Thursday, February 21, 2008

Doggie Daycare

Have you ever heard of doggie daycare? It is just like daycare for your kids but instead it is for your dog. There are several benefits of doggie daycare. If you have a young puppy, doggie daycare gives your puppy an opportunity to work on his/her socialization skills, which is very important if you want to have a happy, healthy and well balanced dog. Potty training is also worked on in doggie daycare and we all know that when you get a new puppy that is one of the first things that we want taken care of.

Doggie daycare is also great for hyper dogs. It gives them the time to run and play with other dogs during the hours that maybe they would have been in a kennel. Obviously if your dog is in a kennel all day while you are at work, they are going to have lots of pent up energy when you get home and they are going to want to run and jump instead of being calm for you.

Doggie daycares provide access to both indoor and outdoor areas for your dog. Some doggie daycares have pools that the dogs can play in. They have running areas, and toys for your dog to play with.

To ensure that your dog is comfortable throughout the day, bringing a few things from home is a good idea. You can bring a favorite toy that he/she can play with or his/her blanket or bed. Doing this gives them something familiar in a place that they may not be familiar with yet. There are several different types of doggie beds so finding one that is easily transportable should not be a problem. You might even consider a 2nd dog bed that you could just leave at the daycare if your dog is going to be going everyday. This way, he/she would have his own spot at doggie daycare.

If you happen to walk to work, a pet stroller is a great way to get your dog to doggie daycare, especially if you have an older dog that just isn’t up for the walk but you don’t want to leave him/her at home all day while you are gone.

Doggie daycare is a terrific way for your dog to spend the day if you have to be gone. Your dog will get to interact with people and other dogs and dogs do form attachments to other dogs so who knows, maybe you will be able to find “Fido” a girlfriend! Doggie daycare gives your canine companion the opportunity not to be home by themselves all day where they can become lonely and destructive. Think about what is going to be best for your animal. Given the choice would you want to be surrounded by people and animals or be by yourself all day? I think most of us would choose not to spend our days by ourselves so give your dog the same kind of consideration and check out your local doggie daycares!

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