When people think of doggie daycare, what generally comes to mind is the busy pet owner who needs help with daily exercise and attention. While these benefits are a great impetus for enrolling your dog in a daycare program, they are only the start of the beneficial aspects of this interactive and engaging outlet for dogs.
Doggie daycare has become one of the many important tools in a responsible pet owner’s pet care toolbox, meeting the physical, social, and emotional needs canines require.
Doggie Daycare: More Than Playtime
For most dogs, there’s nothing quite so tantalizing as new sights, sounds, and (most importantly) smells. For dogs who do not have other pup playmates at home, doggie daycare offers them a chance to experience ‘the pack’ in a supervised environment. This opportunity to interact with other dogs is important in your dog’s ability to learn social behaviors and develop confidence.
Here are some of the other incredible ways daycare offers your dog essential outlets for increased quality of life.
- Socialization – Through play and interchange, your dog will learn to understand cues within the pack, develop manners or social skills, and learn how to express himself with self-assuredness and zeal.
- Mental engagement – All animals need to engage in natural behaviors or instincts in order to maintain health, including opportunities for making choices. Quality doggie daycares offer games or agility courses that allow for a full expression of healthy canine behaviors.
- Exercise – Last but not least, many pet owners lead busy lives that are not conducive to the exercise needs of their energetic canines. Quality daycare facilities provide the space and activities needed for dogs, both large and small.
If you are a busy professional who has been struggling with providing exercise and attention to your best friend, or are the pet parent of a lonely “only child” dog, we invite you to check out Union Lake Pet Services’s one-acre doggie daycare campus, with three separate outdoor play areas.
Socialization and opportunities for exercise and enjoyment are essential elements of emotional well-being. You will feel great for providing such a positive experience for your dog and your pup’s quality of life will be increased beyond measure.