What is dog-daycare?
Dog-daycare refers to short-term care provided to dogs during the day when their owners are absent. It typically takes place in dedicated dog drop-in facilities but some dog sitters may also offer this type of service in their home. It’s a good solution for working dog parents or if your dog can’t stay alone for long periods of time.
In commercial facilities, your dog is entertained with indoor and outdoor activities. Those include physical activity, playtime with other dogs or with an experienced member of staff. Facilities also have dedicated spaces where dogs can take a break and nap. Dogs are supervised at all times.
Some dogs love spending the day playing with their dog friends while some others will hate the experience. You really have to weigh the pros and cons before signing up your dog. If your dog is healthy and has a social personality, it will probably enjoy the group environment. If it’s shy or doesn’t get on well with other dogs, this can be overwhelming. If that’s the case, look for an individual type of care.
Do not forget to bring your dog’s food, its favourite toy, and its medicines if it has to take any. You should also bring a copy of your dog’s health records and give emergency numbers if need be.
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How to choose the best dog daycare near me?
The best way to find a dog daycare facility near you is by asking for recommendations. If you can’t get any recommendations from anyone, it’s best to go have a look at a few different places. Remember to check the indoor and outdoor areas: are they secured? Are they clean? Is the dogs to staff ratio adequate? Do they have all the required insurances to operate? It’s a good opportunity to ask all the questions you may have and to observe the dogs’ behaviours. Animals don’t lie!
How much does a dog daycare cost?
The price depends on the location and the level of services offered. A dog daycare in London will be more expensive than a dog daycare in Manchester. It can go from £12 to £50 per day. Most commercial facilities offer discounted rates as part of monthly, quarterly and yearly plans.
Dog daycare jobs
Working with dogs is a dream for many people. If this is what you would like to do, look up the facilities near you. Most of them will have a career section on their website and you will be able to see all their current openings. The good news is that most places do not require specific qualifications for some roles. But all will require you to be dedicated, reliable and above all, to be a genuine dog lover!