Selecting a doggie daycare is a major decision for many people, as they are entrusting their beloved pooch to an unknown person. Obviously, every pet owner wants to take their dog to the daycare that provides the best care for furry friends. Here are two marks of quality doggie daycares, which you can use to evaluate the ones available in your town.
Runs for Individual Dogs
Occasionally, a dog must be isolated from all the other dogs. Whether the dog was injured, threatened another dog or is just not playing nice, this is a situation that doggy daycares must be prepared for. Many daycares simply put unfriendly dogs in kennels for the day. Obviously, dog owners are rarely pleased to hear that their pooch spent the day in a kennel, especially since they paid for a day of daycare. Dogs can spend the day in a kennel at home, after all.
Doggy daycares with outdoor runs show that they care about all their dogs – even the ones that might not get along with others. Rather than placing the dog in a kennel for the day, they can move dogs that need to be alone to a run. They are still protected from the other dogs, but they have much more room to run around. Depending on the climate of your town, daycares may have indoor or outdoor runs.
No Standard Food
Many pet owners baulk when they hear that they need to provide food for their dog when boarding him or her. Even though they are paying for boarding, they are still expected to supply the food – which is not always cheap for large dogs. This is actually a sign of a quality pet boarding and daycare facility.
Boarders that do not feed a generic food to all their dogs know it is important to keep dogs on their normal diet. A change in food can make dogs sick. Therefore, boarders that truly care about the well being of the dogs they watch will ask the dogs’ owners to bring food.
Typically, dogs are not fed during daycare, so what food they feed dogs may seem a moot point. Asking whether dogs that are being boarded need to bring their own food, however, is a good way to assess the level of care provided to all dogs. A place that cares for the dogs they watch overnight will also care for those they watch during the day.
Finding a good doggy daycare does not need to be intimidating. Simply find a place where you trust the employees, and then ask them about runs and food. These will help you determine the level of care provided.
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