Dedicated to the well being of dogs in our care.

At Play All Day, we make a big investment in our staff. Our staff members are committed and passionate about the well being of your dog. All team members are trained over a four-week period. Training consists of classroom and hands-on learning. New team members must show competencies in reading dog body language, understanding dog behavior, dog training, and management of playgroups.

The most important skill that our team members learn is understanding dog body language. Dogs speak a language, we just have to understand it and interpret it. There are very strong cues that dogs will give us to let us know if they’re uncomfortable, if they’re happy, if they’re frightened. We just have to listen.

April Hammer | Owner

I have spent my life in the company of many extraordinary dogs and dog people. I am a lifelong student of dog behavior and training. I have a special interest in, what I call, “The Art of Being a Dog”. Simply put, this is allowing dogs to be dogs and understanding their need to be what they were intended.
I am a nurse by training and also spent many years in healthcare administration. Along with my work history, my work with Golden Retriever rescue, over many years, has prepared me for this endeavor. And most importantly, my work with introducing foster dogs into my home has helped me develop skills in creating fun and safe multi-dog environments which, of course, is vital to dog daycare. I am so proud of what we have created at Play All Day and the positive impact we have made on the lives of the dogs in our care and their families. And I am grateful for the trust that our families give us. It is never taken for granted.

Kate

is the Manager of Play All Day. She knows every dog that walks through the door and what they need. She also understands that daycare is not just about the dogs, but also our families. Kate grew up in Peoria and is the youngest of five. Her mother worked as a Veterinary Assistant when Kate was a child and she remembers thinking that her Mom had the coolest job around. Kate has been with Play All Day since 2012. As one of our earliest employees, Kate learned along with us as we built the business. Kate has blossomed from a shy young teenager into a talented and caring Manager.

Sarah

is our Facility Supervisor. In her role, she makes sure that they facility is not only clean, but also safe. She started at Play All Day in 2013 as a Daycare Attendant. She has now added a long list of maintenance skills to her resume. Sarah had many dogs growing up, but the first she called her own was Mama Mia, a Blue Merle Great Dane. Sarah now shares her heart with her dog Eben and her two beautiful daughters.

Tera

is our Team Supervisor. She joined the Play All Day team in the spring of 2015. Tera loves Beagles and shares her life with Magic and Princess Leia. She also has cats, Dizzy Devil and Maverick. She is married to Eben. Tera has a degree in Human Services and came to us from The Children’s Home where she had worked for several years. Tera enjoys getting tattoos, Gaming, books, Weird Al Yankovic, movies, concerts, music, musicals, and the Cardinals. Tera is an advocate for Human Rights and also a self-proclaimed Geek.

Letitia

is the Lead Trainer for our Group Classes and provides Day Training to our daycare. She also does private, in-home training. Letitia volunteers her time walking dogs at PAWS / PCAPS. She volunteered at the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha, Wisconsin where she began to learn more about the science of dog behavior. She adopted a dog from the shelter with some behavioral needs and wanted to learn as much as possible to improve her dog’s quality of life. Letitia graduated from the Delta Institute as a Certified Dog Trainer.