Camp Run-A-Mutt offers the most unique cage free daycare anywhere. We feature a park like setting on premium synthetic lawn made especially for dogs, splash pond complete with waterfall and sun deck, ramps, bridges, dog houses, Kuranda dog beds, plenty of clean cool drinking water, lots of shade and even misters and a kiddie pool for the hot summer days.
Mornings at Camp consist of bringing out all the toys (from Kong balls to big Boomer balls), turning on the bubble machine and letting our campers chase, play fetch, run, jump at bubbles, sniff, be sniffed and just be a dog all while getting the socialization and excercise every dog needs. In the early afternoon we retire the toys and bubbles and let our campers bask in the sun, settle for a nap, take a dip in the pond or chase around their new friends.
Good behavior and fun are always encouraged by our highly qualified team of "Alpha humans". We are proud of the fact that the campers who qualify to be Camp Run-A-Mutters are never caged, never left unattended and can be watched on our Muttcams from any computer, iPhone, iPad or Web-enabled cell phone.
Let's face it, for many of us, our dogs are our "kids", and just like the human ones, our canine kids need the same love, attention, education, and guidance. Doggie daycare can provide these essentials. Just being around other dogs will help your little one learn the social skills they will need to be a happy healthy dog. Dogs are "pack" animals at their core, and a feeling of belonging and acceptance comes from being around other members of the pack. The great part about Camp Run-A-Mutt is that your dog gets to socialize with other dogs that have been temperament tested in a physically safe environment while they are being constantly supervised. Strong social skills will enable your dog to lead a happier, healthier, and more confident life. Ideally, building these skills should begin when your kid is a puppy, but these social skills can be learned at any age. Running, jumping, fetching, and chasing are all part of CRAM, but while our kids are doing these activities they are also getting the exercise that their bodies and minds need.
Our staff knows the concept of being the "Alpha Dog" in the pack. They have years of experience in dog handling and understand how important it is for a dog to listen and respond for the safety and fun for all. Camper wannabes are required to know basic obedience, show no aggression toward dogs or humans, refrain from jumping onto humans, play well with smaller dogs and not bark excessively. These are the characteristics we look for when testing and emphasized by our staff after the dog becomes an official "camper".
Campers who qualify to be overnight guests are in for a wonderful experience. Not only do they get to play with their buddies all day, when the sun goes down, we bring them into our large rubber floor play room where they are individually fed in their own private area. After supper they settle in for a night of relaxation, television and community snoozing with the pack. For many dogs, boarding can be a stressful experience. To minimize this stress, our goal is to have your dog's stay as close as possible to what they experience at home. Like our daycare, boarding is totally cage free and dogs are never left unattended. In fact, our "alpha human" actually sleeps with them in the same room. It’s kind of like a slum-grrr party.
While we think cage free is the best way to go, it's not for all dogs. Dogs who have not attended Camp Run-A-Mutt for daycare are required to stay at least a full day (minimum six hours) for evaluation to determine if they will get along in a cage free environment prior to an overnight stay. Feeding is included in the cost for boarding but we require you to supply your dog's food along with feeding and care instructions. Drop off time is by 12:00 noon and pick up is by close of business the last day of their stay.
Camp Run-A-Mutt is proud to offer full service grooming by our fantastic, highly skilled and talented groomers: Lee & Melissa. Their love of dogs and attention to detail has earned them many loyal customers who keep bringing their pup back for more spa treatments! They do their best to work around your schedule so your pup can be squeaky clean when you come to pick 'em up.
(Note: Grooming appointments are required for all services. Please make sure to make an appointment as soon as possible to ensure your dog will be able to receive a spa day with our groomer on the day of your choice.)
Our campers love the idea that
they can be dropped off, play, play, play until they're dog-tired, get
groomed and beautiful, play some more, then go home. They never sit in a
cage waiting for their appointment. They get a stress free, fun
experience, and you get a tired, clean and groomed pup at the end of the day!
Dogs who are not "campers" can also be groomed but are kept separate from the rest of the dogs until they are picked up. All "non-campers" need proof of current vaccinations. Grooming is by appointment only.
Camp Run-A-Mutt only uses positive reinforcement training at all locations. The positive reinforcement method rewards the dog (by praise, a treat or a clicker) when desired behavior happens. It's a tried and true method which humans, dogs and Camp Run-A-Mutt prefer.
When the first Camp Run-A-Mutt location was being built in 2007/2008, a young trainer from SeaWorld approached the owners and introduced himself. After a brief conversation and a handshake, Joel Beckman became Camp Run-A-Mutt’s first (and only) dog trainer. Being new business owners, Joel and the Camp Run-A-Mutt founders relied on instinct, common sense and most importantly, what was best for the dogs.
Joel brings to Camp Run-A-Mutt years of experience training exotic animals at the world famous SeaWorld and claims, “After training killer whales, dogs are a breeze”.
Joel teaches the basics like walking on a loose leash, coming on command, sit and stay. Joel also addresses specifics like leash aggression, fear based aggression, dog body language and a lot more using proven “positive reinforcement” techniques. Joel and his wife Liz have over 20 years combined, hands on experience that has given them the knowledge, insight and confidence to train any pup, even yours!
Along with weekly training sessions for your pup and family, Joel offers “Board and Train”. This is a two week comprehensive training program at Joel and Liz’s beautiful ranch where your dog will be boarded while they receive positive reinforcement training in a clean, safe environment. Like Camp Run-A-Mutt, Joel does not charge extra for swimming, playing, exercise, one-on-one time, administering medication or special diets.
Camp Run-A-Mutt cage free daycare along with our obedience classes are an winning combination for any dog. The earlier your dog starts with socializing and proper training, the better quality of life he, and you, will have. You'll have a dog that’s confident, healthy, and happy because you cared enough to give him exactly what every dog needs.
We encourage the whole family to get involved with training so that’s why our classes are designed to teach the humans as well as the dog.