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Dog daycare

A dog daycare is a facility that typically provides short-term care and play opportunities for dogs in return for payment for the activity/booking.

group of dogs at a dog daycare


Standards for dog daycares have been established and include:

Onboarding dogs

  • All dogs must be initially assessed before being admitted to a playgroup.
  • Client tracking system that includes records of up-to-date vaccines, emergency contacts, and basic information regarding each dog.
  • No known females in heat (estrus) allowed in any multiple dog playgroups.
  • Intact dogs not recommended.
  • No shock collars or harnesses in playgroups.


  • Staff trained to understand dog behaviour and playgroup management.
  • Emergency plan for dog veterinary emergencies, fires, and power outages.
  • Emergency plan to break up a dog fight.

Dog play groups

  • Separate areas must be used to separate dogs by size.
  • Minimum play area sizes: 20 sq. ft./dog for small dog play areas and 35 sq. ft./dog for large dog play areas.
  • Multiple dog groups must have a staff member in the group with a ratio of one staff member for every 25 small dogs and one staff member for every 20 large dogs.


  • Safe indoor construction materials used throughout that allow for good sanitation.
  • Climate control systems to ensure fresh air at safe temperatures.
  • Formalized cleaning and sanitizing processes.
  • Dog rest areas.

View the bylaw

View the Responsible Pet Ownership By‑law for more information.

Last update: May 26, 2022

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