Doggy Daycare fears are real. But not in the way you may think.
It is I who is filled with apprehension, anxiety and cautious thoughts. So much so, it’s taken me almost two years to gather the courage to leave them at daycare here in Charleston.
Call it selective memory, but I cannot remember having this much difficulty leaving Harley.
Harley was practically born and raised at Olde Towne Pet Resort in VA…
He was my very first puppy and “Puppy for Dummies” was my canine bible. I followed it to the letter.
Chapter 3 told me the age he should begin socializing with other puppies, so I took him. #liketheyknew
From what my memory does allow me to recall – we walked right on in, I gave him a quick hug, a pat on the head, and went on to work.
For the most part I was fine, and before long he was running things…
When Jax came along, he pretty much followed in Harley’s paw-steps. He immediately took advantage of all the activities they offered…
And shortly thereafter HE was running things…
My Boys enjoy doggy daycare.
So why the year an a half hiatus?
Because I’ve got unobtainable expectations. #thereIsaidit
HOME AWAY FROM HOME –
Whether it’s for a few hours, or a weekend, our pets trust us with their lives.
They also trust that if we’re not watching them, we have the utmost confidence in the humans we’ve selected to watch them. For months I’ve been looking for a place that felt right. It’s been much too long since they’ve had hours of play time with other dogs.
The Grooming Room (recommended by our Doodle Doc) has been grooming them for a year now. They also have a daycare facility and last week I dropped them off for a few hours of play before their baths.
They had a doodle*tastic time…
…made new furrends…
And it warmed my heart to see these pics that the staff took for me. #theygetme
A FEW DAYCARE SEARCH TIPS –
If you’re looking for a place where your dog can have daily or occasional supervised canine fun – pawhaps these will be helpful during your search –
- Referrals – there’s nothing wrong with asking your vet, neighbors, groomer (or anyone you trust) about a good daycare and/or boarding facility.
- Research – I’m a huge advocate for online research. Google the company, owner, franchise, etc and see what “pops” up. #knowledgeispower
- Field trip – take an unexpected tour. Pay attention to their staff to dog ratio, appearance, cleanliness, and both their outdoor and inside areas.
- Staff – make sure they’re happy to be there. Watch how they manage/handle the dogs. Look to see if the dogs display happy body language.
- Ask questions – don’t be afraid Lois Lane. Ask how long they’ve been operating, inquire about the qualifications of the staff. find out the protocol for handling emergencies in the event of a dog fight, injury or sickness.
- Vaccinations – Find out what vaccinations are required. Getting sick from unvaccinated dogs is rare, but it can happen. I lived it and lost – so don’t you take chances.
HERE’S A BIGGIE –
This may sound a little “stalk-ish” but we’re sharing right?
During my search – if everything I’ve heard and saw is positive – my final test is to hang out in the parking lot.
Yep, the parking lot! I watch the body language of the dogs coming in and leaving. I even engage in conversation with some of the other pet parents asking them to rate the facility.
At the end of the day, I’m searching for a place –
- with a strong pet focus!
- who uses certified and trained professionals!
- that can give me at least one quiet evening a week….
There is no shame in my game!
Have the Mondayest Monday that ever Mondayed