A Dog’s Journal: My First Day at Doggie Daycare
Boy, do I have a pupdate for you. Today was my very first day of doggie daycare at Hounds Lounge!
It all started this morning when Mom woke me up. She told me I was going to school! I didn’t really know what that meant, but I still jumped out of bed with my tail wagging. Mom always knows best!
We got in the car, and Mom even let me stick my head out the window! Ah, I love feeling the wind in my ears.
We drove toward a big building, and I could hear barking in the distance. We parked there, and Mom told me it was Hounds Lounge, where I would be attending doggie daycare. Then, she got me out of the car, and we walked in.
When we entered the lobby, I saw treats on the counter. That’s how I knew I was in a grrreat place.
Mom talked to another hooman about me for a little while. They both smiled and laughed and looked at me. Another hooman came in and started giving me pets! So, I, of course, had to flop over for a belly rub.
I heard somebody tell Mom that my furrst day would be complimentary, whatever that means!
After I’d collected myself, Mom leaned down and told me she had to leave, but she would pick me up later. She made me promise to be a good boy, because I’d get a behavior report at the end of the day! I licked her goodbye.
(Here’s me sniffing out my new pack of doggos and hoomans.)
One of the nice hoomans told me that the furrst day of daycare is a temperament test. That appawently helps make dog daycare very safe.
To start my test, the hooman took me to a play yard, which is indoors and outdoors! The best of both worlds! Did I mention it’s leash-free? The hooman played with me until I felt comfurrtable with the other doggos, which didn’t take long. I think I passed the test and made Mom proud.
(That’s me and my new Best Furriend Furrever, Riley!)
There are different play groups, and I joined one with bigger woofs like me. In fact, we all had a lot in common. We all like to run and jump and play chase. I wonder if the Hounds Lounge hoomans put me in that group on purpose?
I love my new furriends. It is so much more fun to play with them than it is to be home alone when my pawents are at work!
(Check out my pal, Spot, with one of many bubbles!)
The hoomans at doggie daycare are a lot of fun too. They played with us all day long. They even blew bubbles for us to try to pop! I think I popped the most in my play group. My face smells a little like bath time.
Speaking of bath time, some of my furriends went to the Hounds Lounge spaw today and came back looking very fluffy and clean. I think Mom and Dad should make me an appointment!
Well, Journal, I have to say, today was the goodest of good days. I will never furrget my first day at doggie daycare. I was almost a little sad when the Hounds Lounge hoomans told me it was time to go home. But as soon as I saw Mom in the lobby, I was happy again!
Mom told me I got a great behavior report! And she said she saw cute pictures of me on the Hounds Lounge Facebark and Instagrrram. What can I say? The camera loves me!
We said goodbye to my new Hounds Lounge pack and headed home. And that’s how my tail ends!
Now, I am absolutely dog-tired. I think it’s time to call it a day. Tonight, I will dream about all my new furriends and how much fun we had. One day soon, we’ll get to do it all over again!
Lots of Licks,
3 Tips for Humans to Prepare for the First Day at Doggie Daycare
1. Update Your Pup’s Vaccinations
Before your furry friend can enroll for their first day at doggie daycare, it’s critical to update their vaccinations! The following vaccines are required before enrollment:
- Rabies Vaccine (1 or 3 year)
- Bordetella Vaccine (encouraged every 6 months and must be given 48 hours before arriving at Hounds Lounge)
- Annual DHPP Vaccines (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
- Canine Influenza (both strains h3n2 & h3n8)
You or your vet can email proof to us, or you can upload to your profile by logging in to your account on our website after your first reservation is requested. If needed, our team will contact your vet to request vaccination records! Learn more about our vaccination policy.
2. Familiarize Yourself With Our Spay & Neuter Policy
Females that have had their first heat cycle cannot return until spayed. Unaltered males are allowed to pawticipate in off-leash play up to 12 months old, unless rowdy or aggressive behavior becomes an issue. The safety of our furry guests is our number one concern. Most times, our private retreat option is available for unaltered males that cannot pawticipate in off-leash play. For more information about our spay & neuter policy, please visit our FAQs page.
3. Place Your Reservation for Your Pup’s First Day at Doggie Daycare
Before your dog can have an awesome first day at doggie daycare, humans will need to place a reservation! The first day of play is free, and our team will administer a temperament test to monitor your pup’s behavior. We separate doggies by size and play style, and offer a private retreat option for pups who don’t do well in social environments.
After the first day, no reservations are needed if your pup has a successful temperament test and is up-to-date on all required vaccinations! Find your nearest location to make a reservation and learn more.
Choose Hounds Lounge for An Exciting First Day at Doggie Daycare
Ready to enroll your pup for their first day at doggie daycare? Hounds Lounge offers engaging activities and spacious yards! With large play areas, attentive staff, and leash-free socialization, your pup is sure to love the environment. Fido will make plenty of friends during their first day at doggie daycare. We know that your dog is a part of the family, and we are here to give them the same love. Every dog deserves a fun and safe play time, and Hounds Lounge is here to ensure that.
With locations in Little Rock, West Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Fayetteville, Hounds Lounge is the perfect outlet for your furry friend. Learn about our rates and enroll your pup for their first day of doggie daycare today!