Our revolutionary Dog Montessori program is unlike anything else in Dayton and goes way beyond daycare. Our Montessori programs for puppies and adult dogs combine:
- Group play, with smaller groups and more enrichment than traditional dog day care
- One-on-one time with our trainers focused on specific behavior goals
- Desensitization to triggers present at home, at the vet, and more
- Group training classes or private consultations that teach you how to nurture desired behaviors
Dogs in Montessori benefit from critical socialization and learn good manners in group play. Unlike some other facilities, our day care schedule also includes planned break times because we know that it’s important behaviorally and emotionally for dogs to rest and recharge.
Our unique Montessori program combines your pet’s day care with Day Training! Your pet receives one-on-one sessions with our trainers throughout the day, learning new cues and behaviors, being desensitized to common stressors, and much more. The one-on-one curriculum is customized to each pet’s needs.
Also included in all Montessori packages is a four-week evening or weekend group training class for puppies, or two private consultations for adult dogs, where our trainers teach you and your dog how to understand each other. This critical component of a successful training plan teaches you how to reinforce good behaviors at home and communicate with your dog.
While you’re at work, your dog can spend the day with us at our Springboro Veterinary Center! Our state-of-the-art facility opened in April, 2015, at 718 N Main St. in the Marketplace at Settlers Walk.
Our indoor play rooms feature over 2,500 square feet of indoor play space, state-of-the-art artificial turf from ForeverLawn designed specifically for pets, and gorgeous park-themed wall murals from Murals by Char. A large back door opens to fresh air and an outside fenced area in warm weather, while the temperature controlled indoor environment allows for safe play year-round.
In group play, your pet benefits from exercise and socialization, making friends, learning good behaviors and reducing boredom. Playing with other pets and our behavior staff, your pet is also only steps way from our medical team.
Panoramic windows allow you to see your pets playing any time, but special tinting prevents dogs from being distracted or over-stimulated by activity outside the playroom. Ample kennel space away from the play areas gives pets a quiet place to rest and recharge.
Staff & Curriculum
Our staff training follows the renowned Dog Gurus curriculum for safe off-leash dog play.
Rather than being reactive to behavior issues when they arise, our staff is trained to spot subtle behavior cues that can precede problems in group play and proactively manage them. The result is happier dogs, lower stress and anxiety, and better, safer group play.
Our observations begin with the initial behavior assessment for adult dogs, before they ever join group play. This no-charge assessment, required for all dogs aged six months or older, allows us to get to know pets and place them in play groups where they are most likely to thrive. Assessing all dogs prior to admitting them in group play also helps to ensure your pet’s safety.
Our Montessori program truly shines in its ability to target specific behavior goals for your pet, with one-on-one training sessions throughout the day. This can include teaching common cues and behaviors, working on specific behavior issues, and desensitizing pets to stressors present in the home, the vet clinic, or other places.
Dogs in our Montessori program have happier, less stressful vet visits because they are gently acclimated to scales, syringes, nail trimmers, and other environmental stressors. They are also happier and less anxious at home because we can work with them on a variety of other environmental triggers, from wheelchairs to walkers to vacuums.
Every part of our Montessori program sets you and your dog up for success and supports their emotional and behavioral development.
Hours & Pricing
7 am – 7 pm, Monday – Friday
Drop off early and pick up late – we are here to accommodate your busy schedule! Pets receive plenty of rest breaks and one-on-one time throughout the day, in addition to time in group play.
Our schedule fills up fast! Call us at 937-435-3262 for our Kettering office or 937-514-7702 for our Springboro office to schedule. Because we carefully manage group sizes in day care and want to ensure plenty of one-on-one training time for every pet, we cannot accommodate walk-ins.
If your dog is aged six months or older, please plan ahead: the first appointment will be a no-charge behavior assessment, usually lasting a few hours. After your dog has passed the initial behavior assessment, we can schedule a full day of play.
Sometimes puppies need to ease into a daycare and training routine, so we offer half-days (mornings or afternoons) at a reduced rate for dogs under six months of age.