Monday, July 28, 2008

Day Care For Dogs

Day care for dogs is a growing trend among pet owners across the country. While it may sound like something for the idle rich, it is not just for those with money to burn. It is for any pet owner that loves their dog and works long hours; however, some dogs go to day care just to be socialized with other dogs.
The goal of any good dog day care facility is to provide a healthy and safe surrounding for dogs. The space should allow them to socialize and interact in healthy quantities with both other dogs and humans. The trend started in California during the 1980s but spread across the country.
While there are some chain or franchise dog care facilities, many of the businesses are stand alone organizations. The people who run doggie day care organizations are typically people who love dogs and want to spend their days with them. These facilities are their brain children and so provide amenities based on what the owner can dream up.
Because day care amenities are the products of a person's imagination, they are as broad and deep as the imaginations of business owners. Frequently, dog day care facilities will combine day care with overnight boarding, training, and grooming facilities. Others will include vet services on site or have a vet come by on a specific day of the week to perform dog check-ups and administer vaccines. While this might sound goofy, if a dog's owner works long hours, he or she might not have time to deliver the dog to each location for the services needed. Having all services on site makes it a lot easier on the dog owner.
Other amenities include canine massages and aromatherapy treatments. This sounds goofy to many people but older dogs or even young dogs with health problems are sure to appreciate a good massage. To cover these various amenities, doggie day care facilities will have a variety of cost packages which are sure to meet the needs and budgets of the majority of dog owners.
The facilities used by day care centers are typically large to start and then divided into smaller areas. The smaller areas are good to separate small, medium, and large dogs. This helps to ensure that no one is hurt in a rough and tumble game of fetch. There are also outdoor exercise areas in many day care facilities. To gain admittance to any dog day care facility, a dog must pass a rigorous screening process and have had all of his or her shots.
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Joseph Devine

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