For busy dog parents who do not want to leave their pup alone at home all day, there’s always the doggy day care to consider. These facilities are pretty muck like children’s daycare. Here your dog can play safely for the rest of the day, alongside other dogs.
All dogs require physical activity and social interaction for them to live a happy life. Doggy day cares provide these needs to your dog, in a delicately supervised and controlled setting, so that next time you need to stay at the office for long periods you can rest assured your dog is professionally cared and looked out for.
For dogs with anxiety problems triggered by loneliness or boredom, staying in a doggy day care is an excellent antidote. In these places they will get to meet and play with other dogs so there’s no time to get bored and lonely.
However, before you take your pup to the nearest day care, there are important things to consider.
- Dog day cares don’t accept all dogs. They screen applicants in terms of their sociability quotient. If your dog gets excited in the presence of other dogs and human strangers, and they can’t get enough of these social and play interactions, they’re probably suited to a dog day care. Meanwhile, if your dog becomes belligerent in the presence of strangers, dogs and humans alike, chances are they will be turned down. Most dog day cares are especially adamant at their refusal to accept un-neutered or un-spayed dogs. This decision is for safety and security reasons, given how intact dogs are more prone to aggression.
- There are good excellent dog day cares, good ones, and substandard ones as well. If you want no less than the most excellent facility for your dog, make sure you pick a facility that’s been approved by the Occupation Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Also, ask about the credentials of their hired day care providers, the number of day care attendants per shift, as well as their emergency protocols. These considerations will give you enough insight on how competently a facility is being run.
- Refrain from enrolling your dog in overcrowded day cares. The ideal moving space per dog is between 50 and 60 square pet. Anything smaller than this space will adversely affect your dog’s comfort and, if worse comes to worse, your dog’s safety.
- Refrain from enrolling your dog in day cares that prohibit dog parents from showing up at any time to visit their pup. You want to be able to randomly spot check whether your pup is actually getting your money’s worth in terms of the care they get to receive.
- Doggy day cares typically charge daily prices of between $15 and $35.
- Some doggy day cares also welcome other domesticate pets such as cats. If this won’t pose a problem then good. But if you think your dog won’t jive well with a feline in their midst, it’s better to look elsewhere, preferably a facility that solely caters to canine breeds.