A few posts ago we looked at how to choose the best pet sitter for your dog, and today we are looking at it from a different angle- Doggie Daycare.
Doggie daycare is a helpful tool for dog parents while traveling, but it’s also a great option for those days when you are working long hours and don’t want to leave your pup alone all day.
If your pet suffers from separation anxiety, or tends to get destructive when you are gone this option can be a life saver.
Here are things to keep in mind and questions to ask to help you find the best facility:
- Visit the facility- check it out, and poke around and see how the rest of the dogs seem
- Ask for a trial run- leaving your dog there for half a day will tell you alot about if its a good fit for him, and how he is treated
- How are they prepared for emergencies- anything from fires, floods to burglary should be addressed
- Do they ask for proof of latest vaccines?
- What tests does the daycare conduct to see if your dog will be accepted
- How do they organize dogs? Size? Play style?
- What is the schedule of a typical day?
- How do they handle bad behavior?
- What training has the staff gone through
- What is the ratio of staff to dogs
- What is the procedure if your pooch has a medical emergency? Do they contact your vet or do they use their own?
- How do they communicate/ report to you? Daily report cards?