At Desperate Dogs, the price you pay is all inclusive. There are no extra fees for play time, cuddle time, administering medication [unless it is diabetes shots, call us for details] or even for your dogs food. Everything is included, so that all you have to do is get your dog to us, and we will do the rest. Take a look at the section entitled ‘Whats included?’ and you will get an idea of what great value this represents…..
(Every dog that comes to stay at the Ranch must be evaluated by our staff to check their suitability to this environment. Evaluations take one hour to do, and include a tour of the facility plus a test to see how well your dog does in a group setting with different kinds of dogs and different temperament types.)
Small dogs under 25 pounds……………………$40
Medium size dogs over 25 but under 56 pounds………………$42.50
Large dogs over 56 pounds but under 76 pounds……………….$45.00
Extra large dogs over 76 pounds but under 100 pounds……………$47.50
Dogs over 100 pounds increase in fees by $2.50 for every 25 pounds.
If for some reason your large dog is not a big eater, or needs to drop a few pounds, we can discuss dropping to a lower daily rate as our fees are based on the amount of food consumed. Likewise if your dog needs to eat more than is regarded normal for his size, we would need to charge more, however the dogs do get to eat very large amounts of food here so please discuss your needs with us.
Stuff you need to know about your dogs first stay…
For your dogs first stay with us, we require a two day minimum, to give your dog time to habituate to his or her new surroundings; its impossible to form a relationship with a dog that will be lasting, in the first 24 hours…that comes with repeated shared walks and shared meals, hand feeding, massages and games in the meadow. We would also suggest that if your dog is a nervous Nelly, or a dog that has come from a shelter environment, then you may want to consider a day camp day to ease him or her into being away from you. Maybe a half day first even…so that the dog knows that this is a place he comes to for play and companionship, but that he always goes home to you. A few daycamp experiences for a highly nervous, or older dog, can really help with the habituation process, and for some dogs we reserve the right to insist upon this.
We have a surcharge for certain dates, during which all dogs are charged at 50% extra. These dates are Thanksgiving day, Christmas eve, Christmas day and Boxing day [December 26th], and New Years Eve. This surcharge is to cover the extra that we pay our staff to work unsociable hours when everyone else is enjoying the holiday season with their family, and to cover the Gala dinner that we feed on those days which is normally filet mignon and hand carved turkey. Those lucky, lucky pooches eh?
For holiday weekends, we operate a three day minimum.
Multiple dogs from one family
If you have more than one dog staying with us, each additional dog is priced at ten percent discount. We also discount your behavioural evaluation session to $35 for the first dog, then each additional dog is $10. We need to see them all at the same time for evaluation, as dogs behave very differently with their pack in a neutral setting, than they do if they are on their own, so please bring every pack member that you intend to board with us for the evaluation, it gives us the best possible idea of how they will fare here, and obviously costs you less.
A full behavioural consultation taking place in your home (around 2- 3 hours with a full written report and plan of action plus a follow up meeting here at the Ranch is $300. If you live further than thirty minutes away, there is also a mileage charge.
We are happy to meet with behavioural clients here at The Ranch, so long as the problem is not something that is based in the home, and for this we charge $75 per hour, or part thereof.
We regret that we do not take on cases involving cats however we are always happy to refer you to an excellent colleague who does.
Methods of payment
We take checks, cash or credit cards, although we would stress that we prefer to have checks as opposed to credit cards as we get charged a handling/processing fee by the card companies and have to pass it on to the client, which we would prefer not to do.