Have you ever wondered what your pet does while you’re away? Wonder no more! Here it is… our daily scheduled revealed! The following schedule outlines what we’re doing and how we’re interacting with your fur babies throughout the hours of each day they are with us at Angie’s TLC Pet Boarding.
Before you dive into the detailed schedule, there are some important things to keep in mind. First, the majority of the day, your pet has access to their own outdoor run. This means no “holding it” and no feeling pent up. They can walk, sniff, howl, and roll till their heart’s content any time throughout the day.
Second, we pack in as much playtime as we can for each pup. Other places often charge extra for a walk or added playtime. We don’t. Instead, we offer pets supervised access to a large play yard periodically throughout the day. They run, chase, stretch, and sniff with one of our team members in toe.
For more on how your pets are treated and to see our promises to you, take a look at the post called…”Our pledge to you“! But for now, let’s take a look at the daily schedule!
7:00 am – Wake up time!
This is a time of EXCITEMENT. The lights go on, and there’s plenty of barking, spinning, and stretching. For the late sleepers, there’s bewilderment at why on earth everyone is up so early! At 7:00 AM, we open the hatch doors and each dog has access to their own outside yard. Most pets go outside to see what’s new, sniff the wind, and relieve themselves. Others prefer to cuddle or take a while to get going. Whether or not your pet is an early bird or late riser, he or she will get up once they’re comfortable and make their way outside.
7:00 – 8:00 am – Cleaning time!
For about an hour, all dogs are outside in their individual, comfortably sized dog run. During this time the TLC team checks every kennel nook. Much like hotel service, we vacuum, refresh bedding, and do some light disinfecting. While each nook is deeply cleaned between animal guests, for those staying over, we clean up any accidents and ensure that everything is fresh and ready for the day.
8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast time, yay!
Starting at 8:00 am, we feed each pet according to their owner’s instructions. Food bowls are not taken away from your pets if someone doesn’t have an appetite. After all, it’s common for pets to be a little nervous when they first arrive. For as long as your pet looks like they’re willing to eat, they’ll have access to their morning food bowl. Periodically, we check in to see if they’re able to eat and do what we can to ensure they’re eating well.
8:00 – 11:00 am – Customer Pickup and Drop Off
Starting at 8:00 AM, customers can pick-up and drop-off their pets. This time is spent cleaning kennel nooks that are going to have new occupants. We make sure any pets who will be picked up are ready to go with their toys and beddings packed up. For pets that are staying the night, their outdoor hatches remain open, and they spend this time relaxing.
11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Playtime in the big yard!
It’s afternoon playtime. Each pet, (and members of a pet family when multiple pets are staying together), will head out to the double play-yards with a TLC team member. These are grassy yards with some shade where they can sniff, run, and play fetch.
Dogs are usually in the play yard for 15 minutes at a time. After that, they tend to be ready for something new. Each pet rotates through their “big yard” playtime multiple times throughout the day. There are two separate play yards so there are plenty of opportunities to have fun!
During this time, one of the TLC teammates will be cleaning the outdoor kennel runs to keep everything fresh. We also check each kennel nook, clean up accidents, and freshen up as needed. During the afternoon playtime, there is no pickup or drop off. We’ve found that this allows us to give the pets 100% of our attention.
4:00 – 6:00 pm – Customer Pickup and Drop Off
Our afternoon pick-up and drop-off times are spent preparing pets to go home and cleaning kennel nooks. We disinfect each kennel and its outdoor run from bottom to top both inside and out. We’re extremely thorough about this since it’s a way for us to keep your pet healthy.
All pet belongings are labeled at the beginning of their stay and sent home at the end. We want to make sure that favorite toys and treats are not left behind.
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Dinner
Evening dinner time is calmer and quieter than morning breakfast time. Pets begin to wind down. Our team administers medications where needed and checks to ensure that everyone is comfortable.
7:30 – 9:30 –Last Call
Our evening “Last Call” is a time for each guest to take one last bathroom break, sniff, or howl. We’ll let all residents out into their individual kennel yards before closing the hatch doors for the evening.
Lights are turned down low and fans are left on for white noise. Everyone settles in to go to sleep for the night