At Doggy Business, play is our specialty!
We offer two play groups per day, Monday through Friday.
MORNING PLAY GROUP $22/dog
8:00AM – 12:00PM (drop off from 8:00am – 8:30am and pick up from 11:30am – 12:00pm)
AFTERNOON PLAY GROUP $22/dog
1:00PM – 5:00PM (drop off from 1:00pm – 1:30pm and pick up from 4:30pm – 5:00pm)
New and existing customers can log in to our new Gingr software to create accounts, manage information, request reservations, and more by clicking on this link – Welcome to Gingr.
To make sure our play groups are a good fit for your dog, we do an evaluation for every new dog. The evaluations are by appointment and are about an hour long. To schedule an evaluation, please call us at (503) 327-8877 or email email@example.com.
During our play groups, we work proactively to help dogs get along with other dogs. Just like humans, dogs are more comfortable and playful when they are as stress free as possible. We keep our play groups small, with no more than 25 dogs at any one time, so that everyone has room to play.
The room is set up to be free of barriers so that the dogs have room to move around and have fun.
Each play group is four hours long and trainer-led, meaning that a certified dog trainer or dog behavior specialist organizes the play group and leads the activities. The play groups are loaded with free play for the dogs, but we interrupt play frequently with training games such as group sits, downs, recalls, follow the leader, and agility games. The combination of structured training games and free play provides a great way to engage the dogs mentally and physically.
- The dogs work off their energy, get in some fun play, and learn some additional manners and skills
- Maximum of 25 dogs in each playgroup
- Minimum of 2 people supervising each playgroup
- At least 1 certified trainer in every playgroup
- Proactive engagement to teach solid play skills and additional manners that translate to the world outside Doggy Business
We do not introduce scary stimuli or use painful or frightening consequences in our play groups because we feel that it’s a negative and inhumane way to work with animals. This means that we don’t use spray bottles, Gentle Leaders, air horns, shake cans or other devices to control activity. Rather, we engage the dogs in fun activities and training games during play group so that we can reinforce appropriate behavior and encourage fun positive play.
No aversives! (No spray bottles, shake cans, air horns, yelling at dogs, etc.)
If you have any questions about how we interact with the dogs in our care, please feel free to call our head trainer, Doug Duncan, at (503) 313-2200.
You can also check out the following resources to learn more about appropriate ways to work with and train dogs in effective and positive ways.
The Culture Clash, 2nd Edition, by Jean Donaldson
Don’t Shoot the Dog, by Karen Pryor
Dogs are From Neptune, by Jean Donaldson
Oh Behave!, by Jean Donaldson
How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, by Ian Dunbar
Off Leash Control, by Robin Bennett
You can find these and other great books at www.Dogwise.com