Finding the right doggie daycare for your fluffy pooch may seem like a hard task. No need to fear; these 9 tips will have you covered on what to look for when finding the right daycare for you.
- Ask for referrals from family, friends, and neighbors. Turning to your loved ones often leads to great results and satisfaction in your choice. They know you personally and will not steer you in the wrong direction.
- Do your own online research. Get suggestions from Yelp, Google, Angie’s List, and the Better Business Bureau website. You can also plug in your own search terms to find sites you may want to check out. Check out our reviews at Ruffgers and you won’t be disappointed.
- Visit facilities in person. Once you’ve identified some potential daycares, go take a tour of them. (We are happy to host you at our facilities!) Here are some important things to pay attention to:
- Staff-to-dog ratio
- Overall cleanliness, appearance, and smell
- Doors/gate: Are there at least two doors between the lobby and the street?
- Outdoor areas: Make sure there’s proper fencing and that the fence is not compromised in any way.
- General appearance/behavior of staff: Do the staff seem friendly, knowledgeable, and communicative? Do they seem happy to be at work? Be cautious of staff that seems irritated, tired, uninformed, or confused.
- How the animals are treated and supervised: To ensure your pet is in good hands, observe how the employees interact with the animals. Are they calling the dogs by name? Are they on their phones or distracted? Do the dogs display happy body language (tail wagging, heads up, playing with each other)?
- Ask previous and current clients what they think about the facility. You can do this by striking up conversations in the parking lot or by reading online reviews.
- Give them a trial run. If you think you’ve found the right daycare, drop your pooch off there for a couple hours while you run errands. While your dog is there, call in and check on your dog. When you pick your dog up, ask for another report of what and how she did. The more specific and personal the staff members are with you, the better.
- Once you get home, take note of your dog’s behavior. He should be tired. but not totally exhausted. He might be stinky from playing, but shouldn’t reek of urine or feces. Be sure to give her body a full once-over for any strange marks indicative of abuse, or other dogs ganging up on her.
If your dog seems happy and eager after going through all these steps; then congratulations. It looks like you’ve found the right place. Doggy daycare is extremely important for socialization of your pup and some productivity time for you. Once you’ve found one you can count on, you can leave town happily and sleep at night knowing your dog is in good hands. Hopefully, Ruffgers is that place for you.