Some of the benefits of doggie daycare:
- A chance to meet and play with other dogs.
- Mental stimulation.
- A routine that relieves separation anxiety and boredom.
- Exercise — a tired out pup will be relaxed and exhausted by the time he comes home.
- Lots of TLC.
- Avoids the issue of having strangers in your home.
One of the reasons we would like to schedule a day to put the pups in daycare is the fact they don't get a lot of socialization with other dogs and we feel bad about that. This is why we took them to the park and they really enjoyed it. Jake and Maggie were so good and even made some doggie friends! We rely on my sister to take care of them if we are going to be gone for longer than 6 hours but we feel bad about asking all the time. We are glad daycare is an option for us.
- Is it clean and organized?
- Does it have secure fencing?
- Is the area free of hazards, like electrical cords, wires or broken toys?
- Does it have minimal odors and a comfortable temperature?
- Is there enough for staff to ensure safety?
According to the American Kennel Club, it is important to ask the following questions:
- Will they do a temperament test? The daycare facility should do an assessment of your dog’s behavior and personality before accepting him. AKC Canine Retreat, for example, does a comprehensive behavioral assessment, not only to decide if a dog is right for their environment but also to customize care.
- What kind of training does the staff have? At a bare minimum, the staff should be trained in basic care and safety procedures. However, ideally, you’re looking for staff trained in animal behavior, including canine body language, and warning signs of danger, stress, or illness.
- Does the facility have procedures in place for emergencies, like natural disasters or injuries? There should be staff members trained in first aid. Also, ask how they will communicate with you in the event of an emergency.
- Speaking of communication, will you receive daily or weekly reports from them? Will you have access to a webcam? Will they notify you promptly if they see a change in behavior or well-being?
- What type of discipline do they use? According to PACCC, professionally trained staff will use methods that do not use punishment for bad behavior and do reward good behavior.
- Is there a variety of activities to appeal to dogs of different energy levels and personalities? Is there a comfortable, designated rest area?
- Is the business bonded and insured?
- If they’re open and responsive and seem like compassionate, warm, and patient caregivers, you can feel confident that they’ll take good care of your dog.
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