Why a membership program?
We offer a very unique approach to dog training, like nothing you've experienced before.
It is important that our clients are as committed to their dogs training, socialization and overall enrichment as we are.
We bring dogs directly into our homes with our families instead of kennelling.
We allow dogs to have off-leash freedom on pack hikes.
And we believe in teaching humans how to connect with their dogs by learning about their language and using communication first instead of control.
The membership program also ensures that we are carefully selecting the dogs that get the freedoms and privileges of in-home boarding and off-leash hiking.
How do I become a member?
Past clients: Dogs who have previously boarded with us or have been a part of our Adventure Hike packs are invited to join our membership at any time.If we have not seen your dog in the last year, he or she may will be required to complete a Behaviour Assessment. *At the discretion of The Crate Escape staff. Please talk to us to discuss whether or not your dog needs to be evaluated.New Clients: New clients must complete Behaviour Basics prior to purchasing a membership.
What is included in the membership?
Some of our services are directly included in the membership while other services are add-ons that are available exclusively to members.
Included in your membership are Pack Walks, Socialization classes (Socials) and Drop-In Training classes.
Additional services available to members include In-home Boarding & Adventure Hikes.
Members may also receive discounted offers to special events and programs.
Members receive a discount to our Behaviour Basics course and a 15% discount for training tools, treats and toys at Pet Planet Vernon.
Is training included in the membership?
Training programs/packages are not included in the membership, but we invite members to join our Packwalks and Socials for training tips and tricks and as an opportunity to ask questions.
If you are already a member and choose to enrol in training, you may be eligible for discounts.
Can all membership dogs join Adventure Hikes?
Only Level 1 & 2 dogs are eligible for our Adventure Hikes. Please review our Temperament Assessment Chart to see what level your dog is.
Before your dog joins a pack, they will need to complete a Behaviour Assessment. See below for more details.
What does a Behaviour Assessment entail?
Behaviour Assessments are needed for new members who would like to have their dog join our Adventure Hikes.
If you believe your dog is a Level 1 or Level 2, a FREE behaviour assessment is your first step.
Because our boarding is directly in our homes with our staff and families, and our adventures hikes are off-leash, it is important that we ensure good behaviour, appropriate social interactions and basic obedience.
The Behaviour Evaluation will assess:
-Basic Obedience and ability to follow instructions.
-Threshold Manners; doors, gates, vehicles.
-Politeness towards humans
-Politeness towards other dogs
We do not expect perfection from your dog. We just need to make sure they meet our standards to ensure the safety of our current packs and other boarding dogs.
All dogs will have areas of strength and areas of weakness and that's ok! We're happy to help your pup learn and grow through our pack activities.
What if I have multiple dogs?
Your membership applies to all household dogs but each household dog will require a Behaviour Assessment.
Each dog's assessment will determine which services they are eligible for.
For example if Fido is a Level 2 but Chewy is a Level 4, Fido will be eligible for Adventure Hikes and Chewy will not.
Fido will be Level 2 Boarding price tier and Chewy will be Level 4 price tier.
Both dogs will be allowed at Packwalks and Socials with an individual handler.
What is the cost of a membership?
The membership fee is $150/owner and is active for one year from the date of purchase. You will receive a renewal notice before expiry.