One of the things that makes The Ark unique is our free play environment. We believe that socialization is an important part of a healthy dog’s lifestyle, so we have designed our daycare facilities to foster healthy furry friendships under the watchful eye of our crew members. 

In free play, dogs get to run, jump and chase to their heart’s content alongside dogs of similar size, age and temperament. Our crew members often join in on the fun to help maximize mental and physical stimulation for your pup. We guarantee your dog a solid night’s sleep after a full day of fun. Read more about what to expect when your dog comes home from daycare in our recent blog post.

Not every dog likes free play, and that’s ok! When a new dog arrives at The Ark, our experienced crew spend time getting to know your dog and assess whether or not they would be a good fit for free play. We slowly introduce them to a closely monitored play group and watch for key factors such as shyness, anxiety or aggression.

If we feel your dog is not quite ready for free play, that does not mean you are a bad dog parent or your dog is bad. It simply means that this particular atmosphere isn’t right for your pup at the time. We are always happy to suggest socialization and behavior tactics, and we can always try again!

While we love to have fun, safety is always our first priority. That’s why every one of our crew members is CPR + First Aid certified and undergo continuous safety training about Dog Body Language and Play Group Management. You can rest easy knowing your pup is in good hands.

If you would like to learn more about our facilities, policies or culture, call or stop by your local Ark location. Our crew would be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you have. And don’t forget - your first day of daycare is 100% free!

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It’s a fact: a tired dog is a happy dog. And your dog will definitely be worn out after a long day of running, jumping and wrestling with new friends. Along with high physical activity, your pup will be exerting a lot of mental energy while making new furry friends and exploring our indoor and outdoor play areas. 

Here are a few normal things to expect when your dog heads home after daycare:

Early Bedtime

Playing is hard work, so don’t be surprised if you hear snores soon after your pup comes home. We guarantee your dog a full night’s sleep after spending the day with us.

Excess Thirst

Your dog has access to fresh water throughout his entire stay at The Ark, but he will probably still guzzle down his entire water bowl when he gets home. That’s perfectly normal after increased physical activity.

Unusual Appetite

Your pup may gulp down his dinner and beg for more, or skip out on kibble and opt for a cozy nap. Either way, you pup’s regular schedule may be a little skewed after a fun-packed day away from home. 

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