Temperament evaluations are conducted to help predict how each individual dog might act or react in the various environments found at Cahaba Beach Dog Park. In order to be approved to play in our day care or dog park, your dog must demonstrate friendly behavior towards people and other dogs.
What does a temperament evaluation consist of?
When you bring your dog in for their evaluation, they’ll first meet one of our kennel supervisors in the lobby, who’ll observe the way your pup reacts with our employees, or any clients or dogs that may be there as well. They’ll then be walked through our kennel and slowly introduced to our daycare yard. First, they’ll greet a few playmates through the fence, and if they aren’t showing any signs of hostility, will then be allowed to mingle with a couple of new friends in a holding area. Our trained staff will be watching for any serious exhibitions of aggression or fear throughout the entire encounter at our facility. If they are friendly and confident, they will be cleared to participate in all group play!
I’ve never seen my dog react poorly to a fellow pup or any human. He’d never hurt a fly! He’ll pass no problem, right?
While we certainly trust any information you give us about your canine pal, unfortunately, that won’t always be the case. The daycare atmosphere is incredibly foreign to most of our visitors, and there are several aspects that could greatly impact your dogs behavior and comfort level. For instance, some pups do wonderfully with one-on-one or small group play, but may feel threatened by a high number of dogs in a smaller area, like our daycare yard. Or perhaps his confidence is directly linked to your presence, causing him to lash out when he looses that safety net. We of course want your dog to pass, and will try our best to make that happen! Remember though, whatever the outcome, we have their best interest at heart. We want everyone to be happy, comfortable, and safe when they visit the beach!
Do I need an appointment?
While it isn’t necessary to make an appointment, we certainly appreciate you calling ahead! If you’d like, you can also fill out all of the required paperwork prior to your visit by following the link below. Temperament evaluations are conducted between 9 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday, and between 9 and 11 am on Saturdays.
How much does it cost?
The fee* for the temperament evaluation is $15.00 for the first dog, and $5.00 for each additional dog residing in the same household. Should your dog happen not to pass, there is no charge. However, if they do, you’ll receive a week to try out our dog park for free!
*There is no fee charged if the evaluation is completed during a boarding/overnight stay. Up-to-date vaccinations must be provided before dogs can receive the evaluation.