Does Doggy Day Care Work?

Doggy Day Care centers have been lauded as the be-all and end-all for behavioral problems ranging from destruction of property to mild separation anxiety. However, no one know your dog better than you do, and some pets can become more stressed or overstimulated by participating in a daycare or boarding house with other pets.

So what type of dog probably will not benefit from a doggy day care? Dogs that are naturally fearful of other dogs generally really don’t do well in daycare. If there is only a mild fear and trained handlers can foster relationships between your pet and other dogs, then the experience can do wonders for your dog’s sociability. However, dogs that have a greater fear, particularly older animals, will often become more stressed with prolonged interaction.

Dogs that were rescued from puppy mills or hoarders are also unlikely to flourish in daycare environments. While they may cling to the group dynamic, the stimulation can be overwhelming, even dangerous for staff.

Canine bullies or dogs that are aggressive around other dogs usually don’t do well in doggy daycares. While the instinct to socialize a dog by introducing him to other dogs isn’t a bad thought, the reality is that often this just gives canine bullies a place to practice aggressive behaviors.

Trainers will recommend doggy daycare for any pets that are vocal or destructive when at home alone. And in cases of mild separation anxiety, daycare is a wonderful option. However, extreme cases of separation anxiety – where the dog has super-bonded with a particular person – can’t be alleviated by other dogs or humans.

Most doggy daycare facilities will have an assessment period prior to enrolling your pet. This serves to place your pet in the best daycare group, and also to recommend other options – like private boarding or pet sitting in your home – if appropriate.

To find out what type of boarding arrangements are best for you pet, contact Hill Country Pet Sitters today. We’re happy to help!