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Doggie Day Care…Yes or No?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Should you consider taking your dog to Doggie daycare? This article was published by

This entry is courtesy of Kari Vanick, owner of Camp Bow Wow in McHenry, Illinois. Be sure to check out her site if you are looking for dog boarding near Chicago.


Why Would I Take My Dog to Daycare? Dogs need exercise. Period. Dogs have so much energy that needs to be released and the way to get it out is with exercise. How many dogs really get the exercise they need? Doggy daycare is a great way to provide your dog with an exciting day of play while allowing him to socialize with other dogs. This can help him develop good play manners and have fun romping with other furry friends. This will also help you fulfill his exercise requirements, which can reduce behavior problems that are the result of lack of exercise. That means less chance of that energy being exerted in other ways, such as chewing your brand new sandals or that family room sofa.

What is the biggest reason to take your dog to daycare? The dogs LOVE IT!! They know that this is the place where they get to play with their buddies, make new friends, run around like crazy and play in the pup pools. They know where they’re going as soon as you head down the street to your daycare facility. They will DRAG you to the door!

Some other reasons you could use doggy daycare:
• You work long hours and don’t like to leave your dog in a crate all day long while you are at work.
• You are going out after work and do not have time to walk your dog that evening.
• You are having a party and can’t have the dog running around the house while all your guests are there.
• You are having house guests who are allergic to dogs.
• You want to have a snuggle night with him on the couch when you get home from work, but the only thing he wants to do when you get home is play, play, play! After a day of play at doggy daycare, he’ll be more than content to snuggle with you all night long.
• It can assist in reducing separation anxiety in your dog. When they learn that they can go to a fun, safe place where they get to play all day, and still be picked up by Mom at the end of the day, it can really help reduce anxiety.

Keep your eyes on our training blog in the next few weeks for another entry from Kari discussing tips to selecting the right daycare facility for your dog.

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