I have been taking my Bichon Frise to doggy day care since she was a puppy and she absolutely loves it.
So when someone asked me what exactly the benefits are with sending a dog to doggy day care, I could think of one or two things to say but not much more.
After that conversation, I decided to do a little research into this topic to try and find some more answers.
The benefits of sending your Bichon Frise to doggy day care are numerous. These are: relief from boredom, socializing with other dogs, socializing with other people, exercise, grooming & maintenance, training & obedience and providing a routine.
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1 Relief From Boredom
If you are in a house that works full time or you are not there during the day, your dog can suffer from boredom and lack of mental stimulation. This can result in destructive behavior when you’re not at home.
Unfortunately, the Bichon Frise can be prone to suffering from separation anxiety. This is one of their known traits due to their sociable and affectionate nature.
This means that if they are left alone for a long time they can become anxious and start chewing furniture and whatever is laying around. They may also bark and whine which could disturb your neighbors.
What’s more, when you get home you’ll find a dog full of energy and demanding your attention.
With that in mind then, by sending your Bichon Frise to a doggy day care a few times a week, this will help to mitigate that separation anxiety and boredom by replacing it with plenty of mental stimulation and socialization.
Depending on the facilities or ideals of the day care, your dog will be treated to plenty of fun and games as well as some basic training and obedience which will all keep their minds active throughout the day.
This all means that by the time you pick up your Bichon at the end of the day he/she will be exhausted from all of the day’s activities.
2 Socializing With Other Dogs
In the case of almost all dog breeds including the Bichon Frise, a dog who can socialize well with other dogs is a happy dog.
All dogs need plenty of mental stimulation as we’ve already talked about. What’s more, dogs should be able to interact well with one another.
Our old family dog, unfortunately, was socialized very little with other dogs growing up. This lead to the result that any time a new dog entered the house chaos and manic barking would ensue.
This was not ideal and was the result of no other dogs in our area to interact with as well as no doggy day care in the area at that time. Thankfully, now this concept is much more established and you can find doggy day care facilities in most towns.
What’s more, it is important to start this socializing process from an early age to encourage a positive experience. This will also get your dog used to the idea of playing with other dogs.
Doggy day care is the ideal place for this socializing to take place, especially if you don’t know too many people with dogs to arrange a play date with.
This was our situation when we got our puppy, so dropping her off to day care once or twice a week has resulted in a very happy Bichon Frise that loves interacting with other dogs.
3 Socializing With Other People
In a similar way to socializing with other dogs, being able to socialize with other people is highly important to the development of a well-rounded dog.
Any time a friend or family member drops by for a visit, you want your dog to be able to interact with them positively and be happy to see them.
What you don’t want is your dog barking at them or worse biting them.
Doggy day care can provide a great place to encourage this interaction. There can be several different handlers on duty all the time.
This allows for a lot of different interactions with different types of people.
It’s also important to remember as well that the handlers are (or should be) expertly trained in working with dogs. This means that they will be able to handle a dog that might be of a more shy or nervous disposition.
4 Lots Of Exercise
Every dog needs a certain amount of exercise and mental stimulation each day to ensure they are happy and well rounded.
Many of us that work full-time jobs can often find it hard to take our dogs for walks every day. This is especially true when it’s raining outside or you’ve had a really crappy day at work.
The benefit of sending your Bichon Frise to doggy day care is that your dog will get to run around and play with other dogs and with handlers for the whole day while you are at work.
This was such a relief for me when I started taking my dog to day care. I wouldn’t feel guilty about leaving her at home alone if she was happy and enjoying herself at day care.
This has the added benefit of tiring out your dog. This means that when you get home all they want to do is take a nap.
This is ideal timing for you to start cooking dinner uninterrupted by a curious dog looking to play fetch.
5 Grooming Services
Some doggy day care places will also offer a grooming service or similar. It’s a good idea to find out if this service is available.
When we first got our dog we sent her to a groomer associated with a popular pet chain. The groomers seemed generally unhappy with their jobs from what I saw.
They didn’t get on well with my dog when I dropped her in. I’m not sure if it was just me but I didn’t enjoy bringing her to get groomed.
I eventually decided to avail of the grooming services offered by my local doggy day care and I’m so glad that I did.
Now I can drop my dog off in the morning and can pick her up after work to find her groomed and pampered.
Not only that but the people grooming the dogs are a lot happier and are really enthusiastic when they interact with the dogs.
You can tell that they enjoy what they are doing.
6 Training & Obedience
In addition to grooming, your doggy day care may also offer training and obedience classes for your dog.
Sometimes training your dog by yourself can seem tough and it’s easy to lose motivation for what you’re doing.
By taking your dog to obedience lessons you will feel more accountable for sticking to a training plan. This, in turn, will result in a better relationship between you and your dog.
Plus you won’t have to buy new socks every month because your dog has eaten them. Maybe that’s just me…
7 Providing A Routine
This is a benefit that you might not immediately think of. Having a routine is a huge aspect of ensuring a happy, healthy dog.
Regular exercise, feeding and sleeping times ensure your dog knows what’s going on. Creating a routine for your dog will make them happier and more at ease.
This will improve things like your feeding and sleeping schedule ensuring that everyone gets fed on time and gets a good night’s sleep.
Bringing your dog to doggy day care routinely will provide structure to this routine for your dog as well as you so this is a great benefit for everybody.
I hope you found this article informative in deciding to send your dog to doggy day care.
Overall, I am glad that I decided to send my dog to doggy day care. I am pretty lucky that the one I have chosen offers so many great services and has such friendly staff.
I would highly recommend taking a look at each doggy day care in your area before committing to one.
It’s a good idea to try one or two out to see which one suits the best.
Let’s summarize the points we covered in this article about the benefits of doggy day care:
- Relief from boredom
- Socializing with other dogs
- Socializing with other people
- Lots Of Exercise
- Grooming Services
- Training & Obedience
- Providing & Routine
Finally, if you can think of any benefits that I may have missed, let me know in the comments below.
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