Report Cards for Modern Dog Training and Daycare Businesses

Kerry Falk

Not all pet care businesses use report cards in their client process, but their use can greatly enhance your client experience. Everyone loves to hear about themselves, hearing about their pets is even better! We have compiled some standard operating procedures from our clients and present a template for creating your own dog daycare or training report cards.

Report Cards for Modern Dog Training and Daycare Businesses

Nearly everyone is familiar with the dread or excitement associated with receiving their primary school report cards. Largely stemming from the reactions of the parents the cards will be delivered to. Parents of those same children may feel any combination of emotions upon receipt - pride, concern, empathy, happiness, joy, terror and many more. It's no different for report cards for their furry family members, and you can achieve much of the same things a school teacher does.

Dog owners want to ensure that their furry friend is receiving the best possible care and training. Whether it's at a dog daycare or a training facility, having a report card that provides detailed information about their dog's progress and well-being can be invaluable. Report cards can help them monitor their dog's progress and identify areas that need improvement, as well as keep you on track with logging the dogs progress while in your care.

Our clients report several benefits of using report cards their dog training and daycare businesses:

  1. Tracking progress: Report cards allow you to track each dog's progress and see how they are adapting to their new surroundings, socializing with other dogs, and responding to training and behavior modification techniques.
  2. Improved communication: Report cards provide a clear and concise way to communicate with the owner about their dog's behavior, well-being, and any concerns or issues that may arise during the day.
  3. Quality care: Report cards help ensure that each dog is receiving the best possible care and attention while they are in your care, and that their well-being is a top priority. They help to put your clients at ease with leaving their family with you and your team.
  4. Setting goals: Report cards can help you set realistic and attainable goals for each dog, and can serve as a motivator for both you and the owner.

In their words:

"I'd recommend using them to chart client progress, summarize sessions or add notes specific to the client-- plus they add a personal touch that many of our clients enjoy. The report cards also cut back on paper hand outs, and they are electronic, so clients don't lose them as easily or accidentally throw them away."
"The staff can see what the other trainer recommended and did with the dog. I've taken lessons with other professionals as well, and I appreciate it when I can look back to see what was covered so I can focus more during the session and spend less time worrying about remembering everything."

Here are some tips for creating effective report cards:

  1. Be objective: Report cards should be based on observable behaviors and should avoid subjective opinions.
  2. Focus on specific behaviors: Instead of writing a general evaluation, focus on specific behaviors, such as obedience commands, leash manners, or reaction to distractions.
  3. Use a clear and consistent format: A clear and consistent format will make it easy for you and the owner to understand the evaluation and track progress over time.
  4. Use a grading scale: A grading scale, such as A-F or 1-10, can help provide a clear evaluation of the dog's performance.
  5. Include suggestions for improvement: Along with the evaluation, include specific suggestions for how the owner can work on improving the dog's behavior.

The following templates can be used without a system like BusyPaws and we welcome you to use them as a guide for yours. Using BusyPaws can achieve more functionality including sending pictures, videos and other files you'd like to share and store.

An Example of a Dog Training Report Card

Dog's Name: Bella

Command Responsiveness: ________ (A-F)

  • Bella showed good responsiveness to commands during today's training session. She was able to follow "sit," "stay," and "come" commands with precision and focus.

Focus: ________ (A-F)

  • Bella maintained a good level of focus during the training session and was able to concentrate on the trainer and the commands being given.

Motivation: ________ (A-F)

  • Bella showed good motivation during training and was eager to participate in all activities. She was rewarded with praise and treats for her good performance.

Training Techniques Used:

  • Bella was trained using positive reinforcement techniques and reward-based training.
  • The focus of today's session was on "sit," "stay," and "come" commands, and improving her precision and focus.

Exercises Practiced:

  • Bella practiced the "sit" command while the trainer walked away and returned.
  • She also worked on improving her "stay" command while various distractions were introduced.
  • The "come" command was practiced in a variety of environments and with increasing levels of difficulty.

Notes: __________________________________________________________

  • Bella made good progress during today's training session and we will continue to work on her obedience and focus in future sessions. She showed a good understanding of the commands and was able to perform them with increasing accuracy and consistency.
An Example of a Dog Daycare Report Card

Dog's Name: Charlie

Socialization: ________ (A-F)

  • Charlie had a great day at daycare today and showed good socialization skills with other dogs. He was able to play nicely and interact with other dogs in group play sessions.

Energy Level: ________ (A-F)

  • Charlie had a high energy level throughout the day and was eager to participate in all activities. He was especially enthusiastic during playtime and showed good enthusiasm for toys and games.

Behavior: ________ (A-F)

  • Charlie had a great day at daycare and showed good behavior throughout the day. He was well-mannered and respectful of other dogs and the staff.


  • Charlie participated in several play sessions throughout the day and also received some one-on-one attention from staff.
  • He also received some basic obedience training and worked on improving his recall and sit commands.

Notes: __________________________________________________________

  • Charlie had a fantastic day at daycare today and showed great progress in his socialization and training. He was a pleasure to have at daycare and we look forward to seeing him again soon!

In conclusion, report cards can be a valuable tool for dog trainers and daycares, allowing you to track progress, set goals, and communicate with the owner further improving your relationship. We'd be happy to assist you with delivering quality communication to your clients and assisting your team with accessing the information they need to add value to your business.

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