All dogs who attend the Wiggle Room must be current on their Rabies, Dhlpp (Distemper) and Bordatella (Kennel Cough) vaccines. They also must be spayed or neutered if older than 6 months and have proof of a negative fecal test within the past year. Puppies can attend once their vaccine series is complete, usually by 16 weeks. Parents must also submit a copy of the Town Dog License, or copy of the tag, from the town their dog is registered in. The Wiggle Room does not separate dogs by size, therefore there is a weight requirement of approximately 25lbs or larger.
Additionally, our criteria is that dogs must be friendly with other dogs and with people. It is important to note that not all dogs all suitable for daycare - some dogs are too shy, other dogs get over-stimulated and don't play well with others in large groups. This is the reason we evaluate all dogs that attend daycare first before accepting them as regular clients. Please do keep in mind that some dogs, as they mature, grow more selective with their friends and they can grow out of daycare. This is not bad. It is a normal part of a dog's growing up. Most of our daycare dogs are between the ages of 4 months and 2 years of age. This is the most active period of time in a dog's life. There is no definite age cut off - as long as your dog is still having fun he or she is welcome to keep coming and playing!
A completed Enrollment Package must be submitted, along with a copy of the necessary vaccine information as well as a copy of the Town License where your dog is registered. After all the paperwork is on file we can schedule your dog in for the temperament test. Once this step is complete your dog is enrolled!
There is no minimum number of days per week or month that your dog needs to attend. However, it is better for your dog if they attend on a regular basis. If away from the Wiggle Room environment for too long, generally more than one month, we may require a second temperament test. This will be evaluated on a case by case basis, depending on your dogs temperament and group play behavior. We ask that you call to make a reservation for your dog as early as possible, at least the day before, so that we can be sure to accommodate you.
You can obtain a Dog License at your local Town Hall, usually at the City Clerks office. The registration must be done in April to avoid a late fee, unless your dog was recently adopted or you are new to the area. All you will need is the Rabies vaccine certificate. The fee is generally $10 or less.
All dogs at the Wiggle Room are temperament tested, regardless of age or breed. The temperament test is basically an assessment for a new dog's potential for aggressive behavior, while determining the current level of social development, to ensure that it is not aggressive and can play well with others, without posing a danger to itself or others. The test generally takes a few hours and is conducted in the morning after all regular daycare check-ins are settled in.
Once all enrollment information is submitted we can schedule the temperament test. We will have you drop off at 10am and pick up at 12pm, unless other arrangements have been made. The temperament test is free of charge. During this time we will look for any signs of aggression or stress that could indicate the Wiggle Room is not a happy environment for your dog. It can sometimes be overwhelming and we want all experiences here to be positive!
Not all dogs are able to enroll at The Wiggle Room. Possible reasons that we may decline to accept a dog for enrollment include:
No, we are strictly a daycare facility. However, we may have a reference that suits you and your dogs needs.