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Dear Playful Pooch Owners,

In light of recent concerns about the coronavirus we wanted to assure you that our team is following the latest guidelines and recommendations from health professionals and the government. We are on Denver’s list of essential businesses as a dog boarding facility. We are serving our customers who need us to take care of their dogs while they work. We want our staff, customers and the dogs to all be safe and healthy while dropping off or picking up at Playful Pooch. We are practicing social distancing and are in compliance with Governor Polis and Mayor Hancock’s most recent business restrictions.  

We will remain open and welcome your pups during normal hours of operation. We are following our normal cleanliness standards for the facility and have added additional cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces that our staff and customers may come in contact with. We do have fewer dogs here due to people staying home, schools closing and trips being cancelled. You are welcome to just drop your leash near the front gate and we will take care of the rest. We have sanitizer on the front desk in case you should need to use the credit card machine or touch anything else.

Thank you in advance for being such loyal customers. We look forward to taking care of your pups now and in the future when we get through this difficult time. 


Pooch Of The Week
Pooch of the Week: Biscuit


Meet Biscuit! She is a five year old Goldendoodle and has been visiting Playful Pooch since she was just a pup! She is very well behaved and playful at the same time. She loves coming to daycare and sometimes we think she is part human! She is a joy to have as part of our great group of dogs that come to play. 

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Colorado Association of Dog Daycares Gold Standard Accredited
Member of the International Boarding and Pet Services Association

Why We Require Bordetella, Rabies & Distemper Vaccinations



Dog owners must take every precaution to reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses by properly vaccinating for Bordetella every six months along with the vet recommened intervals for Rabies and DHPP. Due to Denver being considered a high risk area, national veterinarian associations, researchers at Cornell University and most local veterinarians strongly recommend this level of vaccinations.

Owners must also watch for any signs of respiratory illness with their dog or from any other dogs they come in contact with.  Respiratory illnesses are spread between dogs in public places in the same way as humans coming in contact with contagious people in public places.  Dogs are at a higher risk of exposure by going to dog parks, pet food stores and other places where dogs may not be properly vaccinated.   As owners of Playful Pooch, we are diligent about reviewing vaccination records and taking a conservative approach to vaccinations.  We require Rabies, DHPP, and Bordetella every six months.   However, even dogs that are properly vaccinated may still have a slight risk of becoming sick, but their illness will be milder with less chance of severe complications.

Although veterinarians often diagnose dogs with “Kennel Cough” when dogs have a cough or seem lethargic, the illness does not start in a kennel but out in the public areas where dogs co-mingle and then bring it into the kennel unknowingly.  Respiratory illnesses can be caused by contagious organisms including bordetella. These illnesses will not exhibit any symptoms until after the dog has shed the virus, making it nearly impossible to know whether a dog may be ill at home or in a kennel environment.  Respiratory issues can also be caused by both allergic irritants in the air including pollens, smoke from forest fires and other air-borne particles.  The symptoms of many respiratory illnesses may include a “honking” cough, lethargy and sometimes loss of appetite.  Most respiratory illnesses are viral and will be shed naturally, but Veterinarians may prescribe antibiotics as a precautionary measure along with cough suppressants.  The recommended treatment is to avoid long walks, exercise and excitement for 7-10 days and keep them completely away from any other dogs to avoid spreading the virus since it is highly contagious.

Every owner must help Playful Pooch keep our pals as healthy as possible by adhering to our vaccination policy and keeping a watchful eye on their dog.  Never bring your dog into a public place, if they have been showing any signs of respiratory or any other type of illness including digestive problems.



Medical and Other Requirements

Playful Pooch Vaccination Requirements:

DHPP, Rabies, and Bordetella every six months are required at our facility. 

Puppies:  DHPP - a combination vaccine of distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvo that is given every 3-4 weeks starting at 6-8 weeks and ending at 16-20 weeks.  Following the final vaccination, it will be repeated in 12 months.  Bordetella is given at 9 weeks, then boostered every six months.  This must be given at least 7 days before the initial visit. Rabies is given at 16-20 weeks.  Puppies from 10-16 weeks will be allowed to attend without the rabies vaccination if all other vaccinations are current.

Adult Dogs: DHPP and Rabies are given 1 year after the puppy boosters, then every 3 years.  Bordetella is required every 6 months.  

Proof of Vaccinations is required from your veterinarian.

Age Requirements:

Playful Pooch accepts dogs ten weeks or older. Your dog must be spayed or neutered if older than six months of age.

Socialability Requirements:
Everyone must be able to play in group daycare with no social issues, such as aggression or biting of any type.  Allowances for older and non-active dogs are made on an individual basis.