Frequently Asked Questions
We offer Puppy Training Classes; Agility Classes; Off Leash Classes; and our Reactive Dog Recovery Program.
It depends on which class you register for. For class prices, please refer to our Dog Training Page.
Can I drop off my dog for one day only of daycare when I need to be somewhere that I cannot be reached via phone by Raising Canine for the entire day?
No. Raising Canine is daycare and not a kennel. All clients must be available to receive a call from Raising Canine at a moment’s notice to come pick up their dog as per our Daycare Acceptance Requirements.
The purpose of Raising Canine’s dog daycare, is for clients who bring in their dogs on a regular basis of at least once per week.
Before dogs are accepted into Raising Canine’s daycare, they must meet it’s Daycare Acceptance Requirements through a 3 day assessment period. During each 3 days of assessment, clients must be available to receive a call from Raising Canine at a moments notice to immediately pick up their dog as per the reasons as stated on the Daycare Acceptance Requirements.
Our NW Calgary location was established September 2010.
Our training methods are positive rewards using high value rewards such as food treats, toys, and verbal praise. We reward dogs for the behaviours we want, rather just correcting the behaviours we don’t want. We believe dogs learn much more effectively and efficiently when they are stress free.
Puppies can start training classes as soon as they have their second round of vaccinations. Early puppy training classes is essential to help pups learn how to appropriately play with other dogs, as 8 – 12 weeks a puppy’s socialization stage.
Yes. In order for adult dogs to attend Raising Canine’s training classes, they must have all updated vaccinations including vaccination for rabies, kennel cough, and treatment for tics, fleas, and lice.
Puppies can attend as soon as they have their second round of vaccinations.
Any age is acceptable as long as the dog meets Raising Canine’s Daycare Acceptance Requirements.
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.
The rates depend on what day. See our rates on the Dog Daycare page.
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.
Your dog will have several hours, throughout the day, of playing and socializing with the other dogs and staff, in both our indoor and outdoor areas. In the summer, we have wading pools, misters, and spray hoses for your dog to play in.
You dog will also enjoy a midday lunch or quick snack, should you bring one in for your pooch. Then your tired fur-child will relax and rest during our quiet time when we play soft music and turn off the lights. After that, there is more playtime and toy time until you come to pick up your dog.
No. Unfortunately for 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 with severe separation anxiety 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 uncontrollable, causing other dogs to fight with them. Some dogs are reactive or aggressive. Attending daycare can cause these dog, the other dogs, and staff, unnecessary harm. There are so many different reasons why a dog may not benefit from being in a daycare.
At Raising Canine, all dogs have to meet our Daycare Acceptance Requirements to ensure that they are emotionally and physically happy to be in daycare. Please refer to our Daycare Acceptance Requirements for full details.
Are there certain emotional, behavioural, and/or socialization issues my dog may have that Raising Canine does not accept for our daycare?
We want all the dogs to have an enjoyable daycare experience, both physically and emotionally. Due to this, we cannot accept dogs into our daycare who have existing emotional, behavioural, and/or socialization issues such as chronic barking; reactivity toward dogs and humans; separation anxiety; anxiety/fear when with other dogs; unmanageable energy levels; resource guarding, etc. This is covered in great detail in our Daycare Acceptance Requirements.
Our Daycare Acceptance Requirements also details the required emotional, behavioural, and socialization standards required to be accepted and kept at our daycare.
Raising Canine does offer Dog training classes, and private sessions to owners who have dogs with these issues.
Are there certain breeds that we do not accept into our Daycare, but do accept into dog Training Classes and/or Private Sessions?
We accept all breeds into all of our Dog Training Classes and/or Private Sessions.
However, we no longer accept the following breeds into our daycare: Pitbull Breeds, Rottweilers, Bull Mastiffs, Boxers, Chow Chows, and Cane Corsos.
This decision was made after we witnessed several separate incidents where these particular breeds attacked other dogs (unprovoked) in our daycare, causing severe physical damage and emotional trauma to the attacked dogs, the owners, and Raising Canine’s staff.
The last incident was with a Pitbull Breed (an American Pitbull Terrier), that attacked, (unprovoked) a senior Sheltie, so severally that several of the Sheltie’s muscles were pulled off bones.
The Sheltie also had over 450 stitches from the multiple tears and rips on top and underneath his skin. It took 3 staff members to remove the Pitbull from the Sheltie. The vet stated that if the staff had not intervened, the Sheltie would have been killed based on her assessment of Dr. Ian Dunbar’s Bite Scale.
It was following all of the numerous attacks by the aforementioned breeds, over several years, that we made the decision to no longer accept them into our daycare.
It is not because we made an unfounded, random, unjustified policy based on hearsay and stigma of these breeds, but rather a decision made on multiple first hand personal and professional experiences, that occurred within our daycare.
Also, because of these experiences, we feel passionately that dog owners of these breeds require professional help with training of them, thus we have always, and will always, accept these breeds into our training classes and/or private sessions.