We believe in creating a fun and loving centre to support modern dog loving families. We are a day care centre based on having fun and socialization, we do not have the dogs in large separated cages, they mix and we actively encourage play. They are introduced to new experiences every day. They get to play with their friends. This is why we are very very strict on the type and size of dogs in our care, we will also stand down dogs that do not socialize or play well. Our day care is not just a holding place for dogs, it is really for fun, learning and being a dog.
At Four Small Paws we care about every dog in our pack, keeping them safe and secure, so it is important that all new dogs pass an entrance exam to assure that aggression or excessive shyness or fear won’t be a problem.
Dogs First Day
Our Day Care Team Leader will interview the client and dog to find out if the dog is food or toy aggressive, protective of territory, or fearful of humans, followed by evaluation of the dog in various circumstances.
At Four Small Paws, we will undertake the following:
- Administer the tolerance test used by Therapy Dogs International. This test involves tugging on the dog’s ears, pulling on its collar, judging its reaction to noise, and checking for food aggression (If they do not let us touch them, they don’t get any further).
- Introduce new dogs one-on-one with other dogs to see how they interact.
- Put a new dog into a small group of four or five compatible dogs.
- Watch their behaviour during the first visit and then report back to the Owner on our findings.
The first day for new dogs is a half-day. “We want dogs to have a good experience,” The first time your pet comes to daycare is a very overwhelming experience, there are many new smells, dogs and people. The pure stimulation from just half a day is enough. Some dogs just jump directly in and think it is awesome, others want more time to just settle and watch.
If we find that a dog suffers from anxiety but is otherwise fine, we may suggest that you try a Stress vest. They do work.
Four Small Paws day cares require that dogs have annual vaccinations for distemper, hepatitis, parvo virus, and Bordatella; are up-to date on rabies inoculations; and are taking preventives for fleas, ticks, and heartworms.
* Dogs must be spayed or neutered if over seven months of age.
Rules, Regulations and Size Classification
In order to attend Four Small Paws:
- Male dogs must be neutered
- Female dogs must not attend if in heat
- Vaccinations must be up to date,
- Worming and Flea treatments must be up to date (We can arrange this for you if you wish)
- Size: Height must be less than 42 cms. From ground to shoulder. Weight: This will be taken into consideration as we have some very little dogs that must be safe, so even though a staffie or bulldog may be short, they may be too heavy to safely play.
Breed: This will be at our discretion, we will normally test them out with our more settled dogs first to see how they go.
All In A Day
What will a typical day at Four Small Paws look like
- Arrive and get signed in
- Play, make friends for a couple of hours, some set activities
- Rest time – This may be a sleep or even just a wander around but no set games during this time
- Game time: Ball throw or digging games, thinking games with the staff
- After 3 is slow down time. Make sure paws are clean, have a brush and a cuddle
- Pick up time – Home for a sleep!