Many kennels, especially large ones, use indoor/outdoor runs where dogs move inside and outside when a door is lifted. This makes dog care easy but doesn’t do much from an interaction point of view. Because we are a medium-sized kennel, we are able to hand walk all dogs from inside to outside and from their individual indoor areas to their outside play yards. We see this as an opportunity to spend more time establishing a relationship with each dog.
We do our best to arrange playmates for all of our guests, especially those that come alone. Boredom is the single biggest problem with kennel stays, and so we try to match dogs with yard companions of a similar size and personality type.
Note: Unfortunately, aggressive or overly dominant dogs will not be able to be partnered with other dogs.
In addition to having their own indoor areas at night with beds, rugs, and blankets, dogs spend the day supervised in one of our many play yards. Outdoor playtime is largely determined by weather. Typically, dogs will be out in play groups most of the day on nice cool summer or warm winter days. If the temperature is too hot or cold, we limit time outside based on the breed and dog’s own desires.
After a long day of playing, dogs are fed, interact with us during our final daily chores, then head back outside for one last romp before bedtime. Our biggest priorities are lots of fresh air, exercise, and as much canine and human interaction and socialization as possible.
In order to introduce new arrivals to employees at Shylo, dogs are placed in an outdoor area by themselves. Depending on the time of day, your pet will be introduced to their first play group and companions the next time a group is formed. This may be after a nap, break time, or the next morning. We’ve found that adding dogs to existing play groups can disrupt the group and cause unnecessary confrontation.
When you come to visit or pick up your dog from their stay, they’ll be in one of several areas. They may be inside on break from a hot or cold day or scheduled naptime. They might also be inside having breakfast or in our salon area receiving a planned grooming or a complimentary “tidying-up.” Your dog might also be outside when you arrive. If you have a little one, they’ll likely be out in Tiny Town or medium/large dogs will be in one of our regular-sized play yards.
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After over 40 years and countless dogs coming through our doors, we’ve received our fair share of questions.