Lodge Details (for parents)
Camper Requirements

All doggie Campers must be prescreened for their ability to socialize with other dogs. Our screening is typically 2-4 hours of daycare (see our Lodge Services and Rates page for rates) to get to know your dog and for your dog to get to know us. This screening is necessary before being accepted for daycare or boarding. Dogs that attend Tails-A-Wagging Doggie Daycare do NOT have to be evaluated and are welcome at any time. Dogs that have attended classes with or have been already evaluated by positive-reward-based trainers can probably bypass the screening process; please call to discuss. Basically, we want to assess your dog’s ability to get along socially with both people and dogs, with no sign of aggressive or threatening behaviors. We will also be looking at any separation anxiety issues as well as any over-the-top dominance or submissiveness. Very shy and insecure dogs may need more than one visit prior to boarding to truly feel comfortable here. We have great success turning wall flowers into socially confident dogs!

Dogs must weigh 25 pounds or less and be spayed or neutered (if you have a puppy, please call or email to discuss). Dogs must be in good health and parents will be asked to sign a contract that certifies that your pet is healthy and has not been sick with, or exposed to, any known diseases or disorders prior to staying with us. If your pet shows any signs of vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing (not allergy related), or lethargy, you MUST alert us and we may refuse service. If your Camper becomes ill during his or her stay with us, we will do our best to take care of your dog and will call you to discuss.

All Campers must be at least 12 weeks old or older and have completed their series of vaccines. We require written proof of vaccination at least 5 days prior to arriving at the Lodge. The required vaccines are Distemper, Parvovirus and Rabies. A fecal test, performed by your veterinarian, is required prior to admission; please provide proof of this test. (Regular clients must show proof every 6 months.) Campers must also be free of fleas and be on some type of flea preventative. If fleas are found, your dog will be charged for a bath and flea treatment, or be sent home.


We are open by appointment only to ensure our Campers’ happiness and schedules for feeding, activities, tucking in, etc., so please schedule an appointment for a tour. We try to balance our Campers’ needs as well as our own, and we also strive to be considerate of our neighbors.

Due to COVID-19, Lodge hours have changed; please call or email for current hours.

Drop offs for daycare can happen between when we open and 12:00 noon; all drop offs for boarding must be by noon unless otherwise arranged. All pickups must be by closing.

What to bring

You must supply your Camper’s food (and please include enough for a few extra days in case you need to extend your trip) and advise us of any food allergies (we provide snacks for Campers). If your dog requires lunch (in addition to breakfast and dinner), please advise us. Please make sure any supplements or medications are clearly marked with your dog’s name and that you communicate complete dosage instructions. We will want to know what the medications and/or supplements are for, how to administer them (with food, peanut butter, pill pockets, etc.), and who we can contact should we run out. We provide stainless steel bowls for mealtimes so no need to bring your own. Mealtimes are morning and evening.

If you bring your own snacks, please do not include rawhide or real meat bones.

We have plenty of toys at the Lodge so we would prefer that you do not bring your own (unless you are willing to share! But please be aware that we cannot be held responsible for toys that you bring).

We supply bedding for all Campers, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Campers must be crate-trained for naps and meals.

Campers should wear buckle collars and arrive on a regular 4′ or 6′ leash; no flexi-leads please!! Choke chains and pinch collars are not acceptable and are not allowed on our premises. Harnesses are fine.

Download Day and Overnight Campers’ Application