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Taking Your Dog To Doggie Daycare? Do Your Research

Monday, June 24, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’re considering taking your pet to doggie day care, it’s important to ask questions before making a commitment. Intermountain Pet Hospital has put together some questions that you should ask.

7 Questions You Should Ask a Doggy Day Care Center

You’ll want to know that the facility you choose keeps your pup healthy, monitors their guests’ behavior, and interacts with your dog. Of course, as with any situation, there’s no guarantee that even the best case scenario won’t have some drawbacks, such as picking up a bug like kennel cough or a mild GI issue. However, the best places will require vaccinations and proof of updated vet care for all dogs, minimizing your risk and ensuring the worst you’ll come home with is the equivalent of a doggy head cold.

Before you put your dog in daycare, here’s what you should ask.

  1. Are dogs grouped based on size or age? If you have a particularly young, small, or elderly dog, you may be concerned about their safety with more active dogs. On the other hand, you could be the owner who knows your puppy loves everyone and will jump and wrestle with anyone. Ask about how dogs are grouped and make sure to voice your concerns and see how they can accommodate your dog.
  2. How many staff members are there? How many dogs? You’ll want to be sure that your dog isn’t neglected in a facility that doesn’t have enough employees to keep up with demand.
  3. Will my dog be able to play outside as well as have access to indoor shelter? Many owners prefer a facility that lets their furry friend get some fresh air during the day. At the same time, cold temperatures and inclement weather mean that your dog should also have access to warm indoor shelter.
  4. Do you have a temperament test for admittance? Some pet owners want to be sure that every dog admitted to the daycare has basic temperament and training requirements.
  5. What vaccinations do you require? This question can help you eliminate day care centers that don’t require vaccinations, which could put your dog at risk for dangerous illnesses that can be avoided, or at the very least minimized.
  6. What training do staff members complete? The right training and certifications can ensure that daycare employees can de-escalate dog tiffs, keep your dog safe, and even teach your pup valuable lessons.
  7. Can I take a tour? A tour of the dog care center can give you a clear picture of whether it’s a good fit for you or not.

When in doubt, choose a different facility. You want to be sure that your dog is in responsible hands. A trial run can help you decide between top contenders, and it’s worth your time to observe dogs and staff together for a period of time before making your final choice.

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