Standing Policies and Procedures
Last Updated December 30, 2020
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The dogs and I spend about 75% of the day inside, together. In general, they live as part of our family. Our home is equipped with seven plush dog beds, including two 6-inch memory foam orthopedic beds, an extra-large bolster bed, and a small nest-type bed for little guys. During quieter times the dogs enjoy chewing on indestructible toys like Durable Nylabones, while relaxing on their favorite bed of choice. We also enjoy a lot of cuddle time on the couch, particularly on Doggie Movie Nights. The living room is equipped with a toy basket, filled with regularly cleaned, indestructible toys like an extra large Tire Biter, a giant Jolly Ball, several mini Jolly Balls, Nylabones, a rubber Kong Ball, and several Teaser Balls. It is fun to watch them dig through the basket, looking for that perfect toy. On rainy days there might be a lot of retrieving up and down the hallway. There is also a large supply of plush, squeaky and rope toys, which are a favorite for keep-a-way and tug-of-war games. These destructible toys are kept out of reach, except when the dogs are under strict supervision, to reduce the risk of ingestion. For their safety, torn or shredded plush toys are discarded. There is always a bed, apart from all the living room action, down the hall in the entryway, for that occasional dog who would like to sneak away for a little bit of extra quiet time.
When the dogs are in the mood for wild, energetic play, we go outside. We have a large, fully fenced yard with a wide-open golf course view. There are many indestructible toys like hard plastic Teaser Balls and Jolly Balls. The dogs have a blast zooming through a 16-foot long competition agility tunnel. This is a favorite hide and seek spot. In the summer we have three shallow doggie pools placed around the yard. It is a riot to watch them run from one pool to the next, through the tunnel, and finally land with a splash in the last pool.
3. Sleeping Arrangements
To some degree this is determined on an individual basis, always taking the owner and dog's desires into consideration. All dogs sleep indoors at Doggone Nuts!. Small dogs that are used to sleeping on their owner's bed at night may be able to enjoy the same here. Most dogs will sleep securely at night in a large or extra large crate with an indestructible chew toy or treat filled Kong. Unless known to be destructive to bedding, your dog will enjoy the comfort of snuggling up in a clean, thick, soft, bolster bed in this cozy, den-like space. Occasionally mature dogs with no known history of destructive behavior will be able to sleep free in the living room or behind the baby gate in the entryway, with an extra-large dog bed, a Durable Nylabone, and a bowl of water. The entryway makes a nice little 6' X 8' living room-like space, without feeling like a kennel. Lastly, on very rare occasion, we have a guest who is used to and prefers sleeping outside. In this case, we have a 4' X 10' kennel in our insulated garage, furnished with water, an extra-large plastic crate, and an extra-large orthopedic dog bed. On these occasions, the garage is heated.
Adult dogs are fed twice a day; at approximately 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Puppies are fed three times a day. Dogs are fed separate from one another to avoid any stress. Most guests bring their own food, to avoid any digestive problems from sudden food changes. However, for your convenience, I do offer super premium kibble for a small additional daily fee. Some of the wonderful things about staying at Doggone Nuts! are the additions at mealtime. I make healthy Homemade Doggie Stews, which are pureed to increase the absorption of nutrients. For dogs that are not allergic, each meal is tossed in something yummy, making meal times extra special. Some examples would be Chicken Breast with Organic Carrots, Homemade Lamb Stock with Butternut Squash, or Organic Venison with Homegrown Green Beans and Basil. In addition, each meal is topped with a little fish oil, high in Omega Fatty Acids for shiny coats. Super premium treats like Evo Grain Free biscuits, Brazilian Bully Sticks, or Nature's Nosh Organic Biscuits are offered in the evening, often stuffed in a Kong for those problem-solving dogs. I do not knowingly serve corn, wheat, soy, animal by-products, or products made in China.