Laurie and Fred Perla, from Monmouth County, New Jersey, are dog lovers from way back. Both have spent many hours volunteering at local shelters and fostering dogs in their home. After one of their sons found Camp Bow Wow on the Internet, the family visited a camp nearby, deciding that moment Camp Bow Wow would provide them with an opportunity to blend their passion for animals with a career.
Laurie says, “Dogs, just like humans, are social animals. They love being around other dogs and people. As a whole, they’re much happier in a group situation than being cooped up in the house all day. Camp Bow Wow’s all day open play philosophy gives them the opportunity to make decisions for themselves, whether to play or rest. It’s much healthier for the pups than sitting home alone.”
Camp Bow Wow Eatontown is at 284 Old Deal Road, just past the Monmouth County SPCA and near the intersection of Wall Street and Route 35.
The 8,000 square foot camp has three large, climate-controlled indoor play areas with adjoining outside yards, campers can roan inside or out at will. Outside the play yards are equipped with shade canopies, play equipment and special bone-shaped puppy pools. Pint-sized pups will have a special play area to run with a pack just their size.
Camp Bow Wow Eatontown will offer full and half day play options in addition to overnight boarding.
A staff of certified camp counselors supervises campers at all times. Each counselor is trained in pet CPR, first aid, dog behavior, group play dynamics, and safety and health management. At least one counselor will be available for every 15 campers during playtimes.
Interested guardians can check in the play yard by logging on to the Camp Bow Wow Eatontown website or their Camp Bow Wow iPhone app to watch real-time footage broadcast by one of many Camper Cams installed around the camp.
Overnight campers retire to one of the camp’s 50 spacious, private, climate-controlled cabins for dinner and rest. Cabins, furnished with comfy cots and fluffy blankets, are large enough to accommodate several dogs from the same family if their guardian wants them to stay together. The pups also enjoy a special campfire treat before bedtime. To avoid upset stomachs, guardians of overnight campers are encouraged to bring their pup’s food from home. Camp fees are all-inclusive.
Canine campers check in daily in the camp-style lobby, where the camp store features a selection of the latest “must-have” doggy toys and accessories. Grooming services will also be available on the premises.
To ensure the safety and security of campers, new arrivals are required to participate in a free interview day before they can attend camp on a regular basis. Canine campers must be on a flea and tick preventative, be at least four months old, be spayed or neutered if six months or older, be up-to-date on the rabies and distemper vaccinations, have a bordetella vaccination within the last six months, and be in good general health.
Fred says, “The safety of every dog entrusted to our care is our first priority. That’s one of the reasons a complimentary interview day is so important. Every dog is a unique individual with unique needs. Most are ready to join the pack in the play yard, while others are more timid and get stressed in new situations. The interview day gives us an opportunity to observe how each pup reacts to the camp environment and gives each pup the opportunity to get to know the counselors and other campers at his or her own pace.”
For more information about Camp Bow Wow Eatontown, to make a reservation or to schedule a free interview day at camp, please call 732-728-WOOF (9663) or visit campbowwow.com/us/nj/eatontown.