What is Day Care 101?

Day Care 101 is a short term program for dogs who are not ready for day care just yet. They have potential, but they need a little help with one thing or another before they are ready.

Why we created 101
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What we do

At Day Care 101, we set them up for success. The program is designed to be short term and focuses on the fundamentals necessary to thrive in a Day Care setting or Dog Montessori School. Once the fundamentals are mastered, the sky's the limit! 

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Fundamentals We Focus On:

  • Confidence Building
  • Overcoming Shyness and Fear
  • How to Play with Others and Have Fun
  • How to Share Toys
  • How to be Independent and Rest
  • Potty Training
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Day Care 101 Program Goal

Teach the dog what he needs to succeed in a regular dog day care setting, in 4-8 sessions, depending on each dog’s individual needs. This is simply a goal, not a requirement. We want the dogs to make progress at their pace, so we aim for 4-8 sessions for an improvement towards our goal, but we do not rush, force, or end the program arbitrarily after 8 sessions, and it can be extended on a case by case basis.

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What’s the difference?

Day Care 101 Dog

vs.

Montessori School Dog

Wary of new things Confidence Approaches new things happily
Considers other dogs scary Shyness Considers other dogs friends or is indifferent and prefers humans
May want to but doesn’t know how to play with others or do activities Playing & Activities Has a play style and enjoys compatible play partners or humans or activities
Guards toys, food, or attention Sharing Knows there are plenty of toys, treats, and attention for everyone
May have separation anxiety, cling to staff, or become upset alone Independence & Rest Can enjoy the benefits of a nap alone
May still have indoor accidents Potty Training Knows that there is a specific place and an appropriate time to use the bathroom
Isn’t quite ready for a day care setting Has all the fundamentals down and is ready

What’s the difference?

Day Care 101 Dogs vs. Montessori School Dogs

Confidence:

Wary of new things vs. Approaches new things happily

Shyness:

Other dogs are scary vs. Considers other dogs friends or is indifferent and prefers humans

Playing:

May want to but doesn't know how to play with others or do activities vs. Has a play style and enjoys compatible play partners or humans or activites

Sharing:

Guards toys, food, or attention vs. Knows there are plenty of toys, treats, and attention for everyone

Independence & Rest:

May have separation anxiety, cling to staff, or become upset alone vs. Can enjoy the benefits of a nap alone

Potty Training

May still have indoor accidents vs. Knows that there is a specific place and an appropriate time  to use the bathroom

Is it a good fit?

The 101 program is perfect for:

  • Covid 19 Pandemic Dogs
  • Dogs who have never been to day care before
  • Dogs who have been recently adopted (but home at least 2 weeks to adjust)
  • Dogs that are looking to make a switch from another day care
  • Dogs who are shy or skittish
  • Dogs who have mild to moderate separation anxiety

The 101 program is NOT the best fit for:

  • Dogs that have bite histories with dogs or humans
  • Dogs that have separation anxiety so severe that they might harm themselves if triggered
  • Dogs with resource guarding behaviors that have resulted in dogs fights or human bites
  • Dogs that would be considered "unsafe" for any reason in a public Dog Park
  • Puppies < 6 months old
Puppy Head Start for Puppies <6 mo
Private Dog Training & Behavior Assistance

Meet the Founder

About Patrick

Patrick founded Patrick's Pet Care in March 2012 as a dog walking company in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. His values for operating a pet care business are based on a genuine love of animals, a commitment to do the right thing, and a personal approach to meeting the needs of all the animals and people who depend on Patrick's Pet Care. A core pillar of this philosophy is a firm belief in corporate social responsibility standards. Patrick believes all employees deserve to be paid a District of Columbia living wage, receive health insurance coverage, and paid time off in order to provide the best care to our clients. Fundamentally, Patrick aims to create thriving relationships between people and their canine companions, using science and consent based methods without fear, pain or force.

Patrick is a certified force free dog trainer, certified fear free dog groomer, and a Certified Professional Animal Care Operator (CPACO).

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Basic Requirements
  • Free, Scheduled, All Day Behavior Assessment
  • Age: 6 months – 12 years
  • Weight: 8-85 lbs
  • Vaccinations: Rabies; DHPP / DAPP; and Bordetella
  • All dogs Must be spayed/neutered
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