Doggie Daycare

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Doggie Daycare
Fri, 11-22-2013 - 10:19pm

Has anyone had experience with a doggie daycare before?  

It's usually twice a week that Fiona is home alone for 8-9 hours while my husband and I are at work.  Our neighbor comes by (I think twice, usually) and lets her out to play in the backyard for a little bit when we're gone that long.  She's kind of a project to walk, so we don't have her doggy sitter do that.  When we come home around 5:30, she's obviously pretty wound up.  We always take her for a walk and a jog and play with her until she konks around around 9.  We were thinking though that it would be nice to take her to a doggie daycare on those days.  She loves playing with other dogs.  The thing that I'm worried about (very very worried!) is that she might think we're abandoning her if we left her somewhere unfamiluar.  

Any advice on how to avoid that, or any other doggie daycare stories anyone might have?  Do you think it's a good idea?


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Registered: 11-21-2001
Sat, 11-23-2013 - 2:04pm

The vet clinic where I take Cleo is attached to a kennel that has a doggie day care.  I've brought ^Samantha^ and Cleo to the kennel when we needed to travel a few years ago but, since Samantha was so old at the time, I only had the workers take them out on the grounds alone.

When I do go there I often see the dogs outside's not a big outside space but they seem to be having a good time.

If Fiona is good with other dogs I think it's a great idea.  Of course,  you have to do your research; if you know of anyone that takes their dogs to a doggie day care then ask them.  Or check on line for reviews.  Then visit without making an want to see what the place is like on a normal day; not when they're expecting you.

You'll probably have to have certain certificates to show; when we boarded Cleo and Samantha they both had to have a fecal exam and bortadella (sp?) shot.  If they don't require certain usual innoculations....I would be wary.

Good luck and please let us know what you decide.