February has become my new favorite time of the year. It’s the month that The Dog Gurus host the annual Daycare Games! And it’s my favorite time of year because it is a chance to show the world what a well run dog daycare should look like. Dog daycare services have grown in popularity over the past 20+ years since I’ve been in the pet care industry. And with that growth there are some common myths that prevail. One of the myths is that daycare is unsafe and out of control. And to be honest, I’ve seen those kinds of dog daycares. But trust me when I say there are GREAT daycares out there. Is yours one of them?
Look for a dog daycare that puts a high value on a formal dog evaluation process (not all dogs should be in daycare) and one that provides excellent staff training. When those two things are in place, the results are astounding. Here are a few of the daycares participating in The Daycare Games this year. There are over 75 facilities and over 500 different handlers competing for how well they manage the dogs in their care! Does your dog daycare look like this? It should!
And if you want to see some great video footage of recalls, check out K9 Country Club’s, (Yakima Washington) video on Facebook showing amazing gate management and the ability to call the dogs through the gate by name. Simply amazing!
Looking for a great daycare? Start by checking out the membership directory for The Dog Gurus!