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Last week, we featured Smokey, who I’m thrilled to announce, has been adopted.  Now, let’s do the same for Jojo.  Find out more about him after this segment.

So, Tails of Hawaii is an alternative for people who need pet care.  For many years, there were only vet clinics for dogs to stay in and we innovated with K-tree dog boarding.  We can accommodate right about a hundred dogs in this facility.  And then our second facility will be able to accommodate about two hundred.

Our facilities are a little different.  The dogs get to be running around and playing and they get to burn off their energy.  So, at night, when it comes time to sleep, they are ready to go to sleep.  We do have dogs that stay at the cannel.  Those dogs, we accommodate them by taking them out for walks every two to three hours.

They get a lot of interactions so we rarely clean up messes in the cannels.  We have different sections for all the dogs.  We have tiny dogs in one room that’s a little quieter.  We have the big dogs down here in our bow-wow and they have 515 square feet to run and play.  Then we have our medium dog area, where the little higher active dogs, and that’s the cabana and that’s upstairs.  It’s a lot like daycare.

You can’t ignore when a dog needs something.  You have to constantly clean, constantly work at keeping the dogs healthy and safe and knowing everyone.  Most of the employees know every dog name.

This is Sakee, she is a good girl.

This is Budder Beagle, his mom just start bringing him here because she wants him to lose some weight.

This is Roko, his mom talks to him in mostly Spanish.  “Muy bien”

Stellar is object aggressive so sometimes when she picks up the toys and does not like to give it back.  So, you have to open her mouth and get the toy out of her mouth.

A lot of people, they have an impression of their dog and that’s their dog as a human.  We are going to be taking Clementine and introducing her to the pack.  Does she have any discomfort zones with the other dogs? Is there anything that you are concerned about that we need to watch out for?

I think she gets a little timid sometimes with the larger dogs.  I brought Clementine in just for a light grooming and by evaluations, let’s see how she does with other dogs just in case we need to board him some other time.  What we will do is take her in and we will have her slowly immerge into the pack and when she is in there.  We will let her settle in and stay there about two hours.

Come on Clementine, say bye!  Come on Clementine.

When they bring their dog here, it’s different than even the dynamic set of Dog Park.  They don’t have that tendency to have to feel out the other dogs and find the packing order.  But here, almost instantly, they know exactly what they are walking into.  Some dogs that are naturally dominant whether it be by breed or just personality.

We’re in there with the dog; we have to make sure that the dogs know that we are the leaders of the pack.  That they have to turn to us first, if not, it would be chaos in there.  Clementine came in.  She is a small dog; I can tell by her mannerisms that she has a shy side.  She is not excited; she is not wagging her tail.

Her eyes are a little bulging, so I know that she is going to be a little nervous and it’s going to take a little some time to assimilate her into the pack.  She is drooling a little bit, she has her tail tucked, so that’s definitely signs of her being uncomfortable around with the other dogs. So we are going to try and make this as positive of an experience as a time for her.

Because of her shyness, I am going to encourage her to choose to enter the pack, choose to be around the other dog.  How to do that is, I will bring her in and I will hold her so that the other dogs can’t get into her face, because that’s very rude and intimidating to dogs.  We want to encourage sniffing at the back side, where dogs communicate.

It’s like a human handshake.  We will let the dogs sniff her bottom but if they are coming up to her face, we will push them away and tell them no.  We start using any type of harsh corrections will intimidate Clementine.  I will hold Clementine on my lap and I will soothe her and as soon as she start showing a little bit of interest with the dog.

I will let her choose when she is ready to jump off my lap.  Also, what I do is I start making my lap a little smaller and a little smaller by soothing forward in my seat.  That way, it is more uncomfortable for her to be on my lap than be in the pack.  It’s been a pretty successful tool in getting a shy dog into the pack.

Clementine jumped off from my lap and she joined the pack with the other dogs where instantly trying to figure out who’s this dog, what’s going on with her, why is she involved in our area.  I discouraged the other dogs from overcrowding with the squirt of water on the behind. It’s to keep them away so that they won’t overwhelm her.

Now, once they settled down and not so much in her face then, Clementine turned around and she wanted to go and meet everybody. She was very respectful with the way she did it.  She did not go into anybody’s face.  She was always at the back side saying hello.

My guess just from this past ten minutes with her is that, it will take a little bit of time to be comfortable with the other dog.  She will probably have to come for three consecutive days before boarding.  The beagle in her will come out and I am very sure that she is going to start to be a social, playful dog.


  • 94-422 Ukee St #8 Waipahu HI 96797
    686 Ahua St. Honolulu HI 96819
  • Hours of Operation:
    7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday
    7:00am - 5:30pm Sunday
  • Phone: 808-676-9633
  • Email: reservations@tailsofhawaii.com


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