Written by Emily Bayne
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Published: 11/12/2021, edited: 11/12/2021
Choosing a quality doggy daycare facility is crucial, especially if your dog will be spending a lot of time there. To ensure your dog receives the level of care they deserve, we’ve created this handy checklist for you to reference when checking out doggy daycares in your area. We’ll also provide you with affordable alternatives if doggy daycare isn’t in the cards for your woofer.
The process of vetting a daycare facility can be daunting, so we’ve compiled this list of helpful tips and inquiries to help you make the best decision "pawssible" for your fur-baby.
The first thing you should do when checking out local dog daycares is ask for a tour of the facility. You can learn so much about how the facility is run just by exploring it during their open hours.
Here are some questions you should consider when touring doggy daycares:
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions when exploring local doggy daycares. Facility staff should be open and willing to answer any question or direct you to someone who can.
Below are some basic questions you should ask daycare providers to see if their facility is safe and appropriate for your beloved fur-baby.
Even if the doggy daycare ticks all the boxes for safety and enrichment, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a good fit for your canine. You should also consider these factors when choosing a daycare for your pup.
Most dog daycares require mandatory temperament testing before dogs can enroll in their programs. The time length for these tests can range between 2 hours to a full day of daycare. During this time, staff will observe dogs to see how they interact with other dogs.
Unfortunately, not all dogs will pass these temperament tests, and the ones who don’t are ineligible for daycare services. What’s more, many daycare facilities charge pet parents for these mandatory temperament tests.
If your dog is unvaccinated (whether for medical or personal reasons), chances are they’ll be denied admittance into daycare programs. Most facilities require daycare participants to be current on all their core vaccines, and some also require dogs to have the kennel cough vaccine.
A lot of dog daycares require dogs to be spayed or neutered before enrolling. The few that don’t often will turn away in-heat females during their estrus cycle due to the potential for accidental pregnancy and sexual aggression.
Lastly, consider your dog’s personality when deciding if doggy daycare is right for them. Dogs who are shy, skittish, or reactive probably aren’t the best candidates for dog daycare. While dog daycare can be a fun experience for outgoing pooches, it may be overwhelming for more reserved dogs.
YES! Drop-in services with Wag! are a terrific (and wallet-friendly) alternative to doggy daycare.
During your 20-minute drop-in visit, a Pet Caregiver near you will come by and tend to your pet’s needs. Pet Caregivers with Wag! will be happy to let your pup out to potty, refill their food and water bowls, and give them love while you’re away.
Drop-in services through Wag! aren’t limited to potty breaks and refills, either. Pet parents are encouraged to use the Wag! Chat feature to communicate their service expectations and pet’s needs to ensure complete satisfaction with the booking.
Drop-in caregivers through Wag! set their own prices, which average just $13 to $16 a visit. When you book a drop-in service, you’ll receive a price estimate and a final total once you pick your "pawfect" caregiver.
Try Wag! drop-ins to make sure your pooch is in great hands during your time away! For more information on Wag! drop-in services, check out our support page.
Does your pet need more than 20 minutes to handle their business? Book a 30- or 60-minute Wag! walk instead and use the Wag! Chat feature to detail specific instructions for your Pet Caregiver.
When you book with Wag!, you can leave your dog in confidence, knowing they’ll be cared for by the best of the best. Caregivers through Wag! go through extensive testing and background checks to ensure the safety of our furry clients.
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