Our Commitment to Safety
At Orchard Point Kennels, our commitment to safety is uncompromising. Our mission is to create a clean, healthy, safe, and loving environment where every dog and person feel welcome and treated with respect, care, and compassion.
Safety is our #1 priority. That’s why we have comprehensive policies and procedures to ensure your dog is safe and healthy every day there with us. Being in rescue for over a decade, we've learned from our experiences to provide an experience and location clients can trust.
Cleaning and Sanitation
Deep cleaning and disinfecting
Our store cleaning procedures exceed mandated protocols to safeguard you and your pet’s health. We clean and disinfect regularly throughout our facility to ensure a clean and healthy environment. All staff follows CDC handwashing guidelines. Also, hand sanitizer and restrooms for handwashing are available to all guests.
Dog-safe cleaning products
We clean and sanitize all play and rest areas every day – sometimes more than once a day – with veterinary-grade cleaners and disinfectants, air purifiers. This helps us ensure a safe, clean, and sanitized facility that smells good and reduces the risk of spreading infectious diseases.
Our property is fenced completely. With a fence outlining the 4.5 acre property. As well as two different entry gates, and eight fully fenced yards within the property. Each building has fire routes, extinguishers and smoke monitors. We also have staff on site at all times. With automatic flood lights, security cameras, and a door lock system through each of the buildings.
There are almost always two doors and or gates between the dogs and the outside world. If one entry fails, there is a second door to prevent dogs from accidentally leaving our facility.
Indoor and outdoor play areas
Indoor and outdoor play areas help reduce stress and create an enjoyable environment for dogs to play and socialize.
Outside Yards & Covered Play Areas
We have EIGHT fully fenced yards that are always supervised by one or more staff members. Our guests can either play with toys, and or socialize with some of our other attendees. Each yard is cleaned between each rotation. Our covered areas are individual runs where the dogs can play with provided toys, and or socialize in large kennels with other dogs.
Individual crate spaces
Dogs have access to their own private space, where they can rest, relax, and feel comfortable away from the group. These crates and or kennels help us create a much safer social environment for dogs by allowing them to take a break and maintain a healthy balance of play, learning, and rest. It also helps dogs avoid physical injury (from over-exercise without enough rest) and provides a space for them to unwind, so they don’t become overstimulated or over-aroused during play.
Vaccination requirements and monitoring system
Dogs who are vaccinated are less likely to become ill or pass on diseases to other dogs in our care. That’s why all dogs must have up-to-date vaccinations. We also require that all dogs are spayed or neutered by six months of age. Parents must submit written verification that their dogs have current rabies, Bordetella (kennel cough), and DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus) vaccinations. If these vaccinations are lapse, you will have to get them updated before your pup can return to day care.
Rabies is a standard vaccination all dogs should have. Note that puppies less than six months old will need to receive their rabies vaccine by six months of age (or as consistent with state law) to continue coming to day care.
Bordetella helps protect dogs from kennel cough; a common illness quickly spread in day cares, boarding facilities, and shelters. Although veterinarians don’t require the Bordetella vaccine, it’s necessary for day care. Please double-check that your dog has received it before coming to day care.
DHPP is also a standard vaccination that protects against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus.
Highly trained and caring staff
Our staff is full of individuals whom love and care for dogs of their own. Each member has had over 5 years of experience working professionally in a kennel or as a trainer. Anyone new, has and will be taught by these highly skilled members in a 6-month onboarding course.
Working in rescue, we've learned of all the various ways you can approach training dogs. Through learning of our own and other community members experience, we have specific ways of handling dogs. We use a two-leash system, occasionally requiring the use of prong collars. A tool that our team is trained on using. If you'd like to learn more about why prong collars are a safe, and great tool to use for your dog, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSRviZ2d47g
Low dog-to-staff ratio
We keep our staff-to-dog ratios low to help ensure the safety of every dog in our care. It helps us give more individual attention to each dog because we have more time to get to know them. Plus, we ALWAYS supervise play. Whether it’s a group of two dogs or 12 dogs, we never leave them unattended during group play.
One of our model’s benefits is that dogs who need a little more one-on-one time with their handlers can be placed in smaller group sizes. It gives our staff more opportunities to teach your dog, work on behaviors, and play while your dog is boarding.
Small Group Play and Enrichment
Small group play and enrichment groups give your dog more one-on-one time with their handlers, allowing our staff to teach your dog, work on behaviors, and play. After a balanced day of play, learning, and rest – you can look forward to a dog who is not only better behaved but also a healthy, well-balanced, and tired mentally and physically.
100% Supervised Play
Dogs are never left alone with another dog or unattended in playgroups to ensure their safety.
Dedicated rest time
Maintaining a healthy balance of rest and play is important for dogs’ physical, mental, and social health. Like human athletes, rest helps dogs avoid physical injury and provides a space for them to unwind, so they don’t become overstimulated or over-aroused during play. Play-breaks give dogs the support they need to stay as safe and appropriate and create a much safer social environment for every dog in our care.