Dog day care programs benefit the dogs of owner’s who have busy lives and are not able to socialize and exercise their dogs. Owners benefit from a guilt free day of work or play and can come home to a calm, relaxed pet. Dog day care provides the best of both worlds for dogs and owners alike.
Getting its start in California in 1987, dog day care has exploded to virtually every small town in America. Started by dog enthusiasts, owners apply the same principles of running any business combined with their love of dogs to the create the ultimate Daytona Beach Wildlife Control day care business.
An article in the online magazine VetCentric.com clarified the benefits of dog day care this way:
“The guiding principle behind dog day care is simple – provide a safe and healthy atmosphere with a great deal of interaction, both with other dogs and with people. Dogs can take part in group play, gnaw on a favorite toy, hang out with humans in the office, or simply lounge on a couch and watch television. The point is that they’re not at home independently.”
Other advantages of dog day care comprise a social environment where dogs can play together, loads of action, an excellent release for high energy dogs, year round daycare performance (except for major holidays), attention by trained staff members, and piece of mind for the working owner.
Dog day care centres are largely held in large, open spaces which have some separation system for both size and temperament. Most dog day care centers have an outdoor exercise area as well. Some day cares provide furniture for dogs to climb on, agility gear, and lots of toys.
Some things to consider when searching for a dog day care are the professionalism of their staff. Make sure they love dogs, know a great deal about dogs behaviors, and interact with those in dog day care every day. Also, note the availability of space and “time-out” places for dogs who do not get along. Ensure your dog will be comfortable with air condition, heat, and bedding. Also, check affordability and basic dog care policies.