Reservation Criteria















RESERVATION CRITERIA                              


Dogs staying here roam freely in my home.


Boarding here is reserved for dogs
who are DOG-FRIENDLY
– AND –
HAVE REASONABLY GOOD MANNERS.


The atmosphere here is relaxed and friendly all day long.

“Calm and quiet” is rewarded with lots of affection and praise.


Most dogs will bark a bit when someone new enters the house, but that kind of excitement is very brief.


I encourage dogs to settle down and enjoy their new friends quietly... and they do.


We definitely PLAY here, but “play” is kept light and fun and is not allowed to get out of control.



What kind of dogs do I accept?                  


    • SCREENING - I very carefully screen dogs before I accept reservations.  I only take dogs who I feel will get along well with the kind of dogs I take here.  They must be friendly, well socialized, and have reasonably good manners.


A BEHAVIOR EVALUATION for all first-time dogs is required before reservations can be accepted.  These are done at my home by appointment only – no charge.



    • SIZE - Boarding here is now limited to

 Dogs under 30 pounds



    • BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS - I do not accept dogs who are problem-barkers, problem-chewers, are not housebroken, or are too disruptive for the rest of the group.


PUPPIES - I do make an exception for puppies too young to be reliably housebroken and/or who are still teething.  I am willing to work with these pups to help them grow up to be well-mannered companion dogs.


    • SPAY & NEUTER – I cannot accept intact females or males.  Adults must be spayed or neutered.  I will make exceptions for dogs who are too young to be spayed or neutered.


    • TEMPERAMENT – Adult dogs accepted here are generally happy, friendly “house-dogs” who can enjoy the company of other dogs.  


Your dog needs to be able to tolerate other dogs coming up and sniffing – that’s how dogs make introductions.


I can usually coax shy dogs into relaxed acceptance.  I definitely take my time with introductions when a new dog enters.  I do everything I can to set up the situation for success.  I never rush things here.


Dogs who are more outgoing and visibly, tail-waggingly friendly must still be able to relax after their initial period of adjustment.


Some dogs push too enthusiastically into another dog’s space –- their owner’s often make the excuse that Rover is just being friendly.


In reality, the “friendly”-pushy dog is being downright rude!  For humans this would be like trying to greet a stranger who grabs your hand to shake, doesn’t let it go, and moves in so close to your face you can feel his breath. Humans find this rude behavior repellant.  Most dogs don’t like rude behavior either.


(There is an excellent article about how to handle pushy, rude dogs in the LINKS section under Articles & References entitled: He Just Wants to Say "Hi!" )


These are the kinds of things I evaluate for – seeing whether or not your dog has reasonable manners and the ability to get along well in a group.


I am willing to work harder with puppies who show me they have the “right stuff” and help them learn to be stable, confident and well-mannered adults.


    • OBEDIENCE - Your dog doesn’t need to be an obedience star.  He doesn’t have to do tricks. It doesn’t even matter whether he walks very well on a leash.  What really matters is his ability to get along well in a group.


He needs to be able to relax in the house and calmly mingle with other dogs.  


He needs to be able to enjoy the company of other dogs.


    • ENERGY LEVELS – High-energy dogs generally do not get accepted here.  I can be a little easier on judging small dogs in this regard, but for the most part dogs have to be able to relax in the house and save their energy for outdoor play.  I also cannot accept dogs who I feel will play too roughly with other dogs.



    • AGGRESSION - I do not accept dogs who show aggressive tendencies.