New Service - Puppy's First Program

January 7th, 2020

Puppy's First Program

We are excited to be introducing the Puppy's First Program. A specialized introduction to doggy daycare and socialization. Puppies between 12 weeks and 26 weeks will begin to learn valuable socialization and life skills during our monitored play at our speciality Puppy's First play room at The Ark East Brainerd. Puppies will have individual kennels for nap time, soft rubber floors, outdoor turfed play yard, and interactive toys! 

Socialization is learned very early on in a puppy's development. Let us help you socialize your pup in a safe, fun, and controlled setting. After the first 26 weeks your puppy should be ready to graduate to our regular doggy daycare!

  • Daycare prep
  • Introduction to socialization
  • Introduction to crate training
  • Relief from separation anxiety
  • Stimulating playtime 
  • Relief from puppy boredom 
  • Puppy cams
  • Rubberized floors
  • Puppy playground equipment
  • Outdoor turfed play yard

What you need to know:

  • Puppy's First will be hosted at the East Brainerd Ark only
  • $22.00 Per Day
  • Wednesday's only
  • Must make reservation
  • First day January 15th
  • Bring lunch if needed
  • Standard daycare hours (7:00am - 6:00pm)


You must provide proof that your dog is current on the following vaccinations:
  • Rabies (after 14 weeks)
  • Bordetella (second round)
  • Distemper/Parvo (second round)

All puppies must be between 5 lbs and 15 lbs to ensure a safe environment.


Puppy Socialization Done Right

The idea behind socialization is that you want to help your puppy become acclimated to all types of sights, sounds, and smells in a positive manner. Proper socialization can prevent a dog from being fearful of children, for example, or of riding in a car, and it will help him develop into a well-mannered, happy companion.

Having a dog who is well adjusted and confident can even go as far as to save his life one day. According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, improper socialization can lead to behavior problems later in life. The organization’s position statement on socialization reads: “Behavioral issues, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age.” Start taking your dog out to public places once your veterinarian says it is safe, and he’ll learn to behave in a variety of situations and to enjoy interacting with different people.

Click here to read the full article from The AKC

How To Socialize Your Puppy

  • Introduce your puppy to new sights, sounds, and smells
  • Make all interactions positive
  • Involve your friends and family in the socialization process
  • Take your puppy into the public after it is properly vaccinated
  • Attend a puppy training class
  • Start Puppy's First Program at The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel



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