What are your daycare hours?

Drop-Off Hours, Mon-Fri:
Full Day and Half-Day AM: 7 am to 9 am
Half Day Pm: 12 pm to 1 pm

Pick-Up Hours, Mon-Fri:
Half-Day AM: 12 pm to 1 pm
Full Day and Half-Day PM: 4 pm to 6 pm

*Saturday daycare, which must be reserved by a staff member, has slightly different hours. Contact our store for more information*

What are your daycare requirements?

Dog must be up to date on the following vaccinations: DHPP, Rabies and Bordatella. 

All dogs over the age of 6 months must be spayed or neutered.

All dogs must be in good health and free of communicable diseases for the previous 30 days.

Dogs that have been in the shelter are not allowed in the facility until they have been home for 2 months. This is to prevent the spread of communicable diseases that may not yet have surfaced. Experience has also taught us that dogs have a tendency to handle group-play environments better after they have had time to adjust to their new home life. 

To participate in group play, dogs must be non-aggressive and respect other’s play styles. Group play privileges can be revoked at any time for inappropriate behavior. Inappropriate behavior includes but is not limited to: resource guarding, bullying, snapping, biting fighting, and excessive barking or whining. Dogs that bark or whine excessively cause stress and anxiety within the group. 


What vaccinations do you require?

Dogs must be current on DHPP, Rabies and Bordatella. We do not require Leptosporosis, however we encourage our owners to discuss all vaccination options with their vet. 


What do you do when dogs misbehave?

Verbal correction and redirection are always our first methods for behavior modification. All staff members are equipped with slip leads as a method of assisting with the redirection of dogs that become over stimulated or over excited. When needed, we use the “time-out’ methods to teach proper manners. Time-out involves separating the dogs from other dogs for a short period of time. This works to both teach the dogs that poor behavior choices lead to temporarily losing play privileges, as well as allowing the dog a break from the stimulation of group. 


What are your infection control procedures? 

We believe sanitation and cleanliness are crucial tothe well being of our pups. Dogs can catch infectious diseases anywhere: the dog park, dog-friendly establishments or even just on a walk around the neighborhood. Just as a child can easily catch a cold while at school or even fall and scrape their elbow, so too can dogs at a daycare. However, at a well-maintained facility, the risk can be significantly reduced. 

At The Local Wag we take every effort to maintain a clean and safe environment for the dogs in our care. We spot clean and disinfect throughout the day and follow a strict cleaning regiment every evening. All surfaces that dogs have come in contact with are thoroughly disinfected and checked for safety hazards. Additionally, if any guest shows signs or symptoms of potentially contagious diseases, they are removed from group. The owner is then notified and the dog in not allowed to return until the condition has been cleared by a veterinarian. 


Do you accept recently adopted dogs?

Congratulations on your recent adoption! For the well-being of newly-adopted dogs, it is our policy that dogs must be in their new home for 2 months prior to being evaluated for our daycare services. We’ve learned through experience that newly adopted dogs do better in their evaluations and daycare if they’re first given time to get comfortable in their new home.


Why does my dog need a temperament evaluation?

Dog daycare can be a wonderful and enriching experience for dogs with a compatible temperament. It can have incredible benefits for both the dogs and their owners, such as a healthy outlet for energy and boredom, socialization and constructive interaction with people and dogs, just to name a few.  

Not all dogs, however, are good candidates for dog daycare. Some dogs may be too timid or anxious, or exhibit behaviors that are not compatible with extended off-leash group play. Other dogs simply don’t enjoy interacting with other dogs. None of these things mean a dog is a “bad dog,” it simply means dog daycare isn’t a good fit for their personality.  

To help us determine a dog’s compatibility for group play, we perform Temperament Evaluations. During a temperament evaluation, our staff is looking for recall (comes when they are called), good social skills (can read other dog’s body language and react accordingly), balanced play (healthy back and forth, free from rough or bullying play), and a sociable personality (free from aggression or crippling anxiety).

*If your dog has not been in group in 5 months, they are required to redo the temperament evaluation before coming in for daycare or boarding*


What happens during a temperament evaluation?

Temperament evaluations are 30 minutes to an hour long appointments that can be scheduled between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday. 

At the time of the evaluation, we will ask some basic questions about your dog’s history, play style and personality. Then we will bring your dog into our empty gym and introduce them to some of our current daycare clients. We determine which dogs to introduce based on size and energy–level, doing our best to match the dog that’s being evaluated. 

Because our evaluations offer only a glimpse at a dog’s temperament, we may ask that more nervous dogs come in for a free half-day trial day, so we can observe them for a longer period of time. 

Interested in setting up your free evaluation? Give us a call us at 859-523-2516 or email us at bark@thelocalwag.com.


Is The Local Wag hiring?

The Local Wag is always looking for experienced dog handlers to join our team. Send us your resume at bark@thelocalwag.comto be sent our application. Please keep in mind that we do require all employees to be at least 18 years of age. 


Will you administer medications to my dog?

Yes, we can administer pills, eardrops, eye drops and ointments. Please bring all medications in the original container from your dog’s vet. Unfortunately we cannot inject medications.


Do you have any breed restrictions? 

Nope! We love all breeds and as long as your dog has passed their temperament evaluation, we’re happy to have them in group. 


Why aren’t toys allowed in playgroup?

This measure is to ensure the safety of the dogs in our care. Some dogs become possessive of toys, which can potentially cause an altercation. If small pieces are chewed off, they can become a choking hazard.