Visitor Requirements & What to Bring

If visiting DogJoy for daycamp, dayschool, boarding or Splash Park services your dog must:

Be familiar with training and DogJoy processes.

The dogs staying here have worked hard to become good canine citizens. Your dog must be in training with us, or have graduated, in order to visit for daycamp or boarding. All dogs are required to visit regularly so that everyone stays familiar.

Be in good health.

Please do not bring a sick dog. This compromises the health of all of the other dogs staying with us.

Be at least 3 months old.

If boarding, there is an additional fee for puppies under the age of 8 months.

Recently rescued dog?

Be sure your dog has been out of the shelter for at least 3 weeks, and has been seen by your current vet.

Be current on vaccinations and have a copy from your vet on file.

Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, and Lepto are required, given at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Bordetella is not required. There is a 7 day waiting period if the Bordetella vaccine was recently given.

Canine Influenza is not required at this time, but is highly recommended, especially if your pet travels to other areas of the state or country.

Be current on a monthly flea & tick preventive.

For the health and safety of the other dogs, flea collars are not permitted.

All dogs must be on leash upon arrival.

All collars, harnesses and leashes will be removed at check-in and your dog will wear one of our quick-release safety collars. Prong, choke and shock collars are not allowed.

What to bring for your dog’s boarding stay with us:

Please have all items clearly marked with your dog’s first and last name. We do our best to return all items, but cannot guarantee that they will be returned in the same shape in which they were left with us.

Your dog’s food.

If your dog eats raw, or any other special diet, please package their food in individual pre-measured servings labeled with your dog’s name.

Please DO NOT bring us your dog’s entire bag of dog food or your large plastic food container. We do not have the room to store it all.

Please re-bag what your dog will need, plus an extra day, in large ziplocks or put in single serving bags labeled with your dog’s name. DO NOT bring any bowls or food dishes. We provide stainless bowls for your dog’s visit. Exceptions are made for slow-feed bowls (please label with your dog’s name).

Any medication needed (fee applies).

If medication needs to be given, it must be in the original bottle, labeled with what the medication is and the dosage required, and have your dog’s first and last name written on the bottle. Also include a measuring device, if needed.


If you are sending supplements with your dog you must separate your dog’s food into individual servings and include the supplement(s) in each bag, otherwise there will be a fee for each administration. Label bags with your dog’s name and AM or PM.

DO NOT bring large stuffed or foam beds, or elevated beds from home.

We can provide a comfy elevated bed at your request, and elevated beds are included in all of our boarding add-on packages. We can also provide blankets and/or towels to dogs that do not chew bedding, in order to make them comfy, so there is no need to pack more if you do not care to.

Optional – A crate mat, light blanket, towel, or article of clothing that smells like home, if your dog prefers bedding.

This should be something that can easily be washed, if needed, and something that you can live without, should your dog decide to chew on it.

For safety reasons, we DO NOT accept the following items:

No bones, rawhide, chew toys, rope toys, or tennis balls.

Boarding School Reservations *ONLY*:

Please bring plenty of your dog’s favorite small (pea sized), soft training treats and their favorite toys for their training sessions. If you do not have these types of treats for training, we do carry them for you to purchase. Rope toys, tennis balls and rawhide are not allowed.