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What is doggie daycare?
Doggie Daycare consists of day
kenneling, supervised play sessions and some basic
training. The primary goal of daycare is to safely
socialize the dog to build confidence and reduce
by praising and
rewarding the dog for acting calm in a variety of
situations. The highest emphasis should be on
positive interactions (with people and other dogs),
since Daycare is part of socialization training.
Daycare is intended to provide your dog with mental
stimulation to increase intelligence as well as
being simply a fun day away from home!
to evaluate a daycare program?
enrolling your puppy in a daycare program, tour and
evaluate the facility and
program. What you are looking for is a clean,
comfortable environment with friendly, experienced
handlers and a beneficial list of activities.
Consider enrolling your puppy in a good daycare
program once a week between 3 and 5 months of age.
Weekly sessions (or more) at doggie daycare is also
recommended for friendly adult dogs. This is an
excellent way for dogs to learn to meet and play
nicely with other dogs.
The primary goal of daycare
is to safely socialize the
dog to other pets, people
and places to build
confidence and reduce fear.
Early socialization is critical to developing a
friendly, relaxed adult dog. Puppies are considered
in their critical socialization period from ages 1 -
3 months of age. This is the best time to provide
your pup with positive introductions to all ages of
people, types of pets, your lifestyle, rides in the
car, and essentially all that the dog will see and
experience at home and when out and about. Your job
as the canine instructor is to create a positive
impression of these things by acting relaxed and
jolly when you are around them. If your dog shows
fear or uncertainty, you can go near or touch the
object to show it is not threatening. Encourage but
do NOT force your dog to go near a feared object.
daycare good for every dog?
is best started at an early age. Ideally, a
puppy starts daycare at 2 months of age and
attends at least once a week. At this
early age it is VERY important that the puppy be
protected from any negative experiences. The
Daycare Center needs to be selective in the size
and ages of pups that are allowed to play
together or hang out in a run together. At the
veterinary practice, daycare may include
socializing the puppy to exam room and grooming
tables, coupled with treats. All playtime
should be supervised!
and/or fearfulness are observed in social
settings, then daycare is NOT the right choice.
Instead, individual work with a trainer or
consultation with an animal behaviorist is
strongly recommended. Otherwise, these bad
habits may limit the dog's freedom and joy to
play with other dogs in the future. Just like
people, dogs benefit from social time with other
dogs. It is great exercise to be able to romp
and play in off-leash, safe environment such as
a dog park or dog beach.
Hear veterinary behavior
consultant, Dr. Rolan Tripp,
talk about the importance of
early puppy socialization -
One school of thought considers dogs
disadvantaged if they have
not been provided early socialization