By Kassie Parisi
CLIFTON PARK — Busy town residents will soon have a new place to bring their furry best friends while they’re on vacation or at work.
Camp Bow Wow, a national dog day-care franchise that provides dog boarding, training, and even grooming, will be setting up a location in Clifton Park.
The business will be located on Route 9., in the space where Giffy’s Bar-B-Q currently stands. The building will be completely converted for the new business, and a 3,235 square foot addition will be added to the rear of the existing building and outdoor enclosed play areas will be constructed in the existing parking lot.
Camp Bow Wow won unanimous planning board approval in late March, but earlier in the process residents voiced some concerns about odors from the facility, along with concerns over noise and waste management.
At the March 21 planning board meeting, Deborah Clothier, owner of the Spa at Chelsea Park in Clifton Park, pointed out that her spa’s parking area is located directly behind the future Camp Bow Wow property and was concerned that her clients would be able to see down into the dog area. She added that even if the dogs could not see clients through the fencing, the canines would bark because they would hear cars coming and going.
Clothier also said that her clients expect quiet for their spa treatments and expressed concern over the fact that the environment with the dogs might adversely impact her business.
Matt Beck, who will own the Clifton Park Camp Bow Wow with his wife, Marlene, responded to the concerns, noting that employees would be specially trained to keep dogs from barking. In the cases of dogs making noise outside, he pointed out, they would be brought inside. In any case, the dogs staying at the facility would not be allowed outside after 7 p.m.
Addressing other concerns, Beck explained that odors would be controlled by using “power loos” in the building to flush dog waste to the sewer system rather than into the dumpster. HD cameras would be used throughout the facility to ensure that cleanliness and safety protocols required, as is standard practice within the Camp Bow Wow franchise.
Camp Bow Wow will be able to hold up to 70 dogs, Beck said. Dogs weighing less than 10 pounds will not be accepted into the facility, he said, and even dogs that meet the size requirements will go through a screening process along with a gradual introduction of the dog to other dogs boarding. Employees will also keep dogs that have the same temperament together to encourage the best behavior possible. Dogs that are not able to socialize with other dogs, and don’t display the proper temperament, will not be able to board at the location. It was also emphasized that Camp Bow Wow is a boarding business, not a veterinary facility.
“We’re really excited,” said Beck. The conversion of the building started a few weeks ago, said Beck, and they are aiming for an opening in early September.
Giffy’s Bar-B-Q, which has been a catering-focused business for the past few years, will be moving into a new building on the same site as the nearby Powers Inn and Pub in Clifton Park, also owned by the Gifford family.