confidence club

Confidence Club :

(noun)

a specialized small group enrichment dog daycare program, or daycare within a daycare. It’s designed to meet special social, physical, and emotional needs of dogs using mental stimulation, social activities, group training, breed specific activities & more. Confidence Club is supervised by Metro Dog’s Fear Free certified Assistant Manager, Jason with guest appearances from Daycare Trainers – Beth & Sydney, and Confidence Club Assistants – Tabi, Caroline and Matthew.

Confidence Club assistant, Tabi sits with Gemma (Aussiedoodle), Molly (Boxer Mix), and Yona (Poodle) cuddling up during nap time.

Who is Confidence Club for?

If your dog is slow to warm to people and/or dogs, nervous, or fearful this may be the perfect thing. But your dog doesn’t have to be fearful, they can also be socially selective, disinterested or bored in larger group play, overstimulated during the larger playgroups, or even just needing something more to their routine. Some examples of dogs who might benefit from this enrichment dog daycare program are:

➩ The introverts of the doggy world — ones that want to be social but are easily overwhelmed

➩ Commercial Breeder (puppy mill) Rescues

➩ Dogs adopted that came without history of their previous living situations/social experiences

➩ Dogs that experienced trauma during previous social activities (attacked, ganged up on, etc.)

➩ Dogs displaying cautious behaviors in familiar situations and are generally nervous/cautious

➩ Dogs with heavy daycare use who might burn out with too much group play

➩ Dogs who “outgrew” the general daycare environment

➩ Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety

➩ Dogs who are overstimulated by the number of dogs in their playroom

➩ Dogs that have their cup filled by human interactions versus dog interactions

My dog loves Confidence Club! She was a pandemic puppy, so not socialized as well as she would have been in non-pandemic times, and she’s a little nervous around other dogs. I work remotely, so she’s been around me 24/7 for most of the last three years, so she has a little separation anxiety as well – and the girl is an attention hog.

Confidence Club is exactly her speed. She gets to play with fewer dog frens in a smaller space than regular daycare, with lots of interesting enrichment options, and she gets the extra love and pets and attention that she craves from staff. There are crates she can go into to self-regulate when she needs to calm down, and if it comes to it, can also wear her Thundershirt.

I love the webcam options, and the “report cards” I get after her visit. Couldn’t ask for more!
-Bree D, Banjo’s paw-rent

My pup has attended Metro Dogs Confidence Club for a few months now, and he absolutely loves it! He gets so excited every time we pull in the daycare parking lot. During his time there, he gets plenty of physical exercise by playing with other dogs. He also gets plenty of mental stimulation with treat puzzles and trainings.

I love Metro Dogs because they tire my puppy out. When he gets home, he sleeps for hours! It’s fantastic! The staff is kind and knowledgeable. I also love the extra activities your dog can participate in throughout the year. I definitely recommend this place!

-Dayna, Breezy’s paw-rent

What happens during Confidence Club?

Activities Include:

➩ Small group, facilitated play/socializing

➩ Professional trainers specializing in social behavior will slowly introduce dogs and guide them through socializing/playing in a way that is enjoyable to all dogs in the room

➩ Confidence building games with a variety of surfaces, noises, & objects

➩ Scent engagement with a variety of unique and interesting smells

➩ Audio stimulation via nature soundtracks

➩ Instinctual activities like digging and tearing appropriate items

➩ Tunnels, hoops, & teeter totters oh my! Professional trainers will slowly and carefully introduce your dog to new games and equipment building their confidence to play and engage slowly and carefully

➩ Brain games, treat puzzles & other mentally stimulating and relaxing activities

➩ Relationship building with safe, trained, Fear Free Certified humans

JJ and Molly interact with the A-Frame agility equipment together during Confidence Club.

I highly recommend Metro Dog! Roxy has been going to Metro for 2 years. The staff is knowledgeable, kind, and easy to communicate with. Roxy attends regular daycare and Confidence Club. A typical day may include nose work games, puzzles, special treats, free-play inside and outside, and nap time. They also offer training, grooming options, and overnight care. 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
– Brenda, Roxy’s paw-rent

We love Metro Dogs! I’ve now had the pleasure of having two dogs attend their daycare and I trust them 100% to give my dog the best care. My youngest pup Dobby can be reactive due to fear, yet he’s so excited to go every time and has many “girlfriends” now. The Confidence Club option has been a winner for him. The play rooms are not over crowded, they separate the dogs based on age, size, and temperament, and the staff are top notch.  – Kim, Dobby’s paw-rent

Confidence Club has helped my dog Sterling become much more comfortable around people he doesn’t know and has given him more confidence being in new environments. The staff is really caring. Sterling has also taken advantage of training with Sydney during his 1/2 day CC experience and he really likes her as well. – Holly, Sterling’s paw-rent

When:

Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays at Metro Dogs

➩  Drop off between 9 and 9:30 AM.

❑  If your dog is unable to be in the regular playroom and need to drop before 9a, please notify us.

❑  If your dog is eligible to go out to the playroom, you may drop off anytime without notice.

➩  Morning Half Day pick up between 12 and 1 PM.

➩  Afternoon Half Day drop off between 12 and 1 PM.

➩  Confidence Club playroom closes between 4 and 5 PM.

❑  You may pick up anytime between 3:30 and 6:30 PM.

❑  If you pick up after 5 PM and your dog is not eligible to play in the regular playrooms, they will be kenneled until pick up.

Location:

Metro Dogs Daycare is conveniently located on the edge of North Loop in downtown Minneapolis with plenty of free and easy parking! We’re less than a mile from these major freeway exits:

Washington Ave & W. Broadway, off the 94 exit ramp

Olson Memorial Highway exit from 94

Washington / 3rd Ave. N exit from 394

Meet the Team

Jason (he/him)

I have been with Metro Dogs for almost 11 years, starting part-time and working up to Assistant Manager and Confidence Club Coordinator! I have always enjoyed bonding and breaking through with the shy, nervous, and scared dogs. Seeing their progress, slow as it may be sometimes, and seeing them come out of their shells is the most rewarding thing about working here. Becoming a certified Fear Free Professional earlier this year has only strengthened this mentality. I believe animals speak to those who know hot to listen and I try to always be that person.

Jason is a Fear Free certified Daycare Pro.

 

Tabi (they/them)

Since adopting my own dog in 2020, who came to me with her own set of insecurities, I found that patience came to me so naturally when working with building her confidence. This has profoundly affected the way I observe and treat all dogs – regardless of their confidence levels. When Metro Dogs asked if I wanted to be a part of Confidence Club I didn’t even have to think twice. Working with anxious dogs is what I love to do most and I can’t wait to watch your dogs become more of who they are with us.

Tabi is a Fear Free certified Daycare Pro.

 

FAQ

How much does Confidence Club cost?

A single full day of Confidence Club is $72.00.

Packages are available to reduce the per day cost for the program:

A package of 5 full days of Confidence Club are $335.00.

A package of 10 full days of Confidence Club is $620.00.

 

A single half day of Confidence Club is $42.00.

A package of 5 half days of Confidence Club are $200.00.

A package of 10 half days of Confidence Club are $380.00.

Confidence Club packages expire 6 months from purchase date.

What if my dog attends regular daycare but I want them to try Confidence Club, too?

We are happy to give it a try! Confidence Club is a unique setting, so not all dogs that attend regular daycare will fit in or enjoy it. If you want to give your pup a taste of enrichment dog daycare, but don’t want them to spend all day in Confidence Club, we have an enrichment add on service available on the days we host Confidence Club. Your dog would spend the majority of their day in their regular playroom, during the day the Confidence Club team will pull them out of their playroom and have them join in on the enrichment dog daycare play and enrichment items. Send Jason an email if you’d like to discuss the idea of your dog trying Confidence Club or Confidence Club Enrichment add on!

What if my dog has never attended doggy daycare before?

Previous daycare experience is NOT required! In fact, Confidence Club is designed as a program to help ease your dog into the daycare environment! However, there are going to be some limitations. Dogs that have never interacted with other dogs and show extreme fear or reactivity towards dogs they see should first be evaluated by a certified professional dog trainer. Additionally, dogs must be able to be handled safely by our staff members and cannot be aggressive towards people. We’re always happy to discuss individual situations!

My dog has some behavior quirks, could they still be in Confidence Club?

Don’t we all have some quirks?! Jokes aside, yes of course. All dogs have some sort of behavior quirk, however, there are going to be things that aren’t suitable for the social environment. Excessive mounting, barking, and resource guarding are all behaviors that can be problematic in the social environment. These behaviors can sour other dog’s experiences. If your dog displays these behaviors, we recommend speaking with a certified professional dog trainer first. If your dog has other quirks, we’re happy to discuss these with you before you register.

My dog has never been to Metro Dogs, how do I get started in Confidence Club?

Your first step will be to register in our software, here is the direct URL: https://metrodogs.portal.gingrapp.com/#/public/login .

After you have completed the registration, you’ll need to gather your dog’s veterinary information. We will need your dog to be current on Rabies, DHPP (or equivalent), Bordetella vaccines and a negative fecal exam. You can upload this information electronically to your Gingr account, or you can send it to us through email at [email protected] .

Once we verify this veterinary information, we’ll reach out to you to get your dogs first day scheduled with us! As our groups are curated to fit different sizes, play styles, and personalities, we will plan for your dog to attend on a day that will best suit them based on the profile information you submitted.

Is Confidence Club similar to day training programs?

While we work with each dog towards specific goals, we are not a suitable replacement for a day training program. The goal of Confidence Club is balancing physical, mental, and social wellness for each dog. This means that there is less focus on training each dog and more focus on the whole wellbeing for the dog.

If you are looking for Day Training, we recommend you check out our webpage: https://metrodogsmn.com/day-training/

Confidence Club :

(noun)

a specialized small group enrichment dog daycare program, or daycare within a daycare. It’s designed to meet special social, physical, and emotional needs of dogs using mental stimulation, social activities, group training, breed specific activities & more. Confidence Club is supervised by Metro Dog’s Fear Free certified Assistant Manager, Jason with guest appearances from Daycare Trainers – Beth & Sydney, and Confidence Club Assistants – Tabi, Caroline and Matthew.

Confidence Club assistant, Tabi sits with Gemma (Aussiedoodle), Molly (Boxer Mix), and Yona (Poodle) cuddling up during nap time.

Who is Confidence Club for?

If your dog is slow to warm to people and/or dogs, nervous, or fearful this may be the perfect thing. But your dog doesn’t have to be fearful, they can also be socially selective, disinterested or bored in larger group play, overstimulated during the larger playgroups, or even just needing something more to their routine. Some examples of dogs who might benefit from this enrichment dog daycare program are:

➩ The introverts of the doggy world — ones that want to be social but are easily overwhelmed

➩ Commercial Breeder (puppy mill) Rescues

➩ Rescue dogs imported from out-of-state or out-of-country with little or no early socialization

➩ Dogs adopted that came without history of their previous living situations/social experiences

➩ Dogs that experienced trauma during previous social activities (attacked, ganged up on, etc.)

➩ Dogs displaying cautious behaviors in familiar situations and are generally nervous/cautious

➩ Dogs with heavy daycare use who might burn out with too much group play

➩ Dogs who “outgrew” the general daycare environment

➩ Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety

➩ Dogs who are overstimulated by the number of dogs in their playroom

➩ Dogs that have their cup filled by human interactions versus dog interactions

JJ and Molly interact with the A-Frame agility equipment together during Confidence Club.

What happens during Confidence Club?

During enrichment dog daycare dogs are in a separate, quiet section of the building with their own playroom, suites, and crates. The playroom utilizes Adaptil calming pheromones to promote feelings of safety and comfort and is cleaned before use with Rescue brand disinfectant, a Fear Free certified product to remove pathogens and pheromones. All Confidence Club activities are designed and supervised by professional trainers.

Activities Include:

➩ Small group, facilitated play/socializing

➩ Professional trainers specializing in social behavior will slowly introduce dogs and guide them through socializing/playing in a way that is enjoyable to all dogs in the room

➩ Confidence building games with a variety of surfaces, noises, & objects

➩ Scent engagement with a variety of unique and interesting smells

➩ Tunnels, hoops, & teeter totters oh my! Professional trainers will slowly and carefully introduce your dog to new games and equipment building their confidence to play and engage slowly and carefully

➩ Brain games, treat puzzles & other mentally stimulating and relaxing activities

➩ Relationship building with safe, trained, Fear Free Certified humans

When:

Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays at Metro Dogs

➩  Drop off between 9 and 9:30 AM.

❑  If your dog is unable to be in the regular playroom and need to drop before 9a, please notify us.

❑  If your dog is eligible to go out to the playroom, you may drop off anytime without notice.

➩  Morning Half Day pick up between 12 and 1 PM.

➩  Afternoon Half Day drop off between 12 and 1 PM.

➩  Confidence Club playroom closes between 4 and 5 PM.

❑  You may pick up anytime between 3:30 and 6:30 PM.

❑  If you pick up after 5 PM and your dog is not eligible to play in the regular playrooms, they will be kenneled until pick up.

Location:

Metro Dogs Daycare is conveniently located on the edge of North Loop in downtown Minneapolis with plenty of free and easy parking! We’re less than a mile from these major freeway exits:

Washington Ave & W. Broadway, off the 94 exit ramp

Olson Memorial Highway exit from 94

Washington / 3rd Ave. N exit from 394

Meet the Team

Jason (he/him)

I have been with Metro Dogs for almost 11 years, starting part-time and working up to Assistant Manager and Confidence Club Coordinator! I have always enjoyed bonding and breaking through with the shy, nervous, and scared dogs. Seeing their progress, slow as it may be sometimes, and seeing them come out of their shells is the most rewarding thing about working here. Becoming a certified Fear Free Professional earlier this year has only strengthened this mentality. I believe animals speak to those who know hot to listen and I try to always be that person.

Jason is a Fear Free certified Daycare Pro.

Tabi (they/them)

Since adopting my own dog in 2020, who came to me with her own set of insecurities, I found that patience came to me so naturally when working with building her confidence. This has profoundly affected the way I observe and treat all dogs – regardless of their confidence levels. When Metro Dogs asked if I wanted to be a part of Confidence Club I didn’t even have to think twice. Working with anxious dogs is what I love to do most and I can’t wait to watch your dogs become more of who they are with us.

Tabi is a Fear Free certified Daycare Pro.

FAQ

How much does Confidence Club cost?

A single full day of Confidence Club is $72.00.

Packages are available to reduce the per day cost for the program:

A package of 5 full days of Confidence Club are $335.00.

A package of 10 full days of Confidence Club is $620.00.

 

A single half day of Confidence Club is $42.00.

A package of 5 half days of Confidence Club are $200.00.

A package of 10 half days of Confidence Club are $380.00.

Confidence Club packages expire 6 months from purchase date.

What if my dog attends regular daycare but I want them to try Confidence Club, too?

We are happy to give it a try! Confidence Club is a unique setting, so not all dogs that attend regular daycare will fit in or enjoy it. If you want to give your pup a taste of enrichment dog daycare, but don’t want them to spend all day in Confidence Club, we have an enrichment add on service available on the days we host Confidence Club. Your dog would spend the majority of their day in their regular playroom, during the day the Confidence Club team will pull them out of their playroom and have them join in on the enrichment dog daycare play and enrichment items. Send Jason an email if you’d like to discuss the idea of your dog trying Confidence Club or Confidence Club Enrichment add on!

What if my dog has never attended doggy daycare before?

Previous daycare experience is NOT required! In fact, Confidence Club is designed as a program to help ease your dog into the daycare environment! However, there are going to be some limitations. Dogs that have never interacted with other dogs and show extreme fear or reactivity towards dogs they see should first be evaluated by a certified professional dog trainer. Additionally, dogs must be able to be handled safely by our staff members and cannot be aggressive towards people. We’re always happy to discuss individual situations!

My dog has some behavior quirks, could they still be in Confidence Club?

Don’t we all have some quirks?! Jokes aside, yes of course. All dogs have some sort of behavior quirk, however, there are going to be things that aren’t suitable for the social environment. Excessive mounting, barking, and resource guarding are all behaviors that can be problematic in the social environment. These behaviors can sour other dog’s experiences. If your dog displays these behaviors, we recommend speaking with a certified professional dog trainer first. If your dog has other quirks, we’re happy to discuss these with you before you register.

My dog has never been to Metro Dogs, how do I get started in Confidence Club?

Your first step will be to register in our software, here is the direct URL: https://metrodogs.portal.gingrapp.com/#/public/login .

After you have completed the registration, you’ll need to gather your dog’s veterinary information. We will need your dog to be current on Rabies, DHPP (or equivalent), Bordetella vaccines and a negative fecal exam. You can upload this information electronically to your Gingr account, or you can send it to us through email at [email protected] .

Once we verify this veterinary information, we’ll reach out to you to get your dogs first day scheduled with us! As our groups are curated to fit different sizes, play styles, and personalities, we will plan for your dog to attend on a day that will best suit them based on the profile information you submitted.

Is Confidence Club similar to day training programs?

While we work with each dog towards specific goals, we are not a suitable replacement for a day training program. The goal of Confidence Club is balancing physical, mental, and social wellness for each dog. This means that there is less focus on training each dog and more focus on the whole wellbeing for the dog.

If you are looking for Day Training, we recommend you check out our webpage: https://metrodogsmn.com/day-training/