Thanks again for being part of the Pampered Pooch Playground family!
This might be one of the most common questions we receive from customers, “What is the FURminator?”. We decided to invite Elliot the Pomeranian to come in for a treatment with Ellen to see what it is all about…. And look at all the hair we saved from getting all over their house!!
The treatment includes a bath, nail trim and brush out with special FURminator deShedding tool. The Ultra Premium Shampoo and Conditioner formulas have been specially formulated to help eliminate odors, provide relief for pet’s with itchy skin, bring out the natural shine in light and dull color coats, release tangles in long coats or moisturize the skin and coat with frequent bathing. The FURminator deShedding Tool removes the undercoat and loose hair.
The FURminator is perfect for any size dog with any length of hair. You can make a reservation for the FURminator treatment by clicking here.
From time to time, we enjoy making videos of the Doggy Daycare dogs playing and having a great time while they are at our building. The past few weeks we have been making short video clips, and we just edited them to music. Enjoy!
Yesterday I was leaving the doggy daycare and noticed a lady walking about 10 dogs on 10 leashes. All were small dogs and they were all tangled with each other. I almost stopped my scooter to take in this entertainment, but decided to keep going. The best part was that she was talking on her cell phone while walking all these dogs. There is no way that she was able to pay any attention to the dogs and what was really going on. If one dog would have snapped at another dog, they were so tangled up that it would be almost impossible to break them up… Oh, and she would have to stop talking on her phone and put it down. I know there are some dog walkers that can safely do this, but that was not the case yesterday. I really wanted to stop and take a picture of this chaos, but decided to keep moving.
I point this out because you might have noticed that we have added a daily walk to the list of services for when a dog is spending the night with us. When we do a walk, it is a 1 on 1 walk with a member of our staff an the dog has our full attention the entire time. Our staff are never allowed to use their phones while working (either in the play rooms, or on walks). As always we put the safety of your dog above anything else when they are with us.
Hope everyone has been staying cool. Have a great weekend!
Pampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws Dog Wash are excited to be part of this years Twin Cities Pride Festival. Make sure to stop at our booth to see what fun events we have going on (we are just finishing the details). Pampered Pooch Playground is one of the founding members of the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association, which is sponsoring the Doggie Drag Show and the Dog Play Area. Click here for a handy dandy map of the festival. Last year, KSTP talked to Keith and Trycia about why they support the Twin Cities Pride Festival, click here to watch it.
Pampered Pooch Playground / Bubbly Paws Booth Information
Stop out at our booth for lots of fun including our Pooch Lounge with free samples of doggy beer, Beds to relax on, Doggy Ice Cream and photo sessions from Modern Life Photo.
Doggy Drag Show Information
Come join the fun at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 23rd. Registration is day of and will open at 2:00 PM. Sign up at the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association Booth (it will be very close to the Pampered Pooch Playground booth). There will be a few props available to use, but we strongly suggest bringing your own Doggy Gaga or Elton Dog costume. The Grand Prize winner gets to be in the Pride Parade Sunday, June 24 and they receive a pretty sweet prize package. On a side note, Keith will be one of the judges!
Doggy Play Area Information
The Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association is proud to sponsor the Doggy Play Area. There will be some games and activities for you and your pooch.
Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association Information
Pampered Pooch Playground is one of the founding members of the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association. The The Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association encourages the pursuit of excellence by our member daycares through honest effort, fair play and personal integrity, we will provide appropriate information and resources necessary to promote dog daycares as a viable and safe industry in the Twin Cities and creates a set of standards that each of the members must abide by. Other members of the group are Downtown Dogs, Dog Day Getaway and Dog Days.
Have a great afternoon!
The past 2 days, Trycia and I were in Chicago visiting her family that was in from Poland. Tuesday afternoon we had about 2 hours to kill and decided to check out some doggy daycares in the area. I can honestly say that I was not impressed.
The first one that we visited is one of the “premier” dog daycares in Chicago. We walked in and the lobby was super clean, granite counter tops, and flat panel tv’s.. Wow, the lobby looked good! Then they took us on the tour of the building where we saw one employee sitting and reading a book (to herself, not the dogs) while one dog was eating puke on the floor. The worst part was that she did not even get up to clean it (we were in there for about 5 minutes). In their big dog room, it was the same deal. The guy was sitting watching the dogs and there was a pile of poop on the floor. Wow!!
Then we walked down the street and visited another place. There it felt much more like the PPP when we walked in…. Until we talked to the staff. I asked the guy behind the counter what types of shots they require and he did not even know. They also told us they don’t limit the number of dogs, and you can show up anytime. The guy behind the desk did say that the owner was out, and he was just covering, but still…Wow!
On the way to the airport we talked lots about what we saw and how we can improve our own daycare! I am really happy with how we run our business. We don’t have granite counter tops, designer lighting in the lobby or big college degrees behind an executive desk in our office, but we have lots and lots of love for the dogs, our customers and our employees!! It is important to remember that our daycare is built for our 4 legged customers and we do everything with them in mind (I would rather save the money on granite counter tops and designer lighting and buy better play equipment, dog toys r make things easier for our staff). This is why we have been working hard on remodeling our grooming area (which will be completed this week).
Maybe we were overly critical, and never told the employees that we owned a doggy daycare in Minneapolis, but I was not impressed by what we saw at these “premier” and “posh” places. Both of the daycares we visited had more than 1 location and I honestly feel that when you start getting big like that, the quality and care declines… My point was proven 2 times today.
As always, if there is anything we can do to improve please let me know. We want to be the best dog daycare in Minneapolis.
This past weekend was a packed weekend at the Pampered Pooch Playground – Dog Hotel! All of our overnight guests had so much fun staying over and enjoying our large outside area, and then running back in to the great air conditioning. All the dogs were so behaved and it was kinda sad to see so many of them go home today! This morning I was helping to do baths, which is my new favorite past-time. I really enjoy doing baths! We do a free bath after 5 nights in our dog hotel, but you can request a bath anytime your pooch is at daycare or spending the night.
I hope everyone had a great 4th of july weekend!