Here’s a normal day at Canine Courtyard. All of the dogs go outside starting about 6:45. The kennels are vacuumed and mopped with our kennel grade disinfectant. The bowls are picked up and sanitized in our commercial grade dishwasher. All of the beds are disinfected and wiped down along with the walls of the kennel. The kennels are spotless.
We then set the bowls with fresh water and the individual food bowls. This whole process takes about an hour and a half. We then bring all the dogs in for breakfast. As a safety precaution we require all the dogs wait at least an hour after eating to give their tummies time to settle before going out to potty or play.
After the waiting time all of the dogs go back outside and play the rest of the day. This is not an endurance test. Many of the dogs need to come in for breaks or a long nap. We closely monitor all the dogs and rotate the dogs with the lower activity needs through out the day.
All of the dogs come back in for dinner. We have the same hour waiting period after dinner. All of the dogs go back outside to go potty and get the last bit of energy run out. When they come back in, we play lullaby music and dim the lights. The only noise you hear from the dogs is snoring. Dogs love a routine.
After a day or two there are very few messes in the kennels. The dogs know when they’ll be back outside. They also love to play all day and to be really tired when they come in. When they come back into our air-conditioned kennels with the cool tile floors, and the lullaby music, its lights out. Even the dogs that need a little less activity are tired from just watching the goings on all day. Everyone gets a good night’s sleep.