Your buddy’s home away from home
Daycare — once a choice limited to children — is now popular with the furry set. Today, would-be latchkey pups happily romp with playmates while their people are at work. Boarding has changed too: concrete-and-chain-link kennels are replaced by bright abodes, outdoor play spaces, and 24-hour webcams for watchful parents.
Boarding vs in-home care
Dr. Jason Nicholas of The Preventive Vet says a dog might prefer a boarding facility if she’s:
• Happy meeting new people and dogs.
• Confident in new environments.
• Current on all vaccines.
What to look for
Ask your veterinarian and friends for referrals. Then visit the facility and fin out:
• Hours kennels are staffed.
• Services and activities offered.
• If tours are available (if not, Nicholas says it’s a red flag).
• If the facilities are clean and professional.
Daycare is a good option for dogs who:
• Like meeting new dogs and people.
• Experience separation anxiety or act out when home alone.
• Can benefit from extra play and get-the-wiggles-out time.