If your dog seems to have endless energy, shows destructive behaviour when left alone, or is anxious or lonely, then dog daycare may be a great way to help. There are many benefits of dog daycare services, and you may be surprised just how much a weekly play-date at SUPERDOGS DOGGIE DAYCARE can improve yours and your dog’s life.
Most Dogs are Extroverts
Dogs are very social animals, and although many dogs adapt well to our routines, some dogs aren’t as excited about spending the day alone while you go about your daily routine. Any extroverted person can vouch for the fact that spending that much time alone can be frustrating, depressing, and can lead to unhealthy habits.
There are many ways to keep your dog entertained when they are alone, like puzzle toys or natural chews, but even these can only occupy your dog for so long. Eventually, they will finish with whatever distraction that you leave them, and they will be looking for the next activity.
The average person works an 8 hour work day. Once you factor in your commute, errands, and social activities, your dog could be spending 10+ hours alone everyday. Besides the obvious need for bathroom breaks, 10 hours alone can get pretty boring. It’s easy to understand why your dog acts out.
While it’s true that some dogs will sleep all day if they are left alone, this type of sedentary lifestyle isn’t healthy long term. The lack of mental and physical activity can lead to weight issues, mobility issues and destructive boredom behaviours.
To prevent this, you need to find ways to provide activities for your dog on a regular basis, even when you are away. Dog daycare’s are a great option to keep your pet busy and prevent undesired behaviours resulting from boredom or loneliness.
Benefits of Dog Daycare
Superdogs Daycare offers a variety of services and types of facilities that will provide your dog with the stimulation that they need to keep them active and happy.
We have noted a few benefits of dog daycare that we have noticed with the 75 preasent clients we work with at Superdogs presantly.
- Safe Socializing
If your dog is an only child, doesn’t have many dog friends, or has terrible recall, opportunities to socialize with other dogs and people may be limited. Dog daycare provides a safe and controlled environment for your dog to play with other dogs of all sizes, breeds, and personalities.
The Superdogs team is well versed in dog behaviour and body language. They work hard to ensure each dog is having a positive experience, and they facilitate new experiences for dogs that haven’t had the opportunity to socialize as much.
They allow dogs to engage in supervised playtime at their own pace. For shy dogs, this routine can help build confidence and good manners.
Every dog is different, and their habits, personalities, and energy levels vary. Allowing each dog to enjoy their experience in their own way lets your dog properly express themselves and work through any pent up energy without being overwhelmed.
- Physical Exercise
Less active lifestyles can be damaging to both their bodies and minds. Dogs who spend a lot of time alone can learn to adapt to this slow-paced routine, but by limiting their physical and mental activity, they could be prone to weight issues, mobility issues, overeating, and poor digestion.
Weekly or even daily daycare sessions will keep your dog active both physically and mentally. Very energetic dogs will benefit greatly from Superdogs dog daycare, as they will be able to run and play to their heart’s content, exausting them out before home time.
Managing weight in some dogs can be a challenge, especially when they don’t have any desire to play or exercise some of that weight off. Daycare can provide a supportive environment that will allow your fat or lazy dog to be excited about physical activity. This will help shed pounds and build muscle.
Superdogs Dog daycare is especially valuable in winter months when owners are less inclined to venture into cold weather. You can maintain their physical routine without either of you risking hypothermia and frostbite:)
- Separation Anxiety Cure
If you have a dog that suffers from separation anxiety, then you know that it’s hard on both of you. Without some kind of outlet and social environment, your dog can feel very anxious about being left alone.
They may spend their day crying, howling, licking, chewing, or stressed out and anxious. It’s hard to watch and know that your pet is suffering.
We must go to work or school, or whatever your daily routine is, and Superdogs dog daycare can allow you to do that without leaving your pet alone to stew in their loneliness.
- Maintains Routine
When you are home, your dog has a routine. This includes feeding times, playtime, bathroom breaks, and even naps. Working long hours may affect that routine.
Consistent routines and structure are important for dogs, just like they are for kids. Daycare can facilitate structure throughout the day that is more consistent with their preferred routines at home.
Frequent bathroom breaks and regular feeding times can improve digestion and urinary tract health, as well as aid in weight management and calorie distribution.
Think about your morning routine. You get yourself ready, you feed the dog, let them out to use the facilities, and then hit the road.
Their food is still digesting, but there is nowhere for those calories to go, similar to you having a big meal right before bed. It’s not a healthy eating habit.
Structuring their daily activities can help overly excited dogs pace themselves as well. Dogs with limited mobility, senior pets, and even puppies can over do it without realizes the consequences.
Superdogs Staff are all fully trained animal behaviorists pet that are well educated and truly care about your dog’s daycare experience, safety, and their specific needs. At Superdogs daycare, your dog can learn new games, both from the staff and the other dogs, and will provide continual mental stimulation to keep your dog’s brain active.
- Peace of Mind
Coming home to a destroyed house, complaining neighbor’s, damaged property, “accidents”, or even just a very sad pup can be stressful. It’s easy to get frustrated and reprimand your dog for their actions, but the fact is, their actions are telling you that they are upset.
Enrolling your dog in daycare will rid you of the stress and worry of what you may go home to. You will have the peace of mind in knowing that they are happy and safe, and so is your house, your other pets, and your neighbor’s.
Superdogs Daycare is not for Every Dog – we have to interview every client and dog to ensure safety. Please call Kerry on: 083 696 9978 to book your assessment.
The assessment begins by letting your dog meet Superdogs staff to ensure that they are able to handle your dog with relative ease, touch your dog’s collar, hold their leash, and approach them without signs of fear or aggression.
After that, they will allow your dog to meet a few dogs of varying sizes and personalities in a controlled area of the facility. If that goes well, your dog and their new friends will be brought into a larger play area in the facility.
There are a few factors to consider before enrolling your dog in daycare services. Sadly, not every dog is suited for dog daycare.
Poorly or not socialized dogs are likely to be overwhelmed, aggressive, or anti-social at daycare
If your dog has past incidents of dog or human aggression, then daycare could be unsafe for your dog, other dogs, and the staff. These clients will be encouraged to enroll in full training programme before allowing to attend daycare.
All dogs have to be fully vaccinated appropriately.
If your dog has any injury or requires care beyond what the daycare staff can provide your dog will not be allowed to attend.
Superdogs staff offer full transparency, as their goal is to provide the safest, most fun experience for all daycare visitors. If your dog shows signs that they aren’t suited for daycare, the team will be open and honest about it.
When our dogs are happy, we are happy, and that means our neighbor’s will be happy. It is a ripple effect that improves all our lives. For many of us, our dogs are family members. It is our responsibility to ensure their physical and psychological well being. At Superdogs we are passionate about providing a service that lets our dogs live their best lives. We hope that we can be of service to you and your best friend.