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 six months 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?
1. Vaccination records from your vet (see VACCINATIONS)
2. Bring your dog with a snug fitting collar and leash
3. Just enough feed for your dog’s stay unless we are feeding house food (pre-packaged meals are ideal) Please no food bowls.
4. That’s all! Toys or bedding (no stuffed beds) are optional, but any bedding or toys may have wear and tear when returned.
Where will my dog sleep?
Our Bunkhouses are full of 4×6 kennels, very cozy but private for each dog. The dogs may be bunking together, but everyone is calm and ready for their quiet space upon entering the Bunkhouses. The dogs are inside in inclement weather. During extremes of heat and cold, everyone also gets naps indoors during the day. The Bunkhouse is climate controlled and very comfortable. 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.
How many dogs will my dog be with?
Do you train dogs?
The Ranch does not provide formal training only social training through the daily activities of dog boarding the Doggie Dude Ranch in the NW Arkansas area. An essential skill for all dogs in canine socialization is the ability to get along in a relaxed manner with other dogs, and our superior handlers. 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 bunk. 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?
Yes to all of the above. We carefully watch and care for your dog in a manner that is appropriate for the dog’s age, experience, and home life. The New Client Paperwork and DOG PROFILE are essential tools that our staff utilizes to get to know your dog and to ensure We group smaller dogs separately and often put them inside during the middle part of the day with our staff.
Do we administer medicine or other treatments to my dog?
Do you take dogs with separation anxiety?
What time do dogs get up and go to bed?
What happens during a typical morning routine?
My dog is afraid of storms or fireworks.....
What if I book my visit before my dog has the Free First Visit/Oreientation Day?
What happens at the First Visit/Orientation Day?
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. Our hope is that your dog will be much better at meeting the public after being at DDR (remember if your dog is showing signs of aggression on the leash, she may be feeling protective of you, the owner.) Dog park visits will help get dogs to see other dogs as non threatening but mostly you should remain calm and correct your dog if he is growling at other dogs when you are not threatened.
What if my dog gets sick or hurt?
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.