(Closed) Doggy Daycare?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Does your furbaby go to daycare?
    Yes, every week day when I'm at work : (8 votes)
    12 %
    Yes, a few times a week : (9 votes)
    14 %
    Yes, but not regularly : (21 votes)
    32 %
    No, never : (21 votes)
    32 %
    Are you crazy?! Who puts a dog in daycare?? : (6 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2685 posts
    Sugar bee

    I used to think doggy daycare was a weird idea until I started working at a dog-friendly office.  It’s really nice to let dogs socialize throughout the day rather than leaving them in a crate at home.  My dog has always been friendly to new people and dogs, and we think part of that is due to her being raised in a pet-friendly office.  We also found that she would get worn out during the day, so she’s better behaved at night.  Sadly, our office moved to a nicer, but not dog-friendly building.  I thought about doing daycare, but we instead decided to take her on longer walks in the morning and evening to give her exercise and socialization.  She doesn’t seem to mind, but I do miss her at the office.

    Post # 4
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    311 posts
    Helper bee

    @BoxerLady:  when I had just one dog, we took him to doggy daycare because he LOVES other dogs. It was so great. He played for 8 hours straight and came home and slept aaaalllll evening/night. i started working from home and now have 3 dogs so I don’t take him or any to doggy daycare anymore. I got the insane looks too but oh well 🙂 you could try taking him for maybe a half day to see how he likes it. I recommend checking the place out first to make sure they are up to standards…take note of how employees treat dogs, cleanliness of the place, ect. He’ll also have to be updates on all of his shots. Overall….I highly recommend doggy daycares! 

    Post # 6
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    6120 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I just can’t bring myself to put my dog in “daycare” or a kennel. I know they let them socialize but some places put them into cages for part of the day. I went to my vet the other day to pick up my baby’s heartworm pills and the kennels are outside and all I could hear was dogs barking/howling/crying and the thouht of my poor baby sitting there listening to that kills me. It’s like putting a human in a room with a psycho who screams all day…that would make you go mad! We keep our pup in the main bathroom so she has a little corner with her bed and the rest of the bathroom to play with her toys, etc. I leave her water and food in there so it’s like her own little home. Sometimes even when we’re home she goes in there to sleep

    Post # 7
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    1815 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    They might be looking at you like you’re insane because you call him a furbaby not because you put him in daycare :p

    I just hire a middle school girl to walk my dog in the afternoons. Then I usually take him to the dog park on weekends to socialize and *really* exercise.

    Post # 8
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    2685 posts
    Sugar bee

    @BoxerLady:  Dog-friendly offices are awesome!  I’ve seen people sneak their pets in at our new location, so at least the new place isn’t too strict about it.  We used to crate our dog, but now she’s able to roam freely without problems.  She usually just sleeps during the day.  If I work from home, she just lies down on her bed and doesn’t move for 8 hours, so I guess that’s her routine now.

    Post # 9
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    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I used to when I lived closer to a facility, but am not currently able to. I think the weird looks are because it’s called ‘daycare’… I wish there was another name for it!

    I think it was great, the  people were always exceptionally friendly, he would be so excited when I dropped him off and would run to me when I picked him up! He’d be so tuckered out from running around all.day.long. You could bring snacks and a blanket for the ‘nap time’.

    I hope to be able to bring my two dogs in the future when we live closer to one, though not everyday because it gets pricey.

    Post # 10
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    311 posts
    Helper bee

    @IzzyBear:  that’s why I told her to check the place out first. I had absolutely no problem taking my dog to daycare. He loves playing with other dogs and I felt that it was better than him sitting at home by himself all day. This place had 3 large rooms….one for big playful dogs, one for more mellow dogs and one for small, older dogs. They had employees in all of the rooms with the dogs and only kenneled them when it was getting close to the end of the day and owners were coming to pick them up. My dog knew when we were getting close to his doggy daycare…he would “scream” and howl with excitement. I couldn’t even control him on a leash when we got out of the car….I’d open the front door and he’s take off to his “door” to be let in! He just loved it! A kennel and doggy day cares are usually two completely different things. But that’s why she really should check the place out before actually taking him. Not all places are bad. 

    Post # 11
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    2393 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    If I could afford to put our dog in doggy daycare, I would do so everyday.  On the few occassions we have done, I have logged into their “doggycam” to watch her and she is always playing non stop.  We live about a mile from a huge dogpark, which we take her to everyday, so I feel less guilty that I can’t afford to put her in doggy daycare each day.

    Post # 12
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    8299 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    When we only had one dog we took him to daycare once or twice a week. He loved it and I felt better that he wasn’t sitting at home alone all day.

    Post # 13
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    1776 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @BoxerLady:  MIne loves daycare.  Starts to do the “we’re here yipee” whine and dance when I pull in the parking lot, and pulls me across the parking lot into the building.  They do get a naptime for a couple of hours at mid-day where they’re put in crates for a rest, but otherwise they’re out playing.  They even have kiddie pools outside for the water crazy dogs to play and splash in.  Every day they post videos and photos on their facebook page showing the playtime antics.  Mostly I love that once we’re home she’s tired.  

    Post # 14
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    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I always thought it was weird until we got a high energy pit mix. I’m changing jobs next week so I can’t come home and walk/play with the dogs any more at lunch. One of the dogs is very mellow and chill, so she’s fine all day just with free reign of the house. The pit needs to be crated otherwise she will destroy the house, and we don’t want to leave her in there all day every day, so we’ve started taking her to doggie daycare twice a week. SHE LOVES IT. She spends 8 hours a day just running herself ragged with other dogs, then comes home and passes out so hard (which WE love!).

    We looked at 3 places before we picked the one we went with, even took tours. It has 3 different playrooms to separate the dogs based on size and temperment/play style and there are webcams in each room so I can spy on her during the day. It’s a bit pricey, but I consider it worth the money considering the benefits both us and the dog get.

    Post # 15
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    2376 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I worked in a doggie daycare, and they can be wonderful!  They’re perfect for young, high energy dogs, or ones that like being social.  The best ones will have webcams so you can check in during the day, and they should sort into groups based on temperment, size and activity level.  Every reputable facility should have a relationship with a vet, so in the event something happens, they can get the dog treated immediately.  They should also allow full tours before you make a decision.  The other nice thing is most daycares also board.  So if you’re going on vacation, your dog will already know and like where he/she is getting boarded!

    Post # 16
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    850 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We send both of our dogs (6 year old and 5 month old pit mixes) to daycare and they love it. We were worried about the older dog because she doesn’t love all dogs she meets on walks, but she socializes really well at daycare and has some best friends. The puppy loves every dog/person/stick EVER so he’s having a blast at daycare. We also found reliable pet sitters for when we go out of town in the daycare employees so that’s a bonus! It makes it a little easier to travel knowing they are with someone who has spent a lot of time with them.

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