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Play and Learn is currently only open to dogs that have attended Puppy Day School or dogs that have attended group classes and have instructor permission.

Doggie daycare can be a great outlet for dogs with lots of energy, but it often comes with some drawbacks. Often daycare dogs don't get to practice their manners throughout the day, learn bad habits when around other dog friends, and regress on their housetraining. None of this is helpful!

Our Play and Learn program is designed to give you the benefits of dog daycare while avoiding the problems that go along with it. So how do we do that??

During Play and Learn days your dog will get to spend the day in well-supervised groups playing with a few carefully matched playmates, learning to listen and interact appropriately with our trainers, and having unique, enriching socialization experiences to boost their confidence. They will have group training sessions throughout the day to ensure that all those manners you worked so hard to have are well-maintained!

As our school is run by a veterinarian and certified professional dog trainers, you'll have the peace of mind knowing your puppy is safe in great hands. Our entire facility is designed for the health and safety of your puppy. 

Play and Learn is currently only open to dogs who have attended Puppy Day School or dogs who have attended group classes and have instructor permission.

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Program Information

Supervised Playgroups

Every puppy will make at least a few friends! We carefully match puppies by size, age, and temperment to ensure this is a positive, confidence building experience for all puppies. Large groups of unknown dogs, such as what is commonly found in many daycares, can be very overwhelming and even traumatizing for many puppies. We avoid this with careful introductions and keeping our playgroups to 3-5 dogs at a time. The playgroups are supervised by dog behavior experts who are able to spot subtle behaviors and intervene before any problems occur. We have a proven track record at helping scared/shy puppies come out of their shells while also teaching dogs who lack "social skills" to be more appropriate around their dog friends. While playing, our staff are careful to only reinforce appropriate behaviors from the puppies. This means your puppy will spend the whole day practicing greeting people without jumping, not biting or mouthing, waiting at doors, and perfecting housetraining.


Overtired puppies are no fun! Just like children (and adults if we are honest with ourselves), puppies often are the worst behaved when they are too tired. This usually is manifested with unwanted behaviors such as biting, mouthing, tugging on clothes, and chewing. By ensuring your puppy gets age appropriate naptimes throughout the day, we can avoid a lot of those unwanted behaviors and send you home with a satisfied, but not ill-behaved, puppy.

Self Control

We want your puppy to be well-behaved without you having to nag her all the time. This means that she needs have self control (as opposed to control imposed by the human). We teach puppies to offer the behaviors we want (sit, down, eye contact, etc) in order to get the things they want (food, toys, the friendly squirrel on your walk). This means that instead of stealing food off your counter or stealing your clothes to get attention your puppy lays down quietly in the hopes that it will get her what she wants. There's no need to use a harsh technique or piece of equipment to teach your puppy how to be polite! With some skill and prior planning, your puppy can be a self control master!

Safe Facility

We take the safety of your puppy as our first priority. Our entire facility is desgined with safety in mind. We have foam padded flooring to protect growing joints, a double gate system to prevent escaping, a climate controlled, quiet napping area, and more. We take disease prevention seriously. In addtion to our strict vaccination protocols, we regularly sanitize the floors, toys, bowls, and crates to prevent any potential disease transmission. In addition, we have a state-of-the-art air filtration system to reduce the risk of any airborne disease transmission. If you have more questions about how we keep your puppy safe, be sure to ask!

Qualified Staff

Our staff really know their stuff! You can rest assured your puppy is getting the best care and training possible. We have a veterinarian and two trainers certfied through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers on staff. This body is the only independent dog trainer certification examination (i.e. not associated with a for-profit training school) and demonstrates a high level of knowledge about dog training, behavior, and health. We spend the time, energy, and resources to continually stay up to date on the most progressive knowledge in dog training. We do the hard work so you don't have to! Dog owners shouldn't have to be dog TRAINERS too!

Follow-Up Lessons

Play and Learns do not have any follow-up lessons included in their packages. If you are struggling with your puppy's behavior, we suggest enrolling him in our Puppy Day School program. If your puppy is too old for school (over 6 months old) private lessons or group classes can help you get back on track!

Crate Training

We take pride in teaching all of our puppies to enjoy their crates and to relax quietly and comfortably when it isn't their turn to play. We often have a whole room full of crated puppies who are all resting quietly. We use a variety of positive reinforcement based solutions to crate issues. If you know your puppy will struggle in a crate, please let us know in your evaluation so that we can be sure to set your puppy up for success in the best way possible!

Basic Overview

Play and Learn happens on Wednesdays. Drop-off is 7-8:30a and pick up is 4:30-6p. You only need to supply a cute puppy! The cost is $45 for a single Play and Learn. You may also purchase packages of 4 or 8 sessions for a discounted rate. You can schedule your puppy to come as often as you'd like, just be sure to schedule at least 24 hours in advance. Often days will fill up quickly, so we encourage you to schedule early so you don't get closed out! If you know you want to attend every week, ask us about our auto-renewing subscription to save you time and ensure you don't get closed out on busy weeks. Once enrolled, your puppy may continue to attend Play and Learns as long as you'd like. As your dog's age, size, and play style changes, we will adapt by finding them appropriate playmates. Dogs must be under 1 year old at the time of their first Play and Learn. There is no upper age limit.