Outdoor Small Group Playtimes

Why our outdoor small group playtimes are better for your dog!

At Valley Inn for Pets our counselors take the time to evaluate each pet’s play style and preferences. We then formulate small groups of 4-6 compatible dogs that are temperament matched and likely to behave and play in a compatible manor. This maximizes your dogs fun and minimizes the chance of any physical or emotional trauma. 

It is unnatural for dogs to be continuously surrounded by large groups of dogs in confined spaces. Under those circumstances it may be difficult for them to read each other's behavioral signals. This can result in excited dogs who may become overstimulated while other more timid dogs may cower or retreat to a corner. 

At Valley Inn for Pets, your dog will enjoy several vigorous small group play sessions each day but also has a chance to rest and recover in their own space in between; similar to their home environment and routine. Regular periods of rest between play sessions allows your dog the chance to relax during the day, leaving them tired, but not exhausted. Exhaustion from hours of uninterrupted play can result in elevated stress levels that may actually be harmful to your pet. Imagine what it would be like for you to be at a big party for eight hours straight! 

In addition, our continuously supervised playgroups take place OUTDOORS in our weather protected turf yards. Most dogs prefer to play outdoors, and more importantly, have the opportunity to “do their business” outdoors like they have been trained to their entire lives.