Be one of the forerunners on dog health in the Country, we get a lot of “should we or shouldn’t we” questions from our readers. And it seems, one of the most constant questions has been about whether or not to invest in dog daycare. The truth is, the answer to that question depends on a great many variables. Let us take a minute to explore some of the details and see if dog daycare is the right move for you and your pet.
We look at dog daycare a lot like we look at human daycare. The one question you need to ask yourself about it is whether or not you have the proper time to give the needed attention and exercise for your dog. The main setback people see to any kind of daycare is the idea of someone else raising your child or pet. That, in itself, is an extreme view, though. Truth is, Americans are burdened with much to do in a day, and that often involves work and leaving the house for long periods of time. So the main question is, do I leave my dog alone for that time period, or should I use dog daycare of have a sitter? There really is no cut and dry answer to this.
A couple things to factor in is how old your dog is, what kind of breed is it, and your own expendable income. If you have a dog that is prone to depression or anxiety when left alone, dog daycare might be the best for your dog AND your belongings (so they don’t get chewed to nothing). Also, how long have you had the dog? If you just got a puppy, it might not be the best idea for the growth and maturity of that puppy if it is left alone for long periods.
And if you think daycare means someone else is raising your dog, that is not fair to you. It is DAY care, meaning the dogs get taken care of during the day, which is only a third of the day, so hardly raising your dog. It is not fair to YOU to make yourself feel more guilty, when no guilt is necessary. Work is required by all of us to survive, and you cannot punish yourself for that. But also, you need to ensure your dog is getting the exercise and attention it needs.
Again, the answer to “should I or shouldn’t I” about dog daycare lies in many factors, and lies in your hands, solely. As long as you keep your dog loved, healthy, and happy, we here at dogPACER support any choices you make.