Archive for September, 2012

The Benefits of Dog Daycare

September 30, 2012

While we humans may appreciate an idle day from time to time, nobody likes to be truly bored. We go a little stir crazy, wandering around looking some something—anything—to do. Sometimes what we decide to do is a little self-destructive, like eating when we’re not hungry, or taking on some project that only makes a huge mess.

Now imagine, if you will, that you are left at home alone for eight or more hours a day with very little or nothing to do. Sure, you could watch TV, or read a book, or nap, but doing those things over and over, day in and day out? Sounds a little crazy-making, doesn’t it?

Yet, we expect our dogs to stay at home alone while we are at our jobs all week, to entertain themselves with the toys left for them or to nap the day away—and we expect them to do it without misbehaving. Sure, many if not most dogs are perfectly able to do that. They are complete angels while we’re away: they hold their potty or use only a designated area, they don’t chew things up or become otherwise destructive, they don’t drive the neighbors crazy with incessant barking. They’re great dogs! But even though they might not be causing any trouble by being there, great dogs deserve to get out of the house too.

Insert doggy daycare.  A canine day care facility isn’t just for the “trouble children” who cannot be left at home alone; doggy daycare owners and attendants love to see your sweet angels too! And, assuming your dog likes other dogs, your fur-child will love to be there. Instead of sleeping or being otherwise sedentary all day, your dog can enjoy running around and socializing with other dogs and the human attendants present. They can play fetch, play tug-o-war or engage in a friendly wrestling match with another dog who’s just as happy to be there.

Doggy daycare can do so much more than that as well. Many, like the Muttley Crew, have grooming facilities attached where your dog can enjoy (HA!) a convenient bath while you’re at work or running errands. The attendants can also make sure your dog, if needed, sticks to a regular diet or feeding schedule, and receives any medications he or she might need. At the end of the day, your dog returns to you happily worn out and you don’t have to worry about how to handle a furry ball of energy when you would rather relax in the evening; neither do you have to worry about coming home to any disasters.

It is well-known that particularly in today’s economy, though it may be recovering, adding an extra expense may be cause for some hesitation. The benefits of doggy daycare, though, are more than worth the expense. A well-socialized and well-exercised dog is always, always, always a happier dog. They suffer from fewer nervous or destructive habits, are able to adjust more easily to any unexpected changes in their daily routines, are more physically fit and are far less likely to develop annoying or even potentially dangerous behavioral issues.

We all love our dogs very much and want to give them the best care possible, but it’s often very difficult for many of us to make time in our schedules for really working with our dogs to socialize and exercise them. This is why doggy daycare is such an excellent solution. It allows our dogs to vent excess energy, to maintain socialization with other dogs and with humans, which gives you a happier, healthier dog whose company you can truly enjoy during your off-time—a worthwhile investment, indeed.