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Sending Your Puppy to Preschool

 

Kip is still a feisty little puppy and I’m currently working full-time. Because my work is an hour away from home and there’s rush hour traffic in the morning, Kip is home alone for 11-12 hours a day. Not only does Kip become bored, he also seems to have some anxiety from being left alone for such long hours. While I’m living on a tight budget, I’ve eliminated eating out from my budget completely and have been sending him to a dog daycare once a week on Wednesdays.  So what should you look for in a Dog Daycare?

1. Do they keep dogs separated/caged or are they allowed to play with other dogs
You would be surprised to do a little research only to find that most dog daycares just keep the dogs separated in their own little compartment with only 15 minutes of playtime a day. For that price, a dog-walker would be a much better solution.

2. Are all dogs required to send in records of their up-to-date shots/rabies and flea treatment?
Some dog daycares do not require flea treatment. But even if your dog is getting flea treatment, if you forget and give your dog flea treatment a couple of days late, your dog can get fleas. So just to be on the safe side, it would be a good idea to send your dog to a place that requires flea treatment. After all, who wants to deal with the stress and cleaning from a flea infestation?

3. Are food and treats provided or do I need to bring my own?
While this might not matter if you have carefully selected the brand of food your dog is eating and don’t want your dog eating low quality meals, it is important to keep in mind. You don’t want your dog running around and playing all day on an empty stomach! Also, some dogs may not eat while they’re at the dog daycare (because they’re too busy playing!) so you may need to feed your dog before you drop them off.

4. What are the hours for drop-off and pick-up?
Most dog daycares will start to add a late-fee for picking up your dog past  hours. Some dog daycares will even charge you over-night fees past a certain threshold. Also, many dog daycares have pick-up times only until about 5pm. If you get out of work at 6pm like me, this definitely does not work. You want to give yourself some leeway so that if you happen to get stuck in traffic, you wont get charged a late fee.

5. Do they have any webcams installed?
The daycare Kip attends installed a dog-cam so I can check what he is doing while I am at work. Here are some screenshots over the past three times he has been there. The one downside to the dog-cam is that it only refreshes every 3 seconds, so it can be a little choppy if your dog is running around. Kip is so energetic it is hard to catch him on screen. Sometimes you can see a blur as he’s running by!

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  • http://bmarks.info/user.php?login=livemjane19&view=history Edwin Giambanco

    Enjoyed reading this, quite great stuff, appreciate it.

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com Kim

      Thank you! Are you considering sending your dog to a daycare? :)

  • http://ourwestie-toto.blogspot.com/ Toto’s mammeee

    Any petsmart daycamp around your area? We sent TOto to Petsmart Daycamp. Their playtime for full days is 9-12 and 2nd half is from 1-5pm. But you can drop off your dog at about 8am or 7am (can’t remember) and pickup before their store closes at 9am!!

    Petsmart doesn’t provide webcam. But there are alot of coupons and discount we can use so it become rather affordable. Maybe you can give it a try! :)

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com Kim

      Hi Toto and mammee!
      I had no idea that petsmart even had a daycamp!
      Right now Kip hasn’t gone to daycare for a week because he’s been losing a lot of fur. I want to see if it’s because of the frequent baths (he comes home covered in slobber and smells like the daycare) or if he’s just shedding. But I will definitely look into that. The main reason I send him to his current daycare is because the other ones I looked at just kept the dogs cooped up in a kennel. But the Petsmart Daycamp looks like a group environment so props to that!

  • http://ourwestie-toto.blogspot.com/ Toto’s mammeee

    haha ya, each time he goes daycamp he smell like he has been PEEPed all over and we definitely have to wash him. But we don’t use shampoo all the time unless he smells really bad. Usually we just rinsed him with water and he will be good to go.

    A video of TOto at a Petsmart daycamp! >> http://youtu.be/z7HXPA38uCU

    I think they usually have those 1st timer free coupon for daycamp. You can check it out from their website

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com Kim

      That video is so cute!
      Were you actually inside the room or filming from a window I guess? I thought it was hillarious when that brown dog was standing on the side!