7 Reasons To Put Your Pooch In Doggy Daycare

Here’s why all the hip pooches are heading to doggy daycare.

Doggy daycare isn’t just a trendy fad. We’re working more hours, and that means less time spent with our dogs. While some dogs are content to sleep the day away, waiting for you to come home, there are many that need a little something extra to do during the day. And that’s where Doggy Daycare comes into play.

Whether you’re dropping your dog off at doggy daycare every day, or just once or twice a week (or month), there are plenty of reasons why your pup will thrive in this environment. Here are our top seven reasons why you should give doggy daycare a go.

Socialization skills

Dogs need to be around other dogs in order to learn how to act properly. They learn what’s appropriate to do and not do, how to introduce themselves to new faces, and how to play nicely with others. If you can, start the socialization training as soon as possible—he’ll become a lot more confident when it comes to interacting with strange dogs.

Outlet for energy

You know what your dog is like when you come home from work—he just can’t wait to play with you… and that may not be the first thing on your mind. But exercise is critical for a healthy and happy dog, and he’ll get it at doggy day care. All that running around and playing is a wonderful way for him to expend excess energy.

I’m so lonely

“Sniff! It’s lonely at home all by myself!” Because your dog can’t actually tell you this in words, he’ll show you by being destructive and chewing on things he shouldn’t. Many dogs don’t like being at home alone and benefit from the company of other dogs. In doggy daycare, your dog will get plenty of attention and playtime with other dogs.

Reasonable prices

Doggy daycare may not be as expensive as you think. We know this is a big reason why you’ve avoided doggy daycare in the past, but prices have come down, thanks to new facilities entering the market. Shop around—some facilities have discounted rates if you buy a package. If you’re only planning on dropping your pooch off a couple times a week, this will cut down on the cost as well.

Bathroom breaks

Occasionally, you’re not in a position to rush home from work to let him out. Hey, we all have to work late unexpectedly. But your dog has been home all day, and he needs to go pee. That’s not a concern when your dog is spending the day at doggie daycare—it’s just one less thing that you don’t have to worry about.

A change of scenery

Even if your dog is fine with being home alone all day, it’s a good idea to change up his routine every once in a while. Give him a break from barking at the mailman and sleeping on the couch. Doggy daycare will be like a mini vacation for him.

Making new doggy friends

We all need friends—and your dog is no exception. Doggy daycare encourages your dog to make new friends. If your dog makes a BFF, you can set up a doggy playdate outside of daycare for walks or a romp at the dog park on the weekend. Besides, it’s a wonderful way for you to meet new dog people.

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of Petguide.com, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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