Check to See if Your is Eligible to Play!
Requirements and Rules for New Clients
1.) Temperament/Behavior: Your dog must not have any history of aggression towards other dogs or people in an off leash play situation. Must play nice with other dogs around toys, food and new people. We are strict about not allowing behaviors that are dangerous, disruptive or unpleasant for our guests. The following behaviors are not allowed: aggressive behavior or behaviors that become excessive such as barking, humping, whining or rough play. We will inform you if these behaviors are seen and will discuss additional options with you. If these behaviors cannot be kept under control, your dog may be asked to not come back.
2.) Age: Must be between 16 weeks and 11 years of age on Orientation Day. Existing clients over the age of 11 are welcome!
3.) Spay/Neuter: Must be spayed or neutered if 8 months of age or older.
4.) Weight: Must be at least 15 pounds and not over 130 pounds.
5.) Breed: We LOVE dogs! All dogs! Unfortunately, our insurance provider will not allow the following breeds or mixes of the following breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier, Stafforshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, Akita, Akita Inu, American Bulldog, English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Mini Bull Terrier, Blue Paul Terrier, Anatolian Shepherd, Caucasian Shepherd, Alapaha Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Tibetan Mastiff, Dogue De Bordeaux, Dogo Argentino, Ca De Bou, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa Inu, Cane Corso, Alano Espanol, Boerboel, Presa Canario, Broholmer, American Bandogge, Kangal Dog, Sage Koocheel, Gull Terrier, Gull Dong, Wolf Hybrid. French Bulldogs and French Bulldog mixes are acceptable. Additionally, we can accept great danes if they have the "stomach surgery" otherwise we don't or Greyhounds/Italian Greyhounds due to exceptionally fragile skin and bones.
6.) Health Conditions: The following health conditions make it unsafe for your dog to play with us: total blindness, severe or uncontrolled seizures, diabetes, cardiomyopathy, Addison's disease, bloat/gastric torsion, more than one leg amputation, exercise induced collapse or any other major or life threatening health problem or problem that prevents your dog from safely playing with other dogs in a group situation. Unfortunately, for insurance reasons, we cannot give injections.
7.) Vaccinations: Your dog must have current rabies, DHPP (distemper combination) and bordetella vaccinations for at least one week before Orientation & Evaluation Day. The Influenza Vaccine is required but we are temporarily waiving that requirement due to the nationwide shortage. Please contact our staff for some suggesstions of veterinarians that may have stock on hand now. (Please note that the bordetella vaccination, like the human flu shot, does not protect against all strains of kennel cough) Any initial series of vaccinations must also be complete. We accept titer tests in place of DHPP or rabies vaccinations after 1 year of age. Titer test documents must show that your dog has sufficient immunity and needs to have a retest date. Other vaccinations, such as Lyme and Leptospirosis are strongly recommended, but not required at this time. Please talk to your veterinarian about the best vaccination strategy for your dog.
8.) Discipline: For general shenanigans, we will us a verbal command "no" and a squirt bottle of water if needed. If those methods are not working, and a behavior is disrupting the playgroup, a time out in the Carribean Cafe may be tried. Dogs behaving in a way that endangers the safety of themselves, other dogs or staff will be kenneled in our Carribean Cafe and their parents will be called. Dogs who are disruptive in Slumber Bay overnight will be kennelled in our Carribean Cafe until the morning.
9.) Prohibited Items: Bandages, cones, stitches, booties/socks, bandanas, bows, flea/tick collars and similar items will be eaten by other dogs and are not allowed.
10.) Flea/Tick Prevention: A topical or chewable flea and tick preventative such as Frontline, Bravecto, or NexGard is required. A flea/tick collar won't be sufficient. It will be eaten by the other dogs.
11.) Attire: Your dog's collar must have a quick release buckle (where you pinch with 2 fingers to release it) and your dog's first and last name. If you don't have one, a loaner collar will be provided.
12.) Contagious Conditions: Dogs found to have puppy warts, kennel cough, worms, fleas, parasites, frequent or liquid diarrhea, vomiting or any other potentially contagious condition, illness or injury will be isolated in a kennel in our Caribbean Cafe. We will then contact the owner(s) to determine the best course of action. If an owner cannot be reached, the dog may be taken for treatment by a veterinarian at the owner's expense.
13.) Liability: The owner is responsible for injury or illness, including contagious illness.