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Fairhope Canine Camp
Daycare & Boarding


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


If we have not answered any of your questions or concerns, or you would like us to elaborate on any point or policy that we have, please don’t hesitate to ask!


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    How will my pet spend their day?
    Our pups run, romp, wrestle, take naps, watch a movie or listen to music in the doggie lounge. They play with each other and with our camp counselors. Doggie hugs, tummy rubbing, and ear scratching are on the agenda every day. Our camp counselors monitor play and make sure each and every camper is having a dog gone good time!
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    Is there a minimum attendance requirement?
    No. We recommend at least one visit per week for the sake of your dog. For many pups, this environment can be stressful until they get to know their new playmates. If you bring your dog on the same day(s) every week, they will generally have the same playmates. If you sporadically bring your dog, your pup can forget his new pals or will have an entire new group to get used to. This can be very stressful for your pooch. On the other hand, five days a week can often be too much for many dogs, especially if they are not used to socialization and play five days a week, and up to twelve hours a day.
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    How do you prevent play from getting out of hand?
    Each and every owner fills out a thorough application form and the camper goes through a temperament assessment and an evaluation day with our trained staff. Only dogs that pass the assessment and evaluation day are accepted into camp. Once accepted, the play groups are constantly supervised and the safety of each and every camper is our #1 priority. Our counselors make sure play doesn’t get out of hand or too rowdy, however, dogs play with their paws and teeth, so small scratches and nicks can happen. If a serious situation were to occur, the injured pet will be transported to the nearest veterinarian and you will be contacted. Voice commands, redirecting behavior and squirts from a water bottle are the most common methods of preventing problems. Time-outs can be used to give an over-energetic pooch time to cool off and calm down. Negative reinforcement is never used at Fairhope Canine Camp.
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    How do you keep the facility clean with all the dogs coming in and out?
    Fairhope Canine Camp is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly every night with a cleaner and disinfectant specially formulated for animal care facilities, along with frequent cleaning throughout the day. Any spot cleaning is done with the same cleaner to instantly sanitize the area.
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    How will you keep my dog comfortable while he is staying with you?
    Weather permitting, your dog can choose to play inside or outside while playing at Fairhope Canine Camp. Our indoor play area is climate controlled so it never gets too hot or too cold for your pooch. Lying in our doggy lounge with the air and ceiling fans on is a favorite past-time for a few of our older guests! Our outside play yard has plenty of shade. We frequently get the pools out for our pups to splash around in when the weather is warm. Our boarding guests sleep in the play areas, or in the case of Special 24 hour boarding, in Ron's home. Both areas are temperature controlled.
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    What do I need to bring if I will be boarding my dog?
    You need to bring your pups regular food. We will provide a very comfortable outfitted, size appropriate, crate for sleepy time. Please bring your pups food in a sealed container.
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    Your web site says that you mix the playgroups with both large and small dogs – How will you keep my dog(s) safe?
    Every camper must pass an assessment before they are allowed to complete their evaluation day and continue coming to camp. During this assessment, we meet with each dog and see how they react to meeting new people. If they are comfortable listening to us, we do one-on-one introductions with regular campers. During these introductions, we carefully monitor their behavioral cues and their body language. In particular, we are looking for dogs that are happy to meet new play pals, big dogs that can play with small dogs and small dogs that can play with large dogs, and every size in between. We assess the particular breed and background of each dog, and watch carefully for any traits that may cause problems in camp. We will work with smaller dogs that may not be entirely comfortable with larger dogs as long as they do not snap or bite from fear.
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    Can I come back in the play room to interact and play with my dog while he is in Day Camp?
    No. First and foremost, this would not be safe for the dogs. Introducing a novel stimulus to the pack (i.e. you) heightens arousal and could cause a fight. When our camp counselors change shifts, we have a very specific protocol for how to enter the playroom and interact with the dogs. Our counselors have gone to considerable lengths to get each and every camper comfortable with them, and bringing in strangers is unfair to the dogs and could introduce a bite risk. Plus some of our day campers are uncomfortable with people they do not know or certain attributes that we have (men vs. women, glasses, or a beard, for example). It is very important to us that this is a safe place where our campers can come to play and relax. In addition, the dogs act very differently when a novel stimulus is introduced than they do most of the day so it wouldn’t be a true picture of what goes on. Finally, our insurance would not allow this for obvious liability reasons.
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    Why is it so loud when I come to drop off or pick up my dog? Is it always that loud?
    The campers that are already here bark when the door opens (or when someone walks by the window, a plane flies overhead, or a loud truck drives by!). Some of our guys are very protective of their environment. Others are just excited that a new play mate is here. And still others are upset that our camp counselor is paying attention to someone else (i.e. you) and wants to make sure we understand their dissatisfaction! It is not very loud at all during the day. The dogs will occasionally bark while playing, but bully barking (barking at another dog to get them to play) or barking for attention is not allowed. However, at pick up and drop off times, the dogs are very excited and make sure to let you know!
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    Will you feed my dog while he is playing in Day Camp?
    It is recommended your pet be fed before arrival and/or after pickup. Snacks will be available during the day. Boarders will be fed before and/or after Day Camp begins then receive snacks during the day with the other campers.
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    What hours may I drop off or pick up my pet?
    We are open M-F 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM, and Day Camp is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Drop-off times during the week are 6:30am through 10:00am and pick-up is between 4:00pm and 6:30pm. If at any time you would like to pick your dog up between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm we ask that you call a few minutes in advance so we can get your dog ready to go home.
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    What Holidays is Day Camp closed? (We still come in for our boarding guests, of course)
    Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day There may be occasions, such as inclement weather or unforeseen events, when we may need to close. We will do our best to contact regular day care attendee parents in advance.