Doggy Day Care Is The Best But Make Sure You’re Prepared
My family currently includes one dog and that makes doggy day care a necessity, especially since my wife and I both work outside of our home. If we had two dogs, as we had in the past, we might not need doggy day care as much because they’d have each other for company. But even then, it’s good for dogs to socialize with others outside of their immediate pack.
After a few hours at doggy day care, our Daisy comes home happy and exhausted. She’ll walk in the door, eat her dinner, and go right to sleep. It makes the end of our workday a lot easier. While Daisy is at the day care facility, she has a blast playing with her friends. They even have nap time from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Occasionally, we’ll take Daisy to our day care for overnight boarding when we have to travel without her. With Daisy, it has become as easy as dropping her off for a regular play session. But we do make sure to pack her own food, treats, toys, and a blanket that smells like home.
If you’re traveling for the holidays and plan to put your pup in a doggy day care for one or more nights, there are some things you need to know first. There’s a little more to it than simply finding one and dropping your fur baby off. Little Things shared a list of stuff to know before you go. Here are a few of the important points to think about:
- Do your research – Make sure you pick the right doggy day care for your pet.
- Take a tour – This is how you’ll know what kind of experience your dog will have.
- Reserve a spot early – Seriously, they fill up quickly, especially around holidays.
- Ask about their staffing – How many people per dog are working at any given time?
- Bring items from home – These will help remind your dog that you haven’t abandoned them.
- Make sure your pet’s vaccines are up to date – Any good day care/boarding facility will require this. It’s for all of the dogs’ protection.
- Bring medications and food – Also, be sure to explain any extra needs your dog might have to the staff.
- Make the goodbye short so as not to stress your pet – In Daisy’s case, she loves day care so much, there’s no time for goodbyes. She’s off and running, ready to play, play, play!