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Every dog has its daycare, but does the daycare keep the dog’s daycare?
In a daycare, animals of all sorts – especially cats – get a lot of attention, as well as food, water, medical attention and socialization. But if you’re looking for a good home for a dog, are you really going to turn down the chance of an almost constant stream of attention and companionship? In the long run, these things matter much more than any food that might be served.
But what about when your dog comes home from daycare? Can she recover quickly enough to make it to that big family party, or the next playdate? Or is there something a dog can experience that will impr her long-term health, making her more likely to suffer or even die when she’s an adult?
So what’s the answer? Is it OK to leave your dog in a daycare until she is ready to go to an animal shelter or a friend’s house, or is it time to consider some other option?
Daycare for dogs vs. shelter for dogs
If your dog ends up in a shelter, her chances of getting adopted are pretty slim. Dogs in shelters can be there for weeks before they’re adopted, and even then, they are often in quarantine for several days before they’re adopted out.
There’s also a chance that your dog might be hit by a car or injured by another animal while at the shelter. And you have to keep your dog from being hit or mauled by other animals in the shelter – this can be a very scary thing for any dog.
Adopting a dog from a shelter is the best option, in my opinion. You have some assurance that the dog is healthy, and if you choose a local shelter that operates on a no-kill basis, you know that they’re trying to find a good home for every dog.
Many shelters also offer foster programs, where volunteers will adopt out dogs while they wt for a permanent home.
But there’s also the downside that when a shelter has too many dogs, the odds of finding your dog a home are pretty low, as well.
The other option is a daycare for dogs. In a daycare, you’ll pay a certn amount per day for your dog’s care, and there is some chance that she will get adopted as well.
Pros and cons of daycare for dogs
Some people think that the best way to give their dog a good home is to take them to a daycare. This can be a very stressful thing for dogs, and it’s important to be aware of that before you get started.
Dog daycares generally require your dog to be socialized to other dogs, though some may also socialize them to cats, children, and other animals. But a daycare is not a good choice if your dog has a problem socializing.
While a daycare is a great place to get some attention, many dogs don’t like the feeling that they’re being used to fill in time between visitors. They can get a little upset when they have to spend their time in a place where people are constantly coming and going, and it’s common for dogs to feel as though they’re being “checked” by their caretakers to see if they’re behaving themselves.
If this sounds like your dog, and you’re thinking about having them stay in a daycare, there are some steps that you should take to prepare them for that environment. The best option is to take your dog to a dog daycare to be socialized, so that when you go to the daycare, you don’t have to worry that they’re going to be traumatized.
Even if you choose to socialize your dog in a shelter or at a friend’s house, they will still have to live with the stress of an unfamiliar environment and the fear of losing their favorite caregiver if they don’t behave.
Another issue is that dogs that have been abused or traumatized may become aggressive around other dogs or people, and many daycares won’t take dogs who have this type of background. This is especially important if the dog has been adopted from a shelter, as there is a high chance that they have been abused or traumatized.
Finally, as a shelter volunteer, I’ve heard some horror stories about the way daycares treat dogs who are sick. The caretakers sometimes try to rush the dogs into treatment without asking the owners about their dog’s condition.
This is not only unethical – it’s dangerous, as a dog can get worse while in a hospital, and be left in an environment where they’re unable to