Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Post On The Importance Of Daycare By Alison From Dog Pawsitive

Why my dog goes to daycare

By Alison Kelly

Before I started working at Dog Pawsitive Inc, I thought people were NUTS for sending their dog(s) to daycare. Toss in a doggy sweater and you had me on the floor laughing. Today, I am proud to say that not only does Seamus go to daycare (twice a week to two different daycares: The Dog Pad and Dog Pawsitive Inc. he also has a walker Pawsitive Energy come in weekly for group walks AND wears a winter coat.

Imagine you were locked up in a cage for 8+ hours a day, with no food, water or access to a bathroom. Perhaps you are lucky enough to be able to roam within your house, still without access to the outdoors, bathroom and without the ability to work a remote control. Or worse yet, (gasp) being left to listen to jazz all day, every day. Sounds lousy hey? Sort of sounds like jail right?

Well, since we deserve better than the lifestyle mentioned above, so does your dog. Because of his walker and trips to daycare, Seamus is H-A-P-P-Y!!! He's is in great shape, is incredibly social (with animals and people) and is mentally stimulated. He also has many dogs to teach him how to be a respectful dog, something only other dogs can teach him.

Now, just because Seamus has these activities, doesn't make us lazy owners. Between my husband, brother-in-law and me, Seamus has additional morning and evening adventures. Leaving all the walking up to someone else leaves no room for us to bond with Seamus nor earn his respect as his pack leaders. Not only that, but I want to make sure that he has great recall with his walkers and the only way to ensure this is to work with him daily.

Sure doggy daycare/group walks is an added cost many people don't want to invest in as part of owning a dog, but let me tell you, it's worth it. After a day at daycare, Seamus is out cold, dreaming about his awesome friends. Worth every penny to have a super happy and healthy puppy.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your views on this - as a dog walker myself I recognise the importance of giving your dog the best life they can have, and I love the idea of ensuring your dog is always getting a variety of stimulations to enhance their quality of life! I also love that you mention the importance of you still walking with your won dog for the bonding and pack leadership, too often people think if they have a walker they don't need to take their own pooch out, or that because they do evening/morning walks their dog is fine at home all day long - thanks for writing about this important perspective!