Doggie Daycare Information

A Play-Date for Your Dog

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Most pet owners work all day and need to leave their dogs at home alone. It's not unusual for these owners to come home to hyperactive or stressed-out dogs. Dogs often get bored and even depressed when they are home alone all day. Those with separation anxiety may cause destruction, harm themselves, and bother neighbors with barking and howling.

One of the most common reasons given at an animal shelter for owner turn-ins is the dog's destructive behavior (doing things like chewing the owner's belongings).

This can often be prevented by giving your dog the exercise and mental stimulation he needs to be happy and healthy. However, when you are busy working long hours, it's hard to give your dog the time he needs. That's where doggie daycare can be a real lifesaver.

What is Doggie Daycare?

Doggie daycare works a lot like daycare for children. You drop your dog off in the morning on the way to work. While you are gone, your dog gets plenty of attention. Depending on your dog's needs and temperament as well as the curriculum set out by the daycare facility, your dog may enjoy his day by playing with other dogs, playing with people, or snuggling up on a nice bed or couch getting loving attention. Your dog will also have the chance to spend time indoors and outdoors, including the opportunity to have a potty break. This is so much better than waiting all day like some dogs do.

Cost of Doggie Daycare

The cost of doggie daycare can vary between about $12 to $35 per day.

Cost typically depends on the region where you live and the type of facility it is (daycare operated out of a private home versus a fully-staffed facility).

In-Home Doggie Daycare

In-home/private daycare is often less expensive than commercial daycare. These are usually run by one or two people and are restricted to a low number of dogs being cared for at any given time.

This may be the better option for you and your dog if your dog is easily overwhelmed byAll dogs must be healthy in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and parasites. a lot of dogs. In-home daycare offers your dog a home environment and typically more human-to-dog contact.

Commercial Dog Daycares

A fully-staffed commercial facility offers a lot for social dogs. The number of dogs on a day at these places may be from ten to twenty dogs, all ready to make friends. Trained staff keep the dogs busy in indoor and/or outdoor play and supervise to make sure the play stays safe. Staff members are typically trained to prevent dog-dog aggression and break up dog fights (yes, they do happen sometimes). Dogs are given breaks to cool down, rest and possibly nibble on healthy snacks.  

In both private and commercial daycare facilities, all dogs must be healthy in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and parasites. Dog owners are required to present proof of current vaccinations for their dogs. Be sure to provide current contact information for you and your veterinarian in case of emergency.

The Best Choice For Your Dog

The right choice all depends on you and your dog. Where do you feel more comfortable leaving him?

Where do you feel your dog will be most comfortable and happy? Talk to the operators and go with your instincts. If anything seems out of line, move on. You'll know by the time you pick your dog up at the end of the day that you made the right decision.

Find a Doggie Daycare In Your Area

Most private doggie daycare providers can be found by searching online. Word of mouth is a great way to find somebody that everybody else recommends. Reading online reviews can be especially helpful. Also, ask for recommendations from your veterinarian, local pet supply shop, and friends/family members with dogs of their own. 

Edited by Jenna Stregowski, RVT