You may be really busy some days. You could be planning an event in your home that you don’t want your dog to attend. You might have to work late. It just doesn’t seem right that your dog should suffer for your situation. What’s the solution? It could be a private dog walker or sitter. It could also be to place your pup in doggy day care.
What Is Doggy Day Care?
Doggy day care is the canine equivalent of child day care. You enroll your dog. You drop him or her off in the care of the dog day care attendants. You leave him or her there for a set amount of time or all day, depending on your situation and the hours set by the day care.
You trust that in this safe environment, your dog can play. He or she can make new friends – school buddies. He’ll have ample opportunities to socialize. You’ll be relieved of the guilt of long days without you. You’ll feel like a responsible owner. You’ll be providing your dog with a fun, stimulating environment. Dog day care brings you peace of mind and provides great fun for your dog. But how do you know that your dog really will have a good experience?
How To Find One And What To Look For Once You Have
Dog day cares are not difficult to find. They advertise: online, in telephone directories, in newspapers. The shortest route to numerous possibilities is to search “dog daycare” in your town or state. You can also ask for information about good daycare from friends with dogs, and from fellow dog park attendees. There may be a posting at your vet’s or your vet may be able to recommend good places.
• Ask your friends who they use and why. Get their opinion on the facilities, the people who own the business, and the employees.
• Pay a visit to the doggy day care at an hour when it is in “full tilt”. You need to check out the environment and talk to the employees. If you’re told that’s not allowed, then think twice about leaving your beloved companion there.
• Check to make sure the facilities are roomy and clean, especially the area where your dog will play. There should be no evidence of pee, poop, or vomit.
• Do the dogs have enough supervision? Are there enough employees for the number of dogs? Do they supervise or let the dogs do as they please? What seems to be their philosophy of dog handling?
• Are there enough toys, clean, full water bowls, and other items to serve the dogs?
• Does the day care ask important question, like, “Does your dog have any allergies?” Or, “What’s your dog’s experience with large groups of other dogs?
• Do they require that you provide proof of vaccinations such as rabies, distemper/parvo, and kennel cough – up to date, of course?
• Do they ask you for complete information and instructions regarding your dog’s needs? Do they understand what you expect and can they deliver it?
• Do they require contact information for your vet, your emergency phone number(s) and any other pertinent information?
• Do the employees appear to be enjoying the dogs? Do they seem to care about them?
• Are employees trained to deal firmly and compassionately with bullies and aggressive animals? What do they do if a fight breaks out?
Before you enroll your beloved companion in a doggy day care, you need to ask these questions. You also need to visit the establishment a couple of times. Only then can you make a decision that you’ve found the right environment for your dog.