Positive Approach is a welcoming community of dogs and their people.

Positive Approach is a local small business that has been in the dog training and daycare business for 20 years. We are the #1 vet-referred training center in the Tacoma area and pride ourselves on providing a safe, well-staffed daycare floor. We invite you to come down with your furry kid and see the Positive Approach difference.

Why daycare at Positive Approach

  • LIVE webcams from your phone, iPad, or computer. Watch us play, exercise, laugh and love “our” dogs!
  • We’re experienced and award-winning (over 20 years in dog daycare).
  • We require all dogs to have up-to-date vaccinations and negative fecal tests.
  • Our daycare team receives regular dog training updates from our certified dog trainers.
  • Our lead daycare staff members have been trained in dog first-aid.
  • Daycare staff are on the floor with “our” dogs at all times.
  • Our staff members engage with your dog. We have daily planned activities, play, and attention exercises.
  • Our rubber flooring is easier on your dog’s joints.
  • We have both indoor and outdoor play areas.
  • All dogs must pass a temperament “meet-n-greet” test performed by a trainer to be in our daycare.
Finlay loves daycare! The staff are all SO wonderful-they really make an effort to get to know each dog and interact with them. The facilities are very clean and safe. My dog comes home tired, happy, and enriched. I couldn’t ask for a better daycare! Leeann S.

Rates (Drop-off by 10:00am)

Weekdays (Mon-Fri)
  • Single Day $33
  •  Puppy Monday $19.80
  • Two Dog Rate $24.95 each
Multiple visit cards (must be used in 30 days):
  • 5-day card ($138) [$27.60/day]
  • 8-day ($216) [$27/day]
  • 12-day ($318) [$26.50/day]
  • 22-day ($517) [$23.50/day]
    Can be used Monday-Sunday
Weekend (Saturday - Sunday)
  • Single day $25 (Weekday card holder single day is $22.50)
  • Multiple visits (within 30 days): 3-day ($67.50) [$22.50/day]
  • “Office” dog – add $10 to daily rate
Daisy loves Positive Approach! We feel at ease leaving Daisy knowing she is in good hands and having a blast! When we pick her up she is exhausted from a full day of play. Catalina A.

Our 3 yr old teddy bear dog has been coming here since he was 4 mos. old. He’s a better companion thanks to Positive Approach. Barb H.

When Bowen sees me fill his lunch box, he knows he’s going to daycare and he gets excited. He feels special when the staff greet him by name and is eager to join his friends in daycare. Mary T. B/B

Positive Approach Daycare/Boarding Agreement

You must read and agree to the following: 

1. The owner's responsibility

I understand that I am solely responsible for any harm caused by my pet(s) while my pet(s) is/ are attending the day care center at the Positive Approach Training Center ("Center"). I therefore agree to be financially responsible for any damage my pet may incur. 

2. Pet(s) condition/health

I further understand and agree that in admitting my pet named above to the Center, Positive Approach has relied on my representation that my pet(s) is/ are in good health, have not been ill with any communicable disease with the last 30 days, and have not harmed or shown aggressive or threatening behavior towards any person or any other pet. 

3. Owner release of liability

I further understand and agree that Positive Approach Training Programs, its staff and its volunteers will not be liable for any problems that develop, provided reasonable care and precautions are followed, and I hereby release them of any liability of any kind whatsoever arising from my pet(s) attendance and participation at the Center. 

4. Owner agreement to PATP

 I further understand and agree that any problem that develops with my pet(s) will be treated as deemed best by the staff of Positive Approach Training Programs, in their sole discretion, and that I assume full financial responsibility for any and all expenses involved. 

5. Owner understands risks

I understand that there are risks inherent in any large group of pets interacting with each other and that even under close supervision injuries can occur. If it is known which pet caused an injury, that pet's owner will be liable for all expenses incurred. If it is not known which pet caused an injury, each owner is responsible for their own expenses! 

6. Owner's pet may be used as greeter pet

I further understand that my pet could potentially be used as a greeting pet in the temperament and evaluation process of all potential daycare pets. 

7. Owner understands daycare policies

I have read and understand the Daycare policies as stated on the Daycare Policies page. 

8. In event of abandonment

 I further understand if my pet has been left at Positive Approach ten (10) days beyond their scheduled departure date without my making arrangements for continued care by Positive Approach, my pet will be considered abandoned. Animal control for the home address of the abandoned pet will be notified of the pet's status then abandoned pets will be surrendered to The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, 2608 Center St. Tacoma WA 98409, with owner information. Further I understand I am responsible for any boarding, daycare, food, veterinary and other costs incurred by Positive Approach for the care of my pet during their entire stay. 

9. In event of a disaster

I understand that in the event of a natural disaster or act of God, Positive Approach is not responsible for any injury, escape, or death of a daycare pet. 

10. In event of outdoor fence escape

I understand that Positive Approach has outdoor fenced areas for the dogs to play (small side 6” fence, big side 7” fence).I understand that if my dog climbs out of or jumps the fence at Positive Approach, Positive Approach will not be responsible for any damages physical or emotional. 

Daycare/Boarding Application



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Daycare FAQs

Hours

6:30am – 7:30pm 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Dogs must arrive no later than 10:00 AM.

Cleaning

We clean constantly throughout the day, and nightly with state of the art industrial strength cleaning equipment.

Attendance

Most people bring their dogs from one to five times per week to provide their dog with maximum socialization and exercise benefits.

Grooming during Daycare

Dogs can get a bath or hair cut the same day as they come to daycare. Advance reservations are suggested. 

Collars and Leashes

We recommend quick-release cloth collars and dogs should be on leash when entering the building. No choke, pinch, beaded or studded collars are allowed in the daycare area.

Do you mix all of the dogs together?

We have three indoor daycare areas and two outside sections. Dogs are divided by temperament per our trainer’s direction. Everything we do at Positive Approach is intentional and based on our knowledge and expertise about dogs with our years of experience.

Is there an age requirement or limit?

 No. We have young puppies, elderly dogs and everything in between.

Are there any breeds you won’t accept?

No.

Do I get a discount for bringing more than one dog?

Yes.

Do I get a discount for bringing my dog to daycare regularly?

Yes.

Can dogs be intact?

All dogs must be spayed/neutered by 10 mos. of age at the latest. If we see signs that a dog is sexually maturing at an earlier age, the dog cannot return to daycare until they have been spayed/neutered. Female dogs in “heat” may not be in the building, ever.