We are Open!
Temporary Office Hours
Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4 pm
No weekend drop off & pick up at this time
Both clients and employees are always to wear a mask and practice social distancing! When you arrive at the parking lot you can call and we will come out and get your pet. Clients are not allowed in the building. The only exception is for daycare dogs arriving before 8 am and leaving after 4 pm. You may go to daycare and drop off or pick up when the office is closed.
Please click on the picture below to view the Maine Covid 19 requirements for grooming. These same guidelines apply to Daycare and Boarding!
We pride ourselves with originating the idea of a Doggy Daycare in Bangor/Brewer area. Since 1995, we have operated a Doggy Day Care Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our original idea was to provide a place for working owners and owners of energetic dogs to leave their dogs to burn off extra energy. We took our training room, added a large outside fenced area, wading pools, and agility equipment.
Holly Staples is Bear Brooks Daycare Director. Holly has a wide variety of experience with large and small dogs. Her stability around animals makes her an exceptional Doggy Day Care Operator. Holly and her assistants play games with the dogs, celebrate birthdays, and supervise all group play at all times. Your dog romps about with other dogs compatible with their size and energy level. Dogs may go home damp from the wading pools, or have drool on them from playing with other dogs, but they always go home tired and happy!!
Each dog is interviewed and evaluated before they are allowed in with the play group. Holly introduces each dog slowly as not to overwhelm them. Holly will observe your dog closely and report to you at the end of the day on his or her progress.
Holly has been with us since 2007 as our Day Care Director. She also has worked as a kennel tech, as a receptionist, and as a training assistant. She has taken a Dog Day Care: Beyond the Leash seminar to help further her knowledge of dog behavior. She has worked with animals for over 12 years, can read the dogs very well, and all the dogs in Day Care love her! She has always owned dogs and loves interacting with them in the Day Care setting. Her hobbies include dancing at Native American pow wows, making native regalia, doing bead work and other art-related crafts. She also recently illustrated a children’s book called Peace is Different by Cindra Cleaves Simpson, which she is very proud of! She has a puppy named "Ricochet" that is a Boston Terrier/French Bulldog mix and he is as cute as a button!
Day Care Prices
We have different prices and packages depending on your Day Care needs! You select the dates your dogs will be attending, and those days will be held for you. You will be charged even if you can't make it as space is limited and we will reserve the date for your dog. By the day is best if you only plan on coming sporadically. Our daily doggy rate is $22 per dog.
The Prepay Options are best if you plan on bringing your dog(s) fairly consistently. It makes it easier to pay in a lump sum, so you don’t have to come into the office every night when you pick up from Day Care. It also is less expensive because prepay options can be only $19/day for Day Care.
- $105 (5 Days Prepaid): $21 per Day
- $200 (10 Days Prepaid): $20 per Day
- $285/ (15 Days Prepaid): $19 per Day
When you prepay, you cannot use prepaid days to cover previous days that are still unpaid on an account. For example, if you have a balance of $22 for Day Care and wanted to purchase a prepaid package, you would need to pay off the $22 along with the prepaid package cost. You will need to designate which days you would like to use for your prepaid package.
Doggy Daycare Schedule
What Dogs Come on Which Days?
NEW DAYCARE OPTION FOR DOGS UNDER 15 LBS!
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8 AM UNTIL 5 PM. WE WILL HAVE A SECTION OF THE LOBBY/RECEPTION AREA SEPARATED OFF TO ALLOW THESE PETITE PUPS TO ROMP ALL DAY! WE TAKE THEM OUTSIDE FOR BREAKS AS NEEDED. THIS IS A GREAT OPTION TO LEAVE YOUR FURRY FRIEND WHILE YOU SHOP, GO TO A MEDICAL APPOINTMENT OR EVEN LUNCH! WE STILL REQUIRED ALL VACCINES BE UP TO DATE: RABIES, DISTEMPER & BORDETELLA
How Doggy Daycare works!
Monday through Friday Doggy Daycare is run the same way. We have drop off between 7:30 a.m. and about 10:00 a.m., at the latest. At 12:00 p.m., the dogs are put into crates in the “Daycare Leisure Room” where they stay for about an hour while the Day Care Attendant is at lunch. After lunch, they are let back out to romp around for the rest of the afternoon.
The dogs can run in and outside all day long. They have access to a large, fenced in area outside with some equipment to play in and a gazebo in the middle to keep the sun/rain/snow off the dogs throughout the day. During the hot summer months, there’s a wading pool that gets filled up every morning with cool water and refilled as needed for the dogs to play in! Boy, do they love it!
They have access to fresh water all day long. We don’t feed dogs during Day Care unless the owner requests it (usually for a puppy). The Day Care Attendant does sometimes give a treat or two at lunch to get the dogs into crates so if your dog has food allergies, feel free to bring in some own food/treats that the dog can have.
If dogs that come to Day Care have any serious allergies, such as allergy to spider bites, fly bites, bee stings, etc., feel free to bring in a few pills to keep upstairs in case it is needed.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
These are the days we generally have the younger, newer dogs in Day Care. The dogs on these days play well with most dogs and aren’t as rowdy as our Monday/Friday dogs.
Tuesdays are also our “Evaluation Days” for new Day Care dogs that are 30 pounds or more. Evaluation Days are when clients bring their dog in between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. to meet with the Day Care Attendant, who will show the new client the ropes of Day Care, so to speak. This also gives us an opportunity to introduce the new dog slowly to the group. If the new dog were to come in after this time, it is harder to give the new dog time to acclimate to the group little by little because all the dogs are already loose in the Day Care room.
Monday & Friday
These days are the days we have the bigger, rougher, rowdier crowd. These dogs have usually been here for a while and can handle rambunctious play all day. These days also have a good number of larger dogs that might not get along so well with medium-sized breeds that may come to Monday/Friday Day Care.
If owners wish, their dogs may be able to come four days a week, that is Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri. However, this is entirely up to the Day Care Director and how she feels the dogs would fit with the different groups. This is something to be discussed with the Day Care Director after she has had some time to evaluate the play style of the dogs that would like to come more often.
Wednesdays are reserved solely for small dogs and puppies. The cut off for size is about 30 pounds. Same fun and games but the little dogs just don’t have to compete with the larger, over energized dogs. For our “Small Dog Day,” we have an evaluation day done on a Wednesday. The specific Wednesday is set up through our Day Care Director after she reviews the application submitted for the dog.
Medium to large breed puppies that start out on Wednesdays when they’re young and under 30 pounds can be moved to Tuesday/Thursday group at any time as the Day Care Attendant sees fit. This usually means that the dog has outgrown the current play group of small dogs and is ready to start playing with the bigger dogs!