As a responsible and loving pet owner, you may feel a bit overwhelmed when looking for the right doggie daycare. Here are my top four tips for finding the best center. If you follow my suggestions you will be able to leave your dog for the day feeling confident your pet will be well taken care of.
1. Don't wait until the last minute. Life is hectic these days and it is sometimes difficult to plan ahead, but if you take your time you will be able to make a more informed decision and might possibly have a broader selection to choose from than if you wait until the last minute. Planning ahead gives you time to do your research and to schedule appointments with daycare staff for asking questions and taking tours of doggy day care school.
It is also important to give yourself enough time to gather all the necessary paperwork and make sure your dog is up to date with his vaccines. The rabies vaccine alone isn't considered effective until 28 days after administration, keep this in mind when making your plans. Your veterinarian is always your best source for information on vaccines.
2. Make sure you do your research. Take the time to find out what you want in doggie daycare, and what you can expect from a good facility. Then make sure you investigate and tour several facilities to decide what is most important for you and your dog. Make a list of the most important things you are looking for in a dog daycare and compile a list of questions to help you discover the best facility.
Call the prospective doggie daycare. Ask your questions and if you are interested in the facility, make an appointment for a tour. Can your pet come for the tour? Reputable dog daycares will schedule a visit for you during a slow time. This should give you enough time to ask your questions.
3. Ask enough questions to make yourself confident in your choice. Don't be timid about communicating your needs and your pet's needs. Make sure your questions get answered. You are looking for a good fit for you and your pet, the only way a prospective doggie daycare can give you what you want is if you let them know what you want. Be upfront if your dog has any issues or special needs. Find a facility that is willing to individualize your pet's stay.