What is Dog Evaluation?
Group Play is not for every dog and that’s OK. At Haven each dog wanting to join our open play needs to be professionally evaluated to ensure their safety and compatibility.

The evaluation generally begins by removing all other dogs from the play area. The new dog is then brought in and is allowed to check out the play area. Then, one at a time, other dogs are introduced to the newcomer. The goal of the introduction is to observe how the dog reacts. The first several dogs introduced are usually ones known to be “low-key”, mild-mannered, or submissive dogs. Our trainers watch for warning signals, such as: stiffness, stress, high tail carriage, and ears/body forward – all signs of potential increased aggression. If aggression is observed, it must be very mild (i.e. snapping to send a message, without actual contact). Obviously, for the safety of all, any dog who appears overly aggressive will not be allowed. Once a dog is deemed “safe for play” or is ”accepted” into our program, he/she is free to attend our Play Day any day of the week or as an overnight guest.

Haven reserves the right to refuse admittance to any pet guest for any reason, at any time, who lacks proof of vaccinations, displays signs of untreated or potentially contagious conditions, demonstrates aggressive behavior, or who fails our standard health and temperament policies.

Day-Play is a cage-free service designed for social dogs to play and have fun. Safety is our primary goal. Haven requires a Trial/Temperament Day prior to first Day-Play Day and Boarding Stay. Testing is by appointment only and is performed by a Senior Haven Staff Member. On the day of test, we ask that you bring your pup in between 7:30-9:00 A.M. We will keep him/her for approximately 4-6 hours, this will allow us adequate time to slowly evaluate and hopefully integrate your dog into our system.

Our temperament test has a one-time fee of $20 and is generally done Monday-Thursday.

Haven is happy to discuss behavior and obedience concerns; we can offer recommendations that will allow you to move forward in structuring the lifestyle you seek for you and your dog.