Aside from blogging, I work full time. I have a full schedule, and by night, I moonlight as a writer. Sometimes, my full time job requires me to travel out of state or the country, and while I love the ability of being able to see and experience new events, I hate having to leave my dog all alone. Rather than leave him with food for a week, I take him to a dog sitter. But have you ever considered if doggie daycare is right for your dog? If so, here’s our list for how to find our whether you should or shouldn’t.
Does the Daycare Perform a Temperament Test?
You know your dog better than anyone. If you know your dog has a strong or wild temperament, best to leave him or her at home and hire someone to come over. Meanwhile, if you are training your young pup, taking him or her to a daycare can help improve their social skills and avoid having an aggressive temperate around other dogs. Still, anytime you take your dog to a daycare, they should provide a temperament test. If not, maybe not a good idea to leave your dog there.
Does the Staff Have Training?
When I leave my dog with any paid service, I want to be sure the staff are at least trained. I’m talking at least basic care and safety guidelines because the last thing I want is my dog falling ill because the staff just didn’t know. If the staff has behavior training, even better as they can see when a dog is stressed or understand body language to notice danger.
What Type of Communication Do They Offer?
Some places offer 24/7 video feed to let you check-in at anytime you please. Other places will send calls or text messages with updates. Whatever the case, you should have some type of communication. It’s 2019. No excuse not to have some type of live update on your dog’s progress.
Are they bonded and Insured?
One key point to any daycare is going to a place that’s bonded and insured. In case your dog gets injured or sick, the daycare that’s bonded and insured can provide compensation if you choose to file a claim.
While these are some of the key points you want to ask before known if doggie daycare is right for you, you should also read plenty of reviews. The bad reviews go a long way to painting a clear picture versus the good ones, and thankfully, yelp and plenty of other dog-dedicated sites can offer plenty of insight.