All Dogs Must Come for a First Visit/Orientation Before They Board With Us.
This visit is day of dog care so we can evaluate your dog’s temperament here at the ranch. We also complete your dog’s history file including vaccination records from your vet, each dog’s profile, our boarding legal agreement and any specifics about care on the dog reservation form.
Most dogs love the company of other dogs, and this gives your dog a chance to get to know our handlers and our routines so that when you leave her or him with us in the future, she will be all ready to rejoin the fun!
**If you do not make a reservation at the time of your dog’s visit, we will keep your records active for 60 days, and then we will need new forms and vet records. Disqualifying behaviors for free play boarding include fence jumping, aggression toward handlers or other dogs. We found most dogs do well in our safe, serene, free-play, country setting.
The initial orientation/evaluation is $19. Please make sure your dog has had some positive exposure to other dogs and is not aggressive. Any aggressive behavior to handlers or other dogs will disqualify them from our facility and services, and you will need to pick up your dog if needed.
We require a veterinarian certificate indicating proof of vaccination for Rabies, DHLPP, and Bordetella. We require the Bordetella vaccination be administered at least once per year. If other vaccinations are required we will let you know. At this time these are our requirements. Rabies shot is required for dogs over 4 months. Puppies who are too young to receive rabies vaccination will
be admitted with their puppy shots (a series of vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks to protect against canine diseases including distemper and Parvo).
Temperament Testing for All Dogs (Protective Breeds are screened carefully):
All dogs are temperament tested on their required First Visit/Orientation Day to make sure they are friendly with handlers and other dogs in our ranch environment. Some breeds are NOT normally suitable for free play with other dogs, but sometimes with proper socialization and exposure to other dogs, they will fit in with our free play temperament standards. These breeds include but are not limited to Staffordshire, Pit Bull Terriers, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, Malamutes, Akitas, Belgian Malinois, and other protective or attack breeds. They will be screened with greater scrutiny and caution than other breeds. If you would trust your dog unsupervised in a yard with 7 or 8 other dogs not familiar to him/her, then there is a chance they may be suitable. We trust owner’s discretion about the temperament or breed that can be social with strangers, and other dogs. We are willing to temperament test all breeds but will have a higher standard of social behavior for these breeds.
Spayed or Neutered Dogs are Welcome:
Doggie Dude Ranch boarding is for friendly spayed or neutered dogs only*. For the well-being of your dogs, please spay or neuter. Dogs are much happier in this state as they are not in breeding competition.
Exceptions: Dogs UNDER ONE YEAR may board intact (not neutered). Females in heat cannot be cared for.
Breeders: If you have a purebred dog that you are planning to breed we will CHECK CAREFULLY for untolerated behavior on the FIRST VISIT. But, be aware that we may have to limit these dogs from high traffic times with larger crowds.
If we do accept your NON-NEUTERED DOG we do NOT accept any liability for your dog. FREE PLAY BOARDING IS REALLY BEST WHEN ALL DOGS ARE NEUTERED OR SPAYED (See Limited Liability Boarding Agreement) For more info on spaying and neutering contact your vet or Spay Arkansas Spaying or neutering is best for your dog’s health, and can help your dog maintain good behavior in social settings. WE SAY SPAY! Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions and ask for her recommendations.
*If your dog is approved by special permission to board without being neutered there are no discounts and extra charges may apply.