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Fall has arrived! We are all beginning to feel the cold early in the morning! However, we still have plenty of beautiful days left for your pooches to play outside. This is the perfect time to consider bringing your dog for some extra exercise and socialization with all our other visitors! If you have kids in school and no one is home during the day, your pooch would very much enjoy running around with other dogs in a safe and supervised environment. Our caring staff will take great care of your pooch while you work, shop or get things done around the house. We would love to see your wonderful canine here at Playful Pooch.

Just click here to join The Pooch family!  Following a successful evaluation day we'll finalize those daycare or boarding plans for your pooch! For more information, please give us a call at 720-941-7529 and send your faxes to 303-565-1915.   

Pooch Of The Week
Pooch of the Week: Hudson


Hudson is a delightful 1 1/2 year old yellow lab. He is a beautiful white color and his personality is great fun for the staff and the other dogs. He started coming to Playful Pooch in early summer this year. He spends his daycare and boarding stays playing with other dogs and being affectionate with the staff. Thanks for coming to The Pooch Hudson!

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Playful Pooch Dog Daycare & Boarding is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Pet Day Care in Denver CO

Colorado Association of Dog Daycares Gold Standard Accredited
Member of the International Boarding and Pet Services Association

Why We Require Canine Influenza, Bordetella, Rabies & Distemper Vaccinations

Denver has had several outbreaks of canine influenza and bordetella in the past few years.  Therefore dog owners must take every precaution to reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses by properly vaccinating for Bordetella every six months and Canine Influenza once a year along with Rabies and DHPP.  Due to Denver being considered a high risk area, national veterinarian associations, researchers at Cornell University and most local veterinarians strongly recommend this level of vaccinations.

Owners must also watch for any signs of respiratory illness with their dog or from any other dogs they come in contact with.  Respiratory illnesses are spread between dogs in public places in the same way as humans coming in contact with contagious people in public places.  Dogs are at a higher risk of exposure by going to dog parks, pet food stores and other places where dogs may not be properly vaccinated.   As owners of Playful Pooch, we are diligent about reviewing vaccination records and taking a conservative approach to vaccinations.  We require Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella every six months and Canine Influenza once a year.   However, even dogs that are properly vaccinated may still have a slight risk of becoming sick, but their illness will be milder with less chance of severe complications.

Although veterinarians often diagnose dogs with “Kennel Cough” when dogs have a cough or seem lethargic, the illness does not start in a kennel but out in the public areas where dogs co-mingle and then bring it into the kennel unknowingly.  Respiratory illnesses can be caused by contagious organisms including bordetella, parainfluenza virus, and coronavirus and canine influenza.  These illnesses will not exhibit any symptoms until after the dog has shed the virus, making it nearly impossible to know whether a dog may be ill at home or in a kennel environment.  Respiratory issues can also be caused by both allergic irritants in the air including pollens, smoke from forest fires and other air-borne particles.  The symptoms of many respiratory illnesses may include a “honking” cough, lethargy and sometimes loss of appetite.  Most respiratory illnesses are viral and will be shed naturally, but Veterinarians may prescribe antibiotics as a precautionary measure along with cough suppressants.  The recommended treatment is to avoid long walks, exercise and excitement for 7-10 days and keep them completely away from any other dogs to avoid spreading the virus since it is highly contagious.

Every owner must help Playful Pooch keep our pals as healthy as possible by adhering to our vaccination policy and keeping a watchful eye on their dog.  Never bring your dog into a public place, if they have been showing any signs of respiratory or any other type of illness including digestive problems.



Medical and Other Requirements

Playful Pooch Vaccination Requirements:

DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella and Canine Influenza Vaccinations are required at our facility. 

Puppies:  DHPP - a combination vaccine of distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvo that is given every 3-4 weeks starting at 6-8 weeks and ending at 16-20 weeks.  Following the final vaccination, it will be repeated in 12 months.  Bordetella is given at 9 weeks, then boostered every six months.  This must be given at least 7 days before the initial visit.  Canine Influenza is given in two boosters at 9 weeks and then 3 weeks later. Rabies is given at 16-20 weeks.  Puppies from 10-16 weeks will be allowed to attend without the rabies vaccination if all other vaccinations are current.

Adult Dogs: DHPP and Rabies are given 1 year after the puppy boosters, then every 3 years.  Bordetella is required every 6 months.  The initial Canine Influenza vaccination is given in two doses about 3-4 weeks apart.  After that, it is required each year. 

Proof of Vaccinations is required from your veterinarian.

Age Requirements:

Playful Pooch accepts dogs ten weeks or older. Your dog must be spayed or neutered if older than six months of age.

Socialability Requirements:
Everyone must be able to play in group daycare with no social issues, such as aggression or biting of any type.  Allowances for older and non-active dogs are made on an individual basis.