Ask Dr. Katy: Doggie Daycare Questions

Q: We both work a lot, and our pup, Baxter, is often home alone all day. Can you tell us a little bit about doggy daycare?

Doggy daycare is great, but it’s not for every dog. Doggy daycare is very beneficial for active dogs, working breed dogs and social type dogs. They can offer group playtime, one-on-one time with a staff member – and some offer boarding and baths/grooming as well.

In my practice, I get questions from clients frequently about why their dog chews up things around the house/yard or constantly wants to go outside. What most pet owners don't know is that certain breeds require a lot of exercise, and when they don't get that to release their energy, they get bored. Bored dogs get destructive not because they are mad at their owner, but because they don't know how else to expend their energy. I tell my clients, "tired dogs from adequate exercise don't chew up things." If you are having these type issues with your dog, then daycare is an excellent choice.

I wouldn't recommend it for geriatric dogs, small dogs that are easily stressed when around other dogs, or dogs with serious medical issues.

If you are considering daycare for your four-legged baby, then take a visit to one and ask questions. Most daycares will do an evaluation of your dog's behavior, temperament, and overall interaction with other dogs. This gives the daycare a better idea of what's most suitable for your dog.

One other thing: Just like human daycares, doggy daycares require your dog to be up to date on their vaccinations. You can get that information from your Veterinarian to provide to the daycare.

Great question, thanks!

Dr. Katy Drain

 

 

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