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Thousands of pet owners work all day, and this requires leaving your dog home while you work. Often these owners come home to a stressed out dog, and rampant destruction, either of the house, or the yard, and neighbors who complain of barking and howling, due to separation anxiety.

One of the top ten reasons given at an animal shelter for owner turn-ins is "it destroys my things when I'm not home". Perhaps your dog is bored. Does it have any friends?

Social interaction with other dogs might just be the thing. Are they bursting with energy? Or do you just need peace of mind, knowing your dog is well cared for while you are away?

Dropping your dog off in the morning on the way to work, and while you slave away, your dog can enjoy life and you can have one less worry in yours!

Choosing a doggie day care can be a bit of a challenge. The first consideration is do you want to own a real dog day care not a glorified kennel? Do you want to drop off your dog in the morning and pick them up in the evening, as well as overnight boarding for traveling?

A doggie day care is set up to work like a child day care. The dogs have activities, play time, and a lot of attention through out the day. They usually get a few snacks and may even find themselves getting a bath and grooming. Most dogs thrive in this environment, a fun, safe environment for dogs to play, romp and receive lots of love and attention!

Look for indicators of good care. These include individual cages with beds for each boarder, outdoor fenced-in exercise area, and clean quarters with toileting facilities outdoors preferably. There should be little or no evidence of pet odor or fur since the facility should be kept clean and neat.

Benefits of Using a Dog Daycare

If it's a cageless dog daycare facility, your dog gets to play with people and other dogs all day long. It's important for your dog to socialize with other people and other dogs to avoid aggressive behavior.
Even if it's not a cageless dog daycare facility, the dog daycare staff will take your dog out on walks as scheduled.
Some dog daycare facilities and some pet sitters may also do basic obedience training or re-enforce your dog's obedience training if you request them to do so.
Better Behavior
With play time and exercise during the day, your dog will get tired and tend to listen to you better.
Peace of Mind
You can focus more on your work or enjoy your activities while your dog is having fun at the dog daycare facility or with the pet sitter.
Cleaner House
No more mess in your house to clean up!
Regular Bathroom Breaks
Dogs need them too. Can you hold it for 8 to 10 hours?
No More Destruction
Dogs with separation anxiety may chew on anything in the house, such as window sills, furniture and shoes.
Some questions you might want to ask when looking for a dog care facility include, how long have you been in business? How many dogs do you have per staff member? Do you require immunizations? What activities do you provide? Do you have a vet on call?

If you traveling you may want to check out facilities at your destination as well as at home. You may want to keep your pet close by while you're out of town, which means you should look for boarding centers in that area rather than in your hometown.

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