For many dog owners, leaving their canine companion home during the day while they are away is not a feasible solution. That’s where doggy daycares come in handy. Much like traditional daycare for children, doggy daycare facilities offer care, attention and supervision to their four-legged clients. Yet with so many different options available, it can be difficult to determine which one to choose. These tips will help you narrow your selection so you can pick the doggy daycare that’s perfect for you and your pup.
Ask Around – Before you begin the process of choosing a doggy daycare, ask around to see if anyone you know has a facility they can recommend. Check with your vet and ask for referrals. This makes it much easier than picking from the yellow pages or weeding through an online search. You’re also much more likely to find a quality daycare you can trust.
Pay a Visit – Once you’ve got a short list of options, make an appointment to come by and tour the facility. Look for things like cleanliness, well-cared for animals, and friendly, professional staff that interact well with the dogs. If at any point you get a bad feeling, go with your gut and move on.
Healthcare – Quality doggy daycares require up to date vaccination and health information for every single pet that stays with them, without exception. If a potential facility you’re considering is lax on this type of thing, cross them off your list. You want to be sure wherever you leave your dog, she will be in a safe and healthy environment.
Amenities and Services – What kind of amenities does the daycare facility offer for your pet? Do the dogs have ample room to run around and exercise, as well as places to rest? Do they offer any type of extra perks, like webcams so you can check in on your dog throughout the day? Make sure that the amenities and services they offer match the needs of you and your pet.
Listen to Your Pooch – It’s important that your dog feels comfortable and safe while at doggy daycare, so before you choose a facility, bring your pet in for a visit or two (some daycares offer a free trial period to be sure it’s a good fit for everyone). Watch how your pet responds and be mindful of body language and reactions. If you notice he is nervous or avoids going into a daycare facility after a few visits, it may be time to move on.
Choosing the right doggy daycare doesn’t have to be difficult. By doing your homework and following the steps listed here, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and find the facility that’s the best fit for you both.
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