A large number of people who work full time jobs are no longer leaving their canine friends to tough out the day alone at home or the yard. Instead, they are dropping them off at doggie day care centers. These centers run the gamut: Some are operated out of a home with a big fenced-in backyard; others are luxury centers with swimming pools, manicurists, grooming and therapy sessions.
Dogs are pack animals by nature -- prior to domestication they lived in packs. Even now as man's best friend, dogs still enjoy hanging out with other dogs. However, many dogs don't have canine companions at home to run and play with. Going to day care with other dogs while their humans are at work gives today's dogs that opportunity. There is a side benefit for a dog's human companions: Dogs attending day care learn how to interact with other dogs. This mean your canine friend may be a better-behaved boy in public when he meets other dogs.
A dog left in his kennel for eight plus hours while you are at work isn't getting exercise during the day. Dogs attending day care participate in a variety of activities that keep them stronger and more fit. Most dog day care facilities have outdoor pens for dogs to romp and play. Some have swimming pools, which is particularly attractive for older dogs suffering with arthritis.
Calmer At Home
Your dog attending day care will be a calmer companion at the end of the day. He's been busy all day and most likely he's a bit tired. He hasn't spent the day waiting for you to come home. He hasn't been bored, which is one of the main reason dogs misbehave. A tired dog, like a tired child, goes to bed without a fuss and sleeps through the night.
Less Mess At Home
When your canine friend is at doggie day care, he is also doing his bathroom-related business there and not at your house. Even well-trained dogs will leave "deposits" in their kennel if left there all day. Having to wait to relieve himself is stressful for a dog. At day care, he can go whenever nature calls.
Your Peace Of Mind
Many human companions feel guilty during the workday when they must leave their canine pal behind. When Fighto attends doggie day care, you can take comfort knowing that your pup is in a safe environment. He is hanging out with doggie day care workers who will be watching, playing and giving your pup love and attention throughout the day.
By Amy M. Armstrong
ASPCA: Daycare for Dogs
The Park Pet Retreat: Dog Daycare: Benefits and Considerations
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The New York Times: A Dog's Life, Upgraded
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About the Author
Amy M. Armstrong is a former community news journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing features and covering school districts. She has received more than 40 awards for excellence in journalism and photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Washington State University. Armstrong grew up on a dairy farm in western Washington and wrote agricultural news while in college.