Ruff House Adventures is a Top Choice for Dog Day Care and Training
Writer / Jamie Hergott
Ruff House Adventures, a dog day care and training facility in Danville, opened in July, and the staff has had no shortage of furry friends to care for, train and love.
The facility offers day care, training and grooming. There are also retail items including Pet Wants food, chews, treats and supplements, along with training equipment, collars, leashes and interactive toys. During day care, dogs are given a structured day, complete with play periods and times of rest.
Training options include day school, private lessons and in-home training. Puppy Socialization and Basic Obedience Group classes are also offered, along with continued education classes for past clients. These classes are capped at five owners and their dogs per class. Jordan White, the facility’s training manager, says the facility’s training approach, which includes owners, sets them apart from other types of dog training.
Full-service grooming is available through their mobile unit. The unit is parked outside the building so that day-care and training clients can get their pets serviced while they are at the facility for the day. Appointments can also be made for dogs who are not attending day care or training.
Owner Michelle Maclin has rescue pups of her own, and she’s passionate about offering proper care for dogs.
“All three of my dogs are rescues,” Maclin says. “They all had issues and we needed some training. I really want to help owners keep dogs in their homes and out of shelters and rescues. That’s my goal.”
White, who used to have her own dog-walking and pet-sitting business, agrees.
“We don’t believe any dog is untrainable,” White says. “We’ll do our best to help any client who comes through our doors.”
There are handy add-ons, such as extra walks around the block, peanut-butter filled Kong toys, and interactive toys for dogs in day care. Dogs attending day school can get time on GRC (which stands for games, readiness and control) dog sports equipment.
“These really build confidence for dogs,” White says. “It’s that biological fulfillment of the natural needs and desires they have.”
Training at the facility is based on the individual goals of each owner and their pet.
“We recommend a training program based on their needs,” White says. “We want whatever fits the dog and its owner best. It very much involves people as much as it does the dogs.”
White employs relationship and play-based training to train dogs to be calm and behave in public. There are multiple packages available, and clients can schedule a one-hour consultation for $20.
“We really like to cater to the specific needs of each owner and dog so we can reach their goals to the best of our abilities,” White says.
In addition to the Danville location, Ruff House Adventures offers boarding and training at its Coatesville facility. For more information, visit the official website ruffhouseadventures.com. Ruff House Adventures is located at 56 N. Washington St. in Danville. You can give them a call at 317-850-0835.