Puppy & Teenage Play Programs

New puppy join your family? How exciting!

We know how important proper socialization is for creating a happy and well-adjusted pupand that is why we have different programs to offer our guests at every age!

PUPPY 101:

  • Puppy stage is up to 5 months
    • After 5 months, puppies transition to the adolescent stage until 1-2 years, where they may try pushing boundaries or exhibit some behavior regression
  • They’re 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 it’s actually a result of being overstimulated

Puppy’s Day Out

Puppy Play Program

Teenage Play Program


Puppy’s Day Out: For puppies 8 weeks to 5 months of age

Given the current environment that puppies are being born into, it’s more difficult than ever for pet parents to ensure that their new pups get the proper amount of socialization. We can help! We offer a program, Puppy’s Day Out, every Tuesday from 10AM-4PM that provides puppies up to 5 months a condensed day of daycare with activities specifically geared toward proper socialization and building comfort with new things.

Why A Puppy’s Day Out Program?

Research has shown that the first 20 weeks of a puppy’s life are crucial to their social development. Puppies that have a wide variety of positive experiences with people, environments and other animals will be better able to calmly accept these things when they are adults.

What’s Included in a Puppy’s Day Out?

  • 10:00am – 11:00am         Drop-off
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm        Puppy Play Group
  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm           Lunch & Rest*
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm             Puppy Socialization Exercises**
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm             Pick-up

*For lunch, pet parents have the option to bring food for their puppies. An intentional rest period will follow to help teach puppies to relax in new places and avoid overstimulation. A bully stick or peanut butter kong is included in the price and will be given during this time.

**Socialization exercises will consist of themed activities to introduce puppies to new sounds, objects, people and textures that rotate weekly. Treats will be given to create positive associations, so please let us know if your puppy has any allergies.

Requirements for Puppy’s Day Out:

  • Guests must be between 8 weeks and 5 months old and have all age appropriate vaccinations (minimum of first round shots by 8 weeks, with all other shots completed by 16 weeks)
  • Occurs every Tuesday of the week; Advanced reservation is required
  • Puppy’s Day Out currently available at our Chicago Lincoln Park, Chicago West Loop, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Richardson, Dallas DFW, Denver, CO, Newton, MA, and Norwalk, CT locations
  • Cost is $20 for the day (multiple pet discount does not apply)
  • If you require extended care, including early drop-off (between 7:00am-10:00am) or late pick-up (between 4:00pm-7:00pm), an additional charge will be added as follows:
    • $3.75/hour for Chicago, Newton and Norwalk
    • $2.75/hour for Denver
    • $2.25/hour for Dallas
  • Standard fees apply for arrivals and departures outside regular daycare hours of 7:00am-7:00pm
  • Click here for a complete list of COVID-19 safety precautions

To make a reservation, visit MyParadise | MyPooch and select Puppy’s Day Out (under Daycare).


What To Expect During A Regular Daycare Or Boarding Visit

Puppy Play Program: For puppies 8 weeks to 7 months of age who are not ready for group play

We have created a special Puppy Play 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 overstimulated by all the excitement of their new friends and don’t 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 Play Program?

  • Certain large breed pups are too small for big dog playgroups and are 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 (added to regular daycare and boarding visits) – Two additional playtimes with a human friend, or with other puppies (when available) or other suitable temperament dogs (when puppies aren’t available).
    • Up to three (3) 10-15min play sessions (plus AM/PM potty breaks) throughout the day (the total number of play sessions received is dependent on when the pup is dropped off/picked up)
    • Guests will be separated by size and temperament
  • Puppy Socials – Drop in and accompany your pup for a hour of socialization with other puppies and pet parents, get tips from our teams and meet new puppy playmates.
    • Our Puppy Socials are temporarily on hold during times of social distancing.


Teenage Play Program: For intact puppies 7 to 14 months of age who are ineligible for group play due to intact status only

7 months of age is a key point in your puppy’s life when their hormones start flowing, which can change the dynamics within a group of dogs. For this reason, we have created a special Teenage Play Program to continue enhancing socialization skills for our intact guests during this stage when they are ineligible for regular group play.

Why A Teenage Play Program?

  • Hormones emitted from intact pups reaching maturity can make them a target in larger group settings
  • Around 7 months dogs may be able to reproduce
  • Dogs this age still need continued socialization
  • Teenage pups, like younger puppies, still need rest to avoid overstimulation and breaks to help teach them to settle in different environments

What’s Included In A Teenage Play Program?

  • Complimentary Playful Pooch Package (added to regular daycare and boarding visits) – Two additional playtimes with a human friend or with other same sex pups
    • Up to three (3) 10-15min play sessions (plus AM/PM potty breaks) throughout the day (the total number of play sessions received is dependent on when the pup is dropped off/picked up)
    • Guests will be separated by sex, size and temperament
      • Intact females cannot visit the hotel during or near their heat cycle.

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    24/7 access

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    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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