Canine DayCare consists of day kenneling,
supervised play sessions and minor
training. The goal of Canine DayCare
is to safely socialize and build
the dog’s confidence by
rewarding him for acting calm in
a variety of situations
as well as giving the dog a
positive experience in your
The highest emphasis should
be on positive interactions (with
people and other dogs), since
DayCare is part of their socialization
Recess: The play sessions should match dogs with similar
ages and temperament.
Basic temperament categories
include: Fearful, Dominant, Independent, and Friendly. (We want them all Friendly.) Under direct supervision, older dogs can be
put in the playroom or yard with
However, only use dogs
of similar size and known, reliable
temperament, preferably those
well socialized as puppies.
To check for compatibility,
walk the dog past others’ kennels
to see if they each act friendly.
Leave leashes dragging
at first meeting, and be sure
to introduce the dogs in neutral
territory, while you greet each
of them back and forth with a
high happy voice.
The minimum is 15 minutes
per day playtime, and if possible,
leave them together all day.
recess (dogs playing)
all run up and jump on
In this case, do not reward or greet the dogs. Say “OFF” and turn your
body away in a “Body Block.” Make
each dog SIT, then only greet
or give a treat if the dog is
sitting. We want to reinforce in DayCare what the dog
should learn to do at home.
dog grabs the food treat from
Hold the treat in your closed fist. If necessary it is OK to hold the dog’s mouth
closed, or bump his nose with
your fist while saying, “OFF.” Tell the dog to sit and let him lick at your
Only when he is acting
gentle, then put the food treat
in your open palm and offer it
to the dog. If the dog continues to be unruly and grab,
repeat the exercise of making
the dog SIT and lick until he is gentle.