Doglando is a purpose driven, life-giving experience that happens to be doing business as a dog daycare.
Why is Doglando able to give dogs free range of a large nature-rich, outdoor area (almost 6 acres)? And yet, we’re just a doggy daycare, they’re just like everyone else in that they have access to the same people, same talent, agencies, the same trade organizations, the same media and we are serving the same pet owners as many others in our industry.
From Teena Patel (founder of Doglando)
Twenty years ago, I made a discovery. And this discovery profoundly changed my view on how I thought the dog daycare industry worked, and it even changed the way I operated in it.
As it turns out, there were patterns. Everyone working in the space of dog daycares, “pet resorts,” and pet boarding thought the same way, acted in the same ways, and communicated in exactly same way. I couldn’t justify any of it.
Let me explain…
Most of us (in business) communicate interpersonally. We say what we do, we say how we are different, and how we are better, and expect some sort of behavior from others.
For example, owners of doggie daycares often introduced their facilities to me by saying something like:
“Here is our facility. We are voted top 5 in the City’s best, we have a team who absolutely loves dogs. We have great packages to offer you. We offer daycare, boarding, and grooming services. We have 5 large indoor rooms. We have a bone-shaped pool… and this is why you should enroll your dog with us.”
I knew entrepreneurship wasn’t for the faint of heart. I knew (growing up as a child in a family of entrepreneurs) that I too would spend my early years spewing out my guts at times, I would be working from morning into the night, seven days a week. I’d have to pour every ounce of energy, blood, sweat, and even tears into overcoming challenges and hardships and quite possibly, I would be doing it alone (at least in the beginning). I needed a solid “Why” to fuel my mind, my body, my soul and my heart.
What our members are saying…
“Before working with Doglando, I owned boxers that were pretty much bananas. I thought that’s just the way dog ownership was; destructive behaviors, separation anxiety, and chasing them around the neighborhood when they got loose. I was exposed to Doglando while in between dogs, and once we decided to get a puppy I knew that she needed to be a Doglando dog. I didn’t struggle at all with Ella, and followed Doglando’s teachings fairly stringently, and now she’s one of the teaching dogs.
I’ve tried clicker training, private training lessons, chain-choke collars, pretty much anything that I didn’t view as cruel. Although these tools can be useful, I was unaware of the overall lifestyle and philosophy/ideology of Doglando that gave me a better understanding of what a happy, resilient, confident dog looks like.
My time working with Doglando has given me a new perspective on dogs (and other animals), our society, my children and myself. My assumption that things were just “the way things are” is no longer, and my family has benefited as a whole.”
“We have always been dog lovers and have always successfully trained our own dogs. However, when we rescued Abby, we soon realized that she was very challenging, and we had met our match. With Abby we struggled with everything from potty training to anxiety. After months of working with her without much success, we reached out to Doglando. We tried everything that we could think of, even having met with a trainer that came to our house.
After several months in Skill Building, and spending a couple of days a week there, she has improved tremendously! We know that, thanks to her tremendous amount of energy and distraction level, we, along with Doglando, will need to continue to work with her some more, but she has improved leaps and bounds since starting at Doglando. She is a joy to have in our lives and Doglando has helped make our time with her even more enjoyable. She LOVES spending time there and immediately gets excited the minute that we turn into the road to the gate. She loves all the areas where she can play in the water and is always very excited to be able to play with other doggie friends. Doglando has been heaven sent!”
At Doglando, We Work With Dog Parents Who Are . . .
The Doglando Parent is one who is a conscientious parent, committed to revitalizing their dog’s life by giving them the power, life, and spirit to live fully, as a puppy, adult dog, or mature adult dog.
The Doglando Parent shows firm and constant support as an advocate for their dog’s total well-being, and makes no compromises to their dog’s level of care, experience of quality, and purpose of existence.
The Doglando Parent demonstrates the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.
The Doglando Parent embraces new ideas, experiences, and immersive learning opportunities that are full-body and multi-sensory. They foster exploration and all 4 levels of movement (walk, trot, gallop, and double suspension gait).
The Doglando Parent hugely values the great outdoors which abundantly supplies their dog with natural resources, a rich territory, exposure to other animals (and wildlife), mud, sand, water, sun, trails, and so much more!
At Doglando, Our Dog Parents Are NOT . . .
Our work is only possible with, and alongside, pet parents who can pledge to take a position on the issue of safety, consistency, and the necessary course of action specific to each dog’s needs. This requires a high level of engagement, involvement, and commitment of time, energy, effort, and sometimes money.
The relationship between you, your dog, and our Play Professors is an investment of positive interactions over a period of time. Our relationship with you and your dog must be of the highest importance to you, as it is to us. This sets precedence over convenience and the fast growth of our business.
Life gets in the way, we get it. The behavioral health and total well-being of your dog takes priority equal to nutrition and medical care. Upholding this priority honors your dog’s life and existence in your family, and confirms your devotion to your dog.
Doglando is a lifestyle. We are not a drop-off daycare, nor a temporary form of care for short-term convenience. Reflected by the nature of our work, we are your dog’s “home away from home”. We are family, and we are entrusted canine life coaches.
Doglando Parents defend the right of every dog to roam freely, to have the freedom of space, freedom of choice, and freedom to form social relationships in the manner that is most meaningful to each dog. Doglando Parents have strong ethical and moral values in their dog’s right to play and be outdoors, in a way that allows dogs to be dogs in the most natural, least forceful, and kindest way possible.
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