Why a membership program?
We've always known we are a bit different than the other dog services in our area.
We bring dogs directly into our homes with our families instead of kenneling.
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.
These things make our clients a very special group of dogs and people, and we want to recognize them as such.
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.
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.
Many of our special events are open to both members and the public but we want to sweeten the pot for you with members discounts.
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, your program fee will be discounted.
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: Please first read through our Temperament Evaluation Chart and self-assess your dog.
There are two ways to gain access to our Membership program.
Level 1 & 2 dogs: If you already have a fantastic dog who does not need training but you would like to have them join our activities, you are invited to participate in a Behaviour Assessment.
Level 3+ dogs and owners must participate in Behaviour Basics before being eligible for a membership. Please contact us for more details
What does a Behaviour Assessment entail?
Behaviour Evaluations are needed for new dogs who have not completed our training programs but would like to join our activities.
If you believe your dog is a Level 1 or Level 2, a group 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.
Your $50 Behaviour Assessment fee will be applied towards your membership cost or towards future training if your dog is not yet ready to join our activities.
If you think your dog is ready to pass the test, email us today to set up their evaluation!
What if I have multiple dogs?
Your membership applies to all household dogs but each household dog will require an evaluation.
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.