have different temperaments and personalities -- just like we do.
While some do very well in a group environment, others prefer the
safety and security of home.
The dogs who do well in an active play group style of day care
are typically somewhat socialize and easily adapt in a pack setting.
They've attended some form of training and enjoy the group play
atmosphere. They usually enjoy meeting other dogs while taking walks
with you and aren't overly aggressive. And thrive on the stimulation
of an active play group.
Not all dogs do well in large group situations. Some feel more
secure in their own home, prefer a small group of dogs, or do better
in a one on one relationship with a dog walker/sitter. Others do
better in a more controlled environment such as a kennel.
There are day care programs for every need.
- In home pet sitters* who offer flexible schedules, dog walks
and short play time.
- On-call dog walkers* who provide on demand services that include
exercise, play and feeding.
- Kennels where the environment is very controlled and the dog
is confined for most of the stay.
- Indoor day care: a somewhat controlled environment with outdoor
group leash walks.
- Indoor/outdoor day care that offers the most freedom.
*Many facilities implement rigid schedules with specified drop-off
and pick-up times. If you have a hectic or sporadic lifestyle, the
home pet sitter or on-call service could be a better approach to
accommodate the needs of your dog and your schedule.