Active & Healthy
Instead of sitting at home alone bored & waiting for you, they are playing, getting exercise, being socialized, and having a great time! After a fun day of playing with fur~iends, you get to pick up a calm and relaxed pet.
Social skills will increase and your Fur~Baby will learn how to play & interact with other dogs in a safe, fun, and meaningful way. Boredom behaviors caused by lack of activity, inadequate mental & physical stimulation are virtually eliminated. Your Fur~Baby can play in a group, with a favorite toy, play ball, hang out with our humans or just lounge around.
At the end of the day you will have a Fur~Baby that is happy, relaxed & tired from playing all day. After all, a tired dog is a happy dog!
Welcome to Fur Baby Daycare
We will place your Fur~Baby in our park based on their size & temperament. We offer indoor and outdoor play yards! Dogs are placed in groups that they will enjoy & make the most fur~iends. Our dedicated team of pet professionals will supervise and interact with your Fur~Baby during their day with us!
You want a tired dog after a day of play with their buddies. We understand your goal and good dog play sessions will help you tire out your best friend while also monitoring the overall safety and health of your dog. It’s important that exhaustion is not the only measure of success when you bring your dog for a play session. Our approach to your dog’s day in off-leash play is to balance physical exercise, mental activities, and rest periods. All three are equally important components to keeping your dog safe and healthy when socializing with other dogs.
Physical exercise is the most obvious benefit of off-leash play and it’s what most pet parents think about when they drop their dog off to play. But for your dog’s health, we also consider it important to provide mental stimulation, which allows your dog to think and use his brain during the day. Mental work is tiring for your dog while building their confidence and self-control. And naturally, after all this physical and mental work, dogs need rest. This is why we include formal rest periods as an important component of our health and safety program for your pet. Dogs that get overly tired are less tolerant and more grumpy (just like kids) which increases risk of injury.
Research studies report that dogs need 12-18 hours of sleep per day. Dogs that require amounts on the higher end of the scale include:
- Senior dogs
- Giant and large breeds
- Dogs in active households or with extreme exercise routines
- Dogs that attend dog daycare multiple days per week or are staying away from home for long periods of time
- Dogs participating in sports like agility, fly ball, or rally-o
Sleep habits of dogs also differ from humans. Napping on and off during the day is a normal pattern for all dogs studied. Formal rest periods are offered during play visits to mirror this normal pattern and to allow dogs to reach deeper sleep levels. Providing a private, quiet area for rest periods allow dogs to reach the restful deep sleep levels they need to stay healthy and happy.
The varying dog sleep positions provide clues to the sleep level they have achieved.
- Stomach sleepers are in very light sleep, ready to jump up at the slightest disturbance
- Curling up is also a light sleep stage as the dog is conserving body heat and protecting themselves
- Side sleepers do reach a deep restful level of sleep
- Back sleepers also reach a deep and restful sleep level and reflect a secure and confident dog
Dogs may take natural rest breaks during playgroups, but it is the rare dog that will relax and enter a deep sleep. Most dogs napping in the playgroup are in light sleep, but very alert so they can jump up whenever something exciting happens. They do not reach the restful sleep stages needed to keep their brain healthy. Nineteenth century sleep deprivation studies performed on dogs confirmed degenerative changes in their brains resulted from lack of rest.
We have structured days to include formal rest periods as a part of any play sessions to help ensure the long-term health and mental well being of your dog. Your happy and healthy dog is the most important measure of success.
Your Fur~Baby will enjoy only the best, healthiest treats while enjoy their day at the park. We will always let you know what we are serving & have many options including grain, wheat, corn, soy free, holistic & organic treats. All of our treats are human grade and made with top ingredients made here in the USA. If your Fur~Baby has a special treat or diet, please discuss this with us, & feel free to bring their own special treats.
While water plays many key roles in dog’s bodies, waters’ chief functions are to maintain a stable environment inside and around their cells, allowing them to acquire sufficient nutrition and aiding elimination of waste in cells. To provide an optimal environment for life, the water we allow our pets to consume through food and drink must be clean and should supply the body with needed electrolytes. Tap water can be some of the most toxic water available to your dog. Research has shown that tap water contains chlorine, often fluoride, & toxic substance that overtime, can have very evil effects on yours & your dogs’ body. One other consideration in quality is temperature of the water. Much like us, your dog will prefer water that fits the seasons. If it’s hot, we serve water that is cooler. If it is winter, we serve room temperature water. So we have superior, clean, quality, filtered water for your Fur~Baby.
Because we ONLY provide the very best for you Fur~Baby we provide purified air in the Park. These air purifiers quickly and effectively reduces carbon-based contaminants, providing fresh, clean smelling air in only minutes. What are carbon-based contaminants? Some of the more familiar carbon-based contaminants include mold, bacteria, viruses, odors & volatile organic compounds. You won’t find these in our park.
We care about the safety of our fur~iends and therefore we clean our park several times everyday with Pet Safe products.We use powerful, concentrated, multi-purpose disinfectants & deodorizers that provides area control of staph, salmonella, E. coli, bordatella bronchiseptica, adenovirus, canine distemper, feline picornavirus, HIV-1, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, rabies, herpes, pseudorabies, respiratory syncytia, streptococcus—even canine parvovirus.
Rest assure that while your Fur~Baby is here enjoying their day of play, they are safe & secure. ONLY our team members will have access to the Daycare room and to interact with them. We do NOT allow anyone else into the daycare area or to come in contact with our fur~iends, even during walks outside. Our exits remain locked at all times, everyone will enter/exit through our store area. All dogs will be escorted through 1 locked gate & 1 door to enter/exit the daycare. You will have a very the option to require a photo ID for non-parent pick-ups, and while in our care we also have “eye in the sky” cameras that help us monitor all areas at all times. So, when you leave your Fur~Baby here, relax and enjoy your day…they already are!
Prior to conducting the daycare evaluation, we talk with you & review the information presented on the application to include the dogs history, previous owners, known issues, previous socialization & interactions with other dogs. We want to know as much as possible so we can make their transition into the park as smooth & enjoyable as possible. This process generally takes 25 minutes, and once complete you may go about your daily activities while we conduct the evaluation with your dog at our facility. Please create your pets profile and your account prior to your 1st day of services. You can activate your account or update it at anytime by clicking the BOOK NOW button.
We can not accept aggressive dogs, or dogs with an inability to interact socially with other canines. In order to insure the happiness and well being of our guests, all dogs are required undergo a temperament test prior to being allowed to participate in daycare or boarding activities. This gives us the opportunity to ascertain the temperament and social skills of the dog & to ensure that your Fur Baby will enjoy participating in the services offered.
The Daycare Evaluation cost $42 and may take between 2 and 4 hours to complete and we provide the rest of that days daycare for FREE once they are accepted into the park.
Prior to conducting the daycare evaluation, we sit down with you and review the information presented on the application to include the dogs history, previous owners, known issues, previous socialization and interactions with other dogs. We want to know as much as possible so we can make their transition into the park as smooth and enjoyable as possible. This process generally takes 20 minutes, and once complete you may go about your daily activities while we conduct the evaluation with your dog at our facility.
There is no need for you to wait or be present while we conduct the daycare evaluation. Our experience has shown that we are able to gain a much more realistic & accurate assessment of the dogs social skills when the parents are not present as they are not focused on impressing mom & dad, but on interacting with other dogs.
The daycare evaluation begins with each staff member becoming personally acquainted with your dog, in a controlled environment away from the main pack, after which we will slowly introduce one of our control dogs known for their friendly nature and well-rounded socialization skills. We will carefully monitor your dog for body language, posturing & reactions during these critical first social interactions. At which point we will introduce your Fur~Baby to the park and observe. Once a dog has successfully completed the evaluation, we contact the parent and inform them of the good news. They are then issued a Fur~Baby Park card that allows them full access to all the services that we provide.
In the event that we feel a dog may need more training to interact safely with the pack, we contact the parent and allow them to stay in one of our pet suites until mom or dad can pick them up. There is a non-refundable $42.00 fee for the initial interview, and temperament evaluation.
This interview process is a very straight forward process designed to address the individual needs of your dog and determine their current level of socialization while ensuring that everyone in our care has a happy, safe & fun time.
We require proof of Rabies & Distemper vaccinations signed by a licensed vet and recommend annual Bordetella vaccines.
ALL dogs must be seen by a vet ANNUALLY for health and wellness exams.
Puppies must be seen by a licensed vet at least one time prior to attending Fur Baby for services. Minimum age to attend daycare is 12 weeks old. Vaccines required at 12 weeks include 2 Rounds of Distemper.
Rabies Vaccines are required by 6 months of Age.
Excused Vaccinations: We understand that there are certain reasons that prevent a dog from being vaccinated as our policy requires. In the event that dog cannot receive a required vaccination, we will accept a letter from that vet clearing the dog from receiving that vaccine and clearing that dog for services.
Titers for Distemper are accepted.
Please upload directly to your Fur Baby account or bring a copy of your pet’s vaccination records to give to us.
Other Health Requirements
All Dogs Must be free of parasites (fleas and ticks). All Dogs are inspected upon entry into the facility and if parasites are found they must either be picked up immediately or given a flea/tick treatment at your expense. Dogs must be a minimum of 12 weeks of Age. All puppies must have 2 sets of Distemper prior to their 1st day in the park. All dogs must have been seen by a vet at least one time prior to attending Fur baby services. Dogs must be in a good condition of health. No coughing, vomiting, diarrhea 48 hours prior to arrival at the facility.
We can not accept aggressive or anti-social aggressive dogs. All dogs must wear a flat quick-release collar or harness with identification and be on a leash to enter Fur~Baby Park. Dogs will wear their collar & Harness at all times and will be walked on a leash anytime they are outside of the play area. All dogs over 6 months of age must have current vaccination records to include DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus) and RABIES. Prior to playing with us, your dog MUST COMPLETE the temperament evaluation as our facility is NOT designed to handle dogs in segregation.
Dogs wishing to stay with us must be spayed or neutered if they are 12 months or older. Unaltered dogs destabilize the pack, and are at greater risk for injury by other dogs. Dogs under 6 months may join us to play but have to be fixed when they reach 12 months of age. Dogs that have passed the temperament test but have not been here to play within 3 months will have to schedule another temperament evaluation. Please bring a copy of your pets vaccination records to leave with us. Anytime you update their vaccinations, please bring a new copy for our records.
What Our Customers Are Saying
Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!
“Bosco had a great day at day care today! Off to dream land he goes. A big thanks to Joe, Sherry, Bryan and all the fur~babies who wore him out! This little guy has a LOT of energy!”
Love is a Four Legged Word
Servicing Delaware Since 2011