What You Need to Know Before Doggie Daycare

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Daycare—we may have some memories from our early childhood, but you may not have known many dog care businesses. If you have a 9-to-5 job or no one to look after your dog for long hours, the service can be beneficial to both pawrents and pups.

Multiple dog daycare businesses say it can help with a dog’s socialization around other dogs and people, keep them physically fit, learn positive behavior, and make a best friend of their own.

However, before you jump into the dog daycare lifestyle, you will need to comply with a few rules. Here are a couple of things to get done and consider before your dog goes to daycare:

Making sure your dog is up-to-date on all their vaccinations is not only good for your dog’s health, but it is an important factor in dog care. Common vaccination requirements include: Bordetella, Canine Influenza, and Rabies. Learn more here

If dogs are missing or out-of-date on their vaccinations, the window for disease opens for all the dogs in the daycare facilities. So, make sure to have a vaccination record when you sign up for daycare.

2. Flea & Ticks

These bugs take the cake on annoyance. Clearing your dog of fleas and/or ticks takes time and effort, and if your dog has them, it can be an indication of bad health.

Making sure your dog is clear of these pests is important to ensure other dogs don’t catch them. Otherwise, there would be no end to the spread of these critters.

3. Spay & Neuter

Not all require your dog be spayed or neutered, so be sure to do your research or ask before signing up.

The reasoning behind not allowing unneutered males, pregnant females, or females in heat is safety. Dogs have basic urges and instincts, and dogs under these circumstances could lead to aggressive behavior and fighting.

4. Behavior

This may be a no-brainer, but making your dog is well adjusted to dogs and people should be something you consider. Dog daycare is meant to be a safe place for dog parents to leave their babies, and if your dog is not trained to be around other dogs, that disrupts the service and your dog’s experience.

Some businesses may require your dog to pass a behavioral evaluation. Be sure to ask questions and be prepared for these tests.

If your dog isn’t ready for daycare, you can use the evaluation as a goal to introduce socialization.  

Make sure to research the facility you’re considering before enrolling your dog in daycare. Each business may have different regulations and rules. Besides, having a meet-and-greet with the people in charge of your pup will ease your mind.

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