Wags AcademyA special program designed for dogs who need more than traditional daycare
A special program designed for dogs who need more than the play-all-day style of traditional daycare. Some dogs get overstimulated by hours of open play, and, in the absence of structure, oftentimes they look for opportunities to be "top dog" or seek attention (just like toddlers!). Some dogs get bored with hanging out with their friends and just need a bit of mental stimulation. Some dogs need a "job" and thrive with consistency. Whatever the case may be, we will discuss individualized goals for your pup and tailor the program to suit them.
Wags Academy features individual and small groups when appropriate, with one-on-one attention from dedicated staff. Each day, your dog will work on a repeated schedule of basic obedience and impulse control exercises, brain games and enrichment activities, and interactive play in a supportive environment.
Wags Academy is offered weekdays, 8:30 am - 4 pm, with every dog taking a midday lunch/nap break. You can drop off before Academy is in session starting at 7 am, with the latest pick up at 7 pm.
- Supervised socialization with select dogs in a small group setting
- Structured daily activities, meal, and nap times
- Reinforcement of basic obedience training and introduction to new tricks
- Brain games and enrichment activities such as treadmill time, scent work, obstacle courses
- In-person session once per month
The fine print:
- Registration is rolling but required to participate
- Offered weekdays; a minimum of once a week is required for consistency and best outcomes
- Hours: drop off by 8:30 am; pick-up begins at 4 pm
- $45 per diem; multi-day packages available
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We are a locally owned dog care facility located in Rochester, New York. Our facility consists of 5,500 square feet of three interior playrooms with hygienic rubber flooring and climbing structures as well as 2,000 square feet of secure outdoor play area with “K9 Grass” (not mud).
We treat every dog as if they were our own, making it easy for you to leave them in our care. Our social events bring together a community of dog lovers where owners and pets build bonds that last a lifetime!
We love to welcome new pack members! There are a few things to do to get started. Be sure your pup has the required vaccinations. We require Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella. Dogs recently adopted must be in home for two weeks prior to coming to daycare or boarding and show no signs of coughing, sneezing, or any other symptoms of illness. All dogs 7 months or older must be spayed or neutered. Finally, fill out our application and give us a call to schedule your Orientation Day any weekday between 7 – 10 am.
It’s important to note that we only allow a limited number of orientations in one day to be able to give your pup our full attention.
Depending on what time your pup arrives for the day or if they stay overnight, below is a pretty typical day.
6:30 am Rise and shine! Breakfast and potty time.
7:00 am Wags opens and day care friends begin to arrive.
9:00 am Group exercises and open playtime.
11:30 am Lunches are prepared.
12:00 pm Quiet play or nap time.
1:00 pm Group playtime resumes.
4:30 pm End of day routine begins. Day care friends begin leaving.
5:00 pm Dinners prepared and served.
6:00 pm Evening chill time with overnight guests.
9:30 pm Night Night! Bedtime treats and snuggles.