What is Enrichment?

Canine enrichment is providing experiences and activities that fulfill dog’s needs: both biological and behavioral. These experiences contribute to overall mental, physical, emotional and instinctual health.  Percy’s is the Ozarks’ only Canine Enrichment Center, and our methods reflect current trends in the professional dog behavior and training industries. Check out our modern approach to boarding here.

What type of training do you offer?

Dog training is an unregulated industry, so we are proud to have the area’s only Certified Professional Dog Trainer, whose certification is from the leading independent certification organization in the industry and the most recognized world-wide: the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (http://www.ccpdt.org/).

Our approach to training is strictly Positive Reinforcement: no pain, no fear, no force – no way. We offer 9 different group classes as well as private lessons. Not all classes run concurrently, so check our facebook page or give us a call for the most up to date class info or to enroll!

Do you offer playgroups?

Carefully and safely monitored playgroups by trained and knowledgeable dog professionals are great. They fulfill a dog’s need for social interaction, and this is what most daycare and boarding facilities offer. Even so, many dogs don’t enjoy play groups – our Percy definitely didn’t.

But social groupings are only one type of enrichment activity. At Percy’s Playground we focus on all the rest. Our Certified Professional Dog Trainer has devised and structured opportunities and experiences that fulfill all the other many and various biological and behavioral needs dogs have: sensory, environmental, habitat, relationships, food and behavioral. We get them thinking, learning, interacting, doing, exploring.

Will my dog sit in a cage all day?

No way. Our approach to boarding at Percy’s is dog-centered: we engage with our four-legged guests throughout the day through various Enrichment activities and old-fashioned play time. And our overnight accommodations are very spacious and comfortable, so any time spent in them is more like chillin’ at home rather than being in a cage or cubicle that’s standard in many other boarding facilities.

And there’s definitely no shortage of human interaction at Percy’s: it’s part of what we do and who we are. Your dog won’t have to compete with other dogs for attention in large groups or merely get a passing pat on the head. And our co-owner is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who loves to work with dogs using purely Positive Reinforcement, so throughout the day all dogs work on reinforcing good manners, too!

Do you require reservations?

We do require reservations for overnight boarding. And ideally your dog stays in the same den or suite each visit, and it becomes her home away from home! Reservations are highly recommended for Day Stays, but if we have space available we will try to accommodate last-minute requests, especially if you are a returning client and we have all your pet’s info on file.

What are your vaccine requirements for my dog?

We require a licensed veterinarian to administer Rabies, Distemper/Parvovirus combination, and Bordetella.

Why do I have to bring my own dog food and premeasure it?

Dogs don’t do well when their main diets are switched suddenly, often causing gastrointestinal issues like vomiting and diarrhea- and that makes for an unhappy and uncomfortable dog. Also, measuring and bringing your dog’s own food will ensure enough is provided for your dog’s entire stay. Additionally, rather than over-treat/feed, we use part of your dog’s daily kibble ration as part of her rewards during enrichment activities.

Can I bring my dog’s ________________?

We do provide comfy beds and enrichment items throughout your dog’s stay. Leave the bulky pet beds, pillows and other things filled with fluff and fiber at home, please (including toys). Durable chew toys are a-ok. No chews that splinter or break (i.e. bones and antlers).

We would highly recommend a t-shirt with your smell on it, especially for your dog’s first few times with us to help her feel all fuzzy inside when she sniffs it. But she’ll be having such a good time at Percy’s she might not need to rely on it much.

Can my dogs stay together?

Yes! Dogs from the same household may bunk together.

Will you give my dog her medications/supplements?

Yes! We’re happy to give oral medications and supplements at no extra charge. However, we apologize we are unable to give injections. If you have other types of medications or supplements that your dog needs to have during his stay, please contact us to discuss.

Do you have breed restrictions?

No. We do not believe in restricting a dog from anything based on breed alone. But we don’t accept aggressive dogs, whether it’s a Shih Tzu or St. Bernard. We do not, however, accept wolfdogs/wolf hybrids at our facility because a) according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (and other similar agencies) the rabies vaccine has yet to be proven effective in these animals and b) we do not have the proper containment for captive wild animals required by Missouri State Law.

Does someone stay overnight with my dog?

Your dog’s safety and security are our top priority. Percy’s Playground is proud to have one of the top-rated monitoring systems available: security, video, fire, power outages, temperature and carbon monoxide are all monitored 24/7. Like most boarding facilities, even ones with owners who live on site, we are not physically staffed 24 hours a day. Percy’s is also a state-licensed boarding and training facility that has been inspected by the Missouri Department of Agriculture for safety, veterinary assistance and other considerations.

What happens if my dog becomes ill or injured?

Your dog’s health and safety are our primary concerns, so you can trust us to make decisions on your dog’s care like we would our own. We are Red Cross certified in Pet First Aid and will work quickly to assess the situation. In the event of an emergency, we will seek veterinary care with your vet (if available) or one of our partner vets. We will attempt to contact both you and your Emergency Contact as quickly as possible.