Dog Daycare in Calgary: A Review of Dogma

Dana Nicole Dog-Friendly

When searching for a dog daycare in Calgary, it’s important that you drop your dog off somewhere reputable and with a good track record. After all, our dogs aren’t able to give us details about their days when we pick them up from daycare so we just need to trust that they are being well taken care of.

When we began searching for a dog daycare in Calgary we wanted to find one that met the following requirements:

  • good reviews
  • incorporated training into the daycare (so we knew our dog wasn’t just running wild all day)
  • educated staff
  • fun environment
  • reputable
  • positive reinforcement training only

You always hear horror stories about dog daycares and it’s important to do your research when trying to find one in Calgary for your pooch!

Which Dog Daycare in Calgary Do We Recommend?

There are many dog daycares in Calgary. In fact, searching for “dog daycare in Calgary” pulls up a map littered with pins, indicating many different daycares all over the city.

A google map showing dog day cares in Calgary

We’ve been to a couple of different daycares with our sweet dog, Kaya, but one has always stood out to us the most!

That dog daycare is Dogma.

We started bringing our dog, Kaya, to Dogma when she was just a puppy for their free puppy socialization classes. I am unsure if they still provide those, but if you have a puppy I highly recommend looking into them!

During our puppy classes, I got to meet some of the trainers and see their training methods. I loved how swift they were to react to puppies who weren’t playing nice, and how they only used positive reinforcement training tactics.

When it came time to find a weekly daycare for Kaya, we decided to try out Dogma. We’ve been going to daycare at Dogma for 4 years now and I thought it was time to write a review for those who might be looking for daycare at Dogma!

Like I mentioned above, we’ve been going to daycare for 4 years at Dogma. Our first year, Kaya went almost every day as my husband was away working in the States and I worked full-time.

Sheepadoodle laying down

Now, my husband and I (and our dog) live abroad, but we come back to Canada every summer for a few months and during those months, we put Kaya in daycare so she can go see her friends and continue to play with other dogs in a controlled environment!

So if you are in the market for a dog daycare in Calgary, I’m going to be giving you my full Dogma review and letting you know why I trust them whole-heartedly with Kaya.

Dogma’s Daycare Program Incorporates Training

Listed right on Dogma’s website is this snippet:

“Our dog training programs, and day school curriculums, have been developed by an elite CBCC-KA accredited trainer – one of the first four in Canada to achieve this high standard of training education, and currently one of only 161 trainers in this category worldwide.

We also go way beyond what’s usually included in the average dog daycare facility. At Dogma, the dogs in our care attend day school, going through a variety of subjects each day, to improve their skills. At the end of the day, you get to go home with a dog that has better basic obedience skills, and better manners.”

These activities have made a world of a difference for Kaya and her experience. During one of our summer’s back in Canada, we were living quite far from both of Dogma’s locations and we decided to go to a different dog daycare.

And we noticed a huge difference in our dog when she’s come home.

At Dogma, each day they work with the dogs to do something different and fun. These types of activities can be great to tire our pups out and work on basic obedience, and whenever Kaya comes home from Dogma she is pooped right out!

However, when we brought her to the other daycare, she was never tired! EVER! We were puzzled with how she could be away from home with other dogs for 12 hours and still come home energetic.

Dogma really does an incredible job keeping the dogs busy and stimulated all while working on their training.

The Staff are Friendly

Each time we walk into Dogma we are greeted with smiles from all the staff there. I have never had a bad experience with any of the Dogma staff!

It’s quite obvious they care about each and every dog that walks through their doors as they know all the owners and dogs by name.

The Staff Are Proactive

The other day while at daycare, Kaya had an allergic reaction and scratched herself raw. Dogma immediately called me when they noticed Kaya was bleeding to let me know. They also reviewed their footage just to double check that they hadn’t missed anything (such as a bite from another dog) that could be the source of her injury.

They assured me that she was otherwise in good spirits, but was likely suffering from a hotspot.

It was very reassuring to know that they take our dog’s health and safety very seriously and love them like their own!

They Offer Training

While at daycare, you can also pay extra to have a trainer do one-on-one work with your dog. Even though Kaya gets basic training while in daycare, extra training can help you if your dog needs a little bit of work in another area.

We have done this several times for Kaya when we want her to get some training done in a controlled environment.

For example, Kaya started becoming a major ball hog and started showing signs of aggression near her balls, which is not ok. However, because we don’t have any other dogs, it’s difficult for us to teach Kaya to share her balls with others in a safe environment.

We began doing training with Dogma where we could get video updates, homework as well as written reports letting us know Kaya’s progress. It has been super helpful to try and combat her ball-craze!

There are Two Locations in Calgary

Dogma currently has two locations in Calgary:

  • 2835 37 St SW
  • 515 70 Ave SW

We have attended both locations and have had the same level of service from both.

Dogma is Affordable

Dogma offers different rates and packages depending on how long you want to drop your dog off for and how often. If you buy a package, the day rate ends up being slightly cheaper and in my opinion, is incredibly affordable for a full 12 hours of high-quality dog daycare in Calgary!

Dogma Review: Overall

Overall, I would recommend Dogma 100% . I fully trust that when I drop Kaya off, she is going to be in a safe environment where she is loved and taken care off.


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