Choosing a Doggie Daycare
For most dog lovers, choosing a doggie daycare or boarding facility is often as stressful as choosing the preschool because of their kids. A puppy is an integral part of the family and you have to be sure that Sparky is likely to be lovingly cared for as long as you’re away or at the job. Below are a few tips to help you choose a good facility.
Visit the daycare without your dog and have some questions. What are their operating hours? Will there be a penalty for picking right up your dog late? Will there be a discounted rate for another dog? Is there a monthly or yearly membership available? Do they might need up-to-date vaccinations? If not, take your pet somewhere else. Ensure that you’re more comfortable with every one of the policies and can conform to them.
Does the facility offer grooming or other spa services? Is there a swimming area? Will there be another dog run? An agility course? Do they give training? These things aren’t necessary, but it’s nice to choose a place that has some extra amenities.
Does the facility utilize a close by veterinarian? If so, ask when you can contact the veterinarian’s office to ask about the daycare’s accident history. Recognize that accidents and illnesses do happen, but there must not be an unusual number of them. All daycares and boarding facilities should use a nearby veterinarian.
Is the staff equipped to give your pet meals or medication?
May be the staff friendly and knowledgeable? Can you have the impression that if there is a problem they would know how to handle it?
Find out how the dogs are supervised. Ideally, the daycare will have a ratio rule, usually only 15 dogs per supervisor.
Require a tour of the facility. Any kind of doggie odors, aside from what you might expect? May be the place clean? Ask to see where your dog will play and sleep. You should have usage of all parts of the facility. If there are a section that they won’t let you see, go elsewhere.
Ask to consult with a few regular customers to get their impressions of the facility. Most daycares will have customers amenable for you to get phone calls-and people want to discuss their dogs!
Is there separate areas for large and small dogs? Ask the actual staff does in case there is fighting or rough play. At what point do they intervene?
Is the facility secure? Is there in any manner for dogs to escape or be stolen?
What is their emergency or evacuation plan? On September 11, 2001, a doggie daycare near to the World Trade Center needed to be evacuated-without the dogs. Fortunately, workers insisted that they get past barricades and everything the pets were eventually removed safely from the region.
Does the place look fun? Imagine that you’re sending your child to summer camp-wouldn’t you want the camp to be a blast?
Many daycares have an intake process which involves a questionnaire and an analysis of your dog. This isn’t to try to exclude your dog. Daycare within an open facility with other dogs isn’t for each and every canine, and the daycare has to make certain that Sparky will play nicely with others.