1. What are the requirements for our dog to participate in the adventure outings?

� Each dog must be at least four months old, licensed, fully vaccinated (rabies, corona, DHPP), neutered or spayed.

� Dogs must not be aggressive towards dogs or people.

� While I always use conservative guidelines for assessment (for the safety of each dog group), I require a courtesy consultation to get an objective determination of the dogs behavior. Shy dogs often become more out going and confident when participating in small group outings.

2. How do we sign up our dog for your service?

Call or send us an e-mail and we will arrange a convenient time to visit and get to know each other. We can also e-mail you several information forms for you to fill out ahead, so that we can spend more time getting to know you and your dog. This usually takes about 30 minutes.

3. How does payment work?

We accept payment in advance. For drop-ins, you can leave cash or a check payable to The Crate Escape.  A receipt will be left for you upon payment.

4. How do you determine if a dog is suitable for group outings?

Most people have a fair idea of how well socialized their dog is, however it is important to get an objective assessment. During our initial visit, I will ask a lot of questions about your dog's behavior and history and I will observe your dog's behavior.

I am looking for behaviors that will tell me how able and willing your dog is to learn and adjust to new situations. No dog is perfect; and most dogs will benefit immensely from our socializing and outings.

5. What are the pick up and return arrangements?

Pick ups and returns are done depending on the group outings scheduled for that day. Because we are fully bonded and insured, we are able to pick up and return each dog whether or not the owner is home. Each client's key is security coded. At the end of each outing, your dog is returned home safe and sound and as clean as possible. Each dog is left secure and with adequate water supply, as well as a daily activity note. When possible, periodic e-mails with photo attachments are sent.

6. What emergency plans do you have in place?

In the event of an emergency, we will contact you right away. If the dog needs to be taken to the vet, we will transport the animal to the closest veterinarian office that we are affiliated with.

Each dog's information record is included on the outing and contains the owner's phone numbers, the veterinarian of record and the dog's medical history. We also keep prepared consent forms and a current list of available veterinarian offices and clinics in our service area. We carry a first-aid kit on the outings and keep an additional kit in the vehicle.

7. What do you do in bad weather?

Your dog will be walked rain or shine. On really wet days we will try to keep them as clean as possible so please keep a towel handy so we can dry him off if necessary. Also, you have the option of having your dog kept on-leash on those days.

8. Is there a minimum number of outings we need to enroll our dog in?

No, but we recommend participation at least once a week. This does not need to be the same day or the same time, however, the more consistent the schedule is, the better it is for the dog. This promotes familiarity and stability in the dog groups. Ideally, a dog that participates once a week should also be enjoying several extended walks each week with it's owner. Daily adventure outings for a dog are great when combined with fun week-end activities with the dog's owner.
 The emphasis on each outing are the benefits of exercise gained from brisk, energetic walks, the stimulation of new sights and smells in varied settings, and the companionship of the dogs in the group.  Each dog is closely supervised with safety always in mind. 

9. Do you provide training for my dog while on your outings?

Basic manners training are included in all of our interactions with your dog. Mouthing, jumping up, pulling on leash, rough play, and excessive barking will not be allowed. Appropriate behaviors are rewarded with praise and affection. Leash training is provided to ensure that your dog does not learn bad habits while in our care.

10. What training methods do you use?

We use positive reinforcement philosophy that utilizes play, praise, and affection as rewards. We are firm believers in pack theory and providing leadership and consistency with regards to teaching dog's appropriate behavior. You are the dog's leader, and when you provide clear boundaries and calm leadership, you create an environment of positive learning and mutual respect.
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