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Thanks Brent!

Minnie at Doggy Daycare This past week we have been really busy putting the finishing touches on our new website we have nicknamed PPP 3.0!  Minnie's mom sent me an email the day after our new website launched and after reading the staff page, noticed that Brent was not listed on there anymore.  Brent has been working for us for about 2 years and he just moved to the west cost, and we were really sad to see him leave!  He loved working with the dogs, and was one of the dogs favorite employees in the Ruff House.  Normally we put a Facebook post up on someones last day, and I feel really bad that is slipped through the cracks.  His last day was Thanksgiving,  So I guess a full blown blog post is almost cooler!  We miss him and wish him the best of luck!

Have a good night!

Keith

 

More PPP Upgrades

As some of you might have noticed, "something has been going on in the Ruff House".... Over the past few weeks, we have been gradually upgrading our HVAC system for the play areas.  Most of the work has been completed in the morning, and during that time, we are able to move dogs into other rooms, or use our outside area so that they are not in the way.  Fresh, purified air is very important when running a dog daycare (many places never do this), and our old unit was doing pretty good, but it was running on it's "last legs".... So rather than waiting for something to break, we take the pro-active approach and do a complete upgrade.  While many of our 2 legged customers will never notice any change, all of our 4 legged customers will be very excited for a more efficient system that can switch over the air in the room about 8 times per hour (industry standard is about 3 times per hour).  Tomorrow is the big day when we get to flip the switch on the new unit... Like always, construction is never easy to do, and our #1 goal is always to make sure all the dogs are safe and out of the way when they are working.  I will give you all the details on the new system soon after we get to turn it on.

Have a good night!

Keith

Our New Service

minneapolis,mn baby daycare Please note that we posted this on April Fools Day.....

Starting Monday, April 9th, Pampered Pooch Playground will expand and begin offering baby daycare in our canine cove.  But, this is no typical baby daycare, they will be interacting with the dogs in the canine cove.  What can be better than 10 dogs and 10 babies all having fun in the same room.  We will be lowering the webcams so you can see the happy expressions on all the babies faces when they are crawling around with all the dogs.  Once a baby reaches 1 year old they will be able to interact with the dogs in the Ruff House.  One final change will be our name... It will now become "Pampered Pooch and Baby Playground".  Prices for baby daycare will be the same rate as our dog daycare rates.  Within the next 60 days, we hope to expand our baby daycare into baby overnight care.  You can make your reservations for baby daycare by clicking here.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.

 

Shhhh... Dog Daycare Nap Time

Ruff House Nap Time The dogs in the Ruff House play hard and then it seems like the whole room gets tired at one time!  We call this our group nap time.  So many doggy daycares do a caged nap time, when every dog goes in a cage for 2 hours and they call this "nap time".  I can honestly tell you that it not a nap time and most of the dogs end up barking for the 2 hours (we tried this when we opened), and the barking was loud enough to stress me out, and the other dogs.  So we found a way to have these group nap times, and the dogs do great with it!  Resting is also a large part of doggy daycare because you don't want a tired cranky dog when you pick them up, you just want a tired dog!

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Keith

How Clean is it?? Cowboy Clean!!

Today was a big day when it comes to our construction.  The majority of the work in Waggers Way has been completed and they will be starting in the Ruff House tomorrow.  So we will have all of the big dogs in Waggers Way starting tomorrow and I spent 5 hours this afternoon putting everything back together in the room.  The construction guys cleaned everything when they were done, but I wanted to go through with the shop vac and make sure they picked up everything.  We have a Rottweiler puppy named Cowboy, who is known to eat just about everything at home and wanted to make sure he would not find anything on the floor.  So the entire time I was cleaning, I kept thinking to my self "we have to Cowboy proof everything".  We are so very excited with how everything has been going.  The new webcams are up and running in waggers way, you can see about 90% of the whole room and you should be able to see all the dogs.  I am excited to see how the dogs react to the new digs tomorrow.

Have a great night, and I know we always say this, but thanks for putting up with our construction :)

Keith

Remodeling - Day 4

Roxy at Doggy Daycare in Minneapolis Wow, Lots has changed in Waggers Way doggy daycare room in the past few days.  Sunday, the final touches were finished on the floor, and this morning we were able to walk on it.  At 7:30 this morning, the painting started.  Wow, does it look fresh and new! Tomorrow, the work on the ceiling starts.  We took Roxy in the room and she really liked the floor.  When we first opened, rubber flooring was the industry standard and the best that was out there.  After almost 4 years, the standards have changed, and rubber flooring is a great option, but not the best (in my opinion) which is why we have decided to update it.  We are putting down a rubberized epoxy which is 5 times easier to clean and the dogs really love it! m This room looks so empty with everything moved out of it.  Crazy!! If all goes well this doggy daycare room should be up and running by Friday, then we will start the Ruff House.

Thanks again for being so understanding with us during this time, construction is always hard, but we try to make it as easy on everyone as possible.

Keith

 

Remodeling - Day 1

Petey and Benson at the dog lounge Today was the first day of the remodeling of Waggers Way.  The new floor was put down and it will look just like the Ruff House floor.  The floor is the Ruff House has proven to be the best and easiest to keep clean, but also provide a safe surface for the dogs to play on.  Our room configuration will be a bit strange the next few days.  The Ruff House will be un-changed, but the Waggers Way dogs will be in what we are calling the "Dog Lounge" which is our training room.  Today, the dogs in the Dog Lounge could run back and forth from the Canine Cove and many of them really enjoyed that.  If you are watching the webcams the next few days, make sure you cycle through all of them to find your pooch as they may not be in their regular room.  Monday, the walls in Waggers Way will be painted, then the ceiling installation will begin.  With any type of construction, we always place the safety of your dog ahead of anything else, and have been limiting the number of dogs we accept for the next to weeks. It also might take us a few extra minutes to get your dog ready to go home because of the configuration.  Please be patient with us, we promise it will be worth the hassle!

We are really excited to show off the remodeled areas!

Keith

Winter Workouts

Winter is officially here, and although there isn’t the usual snow on the ground, it’s cold outside. Last week, the Climate Prediction Center released an updated winter outlook for December, January, and February, predicting below average temperatures and a good chance of a wetter than average snow season for Minnesota. So, that means the days are short, the cold is here for a while, and the snow is coming—-perhaps with a vengeance. The hibernation that comes with winter can make us feel cooped up with cabin fever. For our canine friends, we must make the extra effort to help them expend their energy so they can be well-behaved. Below are a few ideas that may help.

  • Make the most out of each walk.In order to help Leo burn more energy while

    on our shorter winter walks, he wears a vest with two side pockets—a weight vest of sorts. In each pocket, I add bean-bag weights in half-pound increments, up to ten percent of his body weight. For Leo, that’s a total of three pounds. This helps him burn extra energy, even though our walks are shorter. (Leo’s vet confirmed that this was safe. The key is to make sure the vest fits properly so there is no rubbing or slipping.)

  • Let ’em play! A day of play each week at doggy day care, like Pampered Pooch Playground, can leave your dog tired and well-behaved for an extra day. This also helps take some of the pressure off of you to be the only source of physical and mental exercise.
  • Mental workouts are just as important as physical workouts. Training classes, such as agility training at The Canine Coach, are a great way to socialize, exercise, and challenge your dog.
  • Socialize with your dog at Dog Days at the Dome. The Metrodome is open for doggy fun and socializing from 5 p.m.–9 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, Tuesday, January 31, Thursday, February 9, and Tuesday, February 28. It’s just $5 per dog (with up to two people), and free parking is available.
  • Go to a dog park—indoors! Have you heard about Ruff House, the Canine Social Club in Edina? There are five membership options to fit your schedule. The most flexible options include access 24/7.

What do you do to help manage your dog’s energy during winter? We’d love to hear from you.

*** Blog post by Birgitta who is a Pampered Pooch Playground customer.  Read more about her by clicking here. ***

Another fun day at the PPP

I always love going to the PPP, and look forward to going in every morning.  I enjoy greeting the dogs in the mornings and really getting to know all of our customers and dogs.  Today, many of you might have noticed that I was there this afternoon running the dogs up as the dogs were going home.  I think part of being a good dog daycare owner is knowing how to do all the jobs that we have.  Ellen our manager was working a shift in one of the play areas so I was covering for her.  It was lots of fun watching all the dogs go home happy and tired!

I think the highlight of the day for our staff was we booked our annual holiday party (we are not the typical "lets go out for dinner" crew).. We try to find something fun and active, but also work on team building (but not in a cheesy way).  Last year we went indoor rock climbing.. What will we be doing this year?  I will give you details after the party!

Have a good night!

Keith