Post # 1
I am thinking it might be a good idea for our dog with a new baby coming in December, DH is not so sure.
I currently work nights (2 12 hour shifts a week) so he is either home with Dear Daughter and I has free range over the house or is on the stairs while I am sleeping after work. We have a fenced in yard that he goes out and runs it. He is a pretty good dog, with the exception of when we have people over. We have to keep him on a leash either the entire time or until he calms down (he jumps and roughly sniffs people).
I am thinking daycare a day or two a week will help him socialize a little bit and get some of his energy out. Winter is always hard to get him enough exercise and with a new baby-people coming in and out of the house to visit, I am worried about how he will behave.
Thoughts, advice, anything?
Post # 3
I work from home, so my dog doesn’t go to doggy day care usually, but a bunch of my friends bring their dogs a few times a week. Its great for socialization and really tires them out.
We have sent our dog a few times when I was traveling and Fiance was working – she actually loved it, I was really nervous beforehand, but she got along with the other dogs very well and they look great care of her.
Post # 4
When we lived in an apartment we took our pups to day care at Pet Smart and they were awesome with them and they loved it there! Now that we have a house with a yard we can leave them outside during the day. But giving them a chance to socialize with other people and dogs was the best thing we could have done for them. Our oldest even found a boyfriend! Every time they saw eachother, the were inseperable! I still wish we had set up play dates with that dog. lol
Post # 5
I work from home so my dogs are used to having me here all day. Whenever I am traveling, our big dog goes to daycare every Tues & Thurs. This keeps him worn out enough that he doesn’t get himself into trouble while he’s unsupervised at home.
I think this is a great idea for you and your dog.
Post # 6
@ieatunicorns: I used to work for one! It depends- does your dog like/ love other dogs? I would say 99.9% of the dogs loved being at daycare, with the exception of some of the border collies. (We let them stay separate from the pack in the office because they tended to find the other dogs annoying, usually the bc were rescue.) My dog LOVED every minute of it!
Post # 7
I’ve never done just doggie-daycare, but we have always boarded our dog at facilities that also do doggie-daycare. The boarded dogs get to play with the daycare dogs all day. Our girl loved it!
I’ve never felt the need to just take her to doggie-daycare when we are in town though.
Post # 8
My Fiance and I send our dog to doggy day care when I go out to visit my mom and grandma out of state. I’m usually home with our dog, so he always has someone to play with, but when I’m gone I don’t want him to get lonely; even though we never crate him. We board him at the same facility when we have to.
Post # 9
I wish I could afford to send my girls to doggy daycare! They have each other to play with but I know they’d love it. If you can afford it – I say it wouldn’t hurt once a week or every other. It will wear your pup out and he’ll get some extra attention (that might be missing a bit with the new baby).
Post # 10
Once my miniature dachshund Evey gets spayed, she’ll be going a few days a week. I have clients ALL THE TIME telling me how awesome it is! Alot of them have hours like 7-7 so by the time you pick the dog up, get home and feed them dinner they are typically pooped and sleep the whole rest of the night 🙂
Post # 11
We used to send him to the PetSmart daycare about once a week when he was younger. Now he is a much calmer dog so not as often. Only if we’re going away for the weekend or something.
Post # 12
We used to send my dog and he loved it! Then we moved and it would be a good hour roundtrip to take him and then head to work. It’s shame because he loved it so much and always came home so tired. 🙁
We have a new puppy now, and they play more and more each day, so hopefully this is an okay substitute.
Post # 13
We do not use doggy day care. We have an adult rescue who had some fear aggression issues and is considered an aggressive breed, so we don’t want to take chances. I think at some point, she’ll be able to go to doggy day care, though, because she’s getting better being around other dogs (we’ve done 3 dog park outings with great success) as her fear of dogs decreases with every day.
We also walk her twice a day – 2 miles each walk. It’s very time consuming, but that’s also because we don’t have a yard she can really run around in. If we did, we’d probably cut one of those walks and spend time with her playing games with her.
I’ve heard from many people that dogs do not need time with other dogs and when they socialize with others they are more prone to infections (from things picked up from other dogs). I don’t know how true this is, but I know one of my friends sent her dog to daycare and the dog came home with a rash (her vet discouraged her from doggie daycare).
Post # 14
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Our trainer advised us against doggy day care due to the increased risk of injury and the fact that dogs often develop negative behaviors in such large group settings that go uncorrected by staff. The trainer advised socializing in small (2-3 dog) groups with owners present at all times to correct any inappropriate behaviors.
Post # 15
A few years ago my dog started chewing on everything. He was over a year old and the vet said it wasn’t puppy teething anymore. I had recently started working more hours and apparently he wasn’t happy about it. I started taking him to a doggy daycare once a week and it made a huge difference. He completely stopped chewing. He would sleep all evening/night after a day at the daycare and then he’d be pooped the next day too. I think it was really great for him. The place he went even had cameras so I could look and see how he was doing 🙂
Post # 16
I love Doggy DayCare. I use one near me that was very highly recommended. We usually take our puppy once a week, because even our daily 2 mile jog isn’t enough to tire out our high energy little guy. If he gets one mid-week daycare, he’s usually well behaved until the weekend, when we can run him ragged all day long. Plus, we crate him while we’re both at work, and I’ll feel bad that he doesn’t have as much time to stretch his legs during the day when he’s not at DayCare.