A great dog starts with early behavior guidance, socialization and obedience classes. SylvaniaVET offers services that meet all these needs. This is another aspect of SylvaniaVET being your “Pet Care Destination”.
On January 12, 2004, we proudly opened our Canine Learning Center which offers Doggie Daycare, Obedience, puppy development and soon kitten kindergarten classes. The space is also the meeting place for local animal organizations and hospital staff meetings.
Daycare is an enjoyable, recreational and educational experience for dogs. Rather than leaving your dog at home all day while you work or attend other activities, we recommend daycare. You will be happier and feel less guilty and your dog will definitely have a better time than being home alone all day. Even if your dog has a companion at home, most dogs do not get enough exercise. Daycare solves all these potential problems by allowing them to romp and play hard in a supervised area.
Your home will not suffer from the effects of canine boredom or separation anxiety. Going to daycare will also help your dog develop independence when you are away which will lessen the possibility of them developing separation anxiety. Daycare will enhance the bond you have with your pet. It is a great way to exercise and entertain your dog while you work, shop or spend the day away. Enjoy the benefits of a happy, relaxed dog when you get home. If your dog is scheduled for grooming or a doctor’s appointment, why not treat him to some playtime in daycare before his appointment in the grooming salon or with the doctor?
Dogs enjoy the climate controlled indoor playroom with special non-slip rubber flooring. Our inspection of other daycares in the area indicates they all have slippery surface concrete floors. This is potentially dangerous for your dog. There is a spacious fenced outdoor play yard with a pea gravel surface. The gravel surface drains well so there are no mud puddles to create a messy dog. Both indoor and outdoor play areas have lots of toys, balls and structures to make a day at daycare a fun canine experience.
Our well trained staff is always directly involved in each area. This constant supervision means we can head off conflict, stop overly rambunctious play and safely allow dogs of all sizes to co-mingle and play together. Time out space is provided for a dog that just needs to settle down or doesn’t feel like playing at the moment.
A typical day includes play with other dogs as well as toys and an agility hide-and-seek apparatus. They are always supervised and get plenty of individual love and attention from our caring staff. For naps and private time there are dog crates and comfortable beds. Three snack times occur throughout the day. You may bring your dogs special treats if you wish or it can have ours.
Our daycare dogs are also invited to several special events throughout the year such as the Spring Biscuit Hunt, the Summer Ice Cream Social and the Halloween Party.
Dogs must complete an acceptance interview with their owner before attending daycare. Applications may be filled out in advance, but an appointment must be scheduled for the interview. This interview is free of charge and takes approximately 15 minutes for a discussion with a daycare staff member and 60 minutes of supervised interaction with existing daycare dogs. Pre-approved dogs scheduled for boarding or the Never Home Alone program (see our Boarding Page ) may also book time in daycare during their stay. Unspayed females are welcome but cannot attend while they are in season.
Application Form (PDF)
Talk to Tabitha in daycare for what you need.
Daycare hours are:
Monday – Friday – 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Friday – 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Your canine friend can spend anywhere from 2 hours to all day in daycare.
We ask that all daycare be scheduled in advance, as we fill up fast and space is limited. Usually 24 hours is sufficient notice.
Fees are charged at hourly, daily or weekly rates. We have special rates for boarding guests, multiple dogs from the same family and a punch card program.
Puppy Development is for puppies 7 weeks to 4 months old. The class meets once a week for 5 weeks and works on prevention of problem behaviors and introduction to obedience commands. Click here to download a registration form.
Basic Obedience is for dogs over 4 months old. The class meets once a week for 5 weeks and works on introductory obedience commands and addresses some problem behaviors. Click here to download a registration form.
Obedience classes are scheduled year round. Check our Upcoming Events Page for a class schedule and registration form or call or stop by the office.