Trial Day – First Day
The Trial Day is an integral and important step in acclimating your dog to the group play environment here at Doguroo. In addition, our comprehensive introduction procedure, which includes temperament and behavioral assessment, allows us to determine if your dog has the right “personality” for group play.
Trial Days are scheduled by appointment only and are limited to a small number of dogs per day. This allows our ABCPDT Certified Trainers to work one-on-one with your dog and give them adequate time for individual attention. Be sure to make an appointment and complete all the requirements before you drop off.
Just like a first day of school, your dog may be a little nervous. Odds are, you will be more nervous than they are! We want to take your dog by the paw and make him/her as comfortable as possible before they go into the play yard with all their new, future friends. Bring your dog in for their first day and know you’re leaving them in our capable, caring hands.
Drop Off before 10am and plan on leaving your dog for the full day, at least 6 hours.
Upon arrival, your dog will spend time in one of our spacious dens or zen rooms. Their first hour or so will be spent just getting used to the environment by taking in all the new smells and sounds. Our ultimate goal is to give your dog a positive experience to associate with coming to Doguroo. We’ll utilize small, even one or two dogs, in a playgroup with your dog to begin the process. As the day progresses, and when your dog is ready, they’ll move into larger groups and eventually into the main play yard.
At Pickup, you’ll receive a report card with an assessment and feedback from the Training staff.
There are dogs that are not appropriate for group play. In some cases their learned behaviors or temperament make them too aggressive OR too fearful to mix safely with other dogs. While it is rare, we do occasionally fail a dog on their Trial Day. More often, we will recommend training alternatives (either external or internal) and develop an “Extended Trial Day” plan to help your dog adjust safely and successfully into our play yards.
You can be assured that we will not accept any dog that exhibits extremely aggressive behavior towards other dogs or people. We do not restrict any breeds but rather rely on a case-by-case assessment and ongoing professional experience and observation. Access to our play yards is a privilege, not a right and dogs must act accordingly every time they come.