3 Things to Look for When Choosing a Doggy Day-Care Center
More and more people are choosing to leave their dogs at Doggy Day-Care Centers when they go to work.
They are gone for long hours, and naturally worried that their dog will become bored on its own. And, we all know that boredom can lead to excessive barking and destructive behavior.
So, here are 3 things you should consider when choosing a Doggy Day-Care Center for your dog.
Flexible Visiting Hours
Does the center allow you to drop in, and visit your dog during the day?
You might be out of the office, and want to drop in and say ‘hello’ to your dog at lunchtime.
You also want to see how well your dog is getting on, and being able to drop in, unannounced is a must for all dog owners.
Providing Fresh, Clean Water
Dogs can get a bit slobbery so it’s important that all water containers are checked, wiped clean and topped up regularly.
How regularly will depend upon the weather conditions, but in a busy doggy day-care center we would suggest at least three times a day.
Separation of dogs
While the point of taking your dog to one of these places is so that he or she can play with other dogs, it is important that dogs are separated based on size and temperament.
Some shy dogs feel intimidated around boisterous, active dogs.
Puppies can also be overwhelmed when they are faced with a crowd of larger dogs.
Some puppies are so big and boisterous they are better off with adult dogs, and some adult dogs are so small they are better off with the puppies.
There’s no one rule when it comes to keeping dogs together, and staff should be monitoring the dogs' behavior all the time.
What does matter is that each dog has space and somewhere to get away from the others if it is feeling overwhelmed.
Can you imagine being in a room full of screaming, jumping people.
Sure, it might be fun to begin with but it will eventually get tiring and you may even become annoyed.
Your dog is the same so choose your Doggy Day-Care Center wisely.