We invite you to sniff around our site to see what makes our State of the Heart, Luxury Pet Care Center, amongst the best in the country. Conveniently located off of I-95 in Guilford, CT, we are easy to get to from many of the shorelines surrounding towns. Consider us your one stop hub for all things dog!
When thinking about Doggie Day Care, picture recess for dogs, but with supervised, structured playtime that is tailored to meet the needs of your dog. Rather than leaving your pup crated or home alone, you can reserve a full day (or a half day) of play, where he is provided with socialization, mental stimulation, exercise, and a ton of love from both humans and other canines. All this, while leaving him in a safe, comfortable, climate controlled, state of the art environment, that we created with all things dog in mind!
We currently offer three Dog Day Camp programs:
Equally as noteworthy.. being that our Dog Hotel primarily caters to dogs who are able to actively participate in a group play environment, our overnight fees include their STAY, as well as, their PLAY! (Human-like hotel policies do apply for drop-off and pick-up times included within our all-inclusive boarding rates.)
Prior to becoming an 'official' member of our pack, we require every dog to schedule an initial Meet & Greet with our team. This important introductory period lasts roughly 2 hours and is pet parent free (meaning you get to leave during this time). This is our chance to learn about your dog, build an initial relationship with him, identify areas that he may be in need of some trainer intervention or confidence building. It is a really important first step that allows our guests to familiarize themselves with new surroundings, sights, smells, and four-legged compadres.
To schedule a Meet and Greet, you will want to make sure that your dog is up-to-date on the following vaccines:
If your dog just had a recent fecal that didn't include the Elisa test for Giardia, we are pleased to be able to offer Fecal Testing Services in-house, for your convenience.
We've done everything we could to make your dog's overnight hotel/boarding stay as stress-free as possible. From luxury suites with calming colors, soothing music playing in the background, sound dampening panels, lighting designed to calm their souls and separate air handlers to keep them healthy and safe, you can travel knowing that Fido is enjoying a 5 star trip of their own. All overnight guests staying in our Luxury Dog Hotel, who have passed our initial evaluation, participate in a full day of dog daycare each day. Long gone are the days of sad faces stuck in a kennel - today's canines enjoy much needed socialization and enrichment throughout their stay.
Stay tuned as we are currently developing a first of it's kind, Canine Enrichment Day Camp Program. A mind blowing alternative to our current, traditional model! Both great.. but extremely different! SIT. STAY. WAIT FOR IT!
For now, our full day of play option is a great way to satisfy your dog mental and physical needs, in a fully supervised, loving environment.
For those of you considering hiring an in-home dog walking service to check on Fido during the day, we encourage you to explore our Dog Day Care program. When comparing the cost and the benefits of each, you will find that this avenue offers a lot more benefits (including financial savings when compared to multiple walks per day or extended home care visits). Proper socialization in a controlled environment, such as ours, helps your dog become a well-rounded, dog friendly, appropriate communicator to all things dog and human. The frosting on the cake.. If you have plans that night.. you get a tired dog back at the end of the day and don't have to feel guilty about leaving him home. That's a win-win in our book!
The Dog Grooming Spa @ Metro Pooch, offers everything from Spa Baths to Trims and Fully Customized Haircuts; all natural specialty shampoos and conditioners, nail trims, filing, deshedding or deskunking treatments, brush outs and blowouts.. and so much more.
Our Doggie Glam Squad will have your dog ready for the limelight in no time!
But don't wait to schedule your dogs appointment!! With so many cute canines finding their furever homes over the last few years, doggie spa appointments, across the country, are booking out far longer than they have in the past (at times, 6-8 weeks!).
Our unique method of dog training, is offered through our "Talk Dog to Me" series of classes. These classes will teach you how to communicate with your dog in the most effective way, how to get what you ask for and what you are likely doing wrong (yup, it's mostly our own fault!). Our method allows parents to obtain and nurture a loving, mutually respectful relationship between man and canine. Unlike any other training program you may have participated in before, we guarantee you will see a positive change in all aspects of your relationship with your four-legged love.
Group thing not for you? With our unique method of training and countless classroom hours working our methods in-house, we are able to develop a customized solution to help you and your dog coexist in harmony. We strive to be your guide in building a relationship where communication is a two-way street that everyone learns to drive down the same, clear and consistent way.
We start off with a phone consult to learn what your goals are, your concerns, your struggles and your successes. From there we will meet and begin to look into how you and your dog do things, why you do things, when you do things and more.
Unfortunately, we do not handle severe, reactivity based aggression cases or severe separation anxiety cases in our location. We will only recommend that you seek a trainer who specializes in those area(s) for the extreme cases. Typical resource guarding issues, barking on leash, manners, potty training, specialty skills and more, are all able to be addressed in our private dog training lessons on site or at your home.
Looking for something new to try with your dog? We've got you covered with our extensive line-up of specialty training classes. Agility, Nose Work, Obedience, Manners, Therapy Dog, and more, are all offered thru our Metro Pooch Canine Enrichment and Dog Training Program.
These programs are great for not only for the physical component of your dogs overall health, but also amazingly beneficial for their mental health! Research shows, that by participating in activities for enrichment and/or in specialty classes like these, we can help to further build and strengthen our dogs confidence & trust; nurture and deepen relationships between handler and canine; provide a non-medicinal form of help for various issues (like anxiety) and so much more!
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