WATSON'S HOUND LOUNGE CORP.
Daycare & Grooming in Kelowna, BC
Designed with your dog in mind, Watson's will astound you with our passionate team and clean and central facility.
We are committed to providing a fun and playful environment for your dog and in order for us to continue to provide quality service, daycare dogs must be dropped off by 12:30pm for play.
Drop In Rates:
$30.51 - Full Day
$19.21 - Half Day (up to 5 hours)
$11.30 - Up to 2 hours
All services are subject to GST and prices are subject to change.
$23.73 per day - Prepaid package of a minimum of 4 full days
$16.95 per day - Prepaid package of a minimum of 4 half days
Prepaid days must be used within 30 days
Each additional dog from the same family 25% off
All services are subject to GST and prices are subject to change.
- Indoor Area
- Outdoor Area
- Live Webcams
- Climate Control
- Supervised Free Play
- Rope Tug
- Nap Time
- Large open indoor play area with rubber flooring and fenced outdoor area
- We have designated areas for small and large dogs
- Staff are trained in Dog Safe First Aid
- Convenient location
- Kennel free environment
- Quiet time rooms
The Benefits of Doggie Daycare
The benefits of allowing your fur kid to attend doggie daycare are astounding. Doggie Daycare not only has a positive effect on your canine friend’s physical and mental well-being, it benefits you as well. Here are the top three reasons why you should enroll your dog into Watsons’s Hound Lounge daycare:
Peace of Mind
Unfortunately, it is increasingly difficult to juggle the demands of home and work, and we are simply unable to enjoy as much quality time with our beloved furry friend as we would like. One of the most common reasons for dogs attending day care is because of the long hours they spend alone. This can lead to boredom, separation anxiety, and developing bad habits, like chewing prized-possessions, barking, and indoor accidents.
Quite a few dogs benefit from day care one, two or three times per week. You will find that this new routine adds stimulation to an otherwise bored and attentive-deprived dog. The physical, emotional, and psychological stimulation your fur baby will receive is invaluable compared to leaving him/her home alone. Doggie daycare may be the peace of mind solution you’ve been looking for.
Dogs are pack animals and being able to interact with other dogs in a safe and structured environment is the most significant gift you can give your furry friend. Your dog is born knowing how to be a dog – he or she instinctually knows how to communicate with other dogs, what a play bow means, how to play, how to interpret another dog's mood, etc. Dogs desire interaction with their own species. Although we are great at giving our fur babies lots of attention and love, no matter how hard we try, we can not replace our dogs' need for canine companionship.
Moreover, there are valuable lessons that dogs teach each other, which otherwise cannot be learned from humans. One of the biggest values in a daycare situation is the teaching of "doggie language" between dogs. It provides the perfect opportunity for your four-legged friend to get back to their roots and remember what being a dog is like. You will notice a significant difference in your dog’s behavior. Taking your fur baby to day care can help him or her stay well-socialized; socialization to dogs is like foreign language to us - if it isn't practiced it may be forgotten.
Attending a doggie daycare that emphasizes exercise and activity is vital to the longevity of our fur babies. Many dogs that were originally bred for working now find themselves relegated to the monotonous cycle of sleeping, eating, looking out the window and back to sleeping and eating again. This daily routine results in weight problems and loss of crucial muscles in dogs. For large breed dogs such as Labs or Shepherds too much weight can prove to be harmful to the joints as well.
Dogs get a great deal of physical exercise at doggie daycare and even more important, their behavior often improves with the positive dog-dog socialization which occurs at daycare. Play keeps a dog's mind active and helps it remain mentally fit. Boredom leads to destructive behaviors such as chewing, licking, digging, or barking and can adversely affect a dog's obedience. Dog daycare can eliminate the problem of an isolated, bored and under-exercised dog. Many of our clients say their dogs are so happy and tired when they pick them up that they don't even want a walk that night!
In spite of all of the benefits of doggie daycare, it isn't right for every dog and more importantly, not every daycare is the same. If you are looking for daycare for your pup, take the time to visit a few facilities, take tours, and ask questions. Make sure you are comfortable with all policies and procedures before leaving your dog at any facility. There is no one kind of daycare, and it is important to find one that suits your dog's needs best.
Why Exhaustion is not the Only Measure of a Successful Play Session
You want a tired dog after a day of play with their buddies. We understand your goal and will help you tire out your best friend while also monitoring the overall safety and health of your dog. It’s important that exhaustion is not our only measure of success when you bring your dog for a play session. Our approach to your dog’s day in off-leash play is to balance physical exercise, mental activities, and rest periods. All three are equally important components to keeping your dog safe and healthy when socializing with other dogs. Physical exercise is the most obvious benefit of off-leash play and it’s what most pet parents think about when they drop their dog off to play. But for your dog’s health, we also consider it important to provide mental stimulation, which allows your dog to think and use his brain during the day. Mental work is tiring for your dog while building their confidence and self-control. And naturally, after all this physical and mental work, dogs need rest. This is why we include formal rest periods as an important component of our health and safety program for your pet. Dogs that get overly tired are less tolerant and more grumpy (just like kids) which increases risk of injury.
Research studies report that dogs need 12-18 hours of sleep per day. Dogs that require amounts on the higher end of the scale include:
- Senior dogs
- Giant and large breeds
- Dogs in active households or with extreme exercise routines
- Dogs that attend dog daycare multiple days per week or are staying away from home for long periods of time
- Dogs participating in sports like agility, fly ball, or rally-o
Sleep habits of dogs also differ from humans. Napping on and off during the day is a normal pattern for all dogs studied. Formal rest periods are offered during play visits to mirror this normal pattern and to allow dogs to reach deeper sleep levels. Providing a private, quiet area for rest periods allow dogs to reach the restful deep sleep levels they need to stay healthy and happy.
Dogs may take natural rest breaks during playgroups, but it is the rare dog that will relax and enter a deep sleep. Most dogs napping in the playgroup are in light sleep, but very alert so they can jump up whenever something exciting happens. They do not reach the restful sleep stages needed to keep their brain healthy. Nineteenth century sleep deprivation studies performed on dogs confirmed degenerative changes in their brains resulted from lack of rest.
We include formal rest periods as a part of our play sessions to help ensure the long-term health and mental well being of your dog. Your happy and healthy dog is the most important measure of our success.
The varying dog sleep positions provide clues to the sleep level they have achieved:
- Stomach sleepers are in very light sleep, ready to jump up at the slightest disturbance
- Curling up is also a light sleep stage as the dog is conserving body heat and protecting themselves
- Side sleepers do reach a deep restful level of sleep
- Back sleepers also reach a deep and restful sleep level and reflect a secure and confident dog.