What is a Temperament Test?

Having the freedom to roam and play with all shapes and sizes of dogs isn't a good fit for every pup looking to come play here at the Ark, and that's perfectly OK. Each dog coming to join our Ark family must be professionally evaluated to ensure that they are going to be compatible and safe during their stay with us. This evaluation (our Temperament Test) starts off with the new pup coming to visit and being placed in an area of our facility on their own. Slowly we will begin to introduce other dogs that are known to be docile and mild-mannered to the newcomer. The point of this step is to see how the new dog reacts. We will be watching for warning signals, such as: stiffness, stress, and other signs of potential increased aggression. If aggression is seen it must be extremely mild and will be monitored over the time spent with us to determine steps going forward. Keeping everyone's safety as the first and foremost important objective, it is obvious to say that any dog who appears overly aggressive will not be allowed. Once a dog has gone through our process and has been found compatible with our environment he/she is welcome to come by any point after for day camp or overnight boarding. 

We do reserve the right to refuse admittance to any pet for any reason, at any time, who lacks proof of vaccinations, shows signs of untreated or potentially contagious conditions, demonstrates aggressive behavior, or fails our standard temperament and health policies.

Our whole concept is a kennel-free service designed specifically for pups to have a fun safe time socializing with friends while their parents are off to work or on vacation. Safety is number one. We require a Temperament Test Prior to the first day of day camp and overnight boarding. 

THIS TEST IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

On the day of the test we ask that you have your pup dropped off with us in between 7:30-9:30 A.M. We will keep them for about 4 to 6 hours; allowing us adequate time to asses their behavior. 

TEMPERAMENT TEST REQUIRES A ONE TIME FEE OF $20 AND IS DONE MONDAY - THURSDAY.