Better Dogs

The first day your dog spends with us, we will do an evaluation to determine if they are a good candidate for day care. A dog’s life experience, breed-type and social history all contribute to the activities that each individual dog enjoys. It’s a myth that all dogs like to play with other dogs. The fact is some don’t.

Because we evaluate every dog, we create a safe and stimulating environment conducive to learning and growth. By completing a course curriculum developed by The Dog Gurus, our staff members are certified in understanding dog body language, and how to provide a safe off-leash play environment aimed at creating a better dog citizen.The rich learning environment and best standards for behavior and play results in a better relationship between dog and owner.

Requirements for Admission

Application – Click here to download an application. Mail your completed application or bring it in to DogAmerica, 297 W Centre Avenue, Portage, Michigan 49024; or scan and email it to We will review your application and call to set up an appointment for an evaluation and your first day at DogAmerica.

Health Records – For the protection of all our clients we require a copy of current vaccination records in addition to the application. This includes proof of Rabies, Parvo, Bordatella, Distemper, negative fecal, and all dogs must be on flea protection. Dogs must be in good health (no coughing, vomiting, or diarrhea 48 hours prior to coming to the facility) and at least six months of age.

Spay/Neuter – Dogs must be spayed or neutered.

Leashes – When entering and exiting our facility, all dogs must be on a maximum 6 foot leash. Flexy leads / non-retractable leashes are not permitted. Prong or choke collars are not to be worn in play areas. During play group, your dog may go without a collar or wear a flat collar; this choice is yours.

Better Care Builds Better Dogs™