Is Doggy Daycare Right for Your Dog?

Doggy daycares are the perfect solution for busy pet parents who want to make sure their canine companions are still getting the attention they need and deserve. If you're trying to decide if a dog daycare is the right solution for your furry family, here are a few signs it might be a match.

Dog daycares are the ultimate win-win solution for busy pet owners: You feel good about giving your canine companion time to socialize with other dogs while you score a few extra hours to tend to a hectic schedule. You might not want to send your dog to daycare every day, but here are five situations when doggy daycare might be the perfect fit for your four-legged friend—and you!

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Leaving your pet with a pet sitter when you can't be with her can relieve some pet parent guilt and ensure your pooch is getting the attention and care she needs.

1. You Have a Busy Work Schedule

Do you find yourself feeling guilty about leaving your four-legged friend at home all day? Doggy daycare might be for you. Sign up your canine companion for one or two days each week to give him important socialization time. Doggy daycare is an especially good option for puppies that need training during the week while you're at work. Many doggy daycares have certified trainers on staff that will work to improve your puppy's behavior.

2. You Have an Active Pup

Vetstreet polled 122 veterinarians and found that Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, and Jack Russell Terriers are considered to be among the most high-energy dog breeds. If your dog is really active, it's a good idea to consider doggy daycare for the times you are out of the house for long periods of time so he has a chance to exercise. Even if you have an average- or low-energy dog, daycare can help him burn energy during long winters, hot summers, or other times when you're too busy for your daily walks.

3. You're Renovating Your Home

Are you remodeling your kitchen or living room? Renovations can make for a chaotic environment for both you and your dog. Consider signing your pup up for daycare to reduce the number of paws running around the brand-new wood floors you're installing.

4. You're Having a Baby & Need Immediate, Reliable Dog Care

Signing your pup up for doggy daycare can help alleviate anxiety during pregnancy. Amy Rosenthal, the owner of Minneapolis-based Metro Dogs Daycare and Boarding, created a "Metro Maternity" program. She says, "If you are going through the stress, wonderment, and excitement of having a baby, the last thing you want to worry about is your dog!" Dog owners send Rosenthal their approximate due date in advance, which allows the daycare to reserve space ahead of time. When the baby arrives, Rosenthal meets up with a family member at anytime, day or night, to look after their pup. Rosenthal's program is rather unique, so check with your dog daycare to see if they offer a similar service.

5. You Have Tickets to an Event

If you have an event to attend after work that would keep you from spending the evening with your dog after a long day of work, you can drop your dog off at daycare that offers evening hours. You won't have to worry about letting your puppy out—or coming home to toilet paper unraveled all over your home!  Or, if your doggy daycare closes for the evening but allows overnight boarding, take them during the day and rest assured they'll be looked after the whole time you're gone.
 

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