The Evaluation Process

By Jeannine. Aug 16, 2018

One of our requirements before using our services at Hounds Town is that you bring your pooch into our facility for a brief evaluation so we can get a better understanding of his personality and determine which play group is the best fit. Naturally, some new families are worried that their dog won’t pass, possibly because he’s very shy or just due to their own test anxiety.

Today we’re giving you an exclusive sneak-peek at how we evaluate dogs for the all day party at Hounds Town.

Getting Started at Hounds Town

The evaluation process sounds like a big grandiose affair, but it’s actually pretty simple. A trained member of the staff will introduce your dog to one of our resident dogs to ensure that he’s ready to play and a good fit for our interactive environment. This takes less than a minute; we just want to ensure he doesn’t show any overt signs of aggression. 

If you’re even remotely worried about your dog’s performance, you’ll discover right away that Hounds Town is a different sort of facility. We don’t necessarily turn dogs away if their introduction goes poorly. In fact, we’ve had a lot of success with nervous and shy dogs. The pack environment can build their confidence and teach them more appropriate dog-related behaviors.

Having Fun in the Pack

When your dog makes the grade and is accepted into the Hounds Town pack, we’ll place him in a play group with dogs like him. We have several packs, many that are pretty expected. For example, we have a puppy group full of puppies as young as four months that are always busy being crazy, energetic puppies. Another group you’ll find at almost every location is made up of older dogs who are much more laid back.

We keep the groups small so that your dog isn’t overwhelmed and has a chance to really get to know each member of his new pack. Since we match new dogs to a group by size, temperament, energy level and personality type, it doesn’t take long for them to feel at home. Even the most shy dogs tend to start coming out of their shells within a few visits.

Bully Breed Owners, Please Note

We have a special rule when it comes to bully breeds and other dogs that have been targeted by breed specific legislation. That is, that every staff member is to treat those dogs just like the goofy Labradors and the high strung Chihuahuas.

At Hounds Town, dogs that have been labeled as troublesome by the general public aren’t a problem as long as they’re social. We love your bully breeds as much as you do! If you’ve been considering daycare, please give us a call so we can talk about whether or not our facility is the right fit for your pup. Unlike most facilities, Hounds Town welcomes all dog breeds.

Can Disabled Dogs Go to Doggie Daycare?

Hey, tripods and wheelie dogs need friends, too! We’re thrilled to place your fighter in a group that’s perfect for his ability and energy level. Even if he just wants to hang out and watch the other dogs, it’s a good way for him to get out of the house and interact with his own kind on the regular. The more comfortable he gets, the more he’ll interact and play with the others.

Hounds Town can be a huge opportunity for dogs that have been through the wringer and came out the other side with a decent attitude. Meeting other dogs, running around getting lots of exercise, all of these things are good for a dog’s psychological and physical well-being. That’s what we care about most — your dog!

Come See Us in Bergen County!

Hounds Town has finally come to Bergen County! That means that your dog, big or small, disabled, bully breed or just a loveable lap monster can meet his new best friend (after you, of course) today! We’re open and the pack is ready to play! Call us at 973-773-DOGS or stop by our website to get started!