What makes great day care for dogs?
Key things to consider when choosing dog daycare
Would you send your child to a nursery without checking it out first? Well, at Boggs Dogs we believe that you should be equally careful about daycare for your dog. We recommend (if possible) you consider sending your dog at least once a week on the same day of the week, this way they can form bonds and relationships with existing dogs that attend the same day.
Making the right choice will depend on your own dog’s personality as well as things like the facilities and staff.
Here are some things to look out for when you visit a daycare centre.
First off, the general vibe. Are the dogs friendly, social and happy together? The staff should look like they enjoy their jobs, and are actively engaging with the dogs. A good daycare centre should be calm, quiet and relaxed rather than noisy and chaotic.
Next, ask about the staff to dog ratio. As a guide, Boggs Dogs operates on a ratio of 1 dog carer to 10 dogs as an absolute maximum, although usually this is much less.
Do they have proper walks, and if so, what’s the staff to dog ratio then? At Boggs Dogs, we have one dog carer to 8 dogs during our private woodland walks.
Bearing in mind Scotland’s weather, you should also check that the dogs have a warm, dry and comfortable rest area in case it’s cold and raining outside. At Boggs Dogs we offer 3 chill out lounges where dogs are grouped by temperament for a relaxed rest period.
Group dynamics is an important factor to consider as well. Some daycare centres group dogs by size, but at Boggs Dogs we pay more attention to which dogs have natural bonds.
Get them to run through a typical day. There should be a balance of fun and rest. Rest is an important part of your dogs day, this ensures they return home positively tired, NOT tired through stress and chaos.
What about chilling-out time? Some dogs settle down better in their own private space. Our own policy is that dogs who are crate trained at home are also crated during rest time, but only with the express permission of the owners. That way the whole group gets to relax.
If they offer a taxi service like Boggs Dogs, check how long the dogs spend in the van during transportation, as this will also have a bearing on your dog’s overall experience.
Lastly, it’s important to ask what the procedures are if a dog get injured, and how often that has happened in the past.
Once you’ve seen first-hand exactly where your dog will spend their day, who they’ll be with, and what they’ll be doing, you should be in a good position to choose whether it’s a good fit or not for your beloved pooch!