What to Expect
Considering Social Club for your dog? Here are a few things that you should keep in mind regarding what to expect when socializing your dog with other dogs in a group environment. Know the benefits, risks, and generally what to expect
Benefits of the Social Club
- At Pussy & Pooch we use the time in our Club not only for the dogs to exercise, socialize, and enjoy each other, but we also use it as a time for positive reinforcement training. If we see any bad behaviors we will correct and reward your dog for improvements. Your dog will learn appropriate behavior from the pack mentality monitored by our group of professionally trained attendants.
- The Social Club is a great way to socialize your dog, especially if you have a puppy or a shy dog. Puppies are very impressionable and the more they are socialized the more likely they will grow up to be well-adjusted balanced dogs. If you have a shy or nervous dog, our Club can be a great tool to help your dog build his or her confidence and adjust to other dogs and people. Just remember it can take time for a shy dog to get used to these new experiences and really enjoy themselves.
- The Social Club will provide your dog with an excellent learning environment. It will provide physical, as well as, mental exercise. Do not discount how thoroughly exhausting mental stimulation may be for a dog. A visit to our Social Club can be very tiring and you may find your pet needs some extra time to catch up on sleep.
- Even those dogs that are not as energetic and do not enjoy non-stop play, benefit from the mental stimulation they get from our Social Club. There is always lots to watch and new smells to check out.
- The Social Club can help with dogs that suffer from separation anxiety. It gives your dogs a place to go during the day when you cannot be with them and provides both mental and physical stimulation which will make them tired and more receptive to the training you do at home to overcome their anxiety.
Inherent risks of the Social Club
- Our Social Club for dogs is really no different than sending a child to school. Every child catches a cold or the flu at some point and it is not different with dogs. We do require all dogs to be current on vaccines, but even so, there is a small risk your dog could catch something. We ask that if you notice signs that your dog might be feeling a little under the weather, to please refrain from bringing your dog to our facility until feeling better.
- The Social Club can be similar to a contact sport for humans, except these participants are playing the game with their teeth and claws. The more active of a player your dog is, the more likely they will get scratches and other marks on them. There are a high proportionate level of trainers with the dogs at all times, and we monitor the dogs for appropriate behavior and correct bad habits to keep play levels as safe as possible, but sometimes things do happen. If we notice anything, we will point it out to you, but remember, they are covered in hair and we will not see everything. If you do find a mark you feel may be concerning, please let us know.
- Some dogs experience tender paws until they adapt to all the activity. Oftentimes they do not let us know that their feet are sore because they are too busy playing and having a good time.
Other things to know about the Social Club
- After a day of play, your dog will most likely go home hungry, thirsty, and tired. This is normal. During play, dogs might not take the time to stop and drink as much as they should. We always have fresh water available, but many dogs are too distracted with playing. Do not be surprised if your dog goes homes, eats and falls asleep. This too is normal and is probably one of the primary reasons you bring your dog to our Social Club.
- We have special quiet areas for your pup to relax during the day and take a break from playing; However, because dogs may not often take a break on their own, they are still going to need some extra sleep at home. If you would like to request special quiet times for your dog, we do have VIP rooms available for your dog to have a chill moment with one of our trainers.
- We love feedback, so please communicate any questions or concerns that you may have. At the end of the day we want the Social Club to be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog!