Thousands of pet owners work all day, and most need to leave their dogs at home alone. Many of these owners come home to hyperactive or stressed-out dogs. Dogs can 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 top ten 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 could be easily 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 lifesaver!
What is Doggie Daycare?
Doggie daycare works a lot like daycare for human babies. You drop your dog off in the morning on the way to work. While you slave away, your pampered pooch is pampered indeed! Depending on your dog's needs/temperament and 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 (instead of waiting all day like some dogs do).
Cost of Doggie Daycare
Cost can vary between about $12 to $35 per day.
Cost typically depends on the type of facility (whether the daycare is operated out of a private home or 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.
If your dog is on the anti-social side, this may be the better option for you and your dog. 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 much for social dogs. Often the number of dogs on a day at these places can 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 even break up dog fights. Dogs are given breaks, to cool down, rest and possibly nibble on healthy snacks.
In both private and commercial daycare facilities, dog owners are required to present proof of current vaccinations for their dogs. All dogs must be healthy in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and parasites. Be sure to provide current contact information for you and your veterinarian in case of emergency.
The Best Choice For Your Dog
This all depends upon 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