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All family members are welcome. It is, however, a challenge to have children under the age of four years old participate in training classes.

Only 4 – 9 to ensure the dogs are receiving adequate attention for successful learning.

Positive reinforcement using rewards such as food treats, toys, and verbal praise. We discourage corrective based training as we believe dogs learn much more effectively and effeciently when they are having fun.

As young as 12 weeks old when at least the first two rounds of vaccinations have been given.

Canine oral papillomas, also known as mouth warts in dogs, are small benign tumors of the mouth caused by the papilloma virus.

They are found on the lips, gums, and in the mouth, typically in shapes resembling cauliflower. These warts can also be located on eyelids, feet, and footpads, but rarely.

Read more about the causes, prevention, treatments, and Raising Canine’s policy.

Kennel cough is a canine infectious tracheobronchitis that dogs commonly contract.

It is not a serious condition of which most dogs recover without treatment. There are cases, however, where a dog may have other existing health issues, thus kennel cough may cause secondary illnesses that may require medical attention.

Read more about the causes, symptoms, treatments, and Raising Canine’s policy.

Our NW Calgary location was established in September 2010.

The rates depend on how many days you want your dog to attend. See our rates on the Dog Daycare page.

Unfortunately we no longer accept Pitbulls; Rotweilers; Bull Mastiffs, after we witnessed three separate incidents where these particular breeds attacked other dogs in our daycare causing severe physical damage and emotional trauma to the attacked dogs, the owners, and Raising Canine’s staff.

It was following these incidents, and then upon the insistence of our clients, that we no longer accept the three mentioned breeds.

For the physical and emotional wellbeing of the other dogs and staff, we cannot accept dogs who have existing socialization/behaviour issues such as chronic barking; reactivity (aggression) toward dogs and humans; separation anxiety; anxiety/fear when with other dogs; unmanageable energy levels; and resource guarding. Our daycare is not an environment to help and/or train dogs with these issues.

Your dog will play indoors with other dogs, be cuddled and massaged by staff, play on agility equipment, participate in toy time, and frolic in our outdoor area during sunshine or snow.

Dogs in our care are treated with kindness, dignity and respect at all times. Positive reinforcement such as treat rewards, toys, and verbal praise are used to handle our dogs.

Dogs can be very young puppies to very old seniors to attend our daycare. As long as adult dogs have all updated vaccinations and puppies have at least their second shot of vaccinations with vet appointments to obtain the remaining vaccinations.

Raising Canine accepts dogs that are physically healthy and are already well socialized without any socialization/behaviour issues.

Yes. Adult dogs must have all updated vaccinations including vaccination for rabies, kennel cough, and treatment for tics, fleas, and lice. Puppies must have at least second round of vaccinations with vet appointments to have vaccinations for third round, rabies, kennel cough, and treatment for tics, fleas, and lice.

Yes, all dogs need to be either neutered or spayed by the age of six months.

Daycare provides your dog with socialization and playtime with both other canines and humans. It also provides physical, intellectual, and emotional stimulation and contentment. At Raising Canine’s daycare, it also allows your dog to be able to get outside in our large back area, throughout the day, to play and/or relax in the sunshine and/or snow. It also gives your beloved pooch that much needed pee and poop time. Lastly and most importantly, it provides your dog with human love and attention by our staff when you’re unable to!

Unfortunately, no. For some dogs who are timid and anxious, daycare can be overwhelming and stressful causing them to become ‘distressed’ (Panting, drooling, shaking, hiding in corners, nipping at dogs that come near them, etc).

There are dogs who have severe separation anxiety from their owners when left at daycare causing them ‘distress’ (Chronic Howling, incessant barking, high pitch sounds, pacing, not playing with other dogs, constantly scratching at door to be let out of daycare, chewing apart furniture, walls, and door frames, etc).

Other dogs can have an energy that is too high causing other dogs to fight with them.

Some dogs that are dog and/or people reactive (demonstrating aggressive behaviour) may find daycare encourages their reactivity and making it worse.

At Raising Canine, we constantly assess your dogs behaviour and then we communicate openly and honestly to let you know if your dog is a good fit or not for our daycare. We want all the dogs to have an enjoyable daycare experience, thus reason we screen all of them constantly to ensure this happens.