Choosing a Doggie Daycare

Choosing a quality doggie daycare takes some time, your advocacy on behalf of your dog and understanding of what to look for to meet your dog’s needs.

Not all doggie daycares are created the same which can contribute to behavior concerns your dog develops as a result.

If you’re not sure of your dog’s play style, observe your dog interacting and know what your dog likes and doesn’t like! This will help you determine environment and what dogs can be a good match for yours.

By taking the time to do this, you will for sure minimize the opportunity for miscommunications to happen during play.

A good option is to ask the doggie daycare itself if they have separate play areas for dogs. This will give you a good indication that the manager/owner of the establishment understands dog body language and what to look out for too.

If you’re in El Paso, I’ve personally used Howl A Day Inn and Boarding. Melina is top notch canine professional!!

Make sure and ask if the dogs have the opportunity for breaks! Dogs need some down time during the day. In particular, puppies need upwards of 20 hours of sleep a day, so if a daycare is being utilized while you’re at work, find out if they will follow a schedule and routine you follow at home.

Following a routine can help your dog adjust to a new environment since your dog will know what to expect which helps them to feel safe.

Introduce the doggie daycare establishment slowly to your dog. This may feel like an inconvenience at first since you’ll be going for short periods of time and observing your dog in the environment, but it will pay off in the long run in setting your dog up for success.

You can observe how your dog interacts with other dogs and see how your dog adapts to the new environment.

Also, by going for short periods of time, you are leaving on a high note which leaves your dog wanting more.

Establish a relationship with your dog’s caretakers. They will be the ones who are gifted with the responsibility of taking care of your dog in your absence. Building trust and maintaining open lines of communication can be helpful in times of an emergency or foster a long lasting friendship too!

Find out how you can set your dog up for success even when you’re not around.

Published by houndbiz

Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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