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Doggy Day School

Want a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog? Then exercise, learning and socialization are key. But sometimes work and busy schedules make it difficult to give your canine family members everything they need.

That’s why we now offer Doggy Day School for dogs over 20 weeks (5 months) of age, and Puppy Preschool for young canines 8 to 20 weeks of age. These classes are like enhanced daycare for dogs, where they will get plenty of exercise, some basic training, snacks, nap time, and LOTS of love!

Safety is always a priority at SVH and because we are veterinarian-supervised, medical attention is just steps away should your pet need it. We require current vaccinations and do a thorough evaluation on all our prospective “students” to make sure they are suitable for daycare in a group environment. We also use Fear Free techniques at our hospital, so you can rest assured that your pet will be handled with care.

Bad weather? No problem—we have indoor and outdoor play areas. Pup need some pampering? Our professional groomers can take care of that while your dog is here for the day.

Read on to find out more about how your dog can graduate with honors!

Doggy Day School

Doggy Day School includes all day play, snack time, nap time and basic training while in school. Spaces are limited so make sure to book your pet’s spot early!

Daily rate:

$25 a day

Package rates:

Buy 10-day package for $23.50 per day (save $15)

Buy 20-day package for $22.50 per day (save $50)

Puppy Preschool

The Puppy Preschool is open to dogs 8 to 20 weeks of age, which is an extremely important time in your puppy’s life. Truly, the importance of the kind of group socialization we provide cannot be overstated when it comes to making sure your pup grows into a confident, trustworthy adult dog and family companion.

Students enrolled in our Puppy Preschool will spend time interacting with other dogs, meeting new people and learning valuable life skills. We promote positive behaviors and correct negative behaviors in a Fear Free setting, with the goal that every puppy be a successful graduate!

This Program is a four-week mini-training program and includes the following weekly goals:

Week 1

  • What’s my name? – Name recognition and eye contact when their name is called.
  • SIT and DOWN – Responding to verbal commands and hand signals.
  • COME and LET’S GO- Learning to follow on a loose leash and come when called upon.
  • LEAVE IT- Learning the basics of redirecting focus away from toys and treats.

Week 2

  • What’s my name? – Name recognition and eye contact when name is called.
  • SIT and DOWN – Responding to verbal commands and hand signals.
  • COME and LET’S GO – Learning to follow on a loose leash and come when called upon.
  • LEAVE IT- Learning the basics of redirecting focus away from toys and treats.
  • WAIT- Pausing at doorways to let the owner cross the threshold.
  • STAY- Maintaining a position with low to moderate distractions.

Week 3

  • What’s my name? – Name recognition and eye contact when name is called.
  • SIT and DOWN – Responding to verbal commands and hand signals.
  • COME and LET’S GO- Learning to follow on a loose leash and come when called upon.
  • LEAVE IT- Learning the basics of redirecting focus away from toys and treats.
  • WAIT- Pausing at doorways to let the owner cross the threshold.
  • STAY- Maintaining a position with low to moderate distractions.

Drop-off time for Puppy Preschool: 7:00 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Doggy Day School and Puppy Preschool let out at 4:00 p.m. If you need to pick up your student at a later time, SVH has extended business hours and can accommodate if you let us know in advance.

Download and print our Day School Evaluation Form