Post # 1
Given the long hours my husband and I work, we have started bringing our dog to daycare every day. I have had so many people call me flat out insane and say they can’t understand why we just don’t get rid of him. Well, because we love him and he’s part of the family! We want to give him a good life. We still spend every evening and weekend with him.
My doggy daycare habit has become the butt of many jokes at work 😛 I take it well, but I’m just curious – do you think doggy daycare is a stupid concept? Do you bring your dog to one?
Post # 3
@MrsPanda99: I don’t have a pet, but I think it’s a great idea! The ones in our area are super expensive- I wouldn’t take a second job to pay for it, but if it’s within the budget why not?! We have a beagle next door who cries all day while he is alone (a rescue dog) and I think he would love to be in daycare.
Post # 4
I think that is stupid as hell.
Post # 5
Nope I don’t think it’s stupid. We don’t have a dog yet but we both work full time and one of our concerns is that the dog gets enough play time attention so we have discussed doggy daycare and we have started looking into it.
Post # 6
I think they are great! Animals are social creatures. They get interaction, exercise, stimulation, and probably eat better than when home alone (our dogs don’t usually eat when alone, they wait until we get home then chow down). I don’t see what is not to like!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I want to get a dog once we get our own place. I tend to work short days during the week and long days on the weekends. Doggie can come and hang out with me at work or at FH’s work, stay at home for a few hours on his own or stay with a friend.
Doggie I used to have would stay at home by himself for 8 hours a day/4 days a week and for trips he stayed with friends. I would prefer to come up with alternative choices rather than a daycare.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
None of the above. It’s not for me. My dog is happy to be home. When we board him, we board him at a place where most of the pets are there for the day care and he doesn’t really care at all. He’s happy, but he’s not really playing with the other dogs or using the pool or anything like that.
Some people have dogs that need a lot of attention, can’t go the work day without going out for the bathroom, can use the exercise, etc. If their owners can afford day care, more power to them!
Post # 9
@beemo: So does everyone I work with! I can’t get through a day without being made fun of and I wish I had never brought it up! I had no idea it was such a weird thing to do, lol. Do you mind expanding on why you think it’s stupid? I love it, so I am interested in hearing a different perspective.
Post # 10
@Schatzie821: That is exactly how I feel! Plus our boxer comes home exhausted. What’s not to love?! Lol.
Post # 11
@MrsPanda99: I don’t think it’s stupid at all. If you can afford it then go for it! When I started working long shifts(8-13hrs), and FI was OOT for work, I’d book Cali in for the whole night (from 3pm in the afternoon to 10am the next day) and pick her up in the morning. She would easily sleep for a full 24 hours after so I knew she got lots of exercise and playing in. It cost about $35 for over night, but I would make about $300 working so it was worth it for me, not to mention my dog got socialized lol
Post # 12
@mrsSonthebeach: I didn’t think of that option. I added it just for you 😀 if our dog was happy to be home alone all day, that would be totally different though. He’s not though and he shows it by eating bad things 😛
Post # 13
For our dog, it’s stupid as hell. She would hate us if we sent her to doggy daycare. She doesn’t like being around other dogs for extended periods of time, and she kind of has a good thing going with our couch when we are gone.
If I had a more energetic dog that would appreciate attending doggy daycare, I might be more open to sending a dog to daycare. But there’s no way I’d pay to do it every single day.
Post # 14
I think its a great idea for some dogs. Not all dogs are suited to it. None of my dogs would be good there. One is 14 and grumpy as hell, one loves other dogs, but is terrified of strangers, and the other is way too high strung to be let loose with dogs he doesnt know.
Post # 15
@MrsPanda99: I have two boxers and they have so much energy that I think doggy daycare would be great for them. I wish I could afford it so no, I don’t think it is stupid…and I don’t see why anyone would call it “stupid as hell”. If you have the money, why not do it?
And I don’t get people who suggest that because you work 40 hours a week you should not have a dog. I’m a teacher, my SO is in grad school, but it’s not like only people who are independently wealthy are entitled to have pets. Do I wish I could devote 8+ hours a day to my dog? Sure. But I have to work and because I work they have a better life – top quality dog food, good vet care, a big fenced backyard that I couldn’t afford working a part time job, etc.
Post # 16
@MrsPanda99: our pups LOVE daycare, and yes people think I’m insane… And I couldn’t give a flying f**k. It allows them to socialize with other dogs and gets their pent up energy out!