Just like selecting a day care provider for your child, selecting a doggie day care for your canine friend is a huge decision. It doesn’t matter if your dog is going 1 day or 5 days a week, you need to be familiar with the staff and daily operations of the day care center. The concept of doggie daycare has become a real popular business venture over the past few years, so many of them have started to pop up all over the place. You just want to be sure that you are dropping your dog off to a reputable place.
One thing that you must demand in a day care is that there is a certified trainer on the premises at all times. A good owner will want to use that as a selling point. You don’t want to drop your dog off to a place where it isn’t getting challenged. Even if you work with your dog each day, training them, you could lose a whole week worth of work by dropping them off to a place that just lets the dogs run wild.
You should also visit the place twice, once announced and then unannounced. Your first visit you should make an appointment. Take a tour of the place and ask a lot of questions. You want to be sure that they have access to a vet. Check the cleanliness of the place as well. The next visit you should just “stop by”. Does it look the same way it did when you went for your appointment? The thought process is that anyone can look to be running a reputable business if they know someone is coming. The real test is what it looks like when they don’t expect visitors. If it looks the exact same way it did during your announced visit, then you might have a winner.
While many non-dog lovers might think that this is crazy, dog lovers know that they are part of the family and should be treated as such. Once you find a good doggie day care, you will have peace of mind dropping your fury friend off each day.