3 Great Reasons to Put Your Pup in Doggy Daycare
Would you consider sending your dog to Doggy Daycare?
And - Yes, daycare for dogs is a real thing!
In fact, as a dog trainer, I am a HUGE advocate for these programs. Here are my top 3 reasons why every working dog owner should look into daycare for their own pups:
What a great way to get them socialized with other dogs and for dogs to learn to listen to other people (besides the ones they live with).
If you have plans after work and you are not going to be able to tend to your dog, that is the perfect day to bring your fur kid to daycare. When your pup comes home, he/she will be too exhausted to worry about you leaving for your night out.
If you work all day Doggy Daycare is a great alternative to staying home alone or being crated all day. No dog should be left alone for more then 8 hours at a time. Expecting your dog to be accepting of being confined in a crate for hours on end and to entertain themselves is truly unacceptable. Anything more than 8 hours in a crate is inhumane and will eventually create behavioral issues in your dog. If you work more than 8 hours in a day, and you don't have a child, neighbor or friend to check in on them, Doggy Daycare is a must for your beloved fur kid!
Doggy Daycare is also a WONDERFUL way to provide a safe outlet for your dog's energy. Though, Doggy Daycare does not replace your daily walks (which again, I am a HUGE advocate for), if your dog visits a daycare, most dogs do come home exhausted from having so much fun with their doggie buddies and you may find that your pooch is too tired for their walk. This is the only time I, as a trainer, find it acceptable to skip your walk.
Selecting the Right Daycare
When you visit a facility, check for cleanliness, friendliness, watch and observe how they interact with the dogs there and how they interact with you. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
- What do they do if dogs get into a "spat"
- Do they let dogs bully each other?
- Do they temperament test the dogs?
- Are treats allowed?
- Will they feed or administer medicine to your dog if needed?
- Do they require vaccinations to be updated?
- Is there an indoor and outdoor area?
- Is there a quiet area? Do they offer this, and for how long does the rest period last? (Some dogs need to take a little nap or a rest period after playing non-stop!)
- Do they offer webcam? (Some do! How fun would that be to check in and watch your little buddy romping around with their friends!)
- Do they offer special discounts? (Many do.)
If, for whatever reason, you are not feeling good about a particular daycare you are visiting, walk away and keep looking. Think of it this way - would you want to spend the day there? Always do a reference check and a personal visit prior to bringing your fur kid to daycare.
I hope you'll consider Doggy Daycare for your fur kid. It truly is a GREAT alternative to leaving your best friend at home alone for many hours. Your dog will be thankful for letting them play with their friends and just think of this - a tired dog is a GOOD DOG!
Dog Bible, Edited by Kristin Mehus-Roe, 2005