From Play to Stay!
Cool Treats, Fresh Air & Friends!
We are excited you are interested in our Multi Award Winning Services! Structured Daycare is available as a subscription service which are auto renewed each month. Recurring attendance Day/s are required to be picked at the time of subscribing. Days can only be changed up to 4 times a year & are based on availability. We are staffed according to the number of expected dogs for the safety of the dogs in our care & our staff, there are no make-up days allowed if your day is missed.
Please be sure to check out our FAQ section along with the videos above for a sneak peek into our Structured Daycare Program. Your first step would be to Register as a client and then schedule a Structured Daycare Evaluation with our office by calling 815-464-TAIL (8245) or email Inbox@K9Tailshakers.com.
Memberships help keep our facility and your dog safe by running efficiently. Committing to regular days helps your dog fall into a structured routine by having regular friends, which keeps their play dates as relaxed, stress free & routine as possible.
In addition, having a Membership allows us to schedule and staff properly. Unscheduled arrivals can quickly have us understaffed, potentially causing an unsafe environment.
Structured offers both indoor & outdoor play although we create an environment where there are expectations of reciprocal play, manners, boundaries, and consistency within our program. Your dog will learn to be mindful of exiting and entering thresholds such as kennel doors, crate doors, interior and exterior doors and barking will be discouraged. Each dog will learn the place command and work on learning to place on their cot prior to beginning their play session. 10-15 minutes of Place/Threshold/Obedience and 25-30 minutes of play! There are a max number of 2 sessions a day. You can also mix and match with our Enrichment Program Activities. For example, you can do 2 Play Sessions and 1 Agility for Fun!
This is NOT A TRAINING PROGRAM. This program is meant to encourage and support good behaviors in dogs and prevent them from picking up bad habits, allowing us to send home good dogs as great dogs!
Yes. All dogs are evaluated prior to entering into our Structured Daycare Program and once accepted will be under evaluation the entire duration of their program. An evaluation is NOT A TEMPERAMENT TEST and in no way determines what kind of dog you have. We only evaluate your dog to understand if this is the best program for them or if they may be more suitable for one of our other programs. Please read our Structured Daycare Evaluation PDF posted above.
Different Environments can affect the behavior of every dog, just like they do people. A Daycare environment is not meant for every dog and can change a dog's behavior. There are several factors such as an enclosed indoor environment, new dogs, new people, new smells, new routine, owners are not present. In addition, there are certain play styles and behaviors that can be acceptable at home although they may not be suitable for a Daycare environment. Remember, we are here to make sure that not only your dog, but "all" dogs are healthy, safe, and happy in our programs. While we will always recommend the program that will be safest and make your dog the happiest based on what your dog is telling us.