We require dogs to receive the following vaccinations: Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Bordatella. These shots are more commonly referred to as DHLPP. Bordatella must be boosted every six months if applied via intranasal and annually if given via injection. If at all possible, vaccines should be done at least 48 hours prior to boarding or daycare services. We are able to administer Bordatella as long as your dog has had the vaccine in the past and the previous administration was not more than seven months ago. The initial Bordatella vaccine must be administered by your veterinarian.
We also require a fecal test done every 6 months clearing, clearing your pet of all parasites, including Giardia.
We accept puppies after they have received their second set of vaccines. Puppies over 4-1/2 months of age must also have received the rabies vaccine. We will accept geriatric dogs without health issues.
Health Issues We Can Not Service
Medications – we are unable to care for dogs that require more than five prescription medications or dogs that require any medication to be administered more than three times per day.
Conflicting Health Issues
Hip, Knee or other Lameness related issues, blind dogs – these dogs require special care. We will accept these types of conditions at our Home Sweet Home facility only as space permits. There is a special handling fee associated with the care of these dogs depending upon the level of care needed.
If your dog has contracted any contagious disease, we require that s/he be off medications for 10 days and receive a clean bill of health from your veterinarian before returning to Crossroads.
If your dog exhibits any vomiting and/or diarrhea or just seems “off”, we ask that you keep your dog at home until symptoms have cleared.
We will administer up to five medications to your dog. As our staff is very careful to ensure each dog receives its medication a fee of $3 per administration will apply. All medication must be provided in the original container from the pharmacy, labeled with your pet’s name and the correct dosage.
We do not require dogs to be spayed or neutered, however, intact dogs over the age of six months maybe restricted to field play only (no shared run) in which case will be charged the non-social rate. In any case, intact dogs are not allowed to be with other intact dogs of either sex.
We accept reservations by phone, email and through our website. If requesting a reservation via email or web site, please understand that your reservation is not considered booked until you have received a confirmation from us. If you have not heard from us within 24 hours of your request, please give us a call.
How Far In Advance to Reserve
Our boarding typically books up on busy weekends, major holidays and throughout the summer so we suggest that you book your boarding reservation at least three to four weeks in advance. Training appointments fill up about two weeks out for Saturdays.
Policies to reduce stress related illness
For boarding on major holidays (defined as Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s) customers are required to have boarded or attended daycare at least three separate times in the previous 12 months.
If you dog hasn’t boarded with us or attended daycare within the past year, a new social evaluation is required if you want your dog to be with other dogs.
If your dog is aggressive toward people, the first boarding stay must include training so that we can help your dog adjust to the new environment.
We require a $100 non-refundable deposit per dog for major holidays. If you cancel within our cancellation policy, we will keep the credit on your account for one year. Any cancellation outside of our policy forfeits your deposit. All training appointments are prepaid. If a training appointment is cancelled within our policy period, we will apply the funds to a new appointment date; any cancellation outside of our cancellation policy forfeits monies paid.
There is a 3-night minimum stay over major holidays. This is the day before the day of and the day after the holiday. (July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s)
In general, boarding reservations may be cancelled at any time without penalty with the exception of peak days and holidays (reservations requiring a deposit). These reservations must be cancelled 10 days ahead of check-in date and the deposit will be applied to future services at Crossroads. Reservations cancelled with less than 10 days notice forfeits the deposit.
Training Services must be cancelled or rescheduled at least 72 hours prior to the appointment. Services cancelled with less than 72 hours’ notice forfeit 50% deposit and a credit will not be applied.
Bringing your own dog’s food is optional but encouraged. We are happy to feed our house kibble at a rate of $4/meal. If bringing your own food, we do require that each meal be prepacked in a Ziploc bag with your dog’s name clearly marked on each bag (black sharpie works the best).
For extended stays (over two weeks), we understand that pre-bagging 30 or so meals can be time consuming so you can simply bring their food in an air-tight container. Please do not bring large bags of dog food. You can pick up airtight containers at Target or Walmart or we will provide one for you and add it to your invoice and it will be yours to keep. Please remember to note exactly how much they are fed for each meal.
If you are leaving town in a hurry and do not have time to pre-bag, we will pre-bag your food to your specifications (e.g. one cup AM, one cup PM) for a total cost of $15 per dog.
We provide blankets and fleeces for all dogs as well as Kuranda dog beds. You are welcome to bring your dog’s bedding from home but please understand we cannot guarantee the safe return of any bedding as it may get chewed, wet, or mixed up with our bedding. We cannot accept foam beds or towels. We want to send your bedding home clean so any personal bedding must fit into our washer. Please let us know if you do not want your bedding washed.
Please do not bring dinner bowls
Toys are welcome but they will not go into playgroups. We are happy to give them to your dog in bed at night or during the day if your dog is not playing with other dogs. We cannot guarantee their safe return however.
Please label everything with your dog’s name
We do not feed rawhide as they present health risks to dogs.
Behavior Evaluations & Social Time
If you wish for your dog to play with other dogs, either at daycare or during a boarding visit, we do require an evaluation. These are done by appointment only. There is a $25 fee for the evaluation.
We prefer to do the behavior evaluation prior to your boarding stay. The first day of daycare is free so we encourage you to leave your dog for part or all day so that we can get to know your dog better and best determine the appropriate play group.
If your dog is not able to enjoy our group activities or if you prefer that your dog not be with other dogs, we will provide private play, fetch walks and other activities to ensure plenty of attention and exercise is received. There is an additional charge for most activities.
If you do not want your dog with other dogs, for whatever reason, a behavior evaluation is not necessary.
Our office is open from 7 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 7 pm, Monday through Friday (closed from 12 pm to 2 pm) and 8 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. We are open on Sundays from 4 pm to 6 pm for boarding pick-ups only. We suggest dropping of your dog(s) as early as possible so they have time to play before bedtime. Our Pet Care Attendants are here caring for dogs 365 days per year, however, Crossroads is currently closed to the public on the following days: Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day. We close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Check-out times & Late Fees
Check-out time for a boarding stay is 10 am (except Sundays). If you pick up after 10 am but before noon, a half-day daycare fee will be added; pick-ups after noon will be charged a full daycare fee.
We allow a five-minute grace period after closing time. We reserve the right to charge an additional $10 for pick-ups up to 15 minutes after closing. If you are not here within 15 minutes after closing we assume that your dog is staying the night and will make the necessary arrangements. You will be charged for boarding for that night.
We do not discriminate against any breed. However, special care must be taken with bully breeds so they typically are not allowed in play groups with other bully breeds.
We will accept aggressive or fractious dogs, however we have a limited number of runs to accommodate such dogs so early reservations are required.
ALL dogs have access to water 24/7 in the outdoor play yards and boarding guests have water in their individual dens. When here for a day of play, some dogs, much like children on a playground, will drink very little because they’re too busy playing.
Playgroups & Color codes Our play groups are not based simply on size but, rather, our staff assesses such factors as behavior, temperament, health, age, etc… in determining where to best place your pup. We use a color code system :
Green – Given to dogs that are great in playgroups with most other dogs, and adapt well to our high energy environment.
Blue – Given to dogs that are appropriate for playgroups with other dogs but require a calmer, lower-key group.
Yellow Card – Given to daycare and boarding dogs that have some exceptions in their ability to go into playgroups. This may be because they are intact or because they may require a little bit more management while in our care (in regards to human or dog issues). Yellow card dogs can usually still be placed in playgroup, but these groups may have fewer dogs.
Red Card – Given to dogs that our staff doesn’t trust unsupervised with other dogs in playgroup. Assignments include, but are not limited to, fence fighting, barrier biting, overt bullying of other dogs, and displays of aggression towards dogs and/or humans. Each red card dog requires extra attention and/or caution above and beyond the amount already given to the other dogs that board with us and may only go out for private playtime.
Dogs spend the vast majority of their day, playing and socializing in our yards. They are put up for breaks to enjoy an R&R or lunch, or to rest if they are very young/old or simply need a chance to chill. The majority of our Boarding members spend the bulk of each day in the play yards also, though they will spend at least an hour relaxing after breakfast, lunch and dinner to allow for proper digestion and to ward off bloat. Other than for breaks, or other scheduled services, dogs are only in their dens overnight and for a short period after meals.
Our lodging is broken down into: Extra-large dens which run 6’ x 4’ and 5’ x 6’; Large dens which run 3’x 4’; medium dens which average 3’ x 2.5’; small dens which average 32” x 24” as well as a private cage-free bedroom. We will place dogs in areas appropriate for their size and temperament. The dogs always have enough space to stand up, turn around and stretch out comfortably. If your dog is not crate trained or cannot be lifted, please let us know.
We have a Pet Care Attendant that lives on site in our Home Sweet Home facility, which is adjacent to our main boarding building. Our buildings are all security monitored.
Emergencies and Illness
If it is an emergency situation, we will take your dog to one of our local vet partners. After hours we will go to Orange County Animal Emergency Hospital.
For more common issues, such as diarrhea, we will advise you of the situation, monitor and, if veterinary treatment is necessary, take your pup to your vet of record (if they are within 5 miles of facility) or one of our vet partners.
In all cases, we will always attempt to contact you or your emergency contact but the health and safety of the dogs are our priority so we will act according to your instructions (which we note in your file) or if the situation is contagious or life-threatening, we will treat the dog accordingly.