Should I Take My Dog to Daycare?

Most dog owners want to live in a world where they can play with their pets every day, bring them to work, or give them anything they need at any time. Unfortunately, the real world usually gets in the way of our plans with our best friends.

Whether you’re a busy professional who is working longer days or you don’t have the opportunity to introduce your dog to new playmates, doggie daycare may be the right answer for you.

What is Doggie Daycare?

Doggie daycare is an alternative to scheduled walkers and dog-sitting friends. Typically offered as a service at vet clinics, doggie spas, or other facilities, daycare is a great option for your pet whether it is a daily or occasional need.

Dog daycare is usually offered in full or half day increments where experienced staff helps take care of your pet while allowing them to play with friends or spend time with others. Doggie daycare may come as a package deal with obedience training or other classes.

What are the Benefits of Doggie Daycare?

Doggie daycare is a great option for many dogs, and helps solve a lot of challenges for owners all at once. They can help owners solve problems such as:

  • Lack of time for exercise at home
  • Travel plans that can’t include your canine friend
  • Undersocialization with other dogs or non-humans

Dogs, much like humans, have varying personalities; some are more outgoing and social, while others prefer alone time or time with their human master.

Since doggie daycares are essentially a classroom full of other dogs, this environment is most suited for social dogs. This means your dog should be happy to play and be around other dogs for long periods of time for them to do well at daycare.

What are the Drawbacks of Doggie Daycare?

Much like everything else, a doggie daycare is not a one-size-fits-all solution for your pet. Pets who are solitary creatures or don’t want much to do outside of human playtime may not like being in a room full of other dogs all day.

While the staff at reputable daycares keep incidents from happening, there can still be a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the room that your dog may not be comfortable with.

If your dog is not as well trained, or is not able to handle the activity, a daycare may not be right for them. Similarly, significantly younger or older dogs may not be suitable for daycares for various reasons. If you believe your pet may struggle at a daycare, it could be beneficial to talk to their specialists to help find out which option is right.

Doggie Daycare at Riverside Animal Care

We are proud to offer the highest standard of doggie daycare for you and your pets. At our facility, pets are organized by size and temperament, and given room to play while we make sure their needs are met with frequent breaks.

We strive to meet the needs of everyone that comes through our doors and understand, as dog lovers ourselves, that each canine is a little different. If you have a dog that would benefit from daycare, or would like some advice on what the best options are, contact us today at Riverside Drive Animal Care Center to find out whether doggie daycare is right for you.