Some dog owners swear that dog daycare is the best thing that ever happened to their pet; others will tell you that their dogs didn’t do very well and they had to pull them out. How can you know that dog daycare is the right choice for your furry friend? The short answer is, there is no way to know until you try. Some dogs love dog day care, others will just not get used to it. However, it is not a question of hoping that if you take your pet to daycare often enough she will get used to it. As a responsible pet owner there are some important things you must do.
The first is to make sure that you find the right day care center for your animal. Not all dog day care facilities are the same. There are some that are great for younger dogs, for example, and others which are tailored for more mature ones. There are some which are used to caring for certain breeds, so if you take them a rare one that they are not familiar with they will have a hard time providing proper care. You know your dog best, and you know what she likes and what she hates. Based on her temperament you should try and find her a kennel where she will feel right at home.
You should look carefully into the kind of care that is provided in the daycare centre. The best kennels have different sections for different dogs and different times of day. There will be a separate area for younger dogs that are more energetic, while older dogs will be away in a quiet area. There is a schedule of activities for the animals depending on their age and temperament. You may find that in the morning the younger dogs are allowed to play in the yard, during the midmorning they are taken to the dog park and after lunch they are allowed to go back to their kennels for a nap. Old dogs may be allowed to dictate their schedule. If you think your dog will be happy with whatever the daycare center has planned then she should have no problem taking to it.
To make sure that your dog has an easier time adjusting you should bring her along with her favorite treats and maybe her dog bowl. Toys are usually not allowed as they can lead to fights, so your dog will have to miss them while she is away from home. Don’t just drop her at the daycare center and disappear – take a few minutes to settle her in before you leave.
Lastly, if you have a particularly sensitive animal it is a good idea to start off with a few hours at a time until she is able to happily stay at the daycare center all day. You can start by dropping her off for an hour or two while you go shopping and then gradually increase this as your dog gets more and more comfortable.