Dog Daycare in Richmond, VA
Our dog daycare in Richmond, VA is a great place for your pet to burn off excess energy and enjoy some company while you work, shop or take trips on short notice.
At A Stay in the Country, we take the concept much, much farther than other dog daycare centers. In addition to providing secure lodging for your dog, we offer daily or weekly obedience training, supervised socialization with other dogs and plenty of interactions with trained, loving staff.
Group play is one of the most important activities for socializing dogs. A dog that’s comfortable and secure around other dogs is one that can be taken to the park, lake or and still expected to behave and have a good time. Group play is important for all dogs but especially for developing puppies.
Our goal is to provide your pet with a fun and safe place to stay and learn to engage with people and other dogs. We want to return to you an attentive, focused, easy-going dog that is a delight to live with.
It’s easy to get started!
- Call and set up a time for your pet’s group play evaluation
- Chose a 2, 3 or 5 day/week package
- Drop your dog off for FUN!
Call or email to get started! (804)795-9415
So much more than dog daycare!!
How Our Dog Daycare Services Work
The pre-evaluation The Group Play Evaluation
Every dog must be evaluated before being admitted into our program. First, we start with the information you provide us on our Group Play Evaluation Form [link coming soon]. Next, we will evaluate your dog by using a series of introductions to different dogs and examine each dog’s reaction. We want to determine if he is comfortable with other dogs, which type of dogs and how many playmates he prefers in his group.
Choose the best package for your dog
Our set of packages is designed to meet the custom needs of both owners and dogs.
Our 2 and 3-day packages are affordable, and still allow for enough time for us to have an impact on your dog’s energy and behavior. If you have an energetic dog, high-drive dog or trying to lay the foundations for a puppy to grow up to be a great dog, the 5-day program is perfect.
How we keep fun activities safe
Dogs get to enjoy a lot of time in group play at our doggy daycare and we strive to keep your pet safe.
The companions for your dog will be chosen based on our observations and their group play evaluation and size. The group play evaluation helps us determine temperament, playstyle, as well as other factors that ensure a good match. The dogs will be first introduced to each other individually to ensure that they are friendly with one another.
All play groups are supervised by our trained staff. That’s just one of the pledges we make as part of our commitment to the Off-Leash Play Pet Center Safety Pledge. See the entire pledge here, and please ask us if you have any questions or concerns about the safety of your dog.
With us you have the ability to combine activities during dog daycare and boarding, which creates the ultimate vacation for your dog.
Why Send your Dog to Daycare with Us?
We don’t warehouse dogs. We seek to enrich their lives, improve their behavior, and make them better companions at home. Each one of our daycare guest enjoys a structured day full of fun activities chosen specifically for him.
How big are the play groups?
Not large at all. Groups are usually no more than 4 -8 dogs at a time and even that number will be based on the best fit. It is important to us that the group play be fun and therapeutic for each dog. Some dogs are incredibly active, and love to play with several energetic playmates. Others are happiest playing with just a few companions.
Are the play-groups always supervised?
Yes, the play-groups are supervised 100% of the time. Our trained staff understand dog group dynamics and that they are always changing. Similar to group dynamics with people, our moods and energy levels can differ each day. Our employees have been trained to read dog body language and make the appropriate adjustments.
How do trainers interact with the dogs?
We focus on creating a balanced play atmosphere. Our Staff engages with all our guests to ensure everyone gets attention and has fun. We constantly monitor dogs playing and can redirect them before they get too rambunctious. We also work on manners and basic commands like recall and sitting at the gate, to help keep your pet safe at daycare and at home.
What activities are there?
The activities are customized to the needs of your dog each playgroup. Our daycare dogs get to run and play in one of several large areas we have on the property. We sneak in a little training here and there. We play games like fetch, hide n’ seek and bobbing for balls that help dogs learn impulse control and how to share, while having a blast. We offer seasonal fun with wading pools and theme parties.
How large is the play area?
There are several large outdoor play areas spread throughout the property. There are 4 acres total, and that includes multiple, fence-separated outdoor areas to accommodate all the dogs who may be training or staying with us. There is another indoor play area that is used during poor weather.
What do you do to keep dogs safe?
Your pet’s safety and wellbeing is our number one concern. Our staff is trained in Pet CPR, safe pet handling, dog group play and canine behavior. All dogs that participate in group play are first evaluated and continuously observed for changing behavior. Our play groups are always supervised and kept small. Our cleaning procedures are far above industry standards. All our play yards are enclosed by 6ft privacy fence with double gate entry and exits. Our air handling system has commercial air sanitizing system to remove 99.5 % of all air borne pathogens.
How strict are your health policy?
Our health policy is in place to protect all our guests. We cannot accept dogs that are sick or that are suspected of being ill. All dogs that that are enrolled here must be current on all vaccinations. Please have your vet fax or email us a copy of your pet’s most current vaccination and health record, at least 48 hours prior to their visit with us. We require proof of DHPP (Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza), Rabies, Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough), and Canine Influenza Virus vaccinations. Additionally, please bring an annual fecal test that shows your pet clear of intestinal worms.