A Dog-gone Good Time Is Always Had!
Eliminate Dog Lonliness
Across the nation, the demand for dog daycare is growing. The more we understand about our beloved canine companions, the harder it is to leave them home alone every day while we are at work and play. Many people will have a dog before they have children (or instead of children) and many will have a dog long after their children have left home. A dog is less likely to be seen as “just a dog” than as a member of our family. We like to think of Fido having fun rather than sitting in a crate or tearing up the house while we are gone; and, while we love our dogs, we also like the occasional “night off” from playing ball or going for a mile-long walk.
Having a well-behaved dog at home isn’t the only reason people are choosing dog daycare. As training classes and “puppy play times” at local vets become more popular, the idea of a well-socialised dog has taken hold as well. It is a wonderful thing to take your dog for a walk and not have to worry about how he will behave when you pass another dog along your route. Having a dog that is happy to meet new people and dogs makes going for walks and having company in your home much more enjoyable… and fun! Dogs are social animals by nature and, when socialised, enjoy the company of other dogs. Taking Rover to day care can help him stay well-socialised; socialisation to dogs is like foreign language to us – if it isn’t practiced it will be forgotten.
The other trend that is reflected in the growing demand for dog day care is the trend towards adoption of dogs from rescue centre’s rather than purchasing them from breeders. Obviously, just as with people, a dog’s past can often affect their future. Many dogs that have been abandoned or neglected end up with some form of separation anxiety which can lead to destructive behaviour. If Duke isn’t at home, he can’t destroy your home, but benefits from daily day care visits can add up. For most dogs, two visits a week will keep them physically and mentally stimulated enough that destructive behaviour is greatly reduced if not completely eliminated when coupled with appropriate toys, treats, and proper exercise at home.