NEW ULM - Deb Christensen is providing dog day care in New Ulm.
Her business, Pups Playland, will watch, house and take care of dogs for their owners while they are at work or away on vacation.
"It's good for the dog to be able to socialize. They like the companionship," said Christensen, "Also, it keeps them from developing undesirable habits from being left all alone."
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Deb Christensen is providing doggie day care at her new business, Pups Playland, at 1401 S. Broadway in New Ulm.
She said that she discovered the idea of a dog day care while visiting her son in St. Paul Park. He often dropped off his dog with a similar service.
"It's a service I thought I could bring here," said Christensen.
Currently, the only service the business provides is watching and caring for the dogs. But, Christensen plans to expand services after her clientele is developed.
"As the business grows, I want to hire on more people. For that, I'm working on a rate for extended stays. Also, I'm hoping to be able to offer a military discount," said Christensen.
Other possible services are a pick-up service and allowing a dog groomer to operate in the building.
But for now, Christensen is running the business by her self and enjoying it.
"It's something special for the dogs. At other places I've observed a [dog day care], the dogs are extremely excited to get there," said Christensen.
The rates for leaving a dog at Pups Playland are $14 for a full day of day care or overnight (up to 12 hours), $8 for a half day (less than 5 hours) and $20 for boarding for 24 hours. Proof of vaccinations are required. No aggressive dogs or non-neutered dogs over 6 months are allowed. Dogs are the only animals that will be accepted.
The business is located at 1401 S. Broadway St. Currently, it operates from 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Christensen said those hours will expand to 5:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours, weekends and boarding hours are available anytime by call-ahead reservation.
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