Have additional questions?
What vaccinations are required?
You should tell your vet that you are boarding your dog and get the recommended vaccinations. VACCINATIONS: We require rabies vaccination (one or three years) from your vet. All dogs over four months should have their rabies vaccine. Puppies who are too young to receive rabies vaccination will be allowed with their puppy shots (a series of injections at 8,12 and 16 weeks to protect against canine diseases including distemper and Parvo). Please bring copies of the vet records for your dog’s file. We recommend annual boosters of the DHLPP vaccine but follow your vet’s recommendation here. Many vets recommend the Bordatella vaccine every 6 months.
Does my dog need to be spayed or neutered?
All dogs over ONE YEAR are required to be spayed or neutered to attend dog boarding or dog daycare at the Ranch. Everyone gets along better, and no unwanted hormones to get in the way of dog harmony.
What do I need to bring for my dog's vacation?
- Vaccination records from your vet
- Bring your dog with a snug fitting collar and leash
- Just enough feed for your dog’s stay unless we are feeding house food (pre-packaged meals are ideal) Please no food bowls.
- TThat’s all! No toys or beds—a blanket is ok. All treats are welcome and will be shared.
Where will my dog sleep?
The Bunkhouse has configurations of kennels 4x6 ft and smaller, where your dog will feel safe but part of the group. Each private kennel is supplied with a soft fleece blanket where it is warm and cozy or cool and relaxing. Our bunkhouse is well insulated and climate controlled. The dogs are inside in inclement weather. During extremes of heat and cold, everyone also gets naps indoors during the day. We keep music playing quietly in there to calm the dogs and cut down on outside nighttime noises. We never hear much from the canines after the sun goes down. Your dog is tired and relaxed in the cozy canine quarters of our Bunkhouse.
How many dogs will my dog be with?
Most days your dog will be grouped with 4-8 other dogs with similar temperaments and activity level. Our average crowd is 6-12 dogs. Holidays and summer range from 14-25.
Do you train dogs?
Doggie Dude Ranch will assist in basic obedience training you are using with your dog, however our job is to teach dogs how to interact with trusted humans and other dogs without showing aggression or dominance. What we are seeking in working with your dogs is to help them get along in a relaxed manner with other dogs. Free play boarding requires we help dogs learn there is no growling, no fence-barking, no mounting or badgering other dogs. These types of behaviors are usually easily corrected by timeouts in the kennel. If in rare situations dogs are too rough or incorrigible with other dogs they will not be allowed to return for additional visits at the Ranch.
Do you take small dogs, elderly dogs, puppies, or inside dogs?
We do take elderly dogs, puppies with their up to date vaccinations, and inside dogs who enjoy taking walks or having some outdoor time during activity periods. We have cared for blind dogs, deaf dogs, diabetic dogs, and those missing legs. We do not take Yorkies or other breeds smaller than 10 lbs. We can administer most medications including insulin injections, etc.
Do we administer medicine or other treatments to my dog?
Yes. We have not met a medicine we could not administer. The charges vary from $2-5/day depending on the number of doses, etc. By mouth, topically or by injection we will carefully administer to your specification. All medicines must have clear instructions with the dog’s name visible.
Do you take dogs with separation anxiety?
Yes, the sooner you notice this behavior, the sooner you should deal with it. Your dog needs to learn to be confident and relaxed with other dogs and other caregivers in a safe, relaxed environment. Extensive attention when a dog is very young is counterproductive to socialization. Get your dog out early, often and give them a chance to have a real DOG ADVENTURE at Ernie Boudreaux’s Doggie Dude Ranch.
What time do dogs get up and go to bed?
We go to bed at dark or a little later in the winter. We get up at 6:30 am and start our morning routine at 7:30 am Dogs sleep peacefully on our comfy soft fleece blankets on the soft vinyl floors.
What happens during a typical morning routine?
Dogs wake up at dawn and have a dog biscuit or chicken rawhide while they wait for breakfast. By 8:30 everyone has been fed and morning walks begin. All walks are on leashes, often with prong collars to prevent pulling and encourage leisurely but brisk walks for 20-30 minutes. We walk in groups of 2-5 dogs and we follow a creek on both sides where deer smells and groundhogs abound. Lots of sniffing, grass eating and other dogness is witnessed regularly. There are no fences on the 50 acres surrounding the ranch so we have lots of places to explore. The same routine happens when the afternoon shift begins at 3-6 pm. We feed and play and interact and walk again. Very predictable, dogs love it!
My dog is afraid of storms or fireworks...
Our bunkhouse is well insulated and the friendly tunes on the radio are a good distraction for dogs. They feel safe and cozy there. We need to know about any extreme behavior like trying to get out of a fence or into a building in these conditions but it isn’t a big problem here.
What happens at the First Visit/Orientation Day?
We take your dog through all the events that happen regularly at the ranch each day. Things like going in and out of our bunkhouse where we feed, and rest and get out of the weather, going in and out of the kennels, meeting and making friends with other dogs in a controlled setting, getting leashed up for group walks, etc etc. We optimize so your dog has a chance to ease into the situation. Moreover, we are watching for aggressive or domineering behaviors we need to stop. The dogs visiting DDR change but our routine is very regular.
What is your philosophy of dog handling?
No dominance behavior displays are tolerated. The handler is the alpha figure or pack leader as described by Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer. DDR is a place to socialize your dog at any age. Young dogs are particularly easy to socialize if they have early contact with other trusted humans and friendly dogs. Older dogs are often starved for dog interaction and are over enthusiastic at first. The more time with our routine, the better dog you will have. Dog park visits will help get dogs to see other dogs as play pals, not threats. We see dogs as needing leadership and we provide that in the form of love, attention, and exercise. Most dogs are calm and sociable when these needs are met.
What if my dog gets sick or hurt?
We monitor all dogs very closely if we see lethargy, diarrhea or vomiting it is noted and your dog will be put in a quiet place for observation to see if they are indeed sick or just a little under the weather or homesick. Occasionally cuts or scrapes, minor dog bites cause us to have to administer first aid. When treatment for sickness or a wound is needed, we will take your dog to Stanton Animal Hospital in Fayetteville where they have years of experience in treating pets and excellent veterinarians on staff.
Do you have off-season discounts?
Our WINTER DISCOUNTS are 10% off regular prices January 15 – March 15. Take a cruise and let your dog spend wintertime with us.