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Cautious Dog Boarding

Over night boarding for dogs that can't play with other dogs or might be people reactive.

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Cautious Dog Boarding:

Cautious Dogs are dogs that cannot play with other dogs.  They may be shy, old, have a medical issue, or be reactive (to name a few reasons why a dog might be considered “cautious”).

House of Dog is different from your average boarding facility. We are structured to meet your dog's needs while they stay with us.


Our Staff


Our staff is highly skilled and knowledgeable in reading your dog's body language and assessing stress levels. We carefully pair your dog with a suitable playgroup or playmate. If your dog is very selective about who they play with, our staff will be patient and move at their pace, working with them one-on-one to ensure a positive and enjoyable experience.


  • You will receive pictures, videos, and write-ups daily from our staff. 

  • We will immediately inform you if something is concerning or wrong with your dog. 

  • If your dog needs medical attention, we will notify you first and ensure they get the necessary care.

  • We track your dog's potty habits to ensure they adjust and are not sick. 

  • We track when your dog eats and how much. If your dog stops eating, we will entice their food and do all we can to ensure they eat. 


Fear-Free Management
  • Our manager is Fear Free certified, ensuring we never use fear and intimidation.

  • No shock collars, choke chains, prong collars, squirt bottles, yelling, loud, startling noises, or fear and intimidation are used for any reason. 

  • Your dog's emotional well-being is as important to us as their safety when they stay with us. 


Shy/Fearful and Reactive Dogs


  • We offer a thirty-minute assessment for $35 with a certified trainer who will answer all of your questions, and get to know your dog and their specific needs to set up your dog for a positive experience when they stay with us. 

  • After the assessment, we offer four free meet and greets at our facility also with a certified trainer to help acclimate them to our staff and the environment. 

  • Our staff is patient and experienced when it comes to dogs that need some time to adjust to people and their surroundings. 


What’s Included 


  • Giving medication, supplements, and other special requests.

  • Love and affection, playtime, ball time, and one-on-one attention.

  • Kongs, treats, and enticements for your dog if they don’t eat. 




  • All dogs have up-to-date vaccination records.

  • When dropped off, make sure dogs show no signs of illness

  • Track when a dog becomes ill and notify you if you have a future reservation. 

  • Notifying you if your dog came into contact with a dog that started showing symptoms of an illness. 

  • You have 24-hour access to our live webcams.

  • Soon we will be staffed 24 hours a day.

  • 24-hour video security monitoring.

  • We have an extensive emergency plan in place and routinely practice it. 

  • Ensure our facility is clean and meets current fire code and safety standards.

Benefits of the Assessment
  • Helps to ensure a safe and comfortable boarding experience for your dog

  • Allows the trainer to set up your dog for success while they board with us

  • Provides an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive expert advice

  • Helps to determine if your dog is a good candidate for selective group play

How to Schedule an Assessment

  • Please call us at 719.646.1422 to schedule an assessment.

  • We recommend scheduling the assessment at least two weeks before your dog's boarding stay.

What to Bring to the Assessment

  • Your dog

  • A leash and collar

  • Any treats or toys that your dog enjoys

  • Any questions you may have for the trainer



Boarding process for cautious dogs:
  1. 30-minute assessment

    • With a certified trainer

    • To get the dog's history and set up a plan for successful boarding

    • Required

  2. 15-minute meet and greet

    • Free of charge

    • With a trainer

    • For the dog to meet the staff and acclimate to the facility

    • Required

  3. Up to four meet-and-greets

    • May be needed

    • If the dog has not acclimated to the facility or staff, boarding will not be possible

  4. Daytime social orientation

    • After the meet and greets

    • The dog is dropped off, and a trainer assesses their stress level

    • If the dog can go outside and back into the kennel with no issues, they move on to a boarding orientation

  5. Boarding Orientation

    • Similar to the daytime orientation

    • The dog stays the night

    • Staff needs to be able to feed your dog and get them in and out of their kennel safely.

    • Required

  6. Boarding

    • After a successful boarding orientation you may make your boarding reservations.

    • Daytime social orientations are recommended in between long gaps in boarding to keep the dog comfortable with the staff and facility

Note: If you do not complete the process before your boarding dates we will refuse to board your dog. Our top priority is the safety of our staff and the dogs in our care!

Telephone: (719) 646-1422


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