Doggy Daycare

Here at Aim High K9 we offer doggy daycare for our clients.  I used to think it was just a fad and a silly idea.  I have come to realize though, the benefits of doggy daycare.  People take their dogs to daycare for various reasons.  Some are gone long hours for work and don’t want to crate their dog that long or even leave them loose at the house.  Some dogs have some bad seperation anxiety and can’t be left alone without severe stress.  And there are some people who just want their dog to have some play time and socialization during the day.

After running the daycare here for about 2 years now I find that I like the results that my clients are getting from it.  I have 1 dog that comes 5 days a week and has been doing so for over a year.  He is a great little dog and I have paired him up with various other dogs of mine and dogs in for training.  They run and play and get lots of exercise.

I get a lot of the daycare clients saying that their dog is super tired after a day here and they love that they get tons of exercise and are happy and tired at the end of the day.

Our daycare is not cage free as some others are.  Awhile back I was talking to a friend in the business about offering daycare.  They offered cage free at their facility and she told me they would end up with dogs getting over tired and that ended up in arguments and squabbles between the dogs.  Think about it, what if you have a dog like my GSD Kasey who wants to run and play with everyone for hours on end.  And then you have maybe an older dog like our senior citizen here Eddie.  Eddie could maybe be active for around 20 min and then she would need a break.  But with no cages there is no down time and Eddie would not be able to get away from Kasey who just wants to play constantly.

So I explain to people that we do not offer cage free.  We run the daycare very similar to our boarding.  The dogs get their own kennel run which is indoor/outdoor and then they get time in the yard to run and play during the day.  Once we get to know the dog  then we pair them up or have them in a small group to play.  Even when the dogs are in the kennel they are still active and getting good exercise, they are not just laying and sleeping.  We do get them to “rest” when we go inside and have lunch or take a break, then it’s back out in the yard and everyone is always bouncing around in the kennels again.

With some of the cage free day care facilities they require temperment testing before you can sign your dog up for the daycare program.  Also many places will not accept unaltered males and females in for daycare.  With the set up that we have we are able to take dogs that do not necessarily get along with all other dogs and dogs that are not spayed or neutered.  As with all things check out the day care facility you are considering for your dog and make sure it is a good fit for you and your dog.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gracie Matola
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 05:42:06

    Great that you guys are doing daycare! This is a much needed venture. How much time, on average, would you say the dogs are getting interaction with other dogs versus being kenneled?


    • aimhighk9
      Feb 01, 2012 @ 02:06:03

      On average a dog that is with us for Daycare for a day from 8-9am to 4-5pm will get about 3-4 hours of running playtime in the yard with other dogs. This is broken up between other dogs getting their time in the yard. Weather permitting, in inclement weather we play in the indoor training room.


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