(Closed) Doggie DayCare experiences

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

No advice, but I hope people answer! I’m considering taking ours to doggie daycare once or twice a week and don’t know anyone else that’s done this before. I’d love to hear some experiences as well!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have worked at one and yes injuries occur. See what their safety procedures on when it comes to fights. Kennel cough can happen. Some dogs do well, others do not. There will always be a humper in the group. It is best for dogs that tear apart the house, are barkers or need to release all that energy.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

No doggie daycare experience, although we might have to look into this too when I am busier with school next year and can’t be home all the time.  

Do you have a dog park close to your house?  My dog LOVES going to the dog park and it always wears him out way better than a walk (he is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, too small to be a running dog, too). It’s also great for them to socialize and when there are other dogs there they all run around and he always comes home dead tired–even if we only go for a half hour.  It’s great! And free! 🙂 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@fuentesbee:  My coworker and her husband have a big dog and he goes to doggy daycare a few days a week – they both work 9-5.

Her dog LOVES it. I think they tried a couple of places until they got the right fit.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We occasionally do doggy day care at one of two places – my vet, which has a good program, and the place where we board her when we’re out of town, which I personally don’t like as much but my fiance likes more. The DOG likes both of them – when we pull up outside and she sees where she is, she is so excited and can barely wait to get out of the car and then ruuuuns up to the door so fast. She got injured once, but it was just a cut on her paw and they called us as soon as they noticed it. She’s a high-energy dog and we can never seem to tire her out for long at home but she is exhausted when she comes home from daycare.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@fuentesbee:  

That is good but please remember it is still possible to get kennel cough with the vaccine. We had a few clients that were confused when their dog got it.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Darling Husband works from home, but every now and then if he is going to be out of the house for a long time, or whatever, we’ll take our fur baby to daycare. He is really high-energy, so it’s good for him, plus I want him to be social 🙂

The first time we took him, I was so torn up about it. He is a rescue and has separation anxiety, and I was convinced he would think we were leavinG him forever. Literally, when we got there, he basically completely forgot I existed, and ran off with the other dogs. So, really, it was more upsetting for me than him (by tenfold).

He always comes home exhausted  but happy. Also, the place we take him has webcams, so we can watch him anytime we want to, which I love.

As PP mentioned, we did try a few places before we got the right fit for him.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

When we only had one dog we used to take him to daycare occasionally. He always came home totally pooped, which was great. The facility should have staff supervising at all times so he won’t be getting humped all day hopefully lol. If you have one in mind I would definitely ask them if you can come for a tour before taking your dog there.

One the downside, one daycare near me had to completely close down because they had canine herpes (I think) and simply couldn’t get rid of it. And the vaccine for kennel cough does not always work unfortunately. There are a lot of different strains so you pup can still get it even when vaccinated (mine did from a playgroup).

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We take our 10 month old golden retriever to doggie daycare every Friday – she is there now! We pay $25/day and she is there from 8am-6pm. They have cameras in all the play rooms and the outdoor play area so we can check in on her. Also, they only take a certain number of dogs each day and have 1 staff member for every 8 dogs. Usually the big dogs and the small dogs are separated. Each dog has to have a personality test and behavior evaluation before you can bring them for daycare.

Just make sure you find a good place, with rules and a good staff! Our dog loves going, the staff loves her and she get so excited when we drive in. When I pick her up she is completely exhausted and sleeps for most of the evening. It has worked very well for us so far!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Doggie day care is GREAT to get him running. I used to take my dog and he LOVED IT.

The only problem with our situation was that they would feed him too much and he would come back 3 lbs heavier (he’s only 9 lbs so when he came back 12, that was a HUGE problem) and sick.

But day care was great. He’d come home and pass out because he was just running back and forth with all the big dogs all day long.

Ours also had a Doggie Cam that we could log into online and watch him run around. Those are pretty fun!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@fuentesbee:  

It is very easy to treat yes. I just try to let people know that it can happen so they don’t freak out on the boarding staff.

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