Every other month, our pet expert and Canine Coaches dog trainer, Jill Bailey, will answer your pet questions. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Canine Coaches visit caninecoaches.com.
I’ve had a few questions about doggy daycare. I know there are a lot of pet parents out there that 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 out there to explore. First, you have to 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 place is different, but when you are researching, watch for some of these amenities:
- Pools/swim training
- Birthday parties
- The list goes on!
There are also places that can groom your dog too. This is a great option for those super busy pet parents – you can get everything done in one place! Also, many offer overnight stays; this is a great option if you’re traveling. If your dog is familiar with the place he or she is staying, your dog will be more comfortable in this environment when he or she 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. If you aren’t comfortable or sure if this is the best option for your dog, there are other avenues to explore – for example, you could find a dog walker, or perhaps a relative or friend that can check in on your pooch and take him or her for a walk or play with your pet for a while during the day. Whatever the case, do your research to ensure that you find 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 of the tough questions before making that big decision. Be sure to research the breed you are interested in before choosing. Good questions to ask are: Does the dog shed too much, bark a lot and 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? Then it’s probably not a good idea to get a brand new puppy. Ask friends or relatives who have a breed you are interested in about their experiences, or speak with a trainer in advance to help you better understand the breed before you make your final choice.