Post # 1
I’m still waiting for my puppy to be born. But, I wanted to ask about doggy daycare…
About once a year I leave for a few weeks to go and help my mother. My husband would be at home with the dog but he works all day. Where as I work at home all day and the dog will probably get sick of looking at me.
So, my question is… Should I bring the dog to doggy daycare while I am away? My husband works 8 -10 hour days but he said he could some home on his lunch and walk the dog and make sure he is ok. But, would doggy daycare be better or would the dog be happier at home? Thanks
Post # 2
The dog should be fine – even when you’re not away you will need to train the dog to be ok on their own when you’re not home (shoppong, going to friends houses etc). Lots of people dont do this and the dog gets separation anxiety.
If you want to put it in doggy daycare that will be ok, but you certainly shouldn’t need to do it – dogs can occupy themselves too.
Post # 3
chica95110: Doggy daycare is a plus if you want your dog to be tired when you get home but you also need to make sure the dog can handle seperation.
Post # 4
chica95110: The worst thing you can do is leave your puppy home alone all day. They are like babies- they needs lots and lots of people. The rule of thumb is for every month they are old, is an hour you can leave them alone, up until 8 months. We actually picked option C. We lived in an area where there were dozens of dog walkers. We hired a dog walker to puppy sit in our house or theirs, whatever they preferred, for 4-5 hours at a time. It was expensive, but so worth it. I think we paid 50$ until we found a neighbor who was also a dog walker willing to di it for 30$.
Leaving them alone for that long will create separation anxiety. And we didn’t want him in one of those puppy daycares with a million dogs when he was so little. And to give a testament to our success, we stopped crating him altogether when he out grew his last crate at a year old. He never barks at home, he doesn’t panick when we leave, he loves people, and is a very healthy, well adjusted dog.
It may be something to think about.
Post # 5
Doggy daycare really depends on the daycare. Is it park style or will your dog be in a kennel most of the day? Are they walked or do they just keep them in a room as exercise? And what about hours? The majority of daycares I’ve experienced only worked during business hours (8am-6pm) and early drop offs or late pickups meant a hefty fee.
Post # 6
Well, the truth is this… I live in Mexico so doggy daycare is not going to be what it is in the states. Everything is kept ultra simple. No extreme measures are taken. But, the dog would be watched. During the winter which is when I would be gone there will be noises from wind and storms. It gets real loud at times. The noise factor can’t be controlled. Maybe I will leave an emergency phone number for the daycare with my husband. The main thing is that my husband gets lunch at weird times. The dog will be going to the bathroom and walks at different times every day. But, maybe it will bug the dog less than I think it will. We will see.