This post is brought to you by DogVacay. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own.
I can’t imagine what a dog does all day if he’s home alone. They must get bored. A Channel 4 study, BBC found that 85% of dogs show some kind of anxious reaction when left alone. Wow! Many people have no idea what their dog is up to while they’re gone. After all, signs of anxiety and boredom such as howling, chewing, destruction and digging don’t begin until after your dog has been alone for about 5-35 minutes. At our house, someone is home most of the time, so I don’t worry about Dobby getting into things. Things meaning trouble, that is. If we’re all out of the house, which is rare, we put Dobby in his crate. For someone that works outside of the home, this could mean a very long day for a dog, either getting into things he shouldn’t, or stuck in a gated room or crate. That’s not an ideal solution for the dog or for the owner. There is another solution for folks who would like it if their dog wasn’t alone all day – DogVacay Daycare.
If you’re been reading Mom Knows It All for a while you may recall my post on DogVacay, a community that connects dog owners with over 20,000 pet sitters across North America. Featured on news outlets including Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, Forbes and The Today Show, DogVacay has grown and has introduced a new service to meet the needs of the dog lovers. DogVacay Daycare is exactly what it sounds like – daycare for dogs.
To find a daycare location near you all you need to do is visit the DogVacay Daycare website. Just click the button that says “browse sitters”. You put in your zip code, and can checkmark the box that says daycare, which would remove any provider that only offers overnight boarding. You will then be shown a list of providers in your area, along with reviews from other dog owners, photos and more. You are then able to ask the host questions or schedule a no commitment meet ‘n greet with the host, as well as book your pup’s vacay or daycare and pay online.
Now if you have children I’m sure you had a good number of days when you wondered how your child was doing. It’s natural. We love our kids and think about them. We think about our pets and love them too. So it would only be natural for you to wonder how your pet is doing at daycare. With an average cost of $20 a day, each day of DogVacay Daycare includes daily photo updates, along with 24/7 emergency support and $25,000 of vet insurance.
Daycare is also a good solution for dogs of all types. It provides socialization with other pups, which is great for puppies or newly adopted dogs. It provides exercise. For dogs with special health needs it gives you peace of mind knowing they get the special care that they might require. And last but far from least, it provides dogs of all types with human contact and attention that they deserve.
Here’s a brief video on DogVacay Daycare.