All new campers must pass a Temperament Test. A Temperament Test consists of 2 Phases. The first being social skills and the second being separation anxiety. We go through a series of questions about your dog and how they react in different situations. While we are going through the questions, our top handler will be evaluating your camper to determine if the test will continue with your dog being on or off leash. Based on the handler's determination, we will then introduce a few of our dogs, one at a time, to your dog and observe the social level of the new candidate. If all goes well, we then examine the separation anxiety level. If these two phases are no problem, then your doggie may be ready for daycare. If it is not so easy for your doggie we may have other options available for confidence building.
A Temperament Test gives us an indication as to the social ability of a potential camper. They are not all inclusive for all dogs. Many times we need a half day to a full day of daycare to truly evaluate a dog's total personality. All dogs who apply may not pass the test. They are still great dogs, just not candidates for us!
Once a dog has passed the temperament test, they must begin camp within 7 days. Dogs that are tested one day can NOT board the next day. All new dogs must go through a 5 to 7 day evaluation period before they are allowed to board. After the camper has completed their evaluation period they are cleared for boarding. After the evaluation period they are only required to come for daycare 2 days per month to stay current in our system and to be eligible to board in the future. This keeps all dogs familiar with the "pack" and the camp routine, thus reducing anxiety when boarding time does come. Any campers who have not attended Happy Paws within the last 4 months must be re-temperament tested before their next visit. New members cannot board for the first time on a major holiday.
Temperament tests are by appointment only, and can be scheduled on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The cost of the test is $20.00, and must be paid for at time of booking. The $20.00 is nonrefundable unless cancelled 24 hours before the test. A written copy of shot records, with date given, must be brought with you to the test. Records showing only when the next shots are due is not acceptable! If your dog passes, you can apply the temperament test fee to our camp membership fee of $35.00 per dog.
To request a temperment test click here!
We are currently not accepting any Pit Bull Terriers or Stafford Shire Terriers, Chows, or mixes of these breeds.