Dog daycare near me
Some dogs deal well with their owner’s absence but for others, this is a source of loneliness and anxiety. Dog daycares are great places for sociable dogs as they provide pups with human and canine interactions, making sure dogs are entertained while their owners are away.
How do I find a dog daycare near me?
Before booking your pooch in a dog daycare, you need to make sure that this is the right pet sitting solution for it. Not all dogs appreciate being with other dogs. For some, the closeness of other fellow four-legged friends can trigger anxiety or aggressivity. Dog daycares are also not recommended for dogs with severe medical conditions and those that are expecting.
Here are a few ways for you to find a great dog daycare for your pup:
Ask around you for recommendations: your local pet shop or shelter may be able to recommend a few places. You can also ask your vet or other dog parents. This is a great way to get unbiased opinions and have an idea whether or not your dog will be happy spending time over there.
Look up places online: the first results you will see will be the places that are the closest to you. If the dog daycare has been operating for some time, chances are there will be reviews about it left by dog owners. This too will give you an idea of the quality of care and service.
What are the prices of a dog daycare near me?
The price you will pay depends on where you live, the level of comfort and the activities provided. Dog daycares are usually open between 08:00am to 06:00pm on weekdays. The average price for a half day is $12. A full day costs $35 on average. Most facilities offer a monthly package that can cut substantially the per-day cost. Expect to pay anything between $200 to $500 for a month.
Please note that the prices for dog daycare in Melbourne or Sydney are usually higher than the average price in Australia.
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What are the pros and cons of dog daycares?
Dog daycare is not every dog’s cup of tea. If your dog has not been socialised properly as a puppy or if it suffers from stress or anxiety when it is around other dogs, it is best to look for an alternative such as dog sitting in the owner’s home. However, if your pooch is fine in the company of other dogs, spending time in daycare has some benefits:
Your dog will be happy and entertained
Your dog will not suffer from loneliness and won’t adopt destructive behaviours as a result of boredom
Your dog will develop its social skills
Your dog will be looked after by trained staff
There are a few disadvantages to take into account:
The cost can be quite high depending on how many time you need to leave your dog in daycare
Staff often look after several dogs at the same time. While your pooch will be in good hands, it may not receive the level of attention it may be used to at home
Your dog will not be allowed in daycare if it suffers from a transmittable condition. You may need to look for a back-up plan at the last-minute if this happens