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7 Essential Tips to Prepare Your Dog for Daycare

on Fri 19 Apr

Joining a new daycare group is a significant and exciting step for both you and your furry friend. Ensuring your dog is well-prepared for this experience can make a world of difference in their comfort and adjustment. Here are seven essential tips to help you prepare your dog for daycare:

  1. Research:

Start by researching and finding the best daycare provider for your dog. Look into their facilities, staff qualifications, and reviews from other pet owners. Understanding what each daycare offers will help you make an informed decision.

  1. Vaccinations:

Ensure your dog is up to date with their vaccinations, including Kennel Cough, which is often required by daycare facilities. Provide the necessary documentation to the daycare to verify your dog's vaccination status.

  1. Puppy Classes:

For puppies, try attending puppy classes or playgroups to help build their socialization skills. These sessions will help you to observe how your puppy interacts with others, giving you insight into whether daycare is suitable for them. 

  1. Training Classes:

You can try enrolling your pup in training classes if they are older than six months. Basic obedience training will help your dog understand commands and how to show them in a daycare environment.

  1. Crate Familiarization:

Introduce your dog to a crate and ensure they are comfortable spending time in it. Many daycares utilise crates for feeding and rest periods, so familiarising your dog with this environment will reduce stress during their daycare stay.

  1. First Visit:

Schedule a trial day and visit the daycare facility. During these sessions, the staff will assess your dog's behaviour, interaction with other dogs, and overall suitability for their daycare environment. Be open to feedback and observations provided by the daycare team. Most daycares will suggest trying different approaches to settling in your dog on their next session. You can book your meet and greet with us here -

  1. Acceptance and Alternatives:

Understanding that not all dogs may be suitable for daycare. If your dog doesn't settle into daycare or doesn't seem comfortable in a large group setting, consider alternatives such as hiring a dog walker or smaller house daycares.

Remember, the well-being and happiness of your dog should always be your top priority. Whether it's daycare, group walks or alternative care options, choose what best suits your dog's needs and personality. By following these tips, you can help your furry friend transition smoothly into their daycare experience, ensuring a positive and enriching environment for them to thrive in.