The business of “dog care” has evolved tremendously over the past few decades. Dogs have climbed in social status from “animals” we kept in the backyard to full-fledged family members with all the benefits of our own children (and sometimes more!). Twenty years ago, nobody could have imagined something called “dog daycare,” but it has now become mainstream. Almost every metropolitan area has at least one business catering to all the “puppy parents” who need the invaluable service for their precious pooches. But what are the benefits of dog daycare and why should owners invest their hard-earned money into this service? Below, I’ve provided 10 benefits every dog owner should consider…
- Relieves Boredom
Dogs, especially young dogs and puppies, are naturally curious and active. Just like kids, if they don’t have an outlet for this energy, it leads to problems. Dogs left alone during the day, without stimulation, will become bored and anxious, which will manifest into a variety of destructive behaviors, such as chewing, excessive barking or howling, potty accidents, shredding carpets and furniture—the list is endless. A quality dog daycare program will offer healthy activity and stimulation for your pup, which helps alleviate negative behaviors.
Combined with the mental stimulation that dog daycare provides your energetic pup, it also provides essential exercise to keep him/her in top physical condition. Even more than humans, dogs need daily exercise to maintain their fitness, immunity, and overall health. As a bonus, a well-exercised pup is also a better behaved pup.
- Peace of Mind
It can be very stressful to leave your precious pooch at home all day while you’re at work. Dog daycare gives owners an excellent option to give your dog plenty of safe and healthy fun, exercise and mental stimulation while you’re away. Then, you can enjoy coming home to your very tired and happy pup.
Next to potty training, “socialization” is one of the most critical training necessities in a dog’s life. You’ve likely heard that dogs are “pack” animals—this is true. There is nothing a (well-socialized) dog enjoys more than being with other dogs. And as much as we enjoy playing and bonding with our dogs, they will always get more fun and exercise with their kindred species. In addition, the better socialized your dog is, the more confidence they have, and the better behaved they are in a variety of different settings.
- Human Attention
I’m certain your pup gets plenty of love and attention while you’re at home, but why not extend that human interaction to when you’re away? Bringing your dog to daycare provides not only additional attention for your dog, but also introduces them to new, dog-friendly people in a controlled environment. At BratPak, our first requirement for all our staff members is that they must love dogs. We’re all pet owners and understand how important is for your dog to be in a safe and happy environment while you’re away. It’s also important to note that your dog will never be left alone or caged while in our care.
Dropping your dog off at a quality daycare facility is a much safer option than leaving your dog in a hot garage or in a back yard where they might escape. At BratPak, safety is our top priority. Our facility is safe from escape and our entire staff is trained in carefully monitoring the dogs’ behavior and reducing the anxiety that could lead to escape attempts. Of course, we also observe the dogs very closely to ensure reduce the chance of any physical altercations.
Understandably, most people’s top concern with taking their dog to daycare is the cost. Surprisingly, for all the benefits you get, it’s surprisingly affordable. As an example, at BratPak our daily rates range from as little as $16 and up to $40, offering both a half- and full-day option.
- Flexible Schedule
Our daycare clients range from those who visit us 6-7 times a week, to those who drop off their dog on Saturday for just a few hours while they go shopping or their kids play soccer. At BratPak, we’re open 7 days a week and offer both half- and full-day schedules. For even more convenience, no reservations are required!
- Reduces Separation Anxiety
My first introduction to doggy daycare occurred when a rescued a very anxious young German Shepherd. While working full-time, I wasn’t able to give him the exercise and attention he needed during the day to combat his extreme separation anxiety. After some research, I found a local dog daycare where he was able to go 5 days a week while I was at work. He was ecstatic to go each morning when I dropped him off, and exhausted each evening when I picked him up. Perfect!
- Improved Behavior
Saving the best benefit for last, a consistent dog daycare routine has shown to significantly reduce negative behaviors from your dog. You may have heard the expression, “A tired dog is a good dog.” This is very true! Keeping your dog well exercised and mentally stimulated will reduce both boredom and anxiety which are the leading causes for destructive behavior in the home. This leads to a less popular but just as true expression, “A well-behaved dog means a happy owner.”
If you’d like more information about BratPak’s doggie daycare program, feel free to check out our website (www.bratpakdogkamp.com) or give us a call at (925) 980-2742.
Sean C. Marler is a certified dog trainer and owner of BratPak Kamp & Kafe in Livermore, CA.