Doggy daycares are a great place for on-the-go pet parents that want their dog to be safe, cared for, and have an enjoyable experience while they are at work or away from home. While the interaction and environment of a doggy daycare can be wonderful for your pet, you would not trust anyone to watch your dog, just like you would not let anyone watch your children. Throughout the process of finding the right place that you feel comfortable with, there are many questions you may have. Here are some tips to help you along the way.
When selecting a doggy daycare, you want a facility that will be open about its policies and happily answer any questions or concerns you may have. Choosing a daycare that is not open about how they handle activities, feeding, pack management, and training philosophies is a scary venture you may not want to take.
Any reputable doggy daycare will allow you to tour the facility that your pet will call home while you are away. When touring the facility, you will want to have all of your questions ready to be answered and look out for certain safety features like ventilation, fencing, and flooring.
Whether you have a small dog or a large breed, you will want to ensure the doggy daycare groups these animals appropriately. You would not want your 5-year-old child to be playing tackle football against teenagers, and you wouldn’t want your 10-pound puppy playing with an 80-pound behemoth of a dog either. The facility should have parameters set in place for proper dog grouping.
There should be some form of dog-friendly activities in place at the doggy daycare, but are they suitable for your animal? Does the facility offer a variety of activities? These are questions you will want to have answered before selecting which doggy daycare you send your pet to.
This isn’t often thought about when selecting a doggy daycare, however, it is a requirement you should look into. If you want to take an extended trip or vacation without your dog, having a facility you know and trust for dog boarding is ideal. It’s much easier for a dog to acclimate to an environment if they have already been there playing and cohabitating.
This could be different depending on the state that you live in, but there are certain guidelines doggy daycares must follow in terms of staff-to-dog ratio. The facility should know this answer immediately and if they don’t, there may be issues with the transparency we have already discussed.
At Leader of the Pack, we understand how stressful finding a reliable and affordable doggy daycare can be for you and your pet. We have been voted the No.1 doggy daycare in the Lehigh Valley region for 10 years in a row. With our services, you can relax knowing your dog is in good hands at all times. Our 12,100 square foot indoor facility is ideal for dogs of all sizes and energy levels. We offer a section for big and small dogs as well as puppies, so you know your animal is having fun with dogs of similar size. Our services also include dog boarding, puppy training classes, and grooming, so we have all aspects covered. Your dog’s safety is our priority, that is why all dogs must be current on Distemper, Rabies, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza vaccinations. In addition, all dogs must be negative for a stool test for parasites in the last 6 months. We can not accept any pet without proof of shot records in paper format from a veterinary professional. At Leader of the Pack, we are committed to your pet’s enjoyment & safety. Contact us today to schedule a tour or to book an appointment for any of our services.