5 Reasons For Using Doggy Day Care

If you're out at work all day, you may be considering doggy day care. While your dog will manage for a while on their own, you might feel more confident having someone with them if you're going to be out all day. Doggy day care is like a doggy kindergarten. There's lots of things for them to do and dogs for them to play with, and all in a safe, controlled environment.


5 Reasons to use doggy day care

  1. A dog left alone at home can get bored, and when they get bored, they look for new things to do, such as chew the sofa! Doggy day care will keep your dog entertained while you are at work, so they are far less likely to suffer any boredom.
  2. When they're locked in the house, they can't exercise. Doggy day care provides plenty of exercise for your dog. This not only helps them keep fit and active, it provides a necessary release for their energy, so they're far more likely to sleep later. If you hire a dog walker, they will walk your dog, but this won't use up as much energy as exercise throughout the day.
  3. Dogs like to socialise with other dogs and this is exactly what they get at doggy day care. Lots of dogs to play with, and it teaches them good doggy socialisation skills.
  4. Some day care centres also offer training, though you may have to pay a bit extra for this. If your dog has a particular problem, it's worth discussing with the owners of the centre. If your dog needs medication, you can also arrange for them to give this to your dog, so you can be sure they won't miss any while you're out working.
  5. Some dogs suffer separation anxiety, and a lot of the time you are unaware of this. They will bark or destroy the house because they don't like being on their own. A doggy day care centre prevents this sort of upset for your dog as they know they won't be home alone for very long.


Find a good doggy day care centre

Don't just turn up at the first centre you find. You need to find the right one for you and your dog, and one which has a good reputation and trained staff.

Reputable day care centres will allow you to leave you dog and let you know if there's a problem with them fitting in. It's important that your dog likes the other dogs and the staff and it can happen occasionally that they take a dislike to something or someone.

So where do you start? The internet will give you lots of places, but you can't be too careful. Your vet will often know places where you can leave your dog, and they are likely to have had feedback from other dog owners, so they will only recommend somewhere where your dog will be properly looked after.

Using a day centre for your dog can alleviate stress for you as well, as you won't have to worry if they're OK while you're not there to look after them.

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