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Doggie Playgroup

Saturday Morning Doggie Playgroups

Socializing your dog or puppy is all about teaching them that the world is a safe place, and that new experiences, people, and other animals don't have to be scary.
Naturally, puppies continue to learn throughout their lives, but a puppy who is not socialized early can be more fearful and more likely to act cautious, nervous, and shy around unfamiliar people, animals, and situations. When a puppy is introduced to new sights and sounds in a positive way, he'll grow up smarter, healthier, and more confident.

We offer complimentary Doggie Playgroups for dogs and puppies, four months old and up who are looking to play and socialize with others. All dogs and puppies must be dog & people friendly and be up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations. This is not a place to train a nervous or reactive dog.

*Please note that dogs, puppies, and owners attend playgroups at their own risk.

Our playgroups are held every Saturday unless we are having an event that day. We will post any schedule changes on Facebook.

  • 10:30 - 11:00 group – for dogs & puppies up to 25lbs.
  • 11:00 - 12:00 group – for dogs & puppies 25lbs. - 50lbs.
  • 12:00 -   1:00 group – for dogs & puppies 50lbs. & up

The groups will end approximately ten minutes before the next group comes in, so that we can wash the floors with a disinfectant between each group.

Doggie Playgroup rules:

  • Owners must bring a current copy of age-appropriate vaccination record.
  • As the dog or puppy ages, owners must bring in a copy of their updated vaccination record.
  • All dogs, puppies & their owners participate at their own risk.
  • Playgroup size is limited to 10 dogs or puppies at a time, on a first come first served basis.
  • For safety reasons, no aggressive or reactive dogs or puppies please.
  • This is a playgroup; it is not a place to train a nervous or reactive dog.
  • Only one person in the playroom per dog or puppy.
  • All dogs & puppies must be on a leash.
  • Sorry, no children under 13yrs. allowed in the playroom while playgroup is going on.
  • Playgroups will be canceled if we have an event that day at the store.
  • FYPO has the right to ask your dog or puppy to leave if we feel they are over stimulated or have had enough or is a safety concern to other puppies and/or owners.

As with any type of group social setting like boarding kennels, daycare facilities, dog parks, dog training groups, and dog shows, exposure to respiratory illness such as kennel cough can happen. It can spread through airborne droplets, direct contact (like touching noses), or contaminated surfaces. We disinfect all toys and the playroom between groups for these reasons, but because Kennel Cough’s incubation period is 2-14 days, your puppy may attend a playgroup and not show signs of anything until a few days later. 

Symptoms may include a strong cough, often with a “honking” sound (the most obvious symptom), runny nose, sneezing, lethargy, loss of appetite and/or low fever. If your puppy is showing any of those symptoms, please do not bring them to playgroup and follow up with your veterinarian.