Since the guests at Doggie Adventures live in a home-based 'pack' environment, we can only accept dogs who are well-socialized and get along with other dogs, adults and children who come to play with our guests. If your dog has ever shown any signs of aggression in the presence of other animals or people, we regrettably cannot accept them since the safety and comfort of our doggie guests is our priority. Due to insurance issues, we also cannot accept any dogs who are on the "Most Dangerous Dog List." Although this is clearly discriminatory, the insurance company requires that we do not accept Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Dobermans, Huskies or Akitas.
All guests must be spayed or neutered by the time they are 1 year old. We require spaying/neutering because it decreases the probability of aggression, territoriality and marking in the house.
Proof of Vaccination or Titer-Tests
We respect the choice made by many dog parents to avoid over-vaccinating their pets. We therefore accept proof of immunity from Parvo & Distemper in the form of blood tests known as titers. If you choose not to continuously vaccinate your dogs for these two diseases, you may bring titer tests in lieu of vaccination documents. We do require re-testing titers every THREE years, to insure that your dog continues to show immunity to these diseases.
Rabies vaccinations are required by law every 3 years in New York State, except for animals who are not in optimal health. If you choose not to re-vaccinate for rabies we will need a current rabies titer test and a note from your veterinarian stating that re-inoculation is not advisable for health reasons.
Although not required, some pet parents choose to give the Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine to their dog. If you choose this option, please vaccinate at least one to 2 weeks prior to doggie vacation.
Both external parasites (fleas & ticks) and internal parasites (worms & protozoa) are unwelcome guests at Doggie Adventures. Since we are located in a wooded area, ticks can be a potential problem, especially during the Spring & Fall seasons. We strongly recommend using some form of flea & tick control, especially during these seasons.
We also require veterinary proof that your dog is free of worms. This can be accomplished with a recent stool sample check (annual testing is required for dogs over the age of 5; biannual testing is required for dogs under 5 years of age).
Age and Size Restrictions
We accept dogs over the age of 6 months. Very young puppies are not accepted because they do not always fit in well with a group of adult and senior dogs. Moreover, their immune systems are immature and hence they are more susceptible to diseases relative to adults . There is no upper limit restriction in the size or age of dogs that we accept; in fact we love to see the happy senior "gray faces."