Some people laugh when they hear the term “doggy daycare.” However, it’s not something to be taken lightly. Some dogs have separation anxiety, and they cannot be away from their owners all day. Other owners simply want their dogs to be stimulated and with others when they are at work. How can you go about choosing the best doggy daycare for your pup and what elements should you consider?
References and Reputation
It’s so important to pick a doggy daycare that has a very strong reputation in the community. Ask family members, friends and neighbors who they use. When you’re leaving your precious pup somewhere for the day, you always want to read reviews from the Better Business Bureau. You want to ensure that the dogs are safe during inside times, outside times and transportation.
If you have a very long commute to work, it might be difficult for you to drop off your dog in the morning and fetch him or her when the evening comes. Fortunately, some doggy daycares offer bus service. The driver will come to bring your dog to daycare and to drop him or her off once you are home for the night.
You also want to select a doggy daycare that has routines for their dogs so that your pup isn’t doing the same thing all day long. Most reputable daycares have time for relaxation, snack, meals and play with other dogs. The dogs will, of course, also go for works and have time for fresh air. If you’d like to make changes to the schedule, check to see if that is possible before enrolling your dog in the program.
Even though you aren’t boarding your dog there, each animal is likely still entitled to his or her own room. When free play time is over, the dogs head back to their personal rooms for relaxation. You want to make sure that the rooms are safe, clean and spacious enough for your dog.
Will you send in food for your dog, or is that included in the fee? Is the daycare responsible for toys that you send in with your dog? Do you need to provide water and bowls? You must ask these questions before sending your dog. You do not want your dog to lose his or her favorite toy or come home with a stomachache from new foods.
Picking the perfect daycare for your dog is important because he or she will be spending a lot of time there. Before you enroll your dog, go on a tour of the facility. See how different dogs there act, and ask if accommodations can be made if your pet is a bit dog aggressive. Ultimately, you want a place that will treat your dog as an individual.