At the time of this writing, life is slowly returning to a new normal after the tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more people have returned to work and school responsibilities outside of the home.
As we’ve previously discussed , some pets do not know life without their human companions at home all day. Others probably remember how life was before the pandemic.
While some dogs do well at home alone or with a trusted person occasionally checking on them, others do not. Also, some owners want the assurance that their dog is being cared for at all times. Hence, a doggy daycare may be right for you.
However, be as careful when choosing a doggy daycare as you would with choosing one for your human child. While most are excellent facilities with caring and qualified people, some are not. There is no need to panic, but research is necessary.
The Advantages Of Doggy Daycare
With the right doggy daycare, your pooch will enjoy plenty of:
- Opportunities to meet and socialize with other dogs and people.
- Affection and attention.
- Mental stimulation.
Also, going to doggy daycare will establish routines — which are essential for pets.
Things To Look For
Visit the facility personally. Ensure the space is clean, secure, uncluttered, and has enough staff to ensure your pooch’s safety. Also, make sure it is organized with rest areas and a comfortable temperature. Checking the reputation via online reviews and through reputable references is another good option.
Questions To Ask
Always ask questions of animal care professionals in the friendliest manner possible. If the person is evasive or something feels “off,” then politely move on to another facility.
- What kind of training does your staff have?
- What are your emergency procedures?
- How will you communicate with me if there is an emergency such as a natural disaster or an illness or an injury with my pet?
- What kind of reports will I receive from you? (Some facilities give daily reports, while others give weekly reports.)
- Do you have a webcam option? (This allows you to check in on your pet virtually.)
- What type of discipline do you use? (You want positive reinforcement.)
- Are big dogs and small dogs kept separate?
- Is your business bonded and insured?