People are very opinionated about boarding their dogs. However, dog daycare is a whole different level of boarding. Although many dog daycares use kennels, others don’t have cages at all. And you can leave your dog for a few hours or the whole day.
I think dog daycare is a great option for someone who works long hours and can’t get home to let his or her dog out over a lunch break. I often considered this for Ace but decided the price wasn’t worth it.
Some benefits to taking your dog to daycare include knowing your dog gets to have fun while you are at work (assuming your dog likes other dogs and lots of activity), you don’t have to worry what kind of trouble your dog is getting into at home, and she will be OK if you have to work a little late.
On the negative side, often the staff members in charge of the dogs do not have a lot of knowledge in animal behavior and don’t know what to do when something goes wrong. The pick-up and drop-off hours are often inconvenient, and if you can’t pick up your dog by a certain time you will be charged a night’s boarding fee. And just like any boarding facility, you need to do lots of research to make sure the daycare is right for your dog.
What do you think? Does your dog go to daycare? Why or why not?
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