We know: All About Dog Day Care

What is dog day care?

Rather than leave dogs a home during a long work day, pet owners have started to use dog day care facilities. Pets are dropped off in the morning and picked up in the evening. Some people leave their dog several days a week, others use the service occasionally.

What services to dog day care centers offer?

Services often include feeding, grooming and play time with other dogs and people. Some centers have fenced outside activity areas. Many facilities will be sure you dog is exercised.

How do I know if my dog is right for day care?

If you dog is anti-social, or aggressive around other animals, day care may not be the right choice. Many pets, however, enjoy the opportunity to be with other animals.

How do I find a doggie day care center?

Here are some simple tips:

  • Check the phone book or online for the names of centers near you.
  • Ask other pet owners, especially when you visit the local dog park.
  • Call the local humane society and if they will recommend a center.
  • Talk to the people at the local pet store or to your veterinarian for recommendations.

Should I shop around?

Absolutely. Visit centers and see what goes on. Look to be sure things are organized and the animals are under control. If the center and staff seem undisciplined, this may not be a good place for your pet. You don't want your dog picking up the bad habits of other people's pets.

What are the advantages of dog day care?

Your dog is not left home, bored and lonely, to chew up furniture. Many dogs behave better in the evening because they have burned up energy all day long playing with other dogs. The dog has a satisfying day, and you know he or she is being cared for.

How much does dog day care cost?

The price varies, depending on the area you live in and the services offered. Generally, it runs between $8 and $30 per day. People who bring their dogs several days a week can often get discounts.

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