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Policies and Procedures


Boarding Agreement






Boarding Amenities


For quiet times during the day, we incorporate the use of music specifically designed to calm anxious dogs. Through a Dog's Ear is a series of music CDs that have been scientifically designed by researchers in psychoacoustics. To learn more about this groundbreaking research and its resounding success, visit the Through a Dog's Ear website.


All dogs must be up-to-date on:

  • Rabies

  • Bordetella

  • DHPP combination vaccine

  • Canine Influenza vaccine 

  • Fecal test within the past year

*Proof of vaccinations must be provided

prior to your dog boarding with us.



Age Requirements

While we are happy to accommodate young dogs, we cannot accept

puppies until they have completed their third round of booster shots for their own protection.


Other Considerations

  • Because your pets will be living in our home, we can only accept dogs that can live peacefully with a variety of people and dogs. Unsafe behavior will not be tolerated. A trial overnight "meet the pack" visit will be required prior to your dog's first stay with us to make sure that your pet fits comfortably into our program. A one-time charge of $30 will apply. Only an abbreviated stay is required, from 4 pm to 10 am.

  • Because space is limited at Joyful Tails, it is a courtesy to all clients to let us know as soon as possible if you will not need your reservation spot; we consistently reach full capacity and have to turn people away, particularly during the holidays. Payment must be made in full at least 2 weeks prior to arrival date. Reservations not paid in full by that time are no longer guaranteed.

  • All dogs over six months of age must be spayed or neutered to stay at Joyful Tails.

All new boarding clients need to print out and complete our boarding agreement, which can be found below. Please bring the agreement and the necessary paperwork with you when you drop off your dog - or mail/email it to Joyful Tails prior to your dog's first stay.

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