Come, Sit, Stay. Good Dog!! It’s Daycare Games Time

For the eighth year, Happy Camper Doggy Day Camp & SleepOver will compete for medals in The Dog Gurus annual Daycare Games. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to control a large group of dogs off-leash? Most people imagine mayhem and chaos when you put a group of unknown dogs together. Professional pet care businesses, like Happy Camper are out to bust that myth. It’s true that dogs can fight and bite, but it’s also true that certain skills used by excellent daycare facilities will keep dogs safe while they play together. The Daycare Games are focused on proving who is the best at providing these skills to the dogs in their care.

Skills Based Challenge

“By focusing on the most important skills: getting dogs to sit, having dogs come, and teaching dogs to wait at the gate, we provide a controlled environment where dogs get exer-cise without stress or injury. And this is accomplished without fear or intimidation!” states Robin Bennett. Bennett and and Susan Briggs, co-founders of The Dog Gurus, designed the Daycare Games to be a skills-based challenge that keeps dogs safe and happy and recognizes top dog daycare providers for their unique skills.

Competition Recognizes Handlers’ Skills

ogs love to play these games and we wanted to recognize the handlers and facilities taking the best care of their pets by having a friendly competition,” explained Briggs. The Dog Gurus, who have put together industry standards for operating a safe dog daycare in their ebook “The Four E’s of Excellence in Off-Leash Play” detail the exact exer-cises that help daycares take better care of your pet and have provided them to members of their online community at That is also where you can learn more about The Daycare Games and monitor the weekly competition.

Safety is Primary

Daycare has become a growing industry over the
past 20 years, but there are still many dog owners who don’t understand how to choose the best facility. Every-one needs to understand the education and training neces-sary to keep dogs safe. Happy Camper is dedicated to raising the bar of safety in off-leash play, teaching owners how to know when their dog is happy, and helping to reduce the number of dog fatalities that occur every year in dog daycares and dog parks. Our staff who will work with the dogs are:

Novices: Breanna Wilkinson River Nipper Tom Roach Shelton Ballard

Advanced: Norma Cruz-Nicolas Rachel Arnao
Greg Morse, Nakita Johnson

Intermediate: Christina Yaemsang Kersey Williams Matthew Sullivan Denise Hatton

Below: These dogs are learning to wait until they are told they can go through the gate.

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