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Camp Run-A-Mutt Waterloo

3225 Airport Blvd
Waterloo, IA 50703
phone: 319-883-3040
fax: 319-575-6050

Cage free dog daycare & boarding at its best!

Camp Run-A-Mutt Waterloo

3225 Airport Blvd
Waterloo, IA 50703
phone: 319-883-3040
fax: 319-575-6050 

The award-winning Camp Run-A-Mutt™ is the premier cage-free dog daycare paradise! Our camp consists of beautiful indoor and outdoor play areas (see for yourself on our Muttcams), which are fun, safe and supervised 24/7. Camp Run-A-Mutt™ Waterloo features over 9,000 square feet for your dog to romp, play and socialize to their heart’s content! Watch your camper online as they run on the spacious grassy area, cool off in the custom water feature, relax on dog-friendly furniture or under the shade sails on a hot day (or in our temperature-controlled indoor play areas during inclement weather).

It’s more than just the amenities that make us unique. Camp Run-A-Mutt™ is also 100% cage-free for daycare. Your dog will receive exceptional care by our attentive staff, who are trained to be familiar with dog behavior and certified in dog CPR and first aid. Our goal is to make daycare fun by minimizing the stress and anxiety some dogs experience when they are away from home. All day play instead of cages, human love instead of being alone, it’s a no brainer.

We also offer dog washing, grooming, a boutique, obedience training and surprises you’ll find only at Camp Run-A-Mutt™. Your pup will love it, and so will you.

The award-winning Camp Run-A-Mutt™ is the premier cage-free dog daycare paradise! Our camp consists of beautiful indoor and outdoor play areas (see for yourself on our Muttcams), which are fun, safe and supervised 24/7. Best of all, Camp Run-A-Mutt™ is 100% cage-free for daycare. Your dog will receive exceptional care by our attentive staff, who are certified in dog CPR and first aid. We also offer dog grooming, a boutique, obedience training and more. Your pup will love it, and so will you.

About the Owners

James and Stefanie Hartel are excited to bring the first Camp Run-A-Mutt to Iowa and the Midwest! After searching for the perfect daycare and boarding facility for their own fur babies, Jim and Stef asked themselves, “Why not open one ourselves?”.

Testimonials

“We’ve taken our pup several times for daycare, primarily to make sure she gets plenty of socialization with other dogs. The staff is awesome. The experience is helping our pup learn how to behave around other dogs. It’s also great to be able to watch her interact with the other campers on the mutt cams!”

– Mary Williams
Waterloo, IA

Testimonials

“Athena loves going to camp run a mutt. She claws at the door to go in. This is a great way for her to get exercise when the weather is not so great to take walks. You can tell the staff really loves the dogs. They are active with them, taking them in and out of the building.”

– Bonnie Sadler
Waterloo, IA

Testimonials

“This is a wonderful doggie daycare. The people are all very nice and you can see they truly care about your dog. Kirby loves going to daycare there and playing with her friends. They do fun little photos with them for holidays. The splash pad during the nice weather is also a great feature. They offer obedience training and their grooming is top notch also.”

– Lori Klingfus
Waterloo, IA

Testimonials

“My dogs absolutely love going to day care. Staff is amazing and love that we can check in on them at any time during the day. My dogs come home exhausted and get so excited when they know they are going.”

– Melanie Tehel
Waterloo, IA

Check out our Services

Daycare

At Camp Run-A-Mutt our dogs get to do what dogs do best: run with the pack, romp around with friends (both human and dog), play fetch, sniff all the smells, splash in our water feature, snooze in the sun (or the shade), get lots of belly rubs and watch the shenanigans. Best of all, you can see for yourself on our Muttcams!

Grooming

Our groomers are skilled, patient and most importantly, they love dogs! Dogs who get groomed while at Camp get to play right up until their appointment time. Most dogs actually enjoy the one-on-one attention and our groomer knows that tired dogs are more relaxed and easier to groom. It’s really a win/win for everyone.

Training

Even the best dogs can benefit from training, which helps build their confidence and strengthens your bond with them. All of our trainers practice positive reinforcement methods, which is the most humane and effective training there is. We offer a variety of options, designed to meet your dog’s needs.

Register your pup today!

Registration Requirements

Since Camp Run-A-Mutt™ is cage-free, we strive to make it a positive and safe experience for all our campers, no matter their age or size. Therefore, we have a few more qualifying steps to join the fun than most other places. Every new dog is given the best possible chance to become a Camper and once they succeed, you’ll be glad all their new playmates have gone through the same process.

Since we are cage-free, to ensure a positive and safe experience for every camper, there are a few extra steps to join the fun.

* Vaccine Notice *

Beginning February 1st, 2022, we'll be requiring all dogs to have the Leptospirosis vaccine in order to attend Camp. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

To attend Camp, a camper wanna-be MUST:

  • Have a proper fitting collar with name tag
  • Play well and gently with all sizes of dogs
  • Show no aggression
  • Know and listen to his name
  • Not be an excessive barker

Temperament Testing

If this looks like the right place for your pup, please follow these steps.

  • Send vaccinations

Have your veterinarian email vaccination records to [email protected] or fax them to 319-575-6050. We require proof of current standings on Bordetella, Distemper, Parvo, Canine Influenza Virus and Rabies. All dogs over six months of age must be spayed or neutered.

  • Set up temperament test

Give us a call at 319-883-3040 to set up a brief “temperament test.” We conduct temperament tests by appointment from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday – Friday.

  • Review paperwork & test

Once you arrive at the camp, we will verify your dog’s vaccination records, have you review and sign our Service Agreement, get to know your dog a little more, and then introduce them to some of our regular campers in our temperament testing area while you watch a live feed in our customer lounge.

  • You’re all set!

If all goes well, your furry friend can stay and play, or come back another time for their first official day of daycare!

If this looks like the right place for your pup, please follow these steps.

  • Send vaccinations

Have your veterinarian email vaccination records to [email protected] or fax them to 319-575-6050. We require proof of current Bordetella, Distemper, Parvo, Canine Influenza Virus and Rabies. All dogs over six months of age must be spayed or neutered.

  • Set up temperament test

Call us at 319-883-3040 to set up a brief “temperament test” which consists of us getting to know your dog a bit more, and then introducing him to some of our regular campers.

  • Review paperwork & test

If all goes well, your furry friend can stay and play, or come back another time for their first official day of daycare!

Watch the Muttcams live

Non-stop action!

Are you ready for the ultimate reality show? Then check out our Muttcams where you’ll see all the shenanigans happening right now. Watch your dog run, play, nap and do things you never knew they did on our live action cams. Your pup will have no idea they’re being spied on and we won’t tell them either.

Go Mobile!

If you can’t watch enough of the fun on your PC, you can check up on your pup with the Muttcams mobile app. With this app, your furry baby will always be in the palm of your hand.

On your mobile device, just navigate to www.muttcams.com and then add to your home screen.

Much more…

Check out our Facebook page!

Photos, events, & more

Stay tuned with upcoming events going on at Camp! Check out our Facebook page to find pics of our Campers and stay up to date on important things going on at Camp.

Waterloo lobbyDog Boutique

Camp Run-A-Mutt offers some of the most unique, useful and just plain fun supplies for your dog. From the essentials like leashes and collars, food, supplements, beds and grooming tools, to the non-essentials like toys, sweaters and treats (although your pup may think these are the essentials, too), we carry it all. Our goal is to make your canine companion happy and healthy while making your life easier by carrying everything they need in one stop. We support local vendors who come up with safe, high-quality and interesting products for your dog. This way we can offer things you won’t get from your local chain while also supporting our community. And if it’s not here, let us know. We can probably fetch it for you.

Giving Back

Camp Run-A-Mutt believes in giving back to the community in which we live, and we love all dogs, which is why we contribute our time and financial resources to help those pups that are in need. We partner with shelters and rescue groups to help adoptable dogs find their fur-ever homes through hosting adoption events, promoting foster dogs on our social media channels, and even offering daycare services to dogs in foster homes. We also donate the proceeds from fundraising events to support local animal rescue organizations.

Pet Related Businesses

Jameson’s Public House
Jameson’s Public House hosts six pet-friendly tables where you and your pup can enjoy a slice of the Emerald Isle. The menu covers Irish and American favorites with sandwiches, salads, bar snacks, and burgers.
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The Scoop Feed & Supply
The only full service feed & supply store in the Cedar Valley! They even offer nutritional counseling. We carry a small selection of their options in our lobby.
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Cedar Bend Humane Society
Making a difference in the lives of animals in the Cedar Valley.
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Camp Run-A-Mutt Waterloo

3225 Airport Blvd, Waterloo, IA 50703
phone: 319-883-3040
fax: 319-575-6050

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I tour the facility?

YES! We understand the importance of transparency when it comes to your fur baby, so we are happy to provide tours of our facility. This may be easier during certain hours of the day than others (such as morning drop off or feeding times) so please give us a call to confirm the best time.

How old does my pup need to be before I can bring him or her to Camp?

The minimum age requirement for puppies is 12 weeks of age. Typically, by this point they have received at least 2 sets of their initial puppy shots, and most vets agree this is an acceptable time to begin introducing your puppy to other dogs. Don’t forget, all Campers are required to be up to date on all vaccinations while at Camp Run-A-Mutt, so this is also one of the safest places for your puppy to begin interacting with new dogs. 

Why does my dog need to be neutered/spayed at 6 months of age?

Our spay and neuter requirements are for the safety of all dogs in our care, especially yours. Often, when puppies begin to produce sex hormones, it can lead to unwelcome behaviors. It can also cause other dogs to behave differently toward that dog than they normally would. In order to prevent behavioral issues on both sides, and since this is the average age where problems begin to arise, all dogs must be altered by 6 months at the latest. This is also why sterilization procedures alone are not sufficient to eliminate the risks. Procedures such as chemical sterilization in male dogs, for example, do not end hormone production, so many of those potentially problematic behaviors remain. (That being said, some puppies develop more quickly than others and may begin to exhibit certain behaviors earlier than this. If we believe that this may lead to an unsafe environment for any dog, including yours, we may ask you to temporarily refrain from daycare and boarding until after your dog has been fixed.)

What is a temperament test?

A temperament test is an opportunity for us introduce your dog(s) to a cross-section of the types of dogs they will meet in our play yards, and assess their comfort level with each type of dog. We use a mix of males and females, small, medium, and large sized dogs, and puppies, adult, and senior dogs (all of which we see on a regular basis!). This helps us know how to set your dog up for success on their first day of daycare, to ensure they have a comfortable and fun experience!

Can I watch the temperament test?

Absolutely! We have a live camera feed of our temperament test area so that you can see exactly what’s going on, from the comfort of our customer lounge. In an effort to create the most accurate representation of our primary play areas, we don’t permit customers to be in the area while we are conducting the temperament test. Since you won’t be there when your pup is in the play yard, we want to understand how they behave without you nearby. But we promise to communicate with you during every step of the process!

How long does a temperament test take?

The short answer: it depends. The longer answer: There is no pre-determined length of time. Each temperament test is conducted based on the unique needs of the new dog. For a dog that’s been in daycare their whole life and is happy-go-lucky and super confident, it may be no more than 5-10 minutes. For a dog that hasn’t had a lot of socialization, or is slow to warm up to new people or dogs, we will slow it down to match their comfort level. We want to set each new dog up for success, so we never want to rush them into a situation they aren’t ready for! For that reason, we generally ask that you budget about 15-30 minutes for the whole process, from start to finish.

Can I do a temperament test first thing in the morning, right when you open?

We know that life is busy, which is why we offer temperament testing every day that we are open for daycare. However, when we first open in the morning (or at the very end of the day), we do not have the appropriate number of staff or dogs to facilitate an accurate temperament test. For this reason, we ask that you call or email us to determine the best time for you to bring in your pup. This also allows us to ensure that we can provide you the highest level of customer service and our undivided attention when you arrive! 

I just adopted my dog last weekend. Can I schedule a temperament test?

Congratulations! The majority of our Campers are adopted, and we love that! However, we know that newly adopted dogs  have had a lot of transition their lives, potentially in a very short period of time. Also, there are several aspects of daycare that are very similar to a shelter environment (barking, tons of smells, many different dogs, strange people). That might cause a dog to think they are back in that place, and revert back to behaviors they might have exhibited at that time such as those associated with anxiety or fear. Since they are still in an adjustment period, and because you may not be able to provide much information about their behaviors after only a short time together, we ask that you wait at least 3 weeks before bringing your new family member into daycare. In the meantime, we recommend lots of bonding time through walks, playtime, and treats!

My dog has been in daycare before, why does Camp Run-A-Mutt require another temperament test?

We do this to ensure the safety of each and every dog that enters our facility. Dogs are very sensitive animals and may respond differently to new sights and smells, people, and dogs, so we want to ensure that the combination of those stimuli at our location is a good fit for your pup. This is a requirement even if your dog has been a camper at another Camp Run-A-Mutt, or maybe even if it’s been a long time since your last visit to our location. 

Why can’t I see my dog on the Muttcams? Are they ok?

Our Muttcams are placed to provide the maximum view of our play areas and the best action footage. Many of our dogs play so much that they have to rest and recharge, so there’s a good chance your pup is just relaxing out of camera view. Sometimes newer dogs like to observe from the sidelines for awhile before venturing into the mix. If you can’t spot your dog for awhile, always feel free to give us a call and we can give you an update that way.

Why did you put a Camp collar on my dog today?

For their safety, all Campers must wear a proper fitting quick-release collar while participating in daycare or boarding. If they happen to arrive at Camp without one, we can utilize one of our collars for the day. (Please note: if your dog cannot wear a collar for medical reasons, we can permit them to wear a harness instead.)

Why did you leash/time out/or move my dog today?

There are a number of reasons why we may temporarily leash a dog, or move them to a different part of the facility, but it’s always based on creating the safest environment possible for all the dogs in our care. Please give us a call, or talk to us when you pick up your dog and we will be happy to discuss in detail.

Love your dog.

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Love your life.

Do you love your dog? What about everyone else's dogs? Do you find yourself getting distracted from a conversation when a fluffy mutt struts by? Do you think every dog should have a chance to live life to the fullest?

Camp Run-A-Mutt is growing by leaps and bounds in the ever-expanding pet industry. We have developed a nationwide presence and are looking for passionate, dedicated dog lovers who share our ideals about "what's best for the dog" to open and operate future locations.

If this sounds like something you would love doing and want to explore the opportunity, check out our franchise information online by clicking below.

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Go Mobile!

If you can't watch enough of the fun on your PC, you can check up on your pup with the Muttcams mobile app. With this app, your furry baby will always be in the palm of your hand.

On your mobile device, just navigate to www.muttcams.com and then add to your home screen.

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