Our four-legged friends mean the world to us, which is why it’s super important to get them the very best care. Doggie Daycare is a great option for those people who work but don’t want to miss out on all of the great benefits of owning a dog. Dogs don’t like to be left at home for long periods of time, so if you’re going out to work every day, you’re going to have to make arrangements.
You only want the best for them so here are some expert tips on finding the perfect daycare for your pooch!
Ask Around For Recommendations
If there’s a strong dog-loving community in your area, then take the opportunity to pick their brains and ask where they take their dogs to. Ask for recommendations on local Facebook groups. Once you’ve made a shortlist, look at online recommendations on Google or social media.
Visit The Facilities
Ask the owner if you can come and view the facilities while they have dogs there. Places like Dogs R Dogs will be happy to let you visit. Get a feel for the place and ask questions about the safety of the premises, health and safety and cleaning. The ideal daycare will be:
Safe – no obvious ways to escape
Spacious – enough room to run about freely and get exercise
Ask If They Separate Dogs
Larger daycare centers will look after dogs of all shapes and sizes. In this case, it’s better if dogs are separated according to their size or temperament. Nervous dogs surrounded by boisterous, playful ones will not do well in daycare, they need to be placed with dogs of a similar temperament.
Ask About Training & Activities
What will your dog be doing throughout the day? Will they be left to their own devices or will the staff engage them in activities and games. Some daycares will even help with remedial training.
Find A Daycare That Provides Other Services
It can be difficult to find a place that you can trust and your dog enjoys so if they offer other services such as walking, boarding or grooming, then this is great. You won’t have to put your dog through unnecessary stress when you go away on vacation. They will in a familiar place with people they like. You can make it up to them by booking a dog-friendly vacation next time.
Check Their Credentials
Different areas have their own set of rules regarding licensing and insurance needed to run a doggie daycare. Ask to see their paperwork and check that it is all in order.
You’ll also want the peace of mind that should anything happen to your dog while you’re not there, that they have the necessary pet first aid qualifications to give them the best care.
Don’t Ignore Your Gut Feeling
Doing all of your research is common sense but you need to be 100% comfortable with your choice. If you have any bad feelings or second thoughts about a place then listen to your gut and keep looking.
Once life gets back to normal after this worldwide pandemic, your pup is going to deserve unlimited days of doggy daycare and socialization it’s not even funny! Be sure to find the right daycare for your precious fur baby by following the tips we’ve listed above.