Dog Boarding

Dog Boarding

Dogs who board at Responsible Dog enjoy unique care including supervised dog day care (socialization & playtime) and minimum four outside potty opportunities on a natural surface. We also provide a clean environment with a large securely fenced area.

A minimum 4-hour daycare evaluation ($30.00) prior to boarding with us is mandatory for all new client pets. Only well-behaved and social dogs with good handling skills are allowed to board at Responsible Dog. I make exceptions, depending on a dog’s behavior problem, if any, and our ability to keep everyone safe and stress free. Exceptions are made for dogs that have completed our training and/or a behavior consultation and it has been determined your dog is ready for this type of care.

You are assured your dog is cared for and supervised by the very best trained individual. Being certified in dog behavior and a professional dog trainer guarantees your dog is getting the best supervision available in Sarasota County. Responsible Dog promotes good dog behavior and manners, we try to make sure; your dog does not learn bad habits while in our care. We also tell you of anything that might improve your dog’s behavior, welfare, and quality of life. We have written materials helpful for many common behavior problems.

Boarding & Day-Care Effective June 1, 2009

Before you make your boarding, pet sitting, or day care decision read this helpful article!

There are varieties of services available now to the pet owner; it is wise to make the right choice that best suits your pet and expectations. You will find several methods of housing and caring for pets available. Being certified in dog behavior and having a background in dog training makes the owner uniquely qualified. Having done in-depth research and studied play behavior in wild species and dogs provides knowledge and confidence for overseeing dogs in social environments that ensures the safety and well-being of your pet.

Dogs are unique, they are a domesticated species, and many remain playful for most of their lives. Dogs should never be left outside unsupervised. All dogs need time for resting quietly. We make sure your dog has adequate rest time during the day. Keeping dogs aroused all day actually promotes excitable behavior, it does not teach your dog how to relax.

Dogs are often divided into small and large dog groups. Individual dogs have different personalities and/or different experience in social environments. Some dogs are assertive some timid and some in-between, mixing these personalities into the wrong groups can lead to problem behavior.

Play behavior often leads to increased arousal levels sometimes leading to aggression. This is why you need to be sure individuals overseeing your dog’s socialization are educated sufficiently in dog behavior. Otherwise, your pet could be stressed simply being housed in this type of environment.

Since all dogs staying with us receive the same amount of care and attention, we are now offering one price for all. Daily boarding effective, June 1, 2009 is $38.00 per night. We ask a minimum of one week in advance of any cancellations.

If you have a puppy we charge $60.00 per day. Puppies need more time and care, we want to make sure your puppy is successful.

Dogs who board with us enjoy unique care including supervised dog day care (socialization & playtime) and minimum four outside potty opportunities on a natural surface. We also provide a clean environment and large securely fenced area.

We need a minimum 4-hour daycare evaluation before boarding with us. We want to make sure your dog is well-behaved, social, and has good handling skills. We make exceptions, depending on the dog’s behavior problem and our ability to keep everyone safe and stress free. Exceptions are made for dogs that have gone through our training and/or behavior consultation and determined your dog is ready for this type of care.

We specialize in training and promote good dog behavior and manners, we try to make sure your dog does not learn bad habits while in our care. We also tell you if anything might improve your dog’s behavior. We can often give written materials that might be helpful in achieving success.

We offer a natural grass, mulch, treed environment. We do not offer a hard surface play area like many facilities. We do not make grooming or baths mandatory and since dogs can be dogs, given the playtime opportunities, they will get dirty. So, please do not expect your pet to be as clean as when they arrived.

Grooming and baths are optional but we encourage you consider having your pet bathed and/or groomed after any stay longer than two-three days. During your dog’s stay if necessary they are brushed, we do not charge extra for this, we want to keep our inside environment and dogs bedding as clean as possible. We may wash bedding for an extra charge if necessary, please try to bring a clean dog bed

We use and recommend Precious Furs (941-927-7387) for baths and/or grooming. We charge a drop and pick up fee of $15.00 to get them to/from the groomer. We do not charge extra for the grooming charges. We make all the arrangements for appointments and bill you at time of pickup. Please let us know if you choose to include this service.

We are flexible in our pricing structure and can negotiate for extended stays and number of dogs. However, we are confident in our current pricing structure, while providing all the needs and benefits your dog is offered that many other facilities charge extra is well structured.

Parasite Control it is your responsibility to make sure your pet is adequately protected from fleas and/or ticks. When your dog arrives, we will inspect them. We take care to treat our natural environment to protect our own pets, this can help insure your pet’s added protection from fleas and ticks, but it does not guarantee or excuse you from providing your pet flea/tick treatment before a scheduled stay.

Pick up and drop off is an extra charge

To arrange an evaluation appointment Contact us for more information

You are required to pay a minimum charge of $45.00 for a half-day evaluation, consult, and visit. You will be expected to complete behavior profile in advance of evaluation.

Check In Time – anytime between 7:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., and 6:00 P.M.

Check Out Time – anytime between 7:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., and 6:00 P.M.

Exceptions are considered but extra charges apply. The day begins when you drop your pet and ends the following day at 11:00 A.M. Any pet picked up before 11:00 A.M. is not charged an extra day.

Applicable trip charges apply for pick up and drop off. Proof of rabies vaccination is required (applicable per Florida & Sarasota County Law) for boarding and day care and must be provided before scheduled boarding time. We ask this 1 week in advance of your scheduled dogs stay. Your veterinarian should fax this information to 941-966-1188.

In cases, a veterinarian has determined it harmful for your dog’s health to receive specific vaccinations, we accept a written letter on veterinarian letterhead stating otherwise. We also accept titer testing. We understand there may be negative health implications and urge you to make those decisions with your veterinarian. We want to make sure the health of all dogs is considered.

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