Dog daycare in London
Some dogs can be left alone for hours at a time without minding too much their owners’ absence. For some, it is just impossible - be it only because they have no access to a garden to relieve themselves! Luckily, there are plenty of dog daycares in London that can take care and keep your dog happily busy while you are away.
How do I find a dog daycare in London?
If you are considering booking your dog in a daycare facility, there are a few ways for you to find the best one:
Ask around you
You may know someone who already uses a dog daycare in London. Ask around you for recommandations. People who are happy with the service they receive are always keen on putting in a good word. Plus, you may discover some facilities you would not have found or have thought about otherwise. You can also ask staff in pet shops or volunteers in your local shelters: they may also know a few places.
Look up places online. A quick search will bring you the names and locations of all the daycares near you. In a city like London, you will get dozens of results. You can refine them by starting with the closest to your place or your office. You can also use filters to check out first those that have the best reviews. Either way, be ready to spend some time checking things out before being able to shortlist a handful of facilities.
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Tips for choosing the best dog daycare in London
Dog daycares are great to keep dogs entertained and to make sure they are looked after when you need to be away for a couple of hours at a time. However, not all dogs are accepted in those facilities. Likewise, not all dogs will be happy spending time over there. Here are a few tips to help you pick the best dog daycare in London (or a dog daycare in Manchester or any other place in the UK) for your pup:
Has your dog been socialised? If your pooch has not had a lot of socialisation from an early age, chances are it will not fit well into a group environment. If that is the case, it is probably best to consider another pet sitting option such as dog sitting in your own home.
What are the opening times? Most facilities operate from 08:00 am to 06:00 pm. Do the hours fit with your schedule?
How many times a day do the dogs go for a walk? And for how long? Big dogs or specific breeds need more time out. Can the staff accommodate your dog’s needs?
What are the activities offered to dogs? The perk of daycare is to reinforce the dogs’ socialisation. Activities should be safe and stimulating.
Is the staff qualified? Is someone trained in canine emergency first aid present at all times?
How does the facility organise and supervise the meals?
Unless you are in a rush, you should view the place before booking. This is a great opportunity to meet the staff and ask them any other questions you may have.