New Dog Orientations-

Fb-Theo-So-w_a stickDue to our unique dog care program Moon Dog Lodge does require an orientation process. This starts by connecting with you through a scheduled phone call to go over basic Moon Dog requirements and to chat with you about any questions you may have. During this call we hope to open up a dialogue with you encouraging your to share insight into your dog’s personality, social history, communication skills and family pack dynamics. This information is extremely valuable in helping us to better understand your dog’s education of their dog/human world, and their needs when in our care.

If all feels comfortable after the phone conversation for both Moon Dog and your family we then move forward scheduling the on-ranch portion of the orientation process. On-ranch orientations are $35.00 (additional dog $10.00.) Orientations are scheduled from 1-4 pm Monday – Wednesday. You are only present for the first half hour of the orientation. This 30 minute visit offers you a visual of the lodge, outside environment, and information on how we utilize the spaces and property during the day and evening hours. Moon Dog appreciates the experience of being with your dog “solo.” Separating from their family pack helps us have a better understanding how your dog navigates their world as an individual. What do they know and understand socially, when engaging in play, communication skills with both their own kind and with humans. We like to observe their responsiveness to our guidance both independently and within our communal environment. Ultimately we wish to see them finding joy and feeling at ease in all that Moon Dog encompasses. This process also offers your dog the opportunity to observe the the Moon Dog pack, our leadership, and our simple-social-fun filled routine.

Moon Dog Lodge’s two-step orientation process is well thought out process. It offers your dog the opportunity to (as safe as possible) interact with other social dogs in a free form (off leash) well managed, natural “ranch” open space environment. At the end of this process we can better understand at that point in time whether our service is a safe and enjoyable experience for your dog and all involved.

We are dedicated to what we do and responsible in how we do it. After all these pups are your family members. We are grateful and honor our Moon Dog families for taking the time and energy to go through this process.

Please note, a copy of vaccinations records are required for on ranch orientations.


Moon Dog Lodge requires that all dogs are spayed and neutered, current on core vaccinations, and that all families are responsible in care taking their dogs health in regard to flea, tick, lice and mite management. This also includes fecal parasite management. A veterinarian fecal sample test may be necessary.

Core vaccinations:

  • Rabies (3 years) Dogs under one year consult your veterinarian
  • DHPP (3 years) Dogs under one year consult your veterinarian
  • Bordetella (every 12 months) Consult your veterinarian
  • Titer vaccinations are accepted with proper records.
  •  Canine influenza if your dog is traveling outside the area, showing, and or frequenting local dog parks regularly.

We ask that all our families keep their dogs records up to date and provide us a copy each time vaccinations are updated. This is much appreciated in helping our records stay current at Moon Dog Lodge.

“The Lodge”

Moon Dog’s inside space for our guest dogs is a simple, comfy, and welcoming area that is an extension of our ranch home. The lodge provides a fabulous down to Earth space for relaxation durng the slow down & re-boot part of the day were we practice the art of siestas. During this time of our day our Moon Dog guardians also provide a ver special type of calming & healing methods of care that each individual dog receives. This is a wonderful gift that only enhances and balances a dog’s body, mind, and spirit. In the evening our lodge is set up to offer our lodging guests a communal sanctuary with plenty of snuggly beds, blankets, soothing sounds of our water fountain and soft misic offing a gentle vibe for a restful slumber. See atmosphere info below.

WE ARE 100% DEDICATED to our guest dogs, their families, and the service we provide. We take what we do very seriously. All outings and care are managed and guided by our Moon Dog Lodge guardians who are educated dog lovers. Our human crew is trained through a specific program designed to educate guardians on key components like, respect and awareness of dog culture, dog psychology, dog individual and social behavior, management of social (pack) off leash behavior, and human/dog communication just to name some basics. This training is reviewed on a continual basis along with 24-7 fieldwork each and every day out on the ranch property. The unique social outside exercise our program that Moon Dog offers provides our guardians with a more natural and in tune understanding about the dog world. It often surpasses the textbook/video module part of our education process giving our Moon Dog ladies the ability to observe and practice valuable knowledge and awareness building top notch skills.

Much thought and energy is given to our interviewing process of our guardians. We seek individuals that have developed a deep love and intuitive connection with animals through past experience. Moon Dog Lodge strives to give our guardians the tools and understanding they need to provide excellent leadership with our packs and build healthy relationships with each individual dog. Moon Dog guardians are educated leaders, invested, compassionate, and loving guides and care takers. The dogs understand this, it is a very large key factor to what makes Moon Dog Lodge an outstanding service that our dogs and their families find so valuable!

It is important to note that any time you choose a social-free form (off leash) dog care that provides an organic landscape like Moon Dog Lodge there is always the possibility for injury due to our natural open space ranch environment. It is also important to acknowledge that when working with animals in social groups altercations can and do occur from time to time no matter the best of precautions. Social groups of dogs will always incorporate a spectrum of alpha, beta, and submissive behaviors in one shape or form. At Moon Dog, our guardians offer focused guidance, this opens the opportunity for dogs to experience their social system through a balanced day of physical release, play interaction, rest/calmness, while being able to count on consistent clear leadership and genuine love through out the day from our staff.

A key factor to Moon Dog being able to provide this exceptional service through the years is due to the training of our guardians. Basic understanding of the culture and behavior of the animal provides our guardians with awareness and leadership tools to recognize and intercept unhealthy or escalating behavior before it causes challenges to the best of their visual ability. Moon Dog Lodge responsibly follows simple straight forward safety protocols for this type of dog care offering a healthy space to navigate in.


Transportation Service, “The Moon Mobile”

Fb-Daisy back of truckMoon Dog Lodge’s transportation service is set up just like everything else we do… with a great deal of thought and a great amount of attention to safety and management of our guest dogs.  All dogs ride harnessed (families provide harness gear) and clip into individual spaces by carabineers with short sturdy leads. This system allows us to function with much efficiency while managing the loading and unloading of dogs.


Moon Dog Atmosphere-

Moon Dog Lodge is a guest ranch for dogs. Just like it says, we are a ranch! The dogs that became part of our pack get to be “ranch” dogs and soak up the freedom to move about naturally. Most dogs dream of this type of environment because it care takes their body, mind, and spirit. The Moon dogs cruz the great outdoors to the fullest am and pm, find outstanding buddies, learn the Moon Dog way and snuggle or sprawl inside our communal homey lodge for mid day and or evening Zzzzzz’s. A simple down to Earth loving vibe are some descriptive words that capture the type of atmosphere we emanate and nurture. Our 20-acre property is a large part of our setting and we utilize the open space to the maximum. Our focused social off leash outdoor component literally opens up the doors for a dog to be a dog and release the natural energy in a natural space which is a natural part of the creatures we call dogs. Whether they are youngsters, in their mid years, or beloved elders, plenty of space to move, good clean air and sunshine are a must. Moon Dog also offers, in the warmer months, cool wet frolicking fun with our awesome clean circulating pond and ditches and don’t forget fabulous winter time snow, snow, snow. These are all an important part of a dogs world here in Central Oregon!

Our special service gifts dogs a fabulous indoor and outdoor communal space for sharing and enjoying a dog’s day. Moon Dog guardians (staff) provide respectful consistent leadership and praise along with an easy going upbeat vibe. Our style and philosophy offers a stress free loving mode that all creatures truly enjoy being part of. When a social dog is offered the ability to engage with their own kind in an environment that provides healthy leadership and healthy boundaries it gives huge amounts of satisfaction to the whole dog, physically, mentally, and who knows, perhaps it gifts dogs the chance to reconnect with their wild ancestors and as a pack celebrate bits of their old souls!

Essential Oils & Music-

IMG_2182Many dogs experience a level of anxiety when spending time away from their “family pack.” This can be a normal reaction to a degree as a dog is a pack animal that needs to truly trust that they are in good hands and in a good safe space when they are not with you. Moon Dog Lodge has studied and worked hard to deliver compassionate leadership and safe knowledgeable care to our guest pups. In addition we have interwoven a variety of stress relieving components into our top-notch dog care service to help ease the emotional state of mind. A couple examples of this type of care include essential oils which can offer a great deal of support with emotional and physical challenges. We have chosen a specific company for our oils because we appreciate their integrity and high quality therapeutic oils. This is of the most importance when using essential oils properly. Adding essential oils has gifted Moon Dog Lodge and its guests a lovely natural way to find balance and calmness offering the pups the ability to settle into the loving experience we provide out at the ranch.

Music is another component that Moon Dog utilizes to give support and release. Dogs enjoy beautiful melodies and rhythmic vibrations just like us. Carefully selected sounds of nature and different selections of music can also give great comfort and offer a grounded and blissful state of mind, body & spirit.

Moon Dog Lodge incorporates a variety of different concepts in addition to oils and music that nurture this healthy method of dog care and vibe. It is a part of what makes us so exceptionally unique.


Keeping our lodge and outside areas clean is an important part of care taking dogs. We are proud to share that we use a variety of all natural cleaners and essential oils to provide and well kept clean environment. Many of our Moon Dog families greatly value our cleaning methods as some pups can have allergies or even severe reactions to toxic cleaners like bleach and everyday house hold cleaners. There are many natural ways to control odor, sterilize, keep illnesses at bay, and even control critters like lice and fleas. We practice all this through a natural cleaning routine each and everyday.

Poop scooping up at the lodge’s back yard area and poop pick up out in our fields are of course a consistent must! Moon Dog believes in doing our best to care take our planet and therefore all guardians carry biodegradable poop bags at all times. Poop cans also have biodegradable liners so that the continence that is scooped daily can return to the Earth as efficiently as possible.

Dirty Dogs-

IMG_1900Moon Dog is a ranch environment with lots of outside glee…There is no way around it, dogs get dirty. We provide warm showers or rinsing as needed, towel dry, and lightly brush out pups at the end of the day. We are not set up to provide professional grooming. We are sensitive to dogs returning home to you as clean as possible. Please keep in mind depending on weather conditions and time of year dog’s can return home with some “leftovers” like seeds in fur, sandy dirt in toes and or bellies. Dogs can also be damp after showering. Please note that when the dogs are outside we are truly a ranch outdoor experience meaning the areas outside are not groomed nor do we have traditional kennel facility fencing (cyclone fencing.) There are sticks and stones, deer, fox, coyotes, and small rodents. Unfortunately noxious weeds pop up here and there, which we do our best to control. Untamed outdoor obstacles are part of the territory much like you would find while out with your pup on the trail in the woods here in central Oregon. It is important to understand that when a dog is functioning in this type of organic environment there can always be a possibility for injury no matter the precautions.


Fb-Rhi treating dogsWe work hard to provide a safe loving environment that nurtures all aspects of your dog. This includes the small snacks that are given out throughout the day. Moon Dog offers our pack members only the best of goodies. We strive to stay conscientious on all areas of nutrition, this is an additional care taking component that we educate our guardians on at Moon Dog Lodge. A variety of high quality made in the USA, all natural, no artificial preservatives, no egg, no dairy, no grain treats are given out in modest portions for happy tummies. Snacks also provide help in managing dogs with praise; reinforcing happy healthy balanced behavior. Special attention is always given to allergies and special arrangements can be set up to accommodate your pup with selective treats. Good snacks are part of a well-rounded day!

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