One of the best inventions, at least as far as pet lovers are concerned, must surely be the doggy daycare, allowing you to leave your pet where he is well cared for.
In recent years, there have been more fog daycare facilities appearing all over the country. Many pet owners are simply too busy to exercise their dog themselves, and the daycare concept is a useful and practical solution.
But it can be a challenge finding the ideal dog daycare facility and having the peace of mind in knowing your dog will have a positive experience. These tips can help you to choose a daycare for your pet where he will be well cared for, and have that desired interaction with other dogs.
Referrals Are Useful
If you know a dog owner or two, ask them if they use a particular doggy daycare and whether they would recommend that place to you. Try posting a question on Facebook or other social media, asking dog owner friends nearby if they use a dog daycare that they can endorse.
Look for a ratio of about 1 to 10 when it comes to the staff to dog ratio, and this is something to find out when touring a potential facility. Dog groups should be divided up according to the dog personality and size of the breed, to allow healthier interaction.
Reviews of dog daycare centers can be found easily online, and reading objective reviews and comments from real customers is also a great way to find just the right place. Dog owners like to post their experiences – good or bad – for others to read and benefit from, and a good place to look is Yelp.
Visit the Center
To get a feel for what the doggy daycare is like at different times, try to visit it at least a couple of times once with an appointment and once when you just stop by unannounced. Look for security gates and fencing for security and staff who seem happy and pleased to be working there. Water should be available for dogs all the time, and of course, the dogs should seem to be happy and content there too. Your own dog should be able to fit in with the other dogs at a daycare center. Otherwise, it won’t be a good experience.
Questions To Ask
Visiting the facility and meeting with staff is a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Try to find out how well qualified the staff are, how much relevant experience they have, and what their policy is in the event of a dogfight, injury or another emergency. Dogs should be screened for any signs of aggression, and you should find out how long the place has been in business, and when your dog plays, how many staff members will be in attendance.
Assess Your Dog
Expect to spend about an hour or so with your dog at a facility you are looking at, in order for the staff to assess whether your dog would be a suitable fit. This initial assessment is typically free. Your dog may not be suited to a daycare center if he seems reluctant to be left there, or cowers or seems afraid of the staff. If the overall daycare experience was positive, that should be reflected in your dog’s behaviour when you pick him up, and he should be excited and happy. Finding the right doggy daycare center can take some work, and it’s as much your dog’s input as it is yours.