Exciting Changes Coming Soon!

bailey and trini in the sunDear Pack Parents,

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to provide premier care for your Campers while you’re away and wanted to thank you for the warm welcome we’ve received as your new franchise owners!

We have already started offering weekend daycare from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and hope you’ve been able to take advantage of that! We have a number of additional exciting changes on the horizon that we wanted to make you aware of, effective June 1st :

  •  Extended hours: opening 6: 30 a.m. Monday through Friday
  •  Installation of K9 turf: we begin the process of removing the gravel and installing K9 turf
  • Upgrading cameras: Get a better view of your pup at play when we upgrade our camera system
  • Monthly membership: we’ll be offering our popular monthly membership which includes:
    •  Unlimited daycare Monday through Friday o $260 a month*
    •  Welcome gift
    • Additional Campers $100 each

We look forward to getting to know each and every one of you, and your pups, as we continue to grow!


Tony Caruso

Camp Ranger

*First membership draw will include a $59 membership activation fee. Cancelled memberships are subject to new pricing and terms and conditions at time of re-instatement. An additional $59 fee will be charged to re-activate membership

Benefits Of Camp For Your Dog

bow-wow-labelCamp Bow Wow is a place where a dog can be a dog but as a pet owner, what does that mean to you? And what effect does Camp have on your dog?

There are many benefits to bringing your dog to Camp Bow Wow!  Let’s look at a few:

  • Socialization – Dogs who come to Camp develop better socialization skills. They have the ability to play with other dogs their same size and temperament in a supervised, safe and secure environment. Dogs who have the ability to socialize with one another are less leash reactive on walks, have improved behavior during group play and are more likely to play well at the dog park.
  • Exercise – Regular exercise is important for all dogs. A quick walk likely won’t provide your dog with the extent of exercise he needs for health and behavioral benefits. A day at Camp provides your dog with exercise that will benefit blood flow, increase oxygen to the lungs, build muscle, increase joint mobility, control weight and enhance quality of life.
  • Behavioral – Behavioral issues generally creep up when a dog is bored. We don’t take into consideration the fact that our dogs have brains, and those brains need a task to occupy them or their behavior can become destructive. Dogs with separation anxiety benefit from Camp because it allows them to socialize and keep busy and eases anxiety. The mental and physical stimulation that Camp provides will provide dual behavioral benefits as the Camp environment will tire your dog out both mentally and physically.
  • Balance – A well-balanced dog makes for a happy human! Dogs who are balanced have the proper amount of mental and physical stimulation, are more apt to learn and are better behaved. Imagine coming home after a long day at work and having a nice snugly, sleepy dog as opposed to a maniac who’s bouncing off the walls and ready to play ball for 3 hours!

We also recently expanded our daycare hours! Now, we’re open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. AND Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you want your pooch to join our pack, start by scheduling your interview here. If you’re already a longtime Camper, ask about our daycare packages!

Bark For Life

Bark for Life Flyer - CBW SpringfieldJoin us in the fight against cancer! Camp Bow Wow is the proud National Sponsor of the Bark for Life canine event to end cancer.

What is Bark For Life? 

Bark for Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of our Canine Caregivers. Dogs and their human counterparts join the American Cancer Society as relay teams and participate to celebrate cancer survivorship, to honor people and pets lost through cancer, and to fundraise to support elimination of cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

How do I participate?

Join our team at Orchard Park Apartments on June 20th for a non-competitive walk to honor canine companions, friends and cancer survivors.

Buy a Paw

Stop by the front desk to purchase a paw for $1 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Paws will be displayed at Camp until the event. Donations in any denomination can also be made to benefit the American Cancer Society. Cash or check only please, please make checks payable to The American Cancer Society.

The Benefits of Don’t Do It Yourself Dog Bathing

0 small groomingThere is no one more into the “DIY” (Do it yourself) craze than I am. I think I’m a plumber, an architect, a chef and the next Martha Stewart. I’m also under the delusion that I’m an in-home dog groomer for my own two small dogs. If you’re like me, you’re slowly learning that bathing your dogs at home is a much bigger task than it seems, and the cleanup process is even worse!

Keep your DIY for other projects that offer instant gratification instead of an hour of clean up and a miserable pet! So why should you not DIY when it comes to dog bathing?

Bathing your dog at home is messy!

Regardless of whether your dog fits in your tub, a utility tub or the kitchen sink there is still a big element of cleaning that comes with bathing your dog at home. The place you’re going to bathe your dog most likely serves multiple other purposes, so preparing for the bath is a process that’s usually longer than the bath itself. And let’s not even talk about the shaking and the clean up process, as well as the laundry that comes post bath.

Bathing your dog at home isn’t efficient.

Time is money and when your dog looks at you with those big puppy dog eyes you give in to his every whim. You might cut the bath short, avoid spots he doesn’t want touched or let him shake all over you. When all is said and done you end up with an angry half clean dog, a messy house and yourself soaked and covered in dog hair. We all love dogs, but the smell of wet dog? Not so much.

Bathing your dog at home hurts!

Yes, you heard me correctly. It hurts! Unless you have professional grooming and bathing set up in your home, you’re most likely kneeling at your tub, hunched over trying to scrub your dog. Your knees ache, your back aches, your dog is mad at you and your house is a mess. Why are you doing this at home again?

Camp Bow Wow Bathing Services

We offer “Camper showers” as well as nail trim services, so next time you smell your stinky dog, think twice before you throw him in your own tub and let him have a bath while he’s at Camp!

You don’t have to make reservations for grooming, just let us know at check-in if you’d like to add a bath or nail trim and what time you’ll be picking up and we’ll make sure they are fresh and clean by the time you pick up.

  • Basic baths are $25 and we use a sensitive skin oatmeal formula shampoo that’s great for all sizes and breeds. It’s hypoallergenic and helps with itchy skin or dogs prone to allergies. We also have a medicated bath that’s great to ward off fleas.
  • The Hydro bath is our most popular bath and is great for breeds that shed or have a thick under coating. The hydrobath is a 30 to 40 minute recirculating bath that provides a deep conditioning treatment and loosens the undercoat. It also leaves your dog with a protective coat, almost like a scotch guard. Hydrobaths are $50 for most breeds, there is a small upcharge for exceptionally large dogs.
  • Nail trims are done with the Dremel so it files them down nice and smooth as opposed to the razor sharp edge you get from clipping. Nail trims are $10 and can be done as a walk-in or upon request at drop off.

If you’d like to schedule a bath or find out more about our services give us a call at Camp at 417-882-9247 or ask a Camp Counselor about it next time you are in.

Why Dogs Need Regular Nail Trims

I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t enjoy a manicure and it’s become posh for men to partake in this grooming ritual. When it comes to your dog, is a manicure really necessary and is it an necessity or a privilege?

Why dogs should have regular nail trims

  • Overgrown nails can break easily and painfully (above the quick)
  • Long term overgrown nails can cause difficulty walking, which leads to pain and can even contribute to arthritis
  • Regular nail trims will maintain the quick of the nail and cause it to recede toward the base of the nail, so the nails will remain permanently shorter
  • Nails that are untrimmed can grow into the pads of the feet which is extremely painful for the dog and can cause infection
  • Overgrown nails can prevent the pads of a dogs foot from having good traction on the ground

Methods of dog nail trimming

  • Clippers-Human nail clippers shouldn’t be used on dogs. A dogs nails aren’t flat like humans are, therefore they require a different clipper. There is a regular scissor style clipper and also a guillotine style clipper that are suited for canine nail trims.
  • Dremel-Yes, it has many uses and one of them is grinding down canine nails. It’s not nearly as dramatic as it sounds and it has actually become a preferred method for many groomers and canine professionals. The Dremel slowly files down the nails to a nice rounded finish. Think of your nails after you clip them, jagged edges that need to be filed, right? Well…the Dremel is like a nail file for your dog.

How often should dogs have their nails trimmed?

  • Trimming your dogs nails twice a month will keep them a healthy length and will maintain the quick of the nail

When can I get my dogs nails trimmed?

We do nail trims with the Dremel right from our Camp where your dogs play every day anyway! Just tell us at drop off that you’d like a nail trim and what time you’ll be picking up and we’ll have it taken care of.

Cost is $10 or a nail trim service is included in our bath package for $35.