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My pup would just love Fresh Air Dogs! How do I sign him up?

Just contact us to schedule a “Meet & Greet” — before you visit with your dog, you need to be sure that your dog is flea-free and up-to-date on all immunizations. When you visit, you’ll have a tour and we’ll get the paperwork handled. Your dog’s temperament will be evaluated to see if this type of environment would be a good fit for your dog. If so, your dog can come for a Doggie Day Care day and if that is successful, your dog will be allowed to come for a sleepover.

What days/hours is Fresh Air Dogs open?

We are here, for your dogs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! In the event that we need to be away, we will make arrangements for a highly qualified dog lover to be here to play with and care for your dogs, and ours, during that time.

When can we drop off and pick up our dogs?

HOURS FOR PEOPLE – – – – – – – – – – – – – HOURS FOR DOGS
7am-9am Drop Offs & Pick Ups – – – – – – – – – – We’re here for the doggies
4pm-6pm Pick Ups – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –24/7/365! Really!

While we love our time spent with the dogs 24/7/365, it is important that we, our staff, and all the dogs, are able to have “quiet time” from 9am to 4pm and after 6pm. Therefore, we prefer all drop-offs and pick-ups occur as stated above, whenever possible. Outside those hours, please call Fresh Air Dogs at 207.564.2604 to schedule a time before stopping by. [FYI … “quiet time” at Fresh Air Dogs is when the dogs are not barking to let us know that a car just pulled in the driveway.] Thank you … we appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Don’t the dogs get exhausted if they play all day long?

They play as much as they want and they get periodic rest periods throughout the day. Sometimes this means that they are all separated so that they can chill out a bit, but most times they lay down and rest on their own when they need to. They all nap in the afternoon, usually between 12-2 pm, during my lunch and office time. I don’t schedule “Meet & Greets” during this time as I want the dogs to have uninterrupted time without folks coming and going.

My dog would love to come to Fresh Air Dogs, but transportation can sometimes be a problem for me. Are you ever able to provide transportation?

Just ask … for folks that live locally and are unable to drive or if it is not convenient for you, just let us know and we’ll provide pick-up and delivery services if we are able to. As much advance notice as possible, please. For our long distance pups, we can usually make arrangements for pick-up and/or delivery. Sometimes we met folks half way, which we’ve done for a New Jersey client; in some cases we are able to provide door-to-door service. Just give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

My dog is very old and fragile, would he be able to stay at Fresh Air Dogs?

Absolutely! We understand the special needs of senior dogs; they may need help to get up on their feet or not able to navigate steps that well. We’ve helped several dogs get ‘up and out’ and know that these pus require lots of TLC. We cater to every dog’s individual needs and have even provided hospice care for several dogs nearing the end of their journey. Give us a call and we’ll chat about your dog and see if this would be a good fit.

What happens if my dog gets sick or injured?

We treat your dogs the same as we treat our own; if it’s something minor that we can treat here, we do. If it looks like something is going on that is beyond our abilities to diagnose or treat, we’re off to the Vet. Our local Vet, Foxcroft Veterinary Services (1441 Dexter Road in Dover-Foxcroft, 207-564-2144) is usually able to get is in pronto if we call for an appointment. Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic (15 Dirigo Drive in Brewer, 207-989-6267) is open evenings, weekends and holidays as well. We’re never without help if we need it!

My dog has just been scheduled for surgery and I work all day; would he be able to come for Doggie Day Care the day after his surgery? I want to make sure he’s okay and that he doesn’t bother his stitches … can you help me?

You bet! If they need a watchful eye following surgery, we’d be happy to do that. Your best bet is to call as soon as you know the surgery date to make sure those dates work on this end. I may also want to talk with your Vet before your dog arrives to make sure I understand the treatment plan fully.

Can I bring some snacks for my dog to have while he’s there? I’d bring some for him to share, too, of course.

Sure, they all love treats, so bring ’em along. We’d be happy to share them with all the dogs that are allowed that type of treat.

Where did the name, Fresh Air Dogs, come from?

Before we answer, let’s ask you a question … Wouldn’t you say that this type of “playcation” experience is a ‘breath of fresh air’ for your dog (and you)? Being able to run and play with other dogs outside as much as they want surely beats being cooped up all day! OK, now for the real answer … Have you ever heard of Fresh Air Kids or the Fresh Air Fund? In the summer of 1990 when our children were 6 and 4, we hosted our first Fresh Air Kid, Alex, for 2 weeks. She returned the following summer for 4 weeks with Jay, another Fresh Air Kid. [The Fresh Air Fund provides 6-12 year old boys and girls from NYC the opportunity to experience the simple pleasures of life outside the city. Check ’em out on Facebook, too!] Hosting these kids was a great excuse for us to take some vacation time to spend just having all kinds of fun with the kiddos; swimming, hiking, exploring, biking, going for picnics, etc. What better name than FRESH AIR DOGS for a really fun place for dogs to go and have a blast while their people were away for the day or a week or a month?

Fresh Air Dogs – Your dog’s favorite place to learn, play and stay!