Friendships, Fun, and More: The Benefits of Doggie Daycare

doggie daycareSocialization, the process by which your dog learns how to live peacefully in human and animal society, is an extremely important component of pet ownership. Properly socialized dogs are more confident, happier, and pose less risk to others and to themselves. Dogs who understand the social cues of humans and other dogs can respond appropriately, are easier to control, and thus able to enjoy a wider range of experiences with their human family members overall.

Much of your dog’s socialization happens naturally as you move throughout life together, but in today’s hectic world many dogs end up without adequate time and energy spent on this important aspect of life. Doggie daycare can be enormously beneficial in shaping and enhancing a dog’s social skills while also providing valuable exercise and entertainment.

What Is Doggie Daycare?

It wasn’t too many years ago that the term “doggie daycare” would have been met with blank stares, and possibly even an eye roll or two. Nowadays, many pet owners turn to daycare services to provide their dogs with companionship, exercise, and fun during the day, rather than have them sit alone at home while everyone is at work or school.

At a doggie daycare, dogs typically spend time in a cage-free environment, interacting with other dogs under the supervision of trained staff members. Depending on the facility, dogs may be indoors, outdoors, or both, and may spend part of the day interacting with other dogs and part of it in a kennel or run by themselves.

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Doggie Daycare: A Good Choice for Your Dog?

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You just walked in the door from a long, grueling day at work, only to be greeted by a familiar scene: your excited, exuberant dog, tail wagging, ready for the walk or game of fetch that he or she has been waiting for all day. The guilt sets in…you know you should play with your dog, and you want to, but there’s dinner to start and homework to help with, and an endless list of other tasks to be completed.

If this sounds similar to your typical evening, doggie daycare may be right up your alley. For the right dog, a daycare facility can provide the exercise and mental stimulation many dogs are lacking, with the added bonus of assuaging human guilt.

Doggie Daycare Decoded

A doggie daycare facility is actually a short-term boarding kennel service. It’s referred to as “daycare” because of its similarities to daycare for human children, such as scheduled and supervised activities and playtime. Continue…