The Dog Den

Learn and Play...Everyday!

1019 Jonathon Dr. Madison, WI 53713 | 608-278-PLAY (7529)
410 Atlas Ave, Madison, WI 53714 | 608-241-DOGS (3647)

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Dog Den Enrollment Process

The Dog Den

In order to keep our commitment to maintaining a safe environment for all of the dogs who attend The Dog Den and fairly provide you with the opportunity to have your pup attend as regularly as you like, we are currently not accepting new dogs at our Fitchburg or East locations. We would love to add your pup to our New Dog Wait List, though! If you are interested in placing your pup on our wait list, please fill out our New Client Enrollment Form so that we have all of your information when a space opens up.

If your puppy is under 6-months-old please visit our puppy-exclusive daycare, The Puppy Den! We have openings for new puppies and would love to meet yours!

If your dog is over 6 months of age, they must be spayed or neutered. All dogs must be current on DHLPP, Rabies and Bordatella vaccinations. We will also accept titers.

We recommend at least a one-day-per-week commitment to keep your dog's social skills up, and so he can see his doggie friends on a regular basis! Dogs do best at daycare when they come on regular days during the week. Just like children they make friends at daycare, and when they hang out with their regular group of friends each week (ex: Monday, Wednesday, Friday) they are more relaxed, know the routine well and have their own little "clicks". We have a lot of "best friends" at daycare - Some dogs play with the same few dogs for the entire day and are happy to see them on a regular basis because they all come on the same days each week!

We consider your dog's entire first day his "gradual enrollment day", rather than do a quick 5 minute evaluation. This is when we determine if your dog is a good candidate for dog daycare, and if he has fun being there! We will observe his behavior with the pack and make sure that he is not only a good fit for daycare, but that he enjoys himself! We observe him not only when he first gets there, but throughout the day, with different dogs, and at the end of the day when he might be tired... If we notice any problems we will contact you immediately. Because we are very cautious and only allow extremely friendly and appropriate dogs, our program may not be right for every dog; The Dog Den reserves the right to make this determination. Owners must sign a rules and regulations form, client agreement, and be prepared for a very tired dog when they come back to pick him up!

We encourage appropriate play, ask the dogs to wait at the door, sit for petting, etc. We also separate dogs into appropriate playgroups: first by size (small dogs vs. large dogs) and then also by play type (gentle vs. physical).

Here is a checklist for your dogs' first day of daycare:

  • Please drop off your dog no later than 7:00am on his first scheduled day.
  • Bring copies of your dog's vaccination records for our files - including bordatella and a clear fecal within the past 6 months. If you prefer, have your vet fax these to us prior to your first scheduled day.
  • Allow yourself an extra 30 minutes during this first drop off day for paperwork and any questions. Please remember that topical flea & tick treatment is poison to other dogs also. Please have it on your dog for at least 48 hours before bringing him to play with others.
  • Feel free to bring a lunch or snack for your dog. Please bring in a plastic, airtight container (Tupperware type container) with his name written on it. They burn a lot of energy and are sometimes hungry by naptime!

Some breeds have different play types by nature. We do have some working breeds and terriers that we require to start at daycare while they are still puppies, so we can help develop appropriate play manners. If you think your dog may fall under this category please call or email us and we can determine if he is a good daycare candidate!

Thank you again for considering our daycare - we can't wait to meet your dog!