A big part of owning a dog (or any pet, really) is making sure they get plenty of socialization and exercise during the day, while you’re at work or school. The question of how to handle this situation comes up a lot – do you leave your dog alone at home all day, hoping he doesn’t destroy your place? Or do you pay extra for someone to take care of him in his own home or local kennel?
What is doggy daycare?
Dog daycare is a type of dog boarding service that allows your pet to socialize and play in a group setting during off-hours when you can’t be there. This type of program requires you to drop your dog off at designated time slots, as it doesn’t offer around-the-clock care like boarding does.
What are the benefits of doggy daycare?
Dog daycare provides your pet with socialization and exercise while you're away at work or running errands. It also gives your pup a chance to get used to being away from you, so when it's time for a boarding or a trip, he'll be less stressed in his new environment. Some dog daycares also offer grooming services or obedience training—options that can help keep your pup happy and healthy over time. In addition, it can give you peace of mind knowing that even if something should happen while you're gone (and no one would wish for their dog to get sick), someone will be there to care for them during those precious hours when veterinarians aren't available.
How much does it cost?
Though it varies, expect to pay anywhere from $20-$40 per day depending on where you live and which type of daycare you choose. Also consider that if your pup is just starting out in a new setting, it might take them a few days to adjust. The first few days are typically more expensive than normal as they get acclimated to their new environment. Sometimes a vaccine for Kennel Cough will be needed.
What type of dog care facility suits you best?
In dog care, there are two main types of facilities: doggy daycares and boarding kennels. A doggy daycare center gives your dog an opportunity to interact with other dogs during open play times and take naps during their overnight stays. This type of care is best for dogs who don’t do well left alone at home, who are young and need socialization, or who need exercise before they settle down for a nap. Do note that many dog owners are wary of sending their pup to a place where there will be other dogs—it can be stressful on a non-socialized pooch or those who just aren’t used to being around other animals.