New puppy join your family? How exciting!

We know how important proper socialization is for creating a happy and well-adjusted pup.

PUPPY 101:

  • Up to 18 weeks (16 weeks developmentally)
  • Learning at every experience
  • Can learn to bully or be bullied if not monitored in group play
  • Aren’t physically developed and can hurt themselves
  • Are at greater risk when exposed to unvaccinated dogs
  • Benefit from limited play or our puppy play experience
  • Need rest but energetic behavior is often misinterpreted as needing more exercise when rest is the key

We have created a special Puppy Program to help introduce your new fur-baby to our hotel and help puppies be most successful in transitioning to playgroups long-term. As with young kids, puppies need help learning social cues and can sometimes get over stimulated by all the excitement of their new friends and not know how to take a break. We also follow strict cleaning procedures to minimize risk of illness within a controlled environment of other puppies.

Why A Puppy Program?

  • Certain large breed pups are too small for big dog and not appropriate for small dog playgroups
  • Puppies need a lot of rest
  • It’s beneficial for puppies to learn appropriate behavior from additional people
  • Helps keep them safe
  • Helps keep them from practicing inappropriate play

What’s Included In A Puppy Play Program?

  • Complimentary Playful Pooch Package – Two additional playtimes with a human friend or with other pups (when available)
    • In total, up to three play sessions (plus AM/PM potty) throughout the day – 10-15min midday session and 10-15min sessions in the AM and PM (the total number of play sessions received is dependent on when the pup is dropped off/picked up)
      • On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, midday session will be extended to 30-min and will include other pups to help start socialization; AM and PM play sessions will remain at 10-15min
    • Intended for large breed puppies (up to 7 months of age) who are not ready for group play
  • Puppy Socials – Drop in and accompany your pup for an hour of socialization with other puppies and pet parents, get tips from our teams and meet new puppy playmates.
    • Check our Facebook page for event times. Any changes or updates to our schedule will be posted there as well.

Requirements for Puppy Socials:

  • Guests must be between 8 weeks and 6 months old and have all age appropriate vaccinations (minimum of first round shots by 8 weeks, with all other shots completed by 16 weeks)
  • Puppies must be supervised by their two-legged parent
  • No sign up needed but attendance will be first come first served with a cap of 20 puppies
  • Open to new or existing customers
  • Pet Parents will need to sign in and complete a waiver for every social
  • Cost: there is no fee to attend
  • 24/7 Check-in & Check-out

    24/7 access

    Pooch Hotel is one of just a handful of pet hotels nationwide that offers you 24-hour access to your pet. (South Loop Excluded)

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    year-round pampering

    Give your pup plenty of play and exercise when you drop them off for daycare or let them freshen up with a Pawdicure and Brush-out in our spa.

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