Doggy Daycare in Surrey
With the worst effects of the coronavirus pandemic hopefully starting to fade into the past, something approaching normal life is once more taking hold. For many of us, that means returning to the office after the best part of 18 months working from home. For our dogs, on the other hand, that’s going to mean having to get used to being apart from us for large parts of the day after having enjoyed hardly having to be separated from us at all for so long.
Meanwhile, many people have acquired dogs for the first time during the various lockdowns – one report in March 2021 revealed that approximately 3.2 million households had acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic.
That’s going to mean a lot of dogs either facing the prospect of suddenly spending long days on their own – or lots of owners having to find someone else to care for them in their absence. And this is where doggy daycare comes in.
Why use doggy daycare?
If you’re away at work for the day and you’ve left the dog alone at home, you’re naturally going to worry. You might worry about whether your dog will be unhappy and lonely, or you may worry about whether you’re going to find the house destroyed in your absence.
Incidentally, these two options are not mutually exclusive – one of the reasons that dogs can rip things up is to deal with boredom and/or stress, both common reactions to being left on their own for any length of time.
Finding someone who can look after your dog while you’re at work, then, may not just be a kind thing to do, it may also be the only thing to do if you don’t want your home and all your belongings destroyed bit by bit!
What will happen to my dog at daycare and what are the benefits?
When you put your dog into daycare, he or she will enjoy all the things that you can offer at home, such as food (if their stay coincides with their usual feeding time), exercise and companionship. However, there will in all probability be other dogs there as well, which means plenty of opportunity to make friends and play.
But one of the really great benefits of doggy daycare is that when you come home tired after a hard day’s work, and all you want to do is sit and relax, your dog may be feeling exactly the same!
How do I choose the best doggy daycare?
Knowing that you need someone to look after your dog is one thing; finding the right person to do it is another thing altogether. If it’s going to be a regular arrangement, you need to make sure that you’re trusting your dog with people who will take that trust seriously. So before you commit yourself to anyone, it’s well worth taking a few steps to see what policies and facilities they have.
As an absolute minimum, you should check out the facilities for yourself. And while you’re there:
- try to find out how the dogs are grouped when together – is it by age, by size or even by temperament?
- check how many staff are on duty compared to how many dogs are present, and what training they have
- see if there’s a planned schedule, or do they just let the dogs get on with it?
All of these will help you get a feeling for whether that daycare is right for your dog.
Here at Green Lane Farm Boarding Kennels, we provide doggy day care for dogs in the Chessington and Kingston areas of Surrey. We’re used to looking after all kinds of dogs on both a long and short-term basis, and we know what’s needed to keep your dog healthy and happy in your absence. We also know the signs if your dog is struggling and we will always make sure we keep you fully informed about how they’re getting on with us.
If you need regular doggy daycare, or even just the occasional one-off help, you can’t do better than drop your best friend off at Green Lane Farm. Call us today to find out more.