Every once in a while one of our customers will notice there's a certain "Je ne sais quoi" about their dog, a certain aroma.
We use a few things inside our facility and you may be noticing one of those scents lingering on your pooches.
The first is an aromatherapy formula of calming essential oils. If dogs are becoming agitated, either with barometric changes or negative energy from over excited play within the group, we will sometimes spray it on our hands and then waft it around the play zone, as well as gently petting them under their chins to get the scent nearer their noses. We find that this method can be quite effective.
The second possibility - the scent may be coming from our Pure Citrus odor eliminating spray. We use this as anyone would in their own home. If a dog has an indoor accident and the air is quite foul as a result, we will use this spray to make the air more pleasant. We do not spray this on or near the dogs, rather high up in the air, but droplets will settle with gravity.
The third one, and less likely, as we don’t use it often, is citronella. Dogs absolutely hate that aroma. Our wranglers all have a cylinder of it on their person so that if a dog fight actually breaks out, we can spray the citronella to disperse the rest of the group away. Use of this one is quite rare here.
Finally, there is one other thing that could be occurring. Our outdoor yard is all solid-surface. Dogs will eliminate anywhere out there. When they do, our wranglers pick up and clean up with disinfectant and water. Further, the yard gets a thorough cleaning each night with a solution to break down any residuals. However, given our dog population, we can’t completely stop them from sometimes laying down or traipsing through where things are not as clean as we humans might prefer. Our own dogs will often come home a little bit ripe from the same thing. It is common with any dog daycare because of the very nature of what dogs do. However, we feel that the dogs enjoy a full day of outdoor play is a reasonable trade-off.