You may have heard of Doggy Day Care and had a few questions. Whether you’re a pet parent or not, the need for Doggy Day Care may be somewhat unclear to you. You may not know exactly what Doggy Day Care is or how it can benefit you and your pet.
Let’s clear that up for you!
At Camp Canine, we refer to Doggy Day Care as Doggy Day Camp or simply Day Camp. Our DDC crew is also referred to as Campers. Throughout this article, I’ll use Doggy Day Care and Doggy Day Camp interchangeably as they are the same thing - we just have a fun name at Camp Canine!
A Day at Doggy Day Camp
As the pet industry grows, many people are hearing more about Doggy Day Care, but they may not understand exactly what it entails. Initially, some people scoff at the thought of sending a pet to a facility while you’re at work or on a day trip. Overnight is understandable, but some people don’t understand the benefits because they don’t know what Doggy Day Care entails.
The name fits: Doggy Day Camp is literally day care for your dog. Much like a child day care, Doggy Day Camp is open for dogs to be dropped for a half day or full day of care. Dogs are dropped off during specified times in the morning and picked up in the evening.
Our Campers get plenty of time to play inside our facility and outside in our play yards under staff supervision. We mix Day Campers with our Boarders, as long as everyone can play well together! We believe in setting everyone up for success. We keep packs small and make sure everyone plays well together.
At Camp Canine, we have rest time in the middle of the day, so all dogs get rest time! Like children, if they become overtired, they become cranky! Also, like children, dogs need a balance of play and rest. It benefits dogs (and therefore their parents) to not only have play time, but also to learn how to nap.
After rest time, more play time! When you come to pick your dog up from Day Camp, they’ll be playing with their puppy friends.
Signs you and your dog may benefit from Doggy Day Camp
How do you know if your dog (s) could benefit from Doggy Day Camp? Check out this list below:
Signs Doggy Day Camp may not be right for you or your dog
Benefits of Doggy Day Camp
Type in benefits of Doggy Day Care into the Google search bar and you’ll get plenty of results. The main benefits that are often seen is that dogs get exercise, socialization, human contact, and supervised care throughout the day.
We’ve been running a Doggy Day Care for almost 6 years and we love to see the benefits as these sweet puppies make friends. Not only does Day Camp help dogs socialize and learn how to interact with each other, but they develop true puppy friends. When dogs come regularly to Day Camp, they get a chance to really know each other and form a sweet bond. It’s so fun to watch dogs bound across the play yard when their Day Camp friend shows up for the day. We’ve even seen dogs that haven’t seen each other for a while get so excited when they recognize their friend!
Day Camp helps foster and adopted dogs adjust into a new type of home and living environment. Foster and adopted dogs often come from circumstances that aren’t optimal and they need to learn how to interact with other dogs and humans in a new way. We have personally seen how this environment helps these dogs learn a new, happier way of life.
At times, we get a worried call or text from a pet parent after a first visit to Day Camp. They picked their pup up from Day Camp and he/she has barely moved all evening! What happened?!
This is a HUGE compliment to us and a great benefit for you! A full day of Day Camp means your dog gets the exercise they need to be happy and healthy.
Another benefit to you is that you don’t have to feel guilty if you are a busy pet owner. If you’re the person that works all day and then enjoys social events in the evenings, it can be hard to think you don’t give your dog the care they need. Day Camp is the perfect solution! You can rest knowing that while you’re at a social event after work, your dog is resting at home after a full day at Doggy Day Camp.
What to Do Next
If you are in the Tyler area and are interested in Doggy Day Camp, feel free to contact us today! We believe Doggy Day Camp benefits you and your dog in a unique way! We believe in it so much, even in retirement, our dogs attend Day Camp!
If you aren’t in our area, we encourage you to look for a Doggy Day Care that is close to you. If you’re worried about pricing or timing issues, contact several day cares. You may be surprised at cost and hours/arrangements that can be made.
Doggy Day Camp is a great way to show your dog love, even if you can’t be with him or her all the time!
Andy and Melodye
We are a husband and wife team that own and operate Camp Canine. Our blog is to answer your pet questions to the best of our ability! If you have a specific question, don't hesitate to contact us! Thanks for visiting!