2 Tips for Selecting a New Daycare for Your Dog

Posted on: 7 July 2020

If you are getting ready to head back to work after a prolonged stay at home, you may be concerned about how your dog is going to react when you are not around them most of the day. Because of this, you may be thinking about finding a daycare for your dog so that they won't be alone. However, you may be apprehensive about dropping off your dog with complete strangers. If so, use the following tips to help you pick out a new daycare facility for your dog.

1.  Make Both Scheduled and Unscheduled Visits Beforehand

Before you decide on which daycare you wish to use for your dog, you will want to visit it. However, you want to do more than just drop in for a quick interview and once-over of the facility. You will want to make both scheduled and unscheduled visits before you make your final decision.

During the initial visit that is typically scheduled, asked for a complete tour of the facility. Make sure that you request to see all areas, including meal prep and activity settings. While you are there, get a feel for how clean everything appears. If possible, schedule the tour for when other pets are on-site so that you can observe how the staff interact with them. After this initial visit, make plans to stop by unannounced during a busy part of the day. Doing so will allow you to see how the facility and staff operate when they know that no dog owners will be present. 

2.  Ask What a Routine Day Would Be Like for Your Dog

During your initial visit with the facility's representative, ask them for a rundown of what a routine day would be for your dog. Ideally, there should be a mixture of rest, play, and social interaction with other dogs so that your canine does not get bored or lack stimulation.

Getting an idea of a typical day can also allow you to input what you would or would not like your dog to participate in. If there are activities that you know would not appeal to your dog's demeanor or desires, you can ask if they can be exempt.

Making sure to pay the facility a couple of visits and asking questions about their routines can help you find a match for you and your dog. For more information about particular doggy daycares, speak with a representative with each facility near you to ask a few preliminary questions and to set up a tour.