Social Learning


Pup 'N Iron™ Dog Daycare & Social Learning Program
The Fredericksburg/Stafford/Spotsy's PREMIER Dog Day Program facility for dogs


 
DAY SCHOOL TRAINING ACADEMY APPLICATION
We know it's tough for pet parents to leave your loved ones at home alone or confined to a crate for long hours with little or no social interaction or activity.  For you, we offer Pup 'N Iron™ Dog Day Care and Social Learning Program .... the area's premier professional dog day care and social learning facility, managed by professional dog trainers and behavior specialists.  Here your dog will not only have room to play and interact with his canine friends in our state-of-the-art facility - the only one of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, but will be able to enjoy a variety of educational and fitness activities throughout the day as well.  Our floors are covered wall to wall with 3/4" sports matting to protect your dogs feet and decrease the chance of injury from slips and falls.  Here you will have peace of mind while your dog has the opportunity for professionally supervised, safe and positive dog-to-dog and human interaction, exercise and fitness in our one-of-a kind warm water 8x20 foot hydrotherapy pool, Jog-A-Dog treadmill designed specifically for dogs, as well as additional innovative programs like our Day School Training Academy and our individualized Cross Paws Fitness Program.  We make no bones about it.... our day/play/fit care is NOT "no frills."  To the contrary we offer frills, frills and more frills for the discriminating pet parent who wants the very best for his/her!  Bar none, Pup 'N Iron is the Fredericksburg area's most innovative dog activity and fitness facility. 




We are not your average "dog day care?"

When you hear the term, "dog day care," many will envision a place for their dogs to socialize and play with other dogs.  Who wouldn't want that for their dog?  That's why the concept has significantly gown in popularity over the past 15 years, prompting many pet related businesses such as boarding, grooming salons and even veterinarian offices to add it to their list of client services as a means to generate additional revenue.  Additionally, quite a few national franchises have popped up allowing people with little or no dog training and behavior experience to pay a franchise fee and whallah, open up an instant dog daycare!  However, off leash dog play is not something to be taken lightly.  Running a safe and effective dog daycare takes extensive knowledge in canine behavior and animal husbandry.  This knowledge can only come from years of hands on experience working with and training dogs in a professional capacity.  And that is what you will get at Pup 'N Iron.  We take dog to dog interaction seriously, with over 30 years of canine behavior and training experience and a wealth of knowledge and study in canine pack structure and instinct behind it*.  Our dog day care is managed by CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINERS at all times!  It is my goal to offer the absolute safest and most effective environment not only to "house" dogs while their owners are at work, but to provide them with continual opportunities to learn and grow.  Here, dogs are supervised closely, good behavior and positive manners between the dogs are encouraged, and the environment in which the dogs interact is always highly controlled and managed.  

*Pup 'N Iron's dog daycare and training academy is run under the direction and supervision of Laurie Williams  CPDT-KA, a nationally recognized trainer and dog behavior counselor and former VP and board member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (the largest professional pet training organization in the world).   Laurie implements her extensive experience working directly with dogs and studying canine behavior and pack instinct.  Our doggie daycare isn't an after thought.  It's a top priority!

 

IS DAYCARE RIGHT FOR YOUR DOG?

 
Dog daycare is NOT "one size fits all" but rather is a very unique environment that must be matched to the individual dog's temperament, sociability and needs.  And that's why we are the only daycare in the area that offers different options of daytime and social learning programs to fit every dog's individual needs. If you are looking for a place where your dog will just be thrown in with a large group of dogs and allowed to act on his/her impulses all day, Pup 'N Iron is not that place!  At Pup 'N Iron each dog's daycare experience is individualized, and as the area's leading dog daycare experts, we can help you select the best daycare option for your dog.  
Our Daycare Options:

Small Group Play and Interaction

Structured interactive activities

Structured "Fit Care" Cross Paws Fitness Program

Day School Training Academy
 
 

 

Paws down, Pup 'N Iron is the BEST daycare program in the area ......

 

YOU CAN DEFINITELY FIND CHEAPER, BUT YOU WON'T FIND BETTER

COME FIND OUT WHY WE'RE THE NUMBER ONE DOG DAY CARE RECOMMENDED BY AREA VETERINARIANS!

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Pup 'N Iron™ Day Care is supervised by Laurie Williams, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer with over 30 years of canine behavior education and training experience. 

 

Hours: 6:00am - 7:00pm

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
 
  • Pre-Enrollment Temperament Screening.  (Must be dog and people friendly with no signs of food aggression or resource guarding.)  PLEASE NOTE:  There is a non-refundable $25 temperament screening fee* that must  accompany all day care enrollment applications. Completed applications and fee must be submitted prior to your dog's pre-enrollment screening.   The enrollment screening takes approximately 20-30 minutes where you remain with your dog while we assess his behavior and reaction to different situations and environments.  Once your dog pasts the temperament screening he/she can move on to the next step, a full orientation day.  *Your pre enrollment assessment fee may be applied to the cost of your dog's orientation day.
  • During the Orientation Day we carefully monitor your dog as he/she is introduced and integrated into the full daycare experience.  Your dog is given the additional management and attention to ensure the smoothest and most positive transition and integration into the pack.
  • You may pre-pay your temperament screening fee online.
  • 12 weeks old and up - All Puppies must have had at least 2 of their Distemper/Parvo Boosters and a bordetella vaccination.
  • Free of any communicable disease - Completed Health Certification from your Veterinarian Required Prior to First Visit
  • All dogs over 7 months of age must be spayed or neutered.
  • Proof of current on vaccinations. Distemper and Parvo within past 12 months. Bordetella within past year (Titers Tests are acceptable).
  • Free of fleas and ticks.  Following a veterinarian approved flea preventative regimen preferred. (Frontline, Advantage, Revolution, etc.)
  • Minimum Commitment - At Pup 'N Iron it is our goal to provide the absolute safest and best environment for your dog to play in. Dogs do better when they are in a predictable, familiar environment and surroundings. We have found that dogs thrive together when they have acclimated into the pack, are familiar with each other's play style, and know the routine. This ensures a low stress, positive experience. Therefore we require a minimum commitment of one day per week for all our daycare dogs. Sporadic drop-ins are strongly discouraged.  For your convenience we have Pre-Paid Punch Card plans that offer a significant discount for our frequent visitors!
 
  2018 Rates
(Effective Jan 1, 2018)
Weekday Rates   1st Dog  Each additional dog/ same family
Pre-Enrollement Assessment   $25
 Orientation Day (Your dog's first day)  $45 $25
 Single Day  $35  $15 
Prepaid
  5 Visit Punch Card
-Valid 6 Months from Date of Purchase-
 $165  $100
Prepaid 10 Visit Punch Card
-Valid 6 months from Date of Purchase-
$300 $200
Prepaid 20 Visit Punch Card
-Valid 6 Months from Date of Purchase-
$530  $300
*PUNCH CARDS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE** AND VALID FOR 90 DAYS DATE OF PURCHASE.

 
** Holiday Periods 2017/2018 : Dec. 23, 2017 - Jan. 2, 018; Easter (March 30-April 2, 2018), Memorial Day (May 25 - May29, 2018), 4th of July (July 2-5, 2018),
Labor Day (Aug. 31 - 4, 2018), Columbus Day (Oct. 5-9, 2018), Veterans Day (Nov. 9-12, 2018), 
Thanksgiving (Nov. 21 - 26, 2018), Christmas Dec. 21, 2018 - January 2, 2019)
 

**Unused portions of daycare cards may be redeemed for credit toward other Pup 'N Iron services

 

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