Is Your Dog Home Alone? Find out if Doggy Daycare is right for you.

Posted on August 18, 2009 under Dog Insurance

Friendly, loyal and lovable, dogs are truly man’s best friend. Yet so often our best friend is left home alone for 8 hours a day while we are at work. Lack of interaction for long periods of time like this may lead to excessive barking, disobedience and stress in dogs. An alternative to leaving your dog at home during the day is to enroll him or her in Doggy Daycare. Today’s Doggy Daycares are more than just pet sitting services. They also provide an opportunity for your dog to improve on many key skills including:

Interaction: Alone no more!
In the care of trained dog personnel, dogs are able to continue interacting with people while their owner is away. Having the opportunity to be in constant contact with people is a great benefit of Doggy Daycare.

Socialization: Doggy Friends for Life
Unique to Doggy Daycare, is the ability for dogs to meet and play with other dogs. This can be beneficial to young dogs as it will allow them to develop their social skills. Also, since dogs are social animals by nature, they will love having the opportunity to play with other dogs.

Exercise: Fit as a Fiddle
Most Doggy Daycare centers have activities scheduled throughout the day that will help keep your dog stimulated. Activities may include ball-fetching, chasing games, wrestling and tunnel running. Depending upon the facility, dogs may rotate between indoor and outdoor activities. There are also rest times built into each day to ensure that your dog regains his/her energy.

Training: Supplemental Dog Education
Maybe your pup needs a bit more training. Some Doggy Daycares are able to supplement the training you do at home with additional lessons during the day. Continual reinforcement of behavior training can help your dog retain what they are taught. There are even daycares that will teach your dog new tricks!

Most importantly, Doggy Daycares can give you peace of mind knowing that your dog is well cared for during your working hours. From interaction with people to socializing with other dogs, you can be sure that there is never a dull moment for your lovable pup.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to choose the Doggy Daycare that is the best fit for you and your dog. So do a little research and ask around for referrals to the best Doggy Daycare in town.

Choosing Your Doggy Daycare

Finding the Doggy Daycare that is the best fit for you and your dog is important. Here are some points to consider before you enroll your pup:

Staff: Make sure that staff members are trained to work with dogs and that there are enough people to supervise the dogs. Ask about the amount and type of experience of the employees and the dog to staff ratio.

Maintenance: Find out how the daycare cleans and disinfects its facility throughout the day and at the end of the day. Look to see if the play areas and crates are in good condition, clean, and safe for your dog.
Dog Fights: Ask how the staff handles dog fights and what the policy is when a dog is playing a little too rough.

Emergency: Inquire about the daycare’s procedure for managing an emergency. Whether an emergency affects one dog or the daycare as a whole, you’ll want to know that there is a plan for your dog and that he or she will continue to be in good care.

Clientele: You may want to look into the process of how the daycare accepts a newcomer. An interview process of a potential newcomer assesses whether or not the daycare staff and current dog attendees are a good fit.

Credentials: Your dog deserves to be in a daycare that is in good standing. Ensure that the facility is insured, bonded and/or accredited by a national dog association.
The best way to determine if a particular daycare is a good fit for your dog is to pay them a visit. Making sure your dog is in a safe environment with friendly staff is most important and will ensure that your dog has a great home away from home.

Putting the ‘Care’ in Doggy Daycare

Some Doggy Daycares offer additional services for your dog. From grooming and massages to overnight boarding, be sure to ask what else is offered by your Doggy Daycare.
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