THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO LOOK FOR WHEN DECIDING ON A DOGGY DAYCARE
More and more dog owners are making the decision to send their precious pups to doggy daycare. Doggy daycare provides a great way to get your dog socialized to all sorts of other dogs, as well as the humans who work there. It is also a great way to give your pup an outlet for pent-up energy in a safe and fun environment. BUT – not all doggy daycares are created equal! There are some important considerations that should go into your decision process:
1 – Of course, the facility should be clean. Be observant, look around and be sure that the facility is being kept properly clean and smelling good as well.
2 – Make sure that you are given an opportunity to tour the facility. Any doggy daycare that won’t let you see where your dog will be spending his day should be avoided!
3 – Inquire about the evaluation methodology. What criteria is used to determine whether a dog is admitted or not.
4 – Is there an area (preferably outside!) where the dogs can have potty breaks? If dogs are not given an adequate, designated potty area, look elsewhere!
5 – Are there emergency procedures in place? What happens if a dog is injured? Fire safety and natural disaster plans?
6 – BUT – THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO LOOK FOR IS ……..THE STAFF!!
The quality and training of the human Staff is the #1 insurer of your dog’s safety and happiness. You must inquire as to the training level and methods of the Staff. The Staff should be well versed in all types of dog behavior. They should be able to accurately assess when “play is play” and when it is not! They should be kind, attentive, compassionate and true dog lovers. This is why you must insist on a tour of the facility. Observing the interaction of the Staff with the dogs is crucial! You want to see completely engaged people that appear to be in control of the room. What you don’t want to see is a 20-something leaning on a mop while looking down at their cell phone! (we have a NO cell phone policy here at Toby’s!). A qualified Staff can make a shy pup feel more confident and take an overly exuberant dog and channel that energy in a positive way. In sum, a great Staff will make the difference between a safe and fun doggy daycare experience and one that can be fraught with potential bad experiences and even dangerous outcomes! Do your homework! Woof!!