Updated as of September 10, 2014
Be sure to bring your own water or other drinks as there is no drinking water available there. There is a 7-11 two doors down but please do not take dogs with you to the 7-11.
Pelase be sure to bring your own plastic bags to pick up waste.
The dogs are allowed to have treats but please make sure they are made in the USA. Currently there are no dogs at Courtyard that have special diets.
There is a volunteer sign in/out sheet and also a whiteboard to mark which dogs went out on any given day so everyone knows who has been walked. The receptionist can show you where these are. The kennel attendants will bring the dogs to the lobby area for you and you will then return the dog to the lobby area after your walk.
Best practices would be to use Mendota type slip leads or Easy Walk harnesses on all the dogs (you must bring your own) and ALWAYS ASSUME dogs are not dog or people friendly until proven otherwise. You can never tell how a dog you don’t know is going to react. Always keep a safe distance from others. Nevada law requires that all dogs be on leashes at all times.
There is a huge, empty desert lot behind Courtyard that you can walk the dogs at. It takes 20 minutes or so to walk completey across the lot and back and you can see everything in al directions. You just need to watch for broken glass or other objects on the ground. The apartment complex next door also has a grass area and fenced dog runs. However, please be extremely cautious if you do go to the apartments because there have been incidences of off leash dogs approaching.
FOR APPROVED KEY HOLDERS ONLY:
As far as using the treadmill, it is located in a locked room marked “grooming” and you must have a key to access this room. You must also lock the door when you are in the room with a dog because they can push that door open. Keys are only given to volunteers after you have been volunteering for a while and on an approved key list so initially, the treadmill will not be accessible.
DOG CURRENTLY AT COURTYARD
- BABY BLUE – Blue is a strong dog who does tend to pull so an experienced handler is needed. Blue LOVES the treadmill and is very affectionate although he has reacted badly to certain human males but will stop immediately with firm correction and making him feel secure. Blue does know basic commands so for an experienced handler, he is no problem. (09/18/14)
- FLORIAN – Florian is a recent addition to Courtyard (as of 09/18/14). The day he arrived, he was a little aggressive but who could blame him, he had some teeth messed up when he was captured. Since then Florian has been a very well mannered dog. After a few minutes of getting out of the kennel, Florian will stop pulling (lead) when walking. He was introduced to another large dog the day after he arrived and was extremely friendly toward her and the owners of that dog. Overall, Florian seems to be very well behaved. Hopefully he gets adopted soon so that he doesn’t get “kennel syndrome”. (09/20/14)
- HARPER – Harper is a very strong dog who wil pull and most likely jump when he first comes out of his kennel. Harper does enjoy walking in the desert and looking for lizards and small rodents more and will pull when he sees any. He is also learning to use the treadmill. If you are going to have Harper on the treadmill, you will need to stand right next to him, holding the leash an verbally encourage him to keep going on the treadmill. Harper has been trying to be “dominant” lately so if you sit on the ground level with him, he may try to exert dominance by attempting to mount you. Also, we do not advise playing with toys as he can be very toy aggressive. Harper loves water. Harper is a very sweet dog that is experiencing stress from being in a kennel situation for too long. He needs attention and love from experienced strong breed handlers only. We have never seen Harper exhibit any dislike towards any human. Harper can walk a safe distance from other dogs and will not react. (09/18/14)
- ROCKO – Rocko is very easy-going and gentle. Rocko loves and lives for the treadmill and just throwing his tennis ball in the air and he vertically jumps and catches it. Rocko is a strong dog but is generally very solid and calm. Rocko requires an intermediate handler and can be walked with any dog at a safe distance. Rocko has a tennis ball that he keeps in his kennel and take good care of….he loves the tennis ball! (09/18/14)
- TEDDY – Teddy is a very happy dog who has been attending professional training at Smarty Paws but he does have some dislikes. Teddy is very easy to handle on a lead but can become reactive to certain men (no rhyme or reason) and most people of darker skin. Teddy can walk with just about any dog at a safe distance without reacting. Teddy requires an intermediate handler. (09/18/14)
There are also small dogs that are being boarded at Courtyard and they change frequently so pleas be sure to ask the receptionist who can go out. If Courtyard is not busy, they are always good about letting you use an exam room to spend time with the dogs.