Island Aardvark’s Dog Training Center & Doggie Day Care

Aardvark’s…Where a Tired Dog is a Good Dog!

Dogs playing“Dogs are our links to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing is not boring…it is peace.” – Milan Kundera (Author, The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

Dogs are social animals. They crave companionship, attention, and lots of love, exercise, and play. If you’re like most busy families today, you may not be able to give your pet(s) all that they need.

Aardvark’s Dog Training Center & Doggie Day Care provides a fun-filled, safe haven for your best friend. This fabulous facility on Mare Island offers day care and cage-free boarding 24/7 (even on holidays) in a loving, attentive, relaxed atmosphere, to ensure that your canine has the best experience possible.

Doggie Day Care is highly beneficial for a variety of reasons, including socialization, relief of separation anxiety, safety, implementation of a routine, and peace of mind. Shy or timid dogs are able to interact with as many or as few dogs as they choose, and will never be forced to play in a group in which they are uncomfortable. Day Care sessions work beautifully for dogs who show any signs of separation anxiety. Each day is filled with fun and safe distractions that will keep them stress-free and out of trouble while being away from home and you. Doggie Day Care tires out your pup in the most positive ways. “A tired dog is a good dog!”

Aardvark’s is operated just like a childrens’ day care. The dogs have play time, naps, snacks, and meals together. On warm days, kiddy pools are set out in the yard, and bubbles are blown into the air. Aardvark’s even hosts doggie birthday parties where all of the canines are included in the festivities, and go home with goodie bags filled with healthy treats. The party pup also gets a framed photo of their special day.

The dogs are always supervised when engaged in play.  To promote play group safety, employees are taught how to read a dogs’s body language. During the course of the day, employees work with their charges on socialization and basic manners. According to owner Janet Hantke, the dogs “are here to play, but they must behave.”

Aardvark’s owners Glenda Robertson and Janet Hantke with Truvy Pearl – Janet’s three-year-old French Bulldog.

Aardvark’s encompasses large outdoor areas that are designed specifically for dogs. Larger canines and their human attendants engage in off leash activities in an 8,000 sq. ft. area, while smaller dogs and their humans roam a 3,000 sq. ft. area. Every room in the building has access to a play yard.

Not all dogs are appropriate for Aardvark’s day care setting, and all dogs are closely vetted before they can enter the program. Owners complete a pet personality profile, and the dog must pass an evaluation day. This is where they are introduced to other dogs with the same play style and temperament. The dogs must be up-to-date on all their vaccinations, and if they are over seven months old, they need to be spayed or neutered. As Janet explains, “it’s about having fun and being safe.

According to Glenda, Aardvark’s is allowed to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic because they are considered an essential business. They follow all CDC recommendations and protocols., and accommodate outside drop-off and pick-up, if you so prefer.

Coming soon to Aardvark’s is a bathing service for clients only. The Trick of the Month Club will introduce new learning behaviors, and owners will be taught to continue the training themselves.

Janet and Glenda work long hours and treat their canine charges as if they were their own. Dogs who are lucky enough to spend time at Aardvark’s are thrilled about the possibilities. “Nobody has to drag their pets here,” Janet says. “They bark for joy even before the car stops at the front door.”

– Joye Ogrodowski

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Island Aardvark’s…
Where it’s Cool to Drool!

– Joye Ogrodowski

Dog Training Center & Doggie Day Care
Mare Island Bldg. 533 • 783 Walnut • Next to Sports Center
707.557.5184 •