What steps do I need to take before attending St. Paws?
First, complete the Intake Form located on the 'New Guest' Page. Second, we will contact your veterinarian for your dog's records. Third, schedule a doggy interview. After that you're pup is ready to come and play with his/her new friends!
Why should I bring my dog to daycare?
Dogs are active animals that require social interaction as well as mental and physical stimulation. Dogs aren’t always the best at using their alone time productively, which can lead to stress, depression, and/or behavioral problems. By bringing your dog to St. Paws when you’re away, your dog will receive the nurturing and stimulation it needs to stay mentally sharp, socially fulfilled, and physically strong.
What is a "Doggy Interview"?
It's a meet and greet where we get to know your dog better, learn what their needs are, and make sure they have an appropriate temperament for daycare. It's also a way to learn your training style and find out if there is something you'd like us to help work on.
Why should I bring my dog to St. Paws?
We are unique because we have a personal relationship with each dog. If a dog needs guidance in a certain area, we can help. We teach our employees how to train dogs, and how to understand their behavior. St. Paws is a nurturing environment working together with people to ensure their dogs are healthy and happy.
Should I bring my dog's toys to daycare?
No because sometimes dogs can be protective over personal toys. To minimize conflict we will provide clean toys that can be played with without creating competition!.
Should I bring anything to daycare?
You can bring food and/or medication if needed. Otherwise, just your pup and their leash!
Will my dog be fed during his/her daycare visit?
If you bring their food we can certainly feed them at whatever time is needed!
What do the dogs do during the day?
During the day dogs will have the opportunity to socialize with other dogs and play with our staff. They also like to entertain themselves with toys, bones, kongs, and brain games. We take them on walks every day, and when they're tired they veg out on a couch or dog bed. We have different rooms for dogs of different size, temperament, and age to assure that your dog's environment won't be too stressful or boring.
Does my dog get outside time when attending St. Paws?
Yep, dogs are walked daily in Iris Park as long as weather is allowing!
Are dogs supervised at all times?
Certainly, to ensure safety, every dog will always be in view of a staff member during daycare play group.
Do boarding dogs get to play with the daycare group?
Yes! During the day, boarding dogs and daycare dogs share the same space.
What should I bring when I board my dog?
You will need to bring enough food for their stay, medicine if needed, as well as their collar and leash. Optionally, you can bring any comforting items for your dog, like a bed, blanket, or special toy. It adds to their comfort if you don't wash it right before their visit, so their scent is still on it. At night your dog will have sole access to these items.
What if I suspect my dog isn't feeling well one day, can I still bring them to daycare?
If your dog is showing symptoms of any communicable disease, such as diarrhea, vomiting, runny nose, runny eyes, sneezing, coughing, please do not bring your dog in for the health and safety of our other guests.
Can I see the facilities where my dog will be staying?
Of course! When you stop by we would love to give you a tour and show you our accommodations!
How often are your facilities cleaned?
The daycare play areas and boarding kennels are cleaned daily as well as spot cleaned throughout the day when needed.
What happens if my dog gets hurt?
If your dog sustains an injury we will immediately contact you and your vet to notify you and get your input. We can drive your dog to their vet or to the Banfield Pet Hospital down the street.
Can you administer my dogs medication for them?
Why do you require that all dogs be spayed/neutered?
Unneutered/unspayed dogs are much more assertive/territorial and therefore more likely to create conflict.
Does St. Paws have any breed restrictions for daycare or boarding?
There are no breed restrictions at St. Paws! We welcome any and all dogs as long as they are nice to others and pass our temperament test.
What if I need to pick up/drop off my dog earlier/later than regular hours? What if I am late?
Give us a call ahead of time and we can arrange a pick-up/drop-off time that works best for you! Please note that there will be an additional charge. If you are unexpectedly late, we will give you a call, and wait patiently for your return. Our usual hours are Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. & Saturday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
When should I pay for services?
Payment is due when you pick up your dog(s) or earlier.
Please let us know if you have any further questions! Thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Dog Daycare & Boarding
in St. Paul, Minnesota