Recently I saw this post and thought it was important to share with you all. The author has asked to remain anonymous, but is a former doggy day care employee and wanted to give a little insight to what things were like at the day care they worked at, and may be the case at yours. Please take a minute to read through this and keep these questions in mind before you sign your dog up for day care.
I know a lot of people trust doggy day cares because they have positive training classes and the staff are friendly always greeting the dogs nicely - but that doesn't mean your dog is treated the best when you're gone. Where I was employed a trainer was brought in to teach positive reinforcement classes, but the owner and the employees did not employ the same techniques while working with the dogs. I've talked to plenty of other ex-employees that have worked at centers and have had the same experiences I have. Here's a list of 10 questions you should ask if you're shopping around for a doggy daycare or boarding place for your pet:
1.) What experience/qualifications does the owner of the facility have? What experience with dogs do the employees that will be handling the dogs have?
2.) Do they use bark collars? (Ask specifically about bark collars, and then ask about both citronella and shock/electronic.)
3.) How do they deal with a dog that is being a bully or misbehaving? What do they do if two dogs are getting along with all the other dogs besides each other?
4.) Do they remove collars and harnesses during playtime? If they do, how will they move dogs around if they need to move a dog? If they don't, do they leave chain/prong collars on?
5.) Do their employees have rules about how to treat/correct dogs?
6.) Do the dogs ever get breaks?
7.) Are the dogs ever scruffed? Are they ever pinned to the ground?
8.) What do they do if a fight breaks out? How do they prevent fights from happening?
9.) How are dogs introduced to the group?
10.) If a dog is injured and the owner is unreachable, what do they do?