Top 5 Reasons to Enroll Your Dog in Dog Day Care
Do dogs really need day care? Many dog owners think that dogs will be just fine left on their own while their owners go to work, run errands, attend school, etc. But think about that for a minute. It’s one thing to leave your dog at home for an hour or two while you run to the grocery store or go out to dinner with your family. But no dog wants to be left on his or her own for hours and hours, day after day.
Luckily, you can always take your dog to dog day care. There, your dog will get the socialization, stimulation, and TLC he or she needs – and he or she will still greet you with a wagging tail when it’s time to go home!
Here are the top reasons you should consider dog day care for your four-legged friend.
- Dogs need socialization, just like humans.
Dogs are pack animals who evolved to constantly interact with humans and other dogs. As a family pet, your dog has adopted your family as his or her “pack,” but if your family is out at work or school all day, your dog is bound to get lonely. (You probably would, too!) At dog day care, your dog will have plenty of opportunity to interact not only with loving humans but also other dogs.
- When dogs get bored, they get in trouble.
Many problems that arise from leaving dogs at home come from simple boredom. With nothing to do and no one to interact with, a dog is more likely to chew on something he or she isn’t supposed to or make a mess. At dog day care, your dog will have plenty to keep him or her occupied all day long. Plus, he or she will be in a safe environment with plenty of supervision.
- Dog day care can help your dog get exercise.
According to some statistics and surveys, over half of America’s dogs are obese. One of the primary causes of obesity in pets is lack of exercise. Overworked, exhausted owners don’t have the time or energy to give their dogs the high-intensity play dogs need to shed excess pounds. Thankfully, dog day care can come to the rescue. At dog day care, your dog can run around and play with other dogs to his or her heart’s content. He or she can lose or maintain a healthy weight without even noticing!
- Dog day care can reinforce training.
Training a dog takes constant practice and repetition. While most dog day cares won’t teach your dog how to do tricks, they can reinforce common commands. If your dog is regularly hearing commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “come,” he or she is more likely to remember what they mean and obey them.
- Dog day care can make your pet more familiar with the vet and boarding facility.
If you take your dog to day care, boarding, and the vet at the same facility, this will be a familiar place to your dog – even a fun place! If you’ve resorted to spelling out V-E-T to keep your dog from hiding under the sofa when you mention the veterinarian, getting your dog more familiar with and accepting of the vet’s office can only be a good thing. Besides, dogs that are more familiar with the vet’s office or kennel are more likely to be relaxed and calm when they’re there.
If you’d like to learn more about how dog day care can benefit your pet, let us know! We’d be happy to let you know about our particular program and what sorts of benefits you can expect. Give us a call today to get started!