Day Camp at Camp Canine!
Day camp can help dogs learn social skills, curb separation anxiety, and provide needed daily exercise. At Camp Canine we have a great day camp program. Our facility has over one and one-half acres of play areas, and we also have an inside gym and community room for the day campers' use.
A Day Camper Day
During the day, the campers socialize with one another, and our staff is interactive with the day campers throughout the day. This program is a separate routine from overnight camp. Our day starts at 7am and goes until 7pm on specified days. You are not required to have your camper here the entire time-- these are just the maximum times during the day.
Day Campers are not allotted rooms. The day campers are grouped by size and/or temperament. Since we have been socializing campers for 13 years we know the majority of the campers will regulate themselves in playtime and take naps as they choose. Any given day you can see Day Campers taking naps in their groups. Exceptions to this may be a young camper that may need some quiet time if they are not taking time to slow down during the day, or an older camper that may need to rest in a quiet place. We know behavior, and forced naps do not work for those that have a higher energy level; they bark or cry not nap. Since we watch our campers closely we know their individual needs.
We do have groups divided on a daily basis; however in some cases, due to personalities, we have had to ask parents to not come on certain days due to particular campers that do not get along.
You might think “just put them in another group” - not so easy if you want the best harmony for all campers! It can cause other campers to feel stress if one camper is really stressed by another. They still realize that camper is in the facility. So one or possibly both campers maintain a level of stress, which they then bring into both play groups causing the possibility of aggression or onset of minor health issues from stress. That’s just not fair to anyone! So, if campers are not getting along, the last one added to a day may be asked to switch days for future day care visits.
This is one reason we do not allow drop in day care. It’s just not fair to the campers to have fellow campers here that may not care for one another. At times when two campers like this may be staying overnight…well, we have our work cut out for us. We do everything we can to give both campers all they need by keeping each other out of sight and mind!
Please discuss with us any new or odd behaviors you have seen at home. Remember also that campers may get scratched and roughed up a little when playing. Just as human children on a playground, they can get scratches and bumps from running and wrestling. Please expect to see these types of things on occasion. Our day camp counselor will make you aware of any active aggression; otherwise do not be alarmed by scratches or minor teeth marks. Any noticeable issues are discussed with parents.