While physical activity is important for all dogs, some pooches need more playtime than others. You know the ones… They practically bounce off the walls if they sit still for too long! The following high-energy breeds are great candidates for doggie daycare:
- Labrador Retrievers
- Siberian Huskies
- Golden Retrievers
- Border Collies
- Australian Shepherds
- German Shepherds
- Russell Terriers
Doggie daycare allows these breeds to get the attention, playtime and interaction they need to be healthy and happy! And the same goes for any playful woof, whether you know their breed or not. If you can’t be with your high-energy dog all day, every day, doggie daycare is a great way to keep their mind and body occupied, and their tail wagging.
There’s no better way for a pooch to burn energy than to run around with their pack. At Hounds Lounge, we offer leash-free group play in our 5,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor play yards. It’s the perfect outlet for dogs to simply be dogs.
2. Doggie Depression and Separation Anxiety Can Improve
Even though they bring so much light into our lives, dogs can experience dark moods. If they are left alone for too long or don’t feel mentally or physically stimulated, they can develop depression. Some dogs deal with separation anxiety, which causes them to become mildly to severely distressed when left alone. In our blog, How Doggie Daycare Can Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety, we write about the possible causes of separation anxiety:
Separation anxiety in your woof might be the result of numerous factors. Perhaps your doggo had a less than perfect upbringing before they came home to you, your abundant love and endless pampering. Approximately half of our beloved furbabies at Hounds Lounge are rescues, in which separation anxiety can be common.
In regards to your pooch’s development, he or she may have been removed from the litter before they were ready (it’s recommended they stay with the litter for at least 7 weeks after birth). Additionally, they may not have been given the appropriate puppy socialization they needed as a wee pup.
Newly formed separation anxiety could be caused by a change in environment or routine for your doggo. Perhaps you’ve moved homes, changed jobs or working hours, or a family member moved in or out of the house. This is known as conditional separation anxiety.
Furrtonately, doggie daycare can help dogs overcome their mental struggles. Playing with – and even just being around – other pooches is a great mood booster for depressed dogs. The routine, socialization and exercise offered by doggie daycare are great antidotes to separation anxiety.
At Hounds Lounge, we proudly offer high-quality care at affordable rates. However, if you aren’t sure whether or not doggie daycare is worth the price, consider the behaviors – including those that are destructive – of your anxious dog. The cost of property damage, such as a chewed-up couch or scratched doors, is surely more expensive than the cost of doggie daycare.
If your dog is dealing with depression or separation anxiety, any solution that helps them is worth it. You can’t put a price on Fido’s wellbeing!
3. Dog Experts Can Help with Medical Needs
Doggie daycare is a great way to put your woof’s health furrst. Some pooches need to take medicine, and pet pawrents may not always be available to give them their dosage. If this is the case for your fur fam, doggie daycare is a paw-some solution.
At Hounds Lounge, our professional staff is experienced in administering medicine to dogs. Additionally, our staff is CPR and Pet First Aid certified. With us, any dog with medical needs is truly in the best hooman hands.
Our staff is on-site 24/7. If you need to leave your dog with us for overnight dog boarding, we can still administer their medication at the right time and keep a watchful eye on their health.
4. Your Dog is Placed in the Right Pack
Every dog deserves to experience the joys and furriendships of doggie daycare. At Hounds Lounge, the first day of daycare is complimentary and considered a temperament test. Once your pooch has been observed, they are placed in a group based on size and play style. In other words, we help your dog find their pack!
Hounds Lounge owner Mandy has seen doggie daycare work wonders for woofs’ social skills:
“One of the greatest parts of what we do at Hounds Lounge is teach a dog to be a dog. We have had many dogs visit the Lounge for the first time that have no idea how to socialize. Within a short few visits to Hounds Lounge, a dog can learn how to appropriately introduce themselves to new furriends, play nicely and most importantly build confidence with the assistance of our well-trained staff.”
-Mandy, Hounds Lounge Owner
If a dog is social but feeling a bit shy or skittish, our staff will calm their nerves before introducing them to other woofs. Our hooman team is constantly looking out for our campers, especially newbies who might be overwhelmed at first! If you ever worry about how your fur baby is doing at daycare, you can give us a call, and we’ll give you a report.
Of course, we realize that not all dogs are as social as others, so we offer a private retreat option for lone wolves. It’s still a great opportunity for them to get out of the house and enjoy lots of attention from adoring hoomans.
Doggie daycare is where it’s at for letting your dog make friends – both furry and hooman – in a controlled environment.
5. Pooches Become More Independent
If you work from home, you and your dog probably spend a lot of time together. It’s wonderful that you get so much bonding time, but too much togetherness can lead to separation anxiety – for both your dog and yourself!
It’s a good idea to spend at least a little time apart to avoid codependency. In our blog, Tips and Tricks for Leaving Your Dog at Home While at Work, we explain that:
Unlike most hooman jobs, doggie daycare doesn’t have to be your woof’s 9 to 5, five days a week. At Hounds Lounge, you can bring your pooch in for a full day or half day of daycare, as many or as few times a week as is necessary for your fur fam. It’s all about your schedule and your pup’s needs!
To prepare for doggie daycare, you should practice leaving your pooch alone for short periods of time, slowly increasing the time if your dog reacts well. If Fido can handle being by himself, he will love being with other pups!
Does doggie daycare sound like a grrreat option for your pooch? Get the scoop on joining our pack.