Requirements Needed to Send Your Dog to Daycare

IMG_8788Sending dogs to day care isn’t as simple as finding the right place and signing up for it. Not all dogs are allowed to be part of a day care setting, which happens for different reasons. Some dogs show too much fear or aggression around other dogs, while some dogs have health issues that would put other dogs at risk. When you look into signing your dog up for a Chicago doggie day care, make sure you check the list of requirements. Reputable day care facilities have these requirements to ensure that all dogs are able to play and be around other dogs in a safe place.

Benefits of Doggie Day Care Requirements

Having requirements for Chicago doggie day care might seem like an inconvenience for dog owners, but it provides a number of important benefits. These benefits help keep dogs safe and happy, and they provide dog owners with peace of mind. The advantages they offer include the following:

  • Lower risk of disease and parasites: Day care requirements reduce the risk of having illnesses and parasites in the day care facility. This makes it less likely for dogs to get sick or pick up fleas and other parasites during their stay.
  • Lower risk of injuries from fights: Dogs that stay at Chicago doggie day care centers typically go through an assessment to determine their temperament. This prevents dogs who are aggressive from being able to participate, which reduces the risk of having fights break out. Dog owners can rest assured that their dogs can play safely with other dogs who will not lunge at them.
  • High-quality facility: Dog day care facilities that strictly enforce requirements tend to be high-quality ones. Having a dedication to ensuring that these rules are followed means that the facility is committed to making sure that all dogs in their care stay as safe as possible during day care.

 Temperament Assessments

One of the most common types of requirements for Chicago doggie day care is a temperament assessment. This type of assessment determines whether or not certain dogs should be allowed into day care. Dogs that are generally excluded from day care based on assessment results include those that show signs of aggression toward other dogs or people, such as lunging or growling. These dogs cannot be trusted to play safely with other dogs in common play areas.

What can dog owners expect during an assessment? Temperament assessments generally require dogs to spend a certain amount of time at the day care facility. This gives staff members the chance to get to know dogs better and observe their behavior. Dog owners are usually asked to provide information about their dog during these assessments. Dogs are then slowly introduced to play groups to see how they behave around other dogs. After this initial assessment, dogs are usually required to come in for three to six hours for a more thorough assessment.

Dogs who pass temperament assessments are allowed to join play groups. However, dog owners should keep in mind that dogs typically need to be re-assessed when they have gone at least one year without day care or boarding services. This gives staff members a chance to see if anything has changed with the dog’s behavior.

Spaying and Neutering

Dogs who participate in Chicago doggie day care usually need to be spayed or neutered. These services are required in order to reduce the risk of conflict between dogs. In general, pets that are spayed or neutered tend to have fewer behavioral issues and are less prone to aggression than those that have not had these procedures done. Dog owners can fulfill this requirement by providing paperwork that shows proof that their dog has been spayed or neutered.


Chicago doggie day care facilities are required to only accept dogs that are up-to-date on certain vaccinations. These requirements are based on state and city laws. Dogs in Chicago must have current vaccinations for rabies, distemper, parvovirus and bordetella, or kennel cough before participating in doggie day care. Requiring dogs to have updated vaccinations means that there is a lower risk of having these diseases around. Since distemper and other contagious diseases can be serious and even life-threatening, this requirement helps keep dogs safe and healthy. Dog owners can meet this requirement by showing paperwork with proof that their dogs are up-to-date on these vaccinations.


Internal parasites can make some dogs dangerously ill. In order to reduce this risk, Chicago doggie day care facilities require dog owners to provide a fecal exam with negative results for parasites. This test must have been done within the past 12 months in order to be valid. Although it is not a requirement, dog owners might want to ask their vet about flea prevention products for their dogs before sending them to day care. These products can lower the risk of developing a flea infestation, which can cause itchy skin and other reactions in some dogs.

Dog License

Dog owners who reside in Chicago must also show that their dog’s license is current. Those who do not have a current license can renew theirs or get a new one from the city clerk’s website or from the office of the Chicago city clerk in city hall. Dog licenses cost $5 per dog. Dog owners must provide proof that their dog has an up-to-date rabies vaccination, along with documentation from the vet that shows that their dog has been spayed or neutered.

How to Meet Requirements

Dog owners who plan on having their dogs stay at DoGone Fun should keep the following information handy. This information breaks down what dog owners need to do in order to meet the requirements for this Chicago doggie day care facility.

  • Initial temperament assessment: Dog owners should schedule a visit for an initial assessment with a staff member. Although these assessments do not need to be scheduled, dog owners who meet all other requirements can bring their dog in as a walk-in. DoGone Fun attempts to conduct assessments for walk-ins Monday through Saturday, as long as they have met all other requirements.
  • Follow-up temperament assessment: Dog owners should plan a day for their dog to spend three to six hours at DoGone Fun for closer observation. This can be scheduled for a time that is convenient for dog owners.
  • Spayed or neutered: Dog owners should ask their vet for documentation that has proof that their dog has been spayed or neutered. This documentation can be shown to DoGone Fun to fulfill this requirement.
  • Vaccinations: Dog owners should ask their vet for an updated record that shows proof that their dog is current on rabies, distemper, parvovirus and bordetella vaccinations. Rabies, distemper and parvovirus are typically given at annual wellness checks, but bordetella is usually not a routine vaccine. Dog owners should be prepared to schedule an appointment to bring their dog to the vet for a bordetella vaccine if it has not been given.
  • Fecal exam for parasites: Dog owners should ask their vet for proof that their dog has had a fecal exam that was negative for parasites within the past 12 months. If dogs have not had a fecal exam in the past 12 months, dog owners should schedule a vet appointment to have one done.
  • Dog license: Dog owners in Chicago should bring in proof that their dog’s city dog license is up-to-date. If it is expired or if there is no license, dog owners should order a license online or at the city clerk’s office. Keep in mind that proof of spaying or neutering and proof of a current rabies vaccination is required.

 Dogs That Don’t Meet Requirements

What happens if dogs do not meet Chicago doggie day care requirements? Dogs that do not pass temperament assessments will not be allowed to take part in day care activities. Dog owners should consider looking into working with a dog trainer or animal behaviorist if their dog fails an assessment due to issues with aggression. Dogs that are not current on vaccinations should go to the vet to receive updated shots. Dogs that have had a positive result for parasites on a fecal exam should receive veterinary treatment before being tested again. Those that have not had a fecal exam in the past year should visit the vet for an updated fecal exam. Dogs that have an expired license or dogs that do not have a dog license should get a current one from the city clerk’s office.

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Tips for Choosing a Dog Boarding and DayCare Facility

dog daycareHave you noticed how many dogs there are in Chicago? It seems more and more people are adopting or purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder these days. It is a huge investment of money and time and I’m sure you want the best for your new little furry family member. So the buzz around the city is “What is the best in Dog Boarding and Doggie Daycare”?

For some of us, choosing a proper Dog Boarding and Doggie Daycare facility can be just as stressful as choosing the right daycare for a child. Because let’s face it, our dogs ARE our children in many ways! They are a member of our family and we want to entrust them with someone knowledgeable and above all, kind.

Choosing a Doggie Daycare

  • See how the dogs interact with the staff of the facility.  While you are at work, the last thing you should worry about is if your dog is lonely, ignored or worst of all, mistreated.
  • Is the dog daycare or boarding facility prepared for any illness your dog might suddenly have while you’re away? As if knowing your pooch is sick is not bad enough, wondering whether the staff really know how to care for a sick pet can be REALLY frightening.
  • Is the facility clean and free from funky smells? Aside from the fact that a dog’s sense of smell is up to 100,000 times that of a human, an unclean facility is a breeding ground for disease?
  • Is there a schedule or routine that the staff follows so that all the dogs and puppies get fed and watered, walked or groomed (if that’s an option)?
  • Is the facility equipped to administer regular medication if your child….I meant pup… requires it?
  • What is the temperament of the dogs your baby will be interacting with? Do they have a plan of action if something  goes awry?  Consider replacing first sentence with:  Does the facility temperament assess every dog before accepting them to ensure that your dog will be as “safe” as possible?

We think we have everything you want in a dog daycare and boarding facility. The staff at DoGone Fun has a ball with all our dogs! We have a 20,000 square foot facility that provides indoor and outdoor fun for every shape and size dog.  We have toys and activities for dogs of all ages.  When you visit the facility, it is easy to see how much we enjoy what we do.

DoGone Fun provides a great atmosphere for all our dogs during the day, and at night we take extra care so the dogs feel safe and secure whether they’re staying for the day or the night.

Come see why DoGone Fun Dog Boarding and Daycare is heads and tails above the rest in Chicago.  Take a tour of our entire facility.  Talk to the staff and ask questions.  Your stress will melt away when you see all the smiling and happy faces on each and every dog!

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How Can I Keep My Dog Sociable In The Winter?

Dog kissing ownerStaying social is important for dogs, but this can be a challenge in the winter. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure your dog gets plenty of interaction with other dogs during this time of year.

Benefits of Being Social

Dogs need to be able to spend time with other dogs in order to build healthy socialization skills. Some dogs end up becoming fearful or aggressive around unfamiliar dogs if they’re not around other dogs much in general. Giving dogs plenty of chances to socialize helps them become more comfortable around other dogs. They learn how to behave appropriately while playing and interacting with other dogs.

Being social also provides dogs with opportunities to stay mentally stimulated while also getting physical activity. When dogs run around and play with other dogs, they’re burning off mental and physical energy, which helps reduce the risk of boredom. Dogs can develop behavioral problems, such as chewing household items, when they’re bored and don’t have enough mental and physical stimulation.

Ways to Stay Social in Winter

Although socializing offers important benefits for dogs, it’s not always easy to find ways to do this in winter. When it’s cold and snowy out, you’re not likely to find other dogs and dog owners at the local dog park. If it’s really cold, you also have to limit the amount of time your dog spends outside for safety reasons.

DoGone Fun provides convenient ways for you to make sure your dog stays social this winter. Our doggy daycare services offer a safe place for your dog to play with other dogs throughout the season. This is a great option if you have to work all day and can’t be around your dog. At doggy daycare, your dog can spend several hours a day interacting with other dogs in a supervised setting. No matter what the weather’s like outside, your dog will be able to socialize all season long.

You can also rent the playroom at DoGone Fun on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm for special events. Whether you want to throw your dog a birthday party, schedule a play date or host a group event, you can rent the indoor playroom to provide dogs with a warm, dry area to burn off energy. When you rent this space, you’ll also have a staff member on hand to keep the dogs entertained with fun and games.

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Local Dog Parks Near The South Loop

three dogs at a dog parkChicago offers a number of local dog parks  where dogs can burn off energy and socialize. Learn more about some of these parks, so you can plan your next outing with your pup.

Grant Bark Park

Located on Columbus Drive and 11th Street, this 18,000 square foot park is fully enclosed and features drinking fountains for pets and people.

Fred Anderson Park

This dog park on S. Wabash Ave. also provides dogs with 18,000 square feet of space to play. There’s also a separate area for small dogs, as well as water features and fountains.

Logan Square Dog Park

This newer dog park is located on N. Western Ave. near the Kennedy Expressway. The park features drinking fountains for dogs and separate play areas for large and small dogs, as well as benches for dog owners who need a rest.

Ohio Place Dog Park

Ohio Place Dog Park is the place to go if you have a larger breed. This park provides bigger dogs with a lot of space to roam around and stay active. Since there aren’t any water fountains at this park, you should bring water with you.

Ohio Street Dog Park

This is a triangular-shaped park that gives dogs plenty of room to run around or play with other dogs. Located on Kingsbury St., this park doesn’t have water fountains, so you’ll need to bring water for your pup.

Skinner Bark Park

Located on W. Monroe, this former parking lot now offers over 17,000 square feet of space for dogs to run around in. Skinner Bark Park includes water for dogs, but keep in mind that you’ll have to bring your own bags for cleaning up after them.

The Park at Lakeshore East

This is a smaller and somewhat more secluded dog park that offers over 6,000 square feet of space. This dog park uses specially designed K9 grass to provide a safe and comfortable surface for dogs.

Wiggly Field

Wiggly Field, located on W. National St. in Reed-Keppler Park, is a park that includes a separate area for smaller dogs to play. The park also has dog agility equipment.

Dog parks are great fun for everyone. However, sometimes, it’s rainy, muddy, cold and can be generally miserable for the humans. So on days when you can’t take the dog to playgroup, but still want them to have fun and get their energy out, consider bringing them to dog daycare for ½ or full days.

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Dog Park Safety

dogs playing at the dog parkDog parks can provide a place for dogs to burn off energy and be social, but there are certain potential dangers to watch for. Since your dogs will be around unfamiliar dogs and people, it’s important for you to take steps to ensure their safety. Keep the following dog park safety tips in mind anytime you decide to visit one of these places.

Work on Obedience Training

Before heading to the dog park, go over a few basic obedience commands, such as “sit.” Your dogs should be able to follow these commands in an environment that is distracting, which helps ensure that they’ll listen to you in a hectic dog park. Consider taking obedience training classes before bringing your dogs to the park if they haven’t learned these commands yet.

Go During Slower Times

Dog parks can become packed with pups during peak times. This can make it much more difficult to keep an eye on your dogs at all times. If possible, plan on visiting your local dog park when it isn’t as busy. This might mean bringing your dogs there in the morning or afternoon during the week or in the early morning on the weekend.

Always Watch Your Dogs

No matter how much you trust your dogs at home, don’t assume that they’ll behave at the dog park. Be ready to step in and prevent dangerous situations from occurring if your dogs don’t seem comfortable with certain other dogs at the park or if they’re making other dogs nervous, such as when they’re overly excited. Remember that dogs who are nervous or fearful can snap or lunge at other dogs. Watch other dogs for signs of aggressive behavior as well, and leave immediately with your dogs if you see it.

Clean Up After Your Dogs

Bring bags with you to clean up after your dogs whenever they leave feces behind at the dog park. This helps curb the spread of germs that can make dogs and people sick. This also lowers your risk of having you or your dogs step in feces and track these germs into your car or your home.

Dog parks are a great opportunity for your dog to socialize. But dog parks aren’t for every dog. That’s one reason some people bring their pooches to doggy daycare. DoGoneFun provide  both ½ day and full day daycare so your dog get the socialization they need.


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Dog Daycare and Dog Parks

two dogs at a dog parkGetting out of your apartment and being around other people and pets is beneficial for both you and your dog. Local dog parks and dog daycare both offer places for dogs to socialize and get some fresh air, but which one should you choose? Keep the following information in mind when you’re deciding where to bring your dog for fun and excitement.

Dog Parks

Dog parks in the area provide enclosed outdoor spaces where dogs can roam around and play. While your pup is getting some exercise and making new canine friends, you can meet fellow dog owners and spend time socializing with them. These parks offer a great way for dogs to burn off energy and learn to behave appropriately with other dogs and people.

Dog Daycare

What happens if you aren’t able to get out thanks to bad weather, an illness or a busy schedule? When you can’t head to local dog parks with your pup, consider looking into dog daycare. These facilities also give dogs an enclosed area to play and meet other dogs. They also provide some important benefits for dogs and their owners.

Dog daycare facilities only accept dogs who have updated vaccinations. You don’t know the vaccination status of dogs at the dog park, but you can rest assured that dogs at a dog daycare facility are up-to-date. This helps lower the risk of your dog getting sick from diseases that other dogs can spread. Keep in mind that Chicago area has had problems with canine illnesses, including the past flu outbreak. Being around vaccinated dogs helps your dog avoid these diseases.

Bringing your dog to a dog park means that you have to keep a very close eye on her. This can be hard to do at times, but at a dog daycare facility, it’s not something to worry about. Dogs undergo temperament testing before being allowed to participate in playtime, and all dogs are closely monitored at all times. This helps keep all of these dogs safe from injuries and ensures that they have an enjoyable time playing rather than a stressful one.

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Doggy Day Care – Is It Right For My Dog?

cleaning time for kennel assistantWhen you aren’t able to be home during the day to spend time with your dog, day care might be an option to consider. Having your dog go to doggy day care ensures that she has a chance to burn off energy and make new friends on a regular basis. This helps reduce boredom and provides plenty of physical and mental stimulation for your dog. How do you know if this option is a good one for your pet? Keep the following in mind.

Temperament Assessments

Dogs who are going to be joining doggy day care at DoGone Fun must go through a temperament assessment first. This assessment is an important part of making sure that all dogs who participate in day care play sessions are as safe as possible. While many dogs have temperaments that are suitable for this type of social setting, others might have qualities that could create an unsafe environment. For example, dogs who are afraid of other dogs might snap or act out due to their fear. Other dogs might show signs of aggression, such as lunging, that make it dangerous for them to take part in doggy day care.

Basic Obedience

Does your dog obey basic commands, such as “stay?” It’s helpful for dogs to have basic obedience training if they’re going to be in a doggy day care facility. This makes it easier for staff members to ensure that all dogs are able to play safely. If your dog hasn’t had basic obedience training yet, keep in mind that DoGone Fun offers individual and group training sessions. Your dog can learn to follow certain commands, then join in the fun with their day care group.


Socialization is a core part of ensuring that dogs learn how to behave properly in different situations and around other dogs, pets and people. If your dog doesn’t get out much, doggy day care is a great way to provide her with plenty of socialization opportunities. At DoGone Fun, your dog can spend a few or several hours each day playing and having fun with other dogs.