Looking for a dog daycare or boarding facility (not kennel!) in the south metro area -- Denver / Englewood / Littleton? We would love to have you consider us. Dogs enjoy playing in our big outdoor and indoor spaces, and our Puppy Program provides early socialization and manners training which gets raves from our clients. We are Gold Standard Accredited by the Colorado Association of Dog Daycares and are conveniently located near Hampden and Broadway and the Englewood Light Rail Station.
A note from Judy (Doggie Pause owner):
Like most everyone who opens a dog daycare, I love love love dogs! But more importantly, I'm interested in them. I like learning everything I can about them, and "everything" just keeps growing.
When I decided to open Doggie Pause in 1997, I immediately began studying whatever I could find about dogs: training, behavior, nutrition, general health. This was at a time when scientific research on dogs, neglected for so long, was exploding. I joined dog-related organizations, attended seminars, and talked to professionals every chance I got. My background was 20-plus years in healthcare management, hundreds of hours volunteering at an animal shelter, and my own dogs. Like most people, including trainers, I had very little experience in working with dogs in groups. Once I opened for business in 1999, I quickly came to understand that, vital as the "book learning" might be as background, there was no substitution for the actual experience of watching dogs interact in a group setting. I learned a great deal, continued my efforts to learn more, and am no less fascinated today than I was in the beginning.
From the outset, I had a firm idea of the type of facility I wanted : a clean, safe, fun place that would enhance the lives of the dogs who came to us. I researched air flow and disinfectants, floor surfaces and fencing options, training modalities, diet guidelines and staff training. I looked at toys, bedding material, and adjuncts such as music and aromatherapy. I continued (and still continue) to modify as indicated. I knew that the accepted staffing levels of 1 attendant to 15 dogs was not enough to accomplish what I wanted: an environment that allowed for not merely supervision, but lots of 1:1 interaction that was tailored to each dog. A heavier staffing ratio also allows us to offer housing and rehabilitation to homeless dogs from some area rescue groups - an effort that is very near and dear to my heart.