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Old 08-10-2013, 09:44 AM
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Best qualities in a doggy daycare?

Im interested in having Dany attend a doggy daycare once a week. There are lots of options in the area and I'm not sure what I should be looking for or what questions to be asking.

For example, one place advertises group play all day while another has kennel time, individual walking and then group play on a rotation. I like the sound of the later better, but this will be Dany's first experience with daycare so I am not sure what is best!

Any thoughts?
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:13 AM
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Kennel time, individual walking and then group play on a rotation sounds like a daycare with enough staffing to really stay on top of things. Group play all day might mean, "we will dump all the dogs together in an enclosed area, hire one teenager, and hope for the best."
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I'd do a drop in visit unannounced to see how things are being done.

I've done that to boarding kennels, you'd be surprised what you may see.
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My pup had a HORRIBLE experience at our local daycare and now won't go into anything with 4 sides ( including her own crate) we don't know what happened but the trainer/worker said she had a negative experience. So do as HBM says and do a random drop in, I wish I had...
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Be careful like Kay said, they get get scarred from a bad experience.

If they tell you to leave when you drop in, run, and run fast. That's a very big red flag.
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Whenever I take our dogs to a different doggy day care (we've been to a few due to travelling and moving provinces) I always drop by for a tour without an appointment. If they are hesitant to show you around and don't want to show you their kenneling area...DON'T GO THERE!
Also, even though its a doggy day care it should be kept clean, tidy and the good ones won't smell. Have a look at the outside area and see if the fencing is good, if the yard is kept clean, see if there are cameras, is it supervised and what is the maximum number of dogs they take per day. Don't be afraid to ask about their cleaning practices and what kind of product they use. Ask for references from a couple of their clients if needed. Since we move often, we ask our vet if they know of any reputable places around, they often know the best! Ask if all the employees have pet first aid and CPR, if they have a vet on-call and what happens in case of emergency.

Sorry if I sound like a freak. I'm very overprotective about where I send our dogs, I only send them to the best...even though they are way more expensive

When we lived in New Brunswick, they went to a pet resort that was acres of fenced in yards (small dogs in one area, large dogs in another, rough players in another, etc), supervised, security cameras all around and was cleaner than my house! It was fantastic! Also, in today's age, any good doggy day care should have a Facebook page or a website that's updated frequently (perhaps even with pictures of your pooch when you're away).
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Personally i hate doggy day cares. Maybe its just because the ones around me suck


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Also, in today's age, any good doggy day care should have a Facebook page or a website that's updated frequently (perhaps even with pictures of your pooch when you're away).
This! There is only one in our area, so I didn't have a whole lot of choice, but I was impressed by the place when Cobber and I visited (and he had a blast playing with other smaller pups of the same age), good outside and inside areas, lots of room, lots of good staff. And I love seeing pics of Cobber on their fb page, showing me how much fun he's having every day.
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Staff that are knowledgeable in dog behavior and managing them in groups - should know how to manage different scenarios ans situations

Different rooms/ areas for different personalities and play levels

A good cleaning system

Ask about first aid
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At my daycare they had a live camera that fed to their website in the group play time. Loved that.
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