The "Day Camp" Service is outlined as follows on the Dog Adventures Northwest website:
- Full day care at Camp Pendleton (SW PDX) for dogs of all ages with a licensed, bonded, and insured rewards-based dog trainer.
- Behavior management and rewards-based mini-lessons throughout the day (total of one hour private training for each pup in Day Camp). Common topics addressed include basic obedience, barrier training, recall, socialization (other dogs, skateboards, neighborhood noises, people, hula hoops, power tools, etc), body handling (nail trims, brushing, ear cleaning, etc), confidence building, park-it, crate training, retrieve, body awareness, focus & engagement, loose-leash walking, proofing current skills, tricks, impulse control, potty training, and house manners.
- Three hours of structured group play
- Cool-down time with food puzzles and regulated nap times
- A ratio of four or fewer dogs to one trainer
- A daily report on your pup's training goals and progress
- Daily photos of your dog's adventures
- Meals and/or meds if desired
- Ridiculous amounts of fun
Day Camp dogs must be...
- screened and approved by Dog Adventures Northwest
- non-excessive barkers
- up-to-date on vaccines and parasite protected
- content to be confined by crate, tether, exercise pen, or gate with limited barrier frustration
- content to share toys and low-value treats with other dogs (high-value treats will be given separately)
- unable to jump a four-foot chain-link fence
Day Camp Expectations
Contractors agree to do the following when delivering the Dog Adventures Northwest Day Camp service:
- Be ready for dog drop-offs between 7am and 9am, and pick-ups between 4pm and 6pm.
- If important information has been discussed with the client in person at drop-off or pick-up or via text with the client at any time, sum up the information and enter it into the "Conversation" feed on the client's Time to Pet page.
- Train each dog for a combined total of one hour per day.
- Supervise a total of three hours of appropriate play for every dog.
- Maintain the Dog Adventures Northwest ratio of four dogs to one human. This includes the Contractor's own dogs, and dogs in their care through other businesses.
- Have the following supplies on-location: high-value treats, food puzzles, collar identification for every dog, a charged cell phone, citronella spray such as SprayShield, a first aid kit, fresh water, and safe and secure animal containment tools (crates, gates, tethers, exercise pens, etc).
- Take photographs of client dogs for the report card.
- Reinforce desirable dog behavior (sit, down, come, drop-it, leave-it, stay, etc.) using positive reinforcement and negative punishment operant conditioning.
- Manage undesirable behavior (jumping up, resource guarding, leash reactivity, mouthiness, bullying, mounting, etc).
- Absolutely refrain from positive punishment and negative reinforcement operant conditioning, either through training or management tools.
- Follow all instructions from the client for animal care, including feeding, medications, and preferred containment.
- Notify both the client and the Dog Adventures Northwest Manager if an animal appears sick or injured in any way, or if there has been a notable behavior change.
- Follow the standard operating procedures in the "Safety and Emergencies" section of the online trainer portal.
- Start service and stop service for each dog through the Time to Pet app at the end of each Day Camp day. To lessen cell phone battery use, service does not need to be "started" through the Time to Pet app at the beginning of the service. Instead, Contractors may click "start service" and "stop service" in succession after dogs have been picked-up.
- Fill out a spell-checked and grammar-checked report card at the end of every Day Camp day through Time to Pet, including a write-up for each dog, photos, and answers to prompted questions.
- Before pick-up, towel-dry every dog's coat and clean every dog's paws.
- Absolutely refrain from alcohol, drug use, and cigarette smoking while in the presence of clients and client dogs. Be completely sober from drugs and alcohol while in the presence of clients and client dogs.