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The Dog Gurus Tenth Anniversary Daycare Games to Take Place February 2024

Pet businesses will compete against other like-sized businesses in their small, medium and large classifications.




(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – The Dog Gurus announce the 10th Annual Daycare Games competition. One hundred off-leash pet businesses will have the opportunity to compete against other like-sized businesses in their small, medium, and large classifications.

There are three main events of the Daycare Games – The Dog Recall, Group Sit, and Gate Boundary. The Dog Recall will consist of documentation of the percentage of dogs in the playgroup that come when called. Dogs will be called individually from six feet away using specific come or recall cues. Group Sit will challenge the dog handler to see how many dogs in the playgroup can sit on cue and have their rear touching the ground at the same time holding for two – four seconds. Gate Boundary will require the dog handler to keep dogs from going through a threshold or boundary space on cue or with body blocking, Dogs can be in a sit or standing position.

The goal of the Daycare Games is to inspire and motivate all competitors and to be a fun way to improve dog handler skills. Recognizing that different businesses will have employees at different levels of experience, there will be three categories to register under – Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced.

The Novice group will consist of new employees or owners and operators that are still in training to be off-leash dog playgroup attendants. The Intermediate group will be made up of employees or owners and operators that have completed training at a center and have one year or less experience leading dog playgroups. The Advanced group will comprise employees or owners and operators that have one or more years of experience leading playgroups.

Registration starts January 8, 2024 and will begin February 2024.

For more information and to register for the Daycare Games, visit here.


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