Your Dog’s Inn

Doggie Daycare ~ Dog Grooming ~ Dog Boarding

Your Dog’s Inn is a “Doggie Daycare” that offers dog grooming, daycare, and boarding located just off of I-95 at exit 174 in Newburgh, Maine which is conveniently close to the greater Bangor area.

We provide your best friend with personal attention throughout the day, and give your dog something to do, like playing with other dogs, or going on walks on our 90 acres of land. We are open 6:00am to 6pm Monday through Friday with Saturday appointments available.

Also, if we do not have dogs scheduled for the day, we will be closed. So give us a call to reserve a time for your doggie daycare. We do close down for a few days of vacation every year but those times are posted well in advance.

We are an appointment only shop with all our services. Just call ahead to reserve a time for your dog.

Why should you bring your dog to a doggie daycare ?

Socialization of your dog can’t be taught by you or your trainer. It is an instinct that dogs use to size each other up. Packs of dogs have a language all of their own, something that groups of dogs can teach each other, such as how to greet other dogs the right way by smell, sound, and body position.

If you bring your dog home from its litter mates as a puppy and it never gets a chance to play with other dogs, both known and unknown dogs, it will never learn the right way to meet and greet other dogs, how to play, and most importantly, establish a sense of well being and confidence.

Many dogs with fear and anxiety are dogs that have never been socialized, or have been kept away from other dogs. Keeping your dog at home away from other dogs, sometimes manifests in an insecure dog, dependent on you for all its needs, at all times.

When you then try to board your dog, it has a miserable time because your dog is not used to being away from you, and no boarding facility can make it comfortable. Your dog only wants you. If, for the next 15 or 16 years you don’t mind this, i.e. no vacations away from your dog, great! However, if you are like most of us and require your dog to be boarded, then you may want to look into daycare every couple of weeks.

If you have an anxious dog, or a dog that is clearly troubled with disruptive or overactive behavior, then why not try daycare? This lack of exposure to other dogs and play can lead to antisocial behavior, fearful dogs, and separation anxiety.

Your dog will observe and learn playful behavior, work off some of the energy every dog has, and help socialize and train your best friend. You will be amazed at how calm and relaxed your dog is after a day here.

Puppy Program

Your Dog's Inn offers a puppy program that includes daycare and basic obedience training. It is a 4-6 month long training class that allows your dog 5 day a week training as well as daycare. We help to house train your dog, teach it respectful commands, socialize it to other dogs, and, if you complete the course requirements, you will be gifted a full month free. The cost is $50.00 a week. We keep the price low because we want you to have affordable care for your dog. All other daycare facilities in Bangor are $15-$22.50 a day. We encourage you to visit all the doggie daycare facilities that you can. Then, come see us and we will show you how our puppy program works. We are the only facility that has a structured program for integrative socialization of puppies combined with obedience training in the greater Bangor area.

Most puppies need a lot of excersice, and if you follow our course requirements, you will have a well mannered, happy pup at the end of your course. Some puppies need the full 6 months and others do not. There are requirements for this program and we are full most of the time, so please let us know as soon as you will be getting a puppy. Please call us to set up a consultation to learn more about our program and visit our video on the Puppy Program.

Doggie Daycare

Your Dog's Inn offers regular daycare to dogs that are socialized and get along well with other dogs. We have many clients who come two or three times a week. Some dogs only need to come once a week or every couple of weeks. We also find that boarding your dog goes much smoother if your dog has been in daycare here. We have "crated rest time" with a snack from 1-3:30 where the dogs are not active and are resting. We are air conditioned in the summer and heated in the cold months. We post videos to Facebook every day so that you can see your dog enjoying activities such as group nature walks on our private 90 acres of land. When your dog is active during the day, you will come home to relaxed and happy pet.

We do work with dogs that have special needs, such as mild resource aggression and phobias, and some other dogs with hyperactivity, destructive dogs, however, each case is different and a consult is required so that we can asses your dog and it's behavior before we accept it for regular daycare.

Grooming

We do offer grooming and only groom one dog at a time. We have the best outcomes with dogs who are on a regular schedule and are groomed often. Some dogs that have not been groomed in a while must be shaved down because of matting or other issues. If you call, we can give you an idea of what the cost will be over the phone, however this is a estimate. If your dog is aggressive on the grooming table or has unmanageable matting, the cost is higher. We do hand scissoring of your dog and pictures can be found in our Gallery page of before and after grooms. We do need proof of vaccinations as well. We do reserve the right to terminate the groom if it is painful to your pet.

Boarding

Your Dog's Inn offers boarding to all dogs, however we do need to evaluate your dog before it comes here to make sure it is social to other dogs and people. We do not put your dog in a crate and let it in and out of a dog door and call that care. We feel very strongly that boarding should be a pleasant experience for your dog and in our experience, most dogs do not do well in a boarding facility unless they are familiar with the building and other dogs, and that is why we encourage you to consider a day of daycare before your dog is here for boarding. Not all dogs need this introductory period, but if you only go away "once every couple of years" your dog will probably not feel comfortable in any facility where it is put.

It is a well known fact in the boarding industry that dogs stop eating, and drinking if they are stressed. We try to do what is right for your dog, and if you are interested in having your dog be comfortable during it's stay here, we might suggest a day or two of daycare so that your dog understands the routine and is less stressed for when it comes back for an extended stay.

Consultations

We require reservations in advance, with any service we offer, doggie daycare, dog grooming, or dog boarding. If your dog has not been here before, a brief consultation with you and your dog is required first before receiving doggie daycare or boarding. Dog grooming consultations can be done over the phone.

Part of your consultation requires a temperament assessment to make sure there are no aggression issues. We do not accept aggressive dogs for the safety of our other clients. We have never had a dog or person hurt by another dog here, and we have never had a dog fight. We plan on never having any dog or person injured here.

Call us to arrange a consultation, and bring your dog with you. Consultations are important because we also get the chance to reserve a specific time for you to tell us what you want for your dog, how we can meet your needs, and what your expectations are. A consultation at the facility gives your dog the chance to get used to the smells, surroundings and other dogs.

We also need proof of all vaccinations, including kennel cough, as well as flea preventative. Standard vaccinations are easily verified by a phone call to your doggie daycare near Bangor Maine vet. It’s important to protect all our clients, and rest assured, all our clients have been cleared before their first day at doggie daycare. Most vets will give us this information freely over the phone, so there is rarely a need to go to your vet to get copies.

Some dogs need medication such as insulin, or oral medications, and we can give those as well. There is no need to bring bedding, but if your dog prefers a special bed, and you would like to bring it, please do so. The only requirement is that your dog is flea free and the dog bed is as well. Puppies will need clearance from your vet, and your puppy must have had its second set of shots. Most puppies eat three times a day, so please bring a lunchtime meal. All dogs are monitored at all times while at play.

We do have “rest time” from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM for adult dogs when all dogs go into their crates until 3:30 PM. We are closed while the dogs are resting and re-open at 3:30 PM when it’s time to go out and play again.

At 6:00 PM the dogs are crated until owners arrive here to pick them up. We shut the doors at 6:00 PM. That means that your dog might be an overnight guest, unless special arrangements are made in advance.

Keeping Clean

We do find dogs that have fleas without the owner knowing about it, and we reserve the option to give your dog a flea bath to prevent spreading the fleas to the other dogs here. Please understand that fleas can be spread to other dogs quickly and that we have an obligation to keep all our clients safe from infestation. Because of the early spring in 2012, we also use all natural kennel spray every two weeks to keep ticks away. We encourage you to utilize one of the flea and tick preventative products ASAP. We have never had an outbreak of fleas here.

We disinfect the facility every day, with bleach to make sure that everyone starts the day with clean and fresh surroundings. We have NEVER had an outbreak of kennel cough. We disinfect with bleach as required by The Maine Animal Welfare Program twice a day. Our run areas are kept clean of animal waste and sanitized throughout the day.

We use natural cleaning products to keep sanitation safe for the Earth and your pet. We are a current licensed animal boarding facility and are registered with the Maine Animal Welfare Program. Boarding Kennel Facility 7 MRSA 3932. Expiration Jan 2014