatment: We require the bordatella vaccine and we recommend the canine flu vaccine, but both have different strains of the bacteria/virus, so you can vaccinate for one strain but still get another. We also require fecal checks every 6 month and disinfect your play yards weekly.

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    I understand there is an increased risk of infectious disease by bringing my fur friend to daycare/preschool. I agree not to bring my dog to daycare/preschool if s/he exhibits any of the following symptoms within 24 hours of attendance; vomiting, cough/hack, fever, lethargy, discharge from eyes/nose or suspicious rash. I agree to pick up my dog promptly, if s/he displays any of these symptoms while at daycare.

    Papilloma Virus

    Viral papillomas are round, but often have a rough, almost jagged surface-- like a cauliflower. They generally occur on the lips and muzzle of a young dog (typically less than 2 years of age). Less commonly, papillomas can occur on the eyelids and even the surface of the eye or between the toes. Papilloma tumors are not dangerous and will go away on their own.

    Prevention/Treatment: We do random weekly checks of the dog’s mouths to check for Papilloma, but you should also check your dog at home.

    Please Initial Here. I understand Papilloma is contagious and that I should do weekly mouth checks for my dog. I will not bring my dog to daycare/preschool if there are any visible signs of suspected papilloma virus.


    We highly recommend having your dog on flea/tick prevention! Ticks especially are prevalent in our area! If you use the Soresto Flea/Tick collars, you will need to remove the collar prior to bringing your dog to daycare/preschool as they do not have a quick release option, so they pose a safety risk for dogs playing together.

    Prevention/Treatment: We will remove a tick if we find one on your dog, but if we see any fleas, you will be contacted for immediate pick up of your fur friend.

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    I understand my dog cannot come to daycare/preschool if there are any signs of fleas and/or ticks. If the daycare team finds fleas or multiple ticks on my dog, I will make arrangements to promptly pick up my fur friend.

    Stress Diarrhea

    Dogs process stress very differently than humans. They do not process negative stress and positive stress separately, so the stress of a busy, fun filled day can cause some stress diarrhea, especially for new daycare/preschool friends.

    Prevention/Treatment: If your dog has diarrhea while in our care, we will take the dog’s temperature. If the dog does not have an elevated temperature, we can assume stress is the trigger. We may give your dog a break during the day. If your dog has an elevated temperature, you will be called for immediate pick up.

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    I agree not to bring my dog to daycare/preschool if s/he has had diarrhea in the past 24 hours. If my dog becomes ill at daycare/preschool, I will make arrangements to promptly pick up my fur friend.

    Noise and Excitement

    Dogs get very excited to greet mom/dad and new friends! Drop off and pick up times are a time of very high energy and the dogs can be very vocal. We promise the dogs do not bark all day long! The dogs usually calm down and settle in nicely once all the fur friends are in attendance for the day.

    The dogs get very excited when owners start showing up and it can cause issues at the fence and/or gates. When you arrive to drop off or pick up your fur friend, please do not approach the fence and it’s best not to call out to your dog in the play yard as it causes excitement in the dogs.

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    I agree not to approach the outside play yard fencing or call out to the dogs. I agree to have my dog on a leash and under my control at all times when entering/exiting the facility or grounds.

    Doggie Disagreements and Boo Boos

    Dogs are pack animals and operate on pack structure and hierarchy. They may “scuffle” for dominance and/or position. With this said, doggie disagreements are inevitable. Most are just a form of communication and although they are loud and sometimes physical, they do not result in injury...similar to kids getting into a pushing match.

    We will always alert you if your dog has been involved in a doggie disagreement. We classify them as “appropriate in nature” and “inappropriate in nature”. If the disagreement was “inappropriate in nature”, a consult via phone or email, with the owner and Certified Trainer Deb Lewis, will be necessary before your dog can return to daycare.

    Dogs play by “mouthing” and some have to learn to play appropriately....until they do, they can mouth another fur friend a little too hard causing a little puncture to their friend’s ear, muzzle, neck, etc. We do our best to keep the play at an appropriate level, but some dogs love to play rambunctiously! They also run, jump, wrestle and dig and can get a few boo boos here and there. We’ve had dogs get scrapes/cuts from running into the play equipment, break a toenail by jumping on the gates, pull a muscle from over exertion or stopping/starting too quickly and the pea stone in the play yards can cause some sensitivity to some dog’s pads of their feet until their pads toughen up a little (similar to going barefoot the first few times in the summer).

    Prevention/Treatment: We do everything we can to keep the fur kids safe, but at the end of the day, they are there to play and we can regulate, but not control every dog interaction. A few minor boo boos are to be expected.

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    I understand that there is risk of injury when dogs play in a group setting. I assume all liability for my dog’s own injuries in the event of a doggie scuffle. I agree to inform Dogs Bay if my dog ever bites another dog or human outside of daycare.


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