Metro Dogs Daycare & COVID-19

Metro Dogs Current COVID-19 Policies


CURRENT UPDATE: August 9, 2020, by Owner, Wendy Harter Effective Immediately.

As we gradually and safely reopened Metro Dogs on May 12th, we are excited to now have our daycare open all 5 weekdays. We continue to implement several safety measures and new procedures in response to COVID-19. Please read the details below.

  • If anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, please do not bring your dog.
  • Daycare open Mondays – Fridays. 
    • We ask that you do NOT bring lunches right now to minimize exposure risk. If your dog has a health reason for a mid-day meal, please discuss it with us. 
    • If you would like to attend on our ‘closed days’, please let us know so we can add you to the wait list and track the demand.
  • Overnight Boarding is open at our sister business, Dog Days, 350 University Ave E, St Paul (Capitol location). If you would like a reservation, please email
  • Bathing, brushing, nail trims & teeth brushing are available while your dog is attending daycare. Email or call for an appointment.
  • Our check-in and check-out hours are changing for now and will be:
    • Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 9:00am & 4:00pm – 6:30pm
  • At DROP-OFF & PICK-UP please follow the instructions on the signs at our front entry point. We have added a “holding pen” before the front door to allow for more distance in safely exchanging your dog with you. Clients will be removing collars/leashes and keeping them. The signs will walk you thru the details of the process. Please keep 6’ from other clients & dogs while waiting for your turn to enter.
  • Communications: We ask that conversations about your dog’s behavior or needs are discussed over the phone or email to maintain “no contact” between clients and employees. We’ll miss chatting with you! But we must think safety first right now.
  • Payments: We will process your payment using your stored credit card on file. Any questions or needs concerning payments may be emailed to Allison, Office Manager, at as well. 


We thank you for all your support during these challenging times.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Wendy Harter & the Metro Dogs Team


Response to news of dog with COVID-19

Regarding Dogs & COVID-19


Update: May 1, 2020, by Wendy Harter, owner.

Metro Dogs Daycare Response to News of Dog Testing Positive for COVID-19

We are aware of the recent news story of a pug in the U.S. testing positive for COVID-19. The dog lives with a family who first tested positive for COVID-19.  We are concerned about the health and safety of our employees, clients, and pets.  We did our research, and we feel it is safe to continue operating dog daycare and boarding with our new Workplace Preparedness Plan implemented.  The CDC, the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health, and other public health bodies and experts agree on this:  There’s no evidence that animals transmit the virus to humans or have played a role in its spread.  Our Safety Plan includes measures to check the health of each employee upon arrival for each shift.  We continue to request clients who have a COVID-19 positive person in their household not bring their dog to our facility.  The following information is taken from the CDC website (4/30/2020) also helped us make our decision.

Can I get COVID-19 from my pets or other animals?

At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.  A small number of pets have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after contact with people with COVID-19.

Can animals carry the virus that causes COVID-19 on their skin or fur?

Although we know certain bacteria and fungi can be carried on fur and hair, there is no evidence that viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets.

However, because animals can sometimes carry other germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, including washing hands before and after interacting with them.

Click the following link for the AVMA’s Interim Recommendations where households have a human with COVID-19: 

5 Tips When Starting To Exercise Your Dog

Let’s start off with a bonus tip; create an exercise for your dog that helps you exercise as well. Getting out for a daily walk with your dog is perfect for you both, but sometimes it can be hard to get done. As a loving dog parent you, of course, know how important it is to make sure your dog gets exercise to stay healthy. Here are some tips to follow when you are starting an exercise program for your dog.

What To Keep In Mind When Exercising Your Dog

#1: Have Regular Vet Examination

A regular workout program benefits your furry friend as much as it does to you. Although, it is essential to set up an examination with your veterinarian in order to create the right exercise program for your dog. During this visit, it’s a perfect opportunity to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are current. It is advisable to have a microchip on your dog to help with locating it in case it gets lost. Another great tip to check into while your at the vet’s office, is to ask them about getting your dog micro-chipped in order to quickly find them if they get lost.

#2: Buy the Right Doggie Gear

While taking your dog for a walk, traditional collars great, but during different exercises, it is critical to make sure it is fitting properly for better control of your pet. So sometimes this will call for a stronger leash or maybe even a head holder. You could find these a lot better for controlling your dog if they like to take off and run fast or pull you to smell a nearby tree or if they are a big, strong dog. 

After a good run with your dog, they will need some extra nutrients and hydration so you’re going to want to carry a water bottle and some treats with you and maybe even a water dish. There are a lot of great collapsable carry-along dishes that are perfect for these situations. This comes in handy when you want to take care of your dog when they are exercising.

#3: Dog’s Age And Breed Appropriate

dog running-exercising your dog-Metro Dogs Daycare

While large dogs may be more active, for example, golden retrievers would love to play fetch with you all day long, smaller dogs like Chihuahuas don’t need quite as much activity in order to get tired.

Regardless of the stamina and the activity level, it is important to pay attention to your dog’s fatigue levels. Making sure not to try and fit a year’s worth of activity levels into a month.

In any case, walking and playing fetch are great forms of exercise for your dog.  It is best to start off by slowly jogging with your dog, and then increase the pace based on the intensity level.

#4: Give Your Pet Attention

When out exercising with your dog in the St. Paul area,  you’ll want to keep your eyes and ears open. Best to be on the lookout for squirrels, birds and other dogs because these are distractions that can cause your pet to chase after them. We all know how it feels when our dogs get overly enthusiastic and tug our arm out of its socket when the chase begins.

Moreover, if you are trying to set up an exercise schedule, follow your dog’s leads. If they love moving around a lot, then you can start off with jogging or running. On the other hand, if your dog is more mellow and loves sitting, you’d have to come up with fun activities to get them motivated.

#5: Repeat the Routine

While you might survive after going on weekend runs or exercising for several hours straight, your dog will not. Also, keep in mind an erratic behavior doesn’t exactly build habits for your dog. So, whatever you do, make sure that you follow it day in and day out.

When first starting a workout regimen with your dog, work to create a daily routine with them. That means playing fetch or going for a jog at the same time every day. This will help them anticipate and be prepared for the session that’s to come. Now that you have a basic idea of how to get your dog to exercise, it is time to implement this. Let us know in the comments what exercises you have tried with your pet or which new routine you’re starting up with them.

Metro Dogs Daycare provides your dog with care and safety. Check out our reviews on Google and Facebook, on what our customers have to say about our services. Reviews don’t lie.

A chance to meet you and your dog would be a wonderful opportunity. We’d love to give you a tour and learn more about how we can help you and your pet. Kindly give us a call, we can’t wait to show your dog what we have in store.