Doggy Daycare Decisions Can Be Doggone Difficult

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I’ve had a few questions about doggy daycare. I know there are a lot of pet parents out there who worry that their dog is bored and lonely at home all day while they are at work. Then when they get home, the dog is full of energy and they are ready to hit the couch!

There are a lot of options to explore. First, you must consider your dog’s temperament and activity level – make sure that you choose what makes the most sense for your dog. There are some doggy daycares that go beyond just watching, feeding and walking your dog. What do you want for your dog? Every daycare is different, but when you are researching, watch for some of these amenities: pools/swim training, birthday parties, massages, pedicures … the list goes on! There are places that can groom your dog too. This is a great option for those super-busy pet parents – get everything done in one place! Also, many offer overnight stays. This is great if your dog already goes there regularly because it will be more comfortable in that environment when it has to spend the night.

Most importantly, you want to choose a place that takes into account your dog’s temperament, activity level and size to be sure you are getting a good match for your dog. If you aren’t comfortable or aren’t sure if it is the best option for your dog, there are other avenues to explore, such as a dog walker or perhaps a relative or friend can check in on your pooch and take them for a walk or play with them for a while during the day. Good luck in your search for the perfect pooch play place!

Have you ever wondered what dog is perfect for you and your family? You see a sweet puppy face and you just melt, right? Well, please make sure you are asking yourself all the tough questions before making that big decision. Be sure to research the breed you are interested in before choosing – do they shed too much, bark a lot, have a high energy level? Maybe you just want to relax with your pup on the couch. If so, you may want to consider adopting a senior pet from your local shelter. Don’t have time for training? Don’t get a puppy! Ask friends or relatives who have a breed you are interested in about their experiences, or you could speak with a trainer in advance to help you better understand the breed before you make your final choice. 

No matter what breed you choose, cost and time will factor in with any decision. Good luck on your search for the newest member of your family.


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Jill Bailey

Jill Bailey is the Media Specialist at M3 Group by day, by night she is helping train dogs for Canine Coaches! Having a life-long love of dogs, Jill decided to get her training certification in 2012. Visit caninecoaches.com for more information.

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