Today, we are used to having more options than ever before. It used to be that many working adults chose not to get a pet since they were gone all day long. Today, though, even busy working adults can have the love and companionship of a dog. To avoid having the dog get lonely (and get in trouble) during the day, there are doggie day camps popping up all over the country.
This is a great alternative. Your dog can get out and get some exercise during the day as well as being supervised. This can really be a big help if you get a young puppy. Having supervision during the day is a great way to ensure your new family member learns good manners and learns where to (and not to) go to the bathroom.
Of course, before you leave your “little one” alone in the care of someone else, you want to make sure that that person is qualified and will take good care of your little baby.
Here are some things you should know before you choose a particular doggie day camps:
1. How many staff do they have in relation to the number of dogs? You don’t want to have too few staff members to watch over the dogs. It’s important for them to have enough well-trained staff to keep a close eye on all the dogs as well as give all dogs equal attention and love.
2. What other services, if any, do they offer? If possible it would be nice to have a groomer, a trainer, or even have a facility that provides transportation to and from “school” every day. The whole point of getting your dog into a day camp is to make sure they are well cared for, loved, and to save you some time and work. Finding a day camp that has a lot of added benefits just makes your life that much easier.
3. And of course, you want to find out if this dog care has a good reputation. Checking with your local humane society about complaints, as well as the local chapter of the better business bureau is a good idea.
Asking your veterinarian for recommendations is a great place to look too. Also, check with your local pet food store. All of these people may be able to provide you with some recommendations about good quality day camps for your dog.
4. Pricing. It’s not always a good idea to use prices as the main criteria in searching for a good place to keep your dog. You want to make sure that your dog is well taken care of, but you still have to be able to afford it. There could be various packages available too. Some may offer more services than others so that maybe one way to cut prices if you need to.
Picking doggie day camps can be a great way to make your life a little easier. With these tips, you should be able to find a great, safe, place for your dog to go during the day while you are busy at work. It can be a win/win for you and your dog.