The inside and outside are connected by a dog door with freezer flaps on it to keep the central heat and air inside. The floors are painted concrete to facilitate cleaning.
Unlike most facilities with indoor/outdoor runs we do not wash/hose down the inside quarters. All inside accommodations are cleaned by hand and elbow grease, not unlike you would clean your own home. We have special dog bedding from RVB Creations, each dog can have our bedding or you can bring bedding from home. At the Hairy Moose we understand that dogs are social creatures that need and want the attention and companionship of those around them. Our answer to that is interaction, interaction, interaction!
For the extra small companion, we have the Little dog Room, with 10 little spaces either 3 x 4 or 4 x 4 , totally enclosed and free from drafts. The little dogs go out together as a supervised group in their own little play area five times a day. This group is always closely supervised by one of our well trained staff.
We feed twice a day at The Hairy Moose Pet Retreat. Research indicates that dogs fed smaller meals at more frequent intervals are less likely to bloat. Bloat is common to large breed dogs and is also known as GDV or /Gastric Dilitation Vovulous/(link to informational sites) and is often fatal. If your pet is used to having food available free choice, we are happy to provide this too, but any leftovers will be thrown away prior to refilling the bowl twice daily. Therefore, if you bring your own food, your pet may go through more while being boarded than he would at home. We want his food to be fresh at all times. If you bring your own food it should be packaged in individual baggies, one baggie per meal.
In addition to having access to the indoor/outdoor run, each dog is let out individually into one of the eight play yards for a minimum of 15 minutes in the morning and again for 15 minutes in the afternoon. Any additional activity takes place outside of this time, just adding to the amount of time each dog receives out of the confines of his run.
We have everything that your dog might need at The Hairy Moose (excluding medications), but you are certainly welcomed to bring things from home. If your dog has never stayed with us before, we invite you to leave him for daycare prior to his first overnight stay. There is no charge for this trial day care visit. We offer this because we feel this makes your pet feel more secure, more aware of what is happening and the more he knows and understands, the more confident he will be.