Frequently Asked Questions
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have for us at Petite Pup. Before giving us a call, we suggest looking through this section first. We hope to hear from you soon!
Many dogs spend their days at home, waiting for their pawrents to come back. This can cause anxiety, boredom, stress and unwanted behaviors. Daycare is a good solution for pups in need of mental stimulation, exercise and/or attention. Dogs are social creatures and thrive being around other canine buddies. Don’t be surprised if your dog drags you to our door— we’re all about the fun!
We will schedule a meet and greet with you and your dog. We conduct temperament evaluations for the safety of your dog and other dogs. This includes introducing your dog to the daycare group slowly and assessing their behavior.
Our number one concern is for the safety of our small dogs. Arizona is known for its extreme heat, and in the winter it can get downright cold. Not to mention there are several birds of prey, snakes, scorpions, bobcats and pesky bees lurking outside. It is important to shield tiny dogs from all the dangerous outdoor situations. By excluding an outside space from our daycare, we can keep the dogs away from wildlife, while providing a safe and temperature-controlled space year round.
Typically, when a dog goes home from daycare tired, this could mean he spent all his energy playing and socializing. Even if your pup isn’t a huge player, mental stimulation can be very tiring too. Imagine going to work in a preschool with a bunch of high energy children!
We allow well behaved unspayed and unneutered dogs. If your female is intact, we ask you to please keep a close track of her cycles. We DO NOT allow females in heat at any time and will require a signed waiver.
All dogs need to be up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. We accept titer tests in place of vaccinations. We recommend that clients bring their dogs to the vet annually for check-ups and have all their other shots up-to-date as well.
Usually, puppies are given final puppy shots around 16 weeks. We allow puppies to join us a week after they complete their full vaccine requirements. Typically, the earliest we would be able to accept a dog is around 17 weeks. However, please call us to discuss this subject further, as it’s not uncommon for very small dogs to become sick after vaccinations and your dog’s safety is our top priority.
A trained employee will administer any oral medications. However, since we are not a medical facility, we are unable to administer injections.
We strive to make sure every dog’s needs are fulfilled. This means if your pup is looking sleepy and needs a break, we will give him time to chill out in our Relax room. We give every pup a meal or snack, if provided, and for a fee, we can provide our house food or a treat filled kong. Small dogs have high metabolisms, so lunch or mid-day snacks can be an important meal.
Sometimes dogs just need a break or at least a little alone time. Whether that means they were playing too rough, showing signs of stress or falling asleep. We keep track of our dogs daily energy level and change their space in accordance with their needs. Has your dog never been in a kennel? Let’s chat.
No, your dog should not have accidents at home after visiting us. While your dog may be accustomed to going to the bathroom strictly outside, they should not associate going in our grass potty area with going inside your home.
Yes, we offer some light grooming options for our daycare clients. For example, a simple bath or a “Face-Feet-Fanny” trim might be available while your dog is in daycare. If your dog is matted and/or needs an extensive groom, we have some great suggestions for places that offer full grooms. Please view our Services page and/or contact us for more information.
Yes! How many of us actually brush our dogs daily? For a small fee, we are happy to help you with this much needed task. Your dog will love a relaxing brush-out. Frequent brushing is healthy for the dog’s skin and coat. Also, frequent brushing helps desensitize dogs of all ages to normal grooming. This means your groomer may notice an improvement of temperament during the grooming process. Win-Win!
Here at Petite Pup, we want to be your pup’s home away from home. If scheduled ahead of time, when staff is available, we may be able to accommodate an early drop-off or late pick-up. Contact us for more details.