MEET AND GREET
Once we have received your application form we will invite you and your dog to join us for a half day / day. Giving you and your dog a chance to sniff around and meet some fellow pack members.
For the safety of everyone at day-care, it is important that all dogs interact positively together. For this reason, we use the meet and greet session to evaluate if The Dog Depot is a suitable place for your dog.
When you arrive we sit down for 15 - 20 minutes to discuss your dog’s history (previous owners, socialisation, interactions with other dogs, etc.), check your vaccination booklets and talk through what we do at The Dog Depot and how our days run.
Our evaluations always take place first thing Monday morning between 7.30 and 9am, if this day doesnt suit you we can try and make it another day. We choose Monday's because it is generally a quieter day
It is important any dog attending for the first time, is given ample time and space to get used to the new surroundings. Only our senior staff conduct evaluations, closely monitoring your dog’s body language and reactions during initial interactions with other dogs. We always use like-minded, calmer day-care dogs at first and then slowly let more of the pack in as your loved one settles. After a few minutes we can tell if it is suitable for your dog to stay with us for the rest of the morning / day ... and you are free to head off whenever you like.
FIRST DAY WITH THE PACK
Your loved one then experiences a half / day with us, meeting new friends and staff. We only use positive, praise based techniques to form a strong bond with your dog during this time and he / she is closely monitored throughout his / her whole first session. If, during this time, we identify any areas of concern, we will discuss these with you and offer advice on how best to proceed.
However if all goes well you four legged friend is now part of The Dog Depot pack, and when you come to pick him / her up we can talk through what membership options best suit you.