We have 3 yards that we use. The north yard is about the size of a big backyard. The big yard is about an acre. The play yard is our segregated yard that is about 1500 square feet. This yard is concreted and has a very big carport covering it.
We first do a quick evaluation and ask you some behavior questions. If they are hesitant, we will put them out alone and likely bring them into the office to be with us to help them get used to us and we them. If they are happy-go-lucky they will be introduced to an appropriate group. If all goes well, we let them play. There will likely be some adjustment as we get to know each other.
We put the pups in kennels when they are inside. Our indoor area is climate controlled. The dogs are either put in single runs or in groups of three to four in our extra-large kennels so the play can continue. Every kennel has a water bucket and bedding as needed. Some are even brought into the office to hang out with the Hoomuns.
We accept cash, check, or credit cards- we even have the hover/wavey pay thing. You can pay each day at the end of the day. If you plan on having a full week, let us know and you can pay at the end of the week. You can even prepay if you want!
Yes. Probably. Yes. From November to May, the grass in our yards goes dormant. That means dirt. Add some water and you've got the best time ever! We will hose them off if they get too gross, just please understand that we want them to have a good time. You might give us a time that you intend to pick up so we can minimize the mess.
The dogs are outside for as much time as they can be as long as the weather and yard conditions cooperate. There are water buckets out and they are monitored to ensure everyone is playing nice. When the weather is particularly nice we break out the pool! On hot days- over 80 degrees- we do rotate them in more often to be in the air conditioning. Cold days, we let them tell us when they are ready to come in.
We get to know dogs on an individual basis and keep them with other pups that have the same energy level and social skills. Puppies will transition from group to group as they grow. There are four group colors we use:
Blue: These are very low key, older dogs, small dogs that just want to catch some rays and sniff around. There is some play when we have a younger group of smalls or puppies.
Green: Medium to large adolescent pups that play and play and play. They generally don't have any concept of personal space and don't care. They just want to play!
Red: Big lunk heads. Mature large dogs that have no time for adolescent antics. They also don't look where they are going when playing. Trees, people, buildings, whatever else is in their path will either get out of the way or get run over. These pups are more likely to pick on others or get into fights. We are pretty careful keeping these dogs with the same group.
Yellow: Shy, scared, new, aggressive and unpredictable pups fit into this category. Dogs with this designation go out by themselves or with their siblings. The first three mentioned may eventually be transitioned to the other groups as they get comfortable with us and their surroundings.