When some people think of dog daycare, they think of spoiled, pampered pooches in diamond-studded collars, living the high life thanks to their mega-rich owners. The reality, however, is that dog daycare is a real option for everyday people and their regular pets, is affordable, and often is a real necessity rather than a frivolous luxury.
The ASPCA confirms this. According to their website article “Daycare for Dogs,” although not a necessity for every dog or every situation, it can be a real sanity-saver for high-energy or psychologically needy dogs. These dogs are prone to anxiety and depression when left alone for extended periods of time.
In the article, the ASPCA suggests dog owners think of their pets as “unemployed.” They point out that although most dogs breeds were originally developed to accomplish a particular job, the majority of today’s dogs are only given the role of a family pet. When their owners leave the house early in the morning and do not return until much later in the evening, the dog has no job to do, as no one is home for companionship. While some “unemployed” dogs are perfectly happy to snooze in solitude all day long, others become anxious, bored and lonely, and begin to exhibit behavioral problems, such as chewing furniture and soiling carpets.
The high-energy, bored, anxious, or lonely dogs are those who benefit most from dog daycare. At the daycare facility, owners drop their dogs off in the morning for a day of romping, fun and socialization with humans and other dogs, with time allotted for play, naps, and even snacks. Dogs are mentally and physically stimulated throughout the day, and in the evening when their owners pick them up, are happier, healthier and ready for a good night’s rest at back at home.
Good candidates for daycare are healthy, spayed or neutered and well-socialized dogs who really enjoy other dogs and seek interaction with them at every opportunity. Young dogs often adjust to the daycare environment better than older ones. If your dog is a regular at dog parks, and she plays a lot and enjoys herself there, then daycares are probably ideal for her.
Today’s busy, hectic schedules are an unavoidable reality. Work and family obligations often require pet owners to not be home for prolonged periods of time. Not only does dog daycare save a bored or lonely dog’s psyche, it also brings peace of mind to dog owners. Not having to worry about the mental health of their faithful friend means not having to worry about the physical health of their brand new leather sofa.
The dog daycare facility at Canine Commander can help you out with daily loving care, human and canine interaction, and physical exercise for your dog. Contact Canine Commander for more information about our indoor-outdoor dog daycare facility.