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The American Kennel Club offers tips on daycare for dogs

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Doggy daycare is a great option for dog owners who work long hours or need to leave their dog for long stretches of time.

Some dog owners opt to hire a dog walker, but if you’re interested in doggy daycare, The American Kennel Club’s offers the following tips on choosing the right daycare for your dog:

Consider whether your dog is socialized well. Does your dog get along well with other dogs? A major part of doggy daycare is playing and socializing with other dogs, so if your pup isn’t the friendliest, a dog walker might be a better choice.

Routine. If your dog goes to doggy daycare every day, it will become part of their routine and they will quickly get used to it. If your schedule is more sporadic, it might be more difficult for your dog to adjust. Having a consistent schedule will help your dog feel more at ease.

Does your dog like it? In the beginning, it is important to note your dog’s demeanor before and after going to daycare. If they are excited to go in the mornings versus being reluctant to go is a telling sign, as is their demeanor when they get home. If they’re happy but tired, it’s probably a good fit, but not if they’re stressed.

What daycare is right for you? There are many things to look for when you’re looking into enrolling your dog in daycare. You want to make sure you are choosing a safe and comfortable place, so it’s important to note things like:

Is it clean? Organized?

Does it have secure fencing?


Is the area free of dangers and hazards?

Are there minimal odors?

Is the temperature comfortable?

Is there sufficient staff on hand?

Ask questions. Is the staff trained in first aid? Do they test each dog’s temperament? What are their emergency procedures? There are never too many questions to ask when it comes to your dog’s safety and well-being, and you want to make sure all of your bases are covered before you send them to daycare.


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