FAQ’s

Have additional questions after reading below the most popular inquires? Ask us anytime contact us via email or call us 479-643-2622. 

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?
Most days your dog will be grouped with 4-7 other dogs with similar temperaments and activity level. Our maximum is 20 dogs. Our average is 8-12. Holidays 14-18.
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?
Yes. Depending on the extent of the treatment, we charge $2-$5/day to administer medicines. To give a pill 2x/day would be $2.50/day, to give a dog insulin 2x/day would be $5/day, all depending on the time involved.
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 are fed and settled down, the caregiver is getting the leashes ready and giving each dog attention. We leave the dogs for about 30 minutes with their food so they can eat, rest and get ready for exercise. In the afternoon, they walk, eat and rest for the evening or the ride home.
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 if I book my visit before my dog has the Free First Visit/Oreientation Day?
It is ok to book a reservation time but we discourage you from using the online BOOK IT button because you will have to pay a deposit. BETTER IDEA–CALL FOR FREE VISIT ASAP SO WE CAN BOOK IT!! If your dog has the Free Visit and we are not full for those dates then it is no problem. However, ALL DOGS MUST COME FOR A FREE VISIT unless you are boarding from out of the area. Please call 479-283-6709 if you wish to book from a long distance. Thanks.
What happens at the First Visit/Orientation Day?
We require all dogs to come and stay a day with us so you can check us out, so the dog can be familiar with the ranch and our routines, and the other dogs, so we can know your dog and how to best care for him/her. You can book a vacation without the First Visit/Orientation Day if your dog is not suitable for free play boarding, but we reserve the right to let you know. Best policy: if you think you will board sometime or bring your dog for daycare, SCHEDULE THE FIRST VISIT/ORIENTATION DAY, then we will be able to accept your reservations. OUT OF TOWNERS: please call 479-283-6709 to reserve.
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?
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.

Doggie Dude Ranch Reviews:

Love this place! The ranch is large (many acres) with lots of space for dogs to run, play, and even playground equipment and a kiddie pool during the hot months. I love that Winston (my dog) is never locked up while he visits-- he gets lots of exercise and attention.

Ana B

5.0
2018-06-17T18:40:18+00:00

Ana B

Love this place! The ranch is large (many acres) with lots of space for dogs to run, play, and even playground equipment and a kiddie pool during the hot months. I love that Winston (my dog) is never locked up while he visits-- he gets lots of exercise and attention.

My husband and I love this place and Julie. It is a little out of the way, but worth it for that perfect for that rustic vacation for your pups. Our dogs have been multiple times. They are so excited to go every time!

Nicole B

5.0
2018-06-17T18:41:33+00:00

Nicole B

My husband and I love this place and Julie. It is a little out of the way, but worth it for that perfect for that rustic vacation for your pups. Our dogs have been multiple times. They are so excited to go every time!

We love the Doggie Dude Ranch! This is a wonderful place and the dogs Love it there! It is a country setting, with large fenced area's for the dogs to play!

Carmen N

5.0
2018-06-17T18:42:52+00:00

Carmen N

We love the Doggie Dude Ranch! This is a wonderful place and the dogs Love it there! It is a country setting, with large fenced area's for the dogs to play!

Excellent! My dog always enjoys being there and they take care of dogs very well with a detailed report when you pick up your dog. I highly recommend.

Yamada K.

5.0
2018-06-17T18:44:22+00:00

Yamada K.

Excellent! My dog always enjoys being there and they take care of dogs very well with a detailed report when you pick up your dog. I highly recommend.
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