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Daycare vs Dog Walker: Best Choice for Fido?

Many canine owners consider Bear and Daisy members of the family so deciding between doggie daycare or a professional dog walker is a difficult choice. The five questions below should help you decide which might work best for you and your dog.

  1. Does Bear have the energy to play all day with his furry friends? Daycare is like going to a carnival: numerous sights/smells, mobs of people and loud noises may be ideal to some; however, an unfamiliar situation and numerous people jostling each other might be frightening.
  2. Does Daisy prefer individualized attention? Wrestling and playing tag and with her four legged friends may count as fun; however, taking a walk through her familiar neighborhood with a fetch game afterwards with her favorite toy might be more enjoyable.
  3. Does Bear like frequent snoozes? Taking a nap while other dogs play nearby may work for some; however, being disturbed during his siesta could be upsetting.
  4. Do extra vet bills fit into my budget? Making frequent trips to the vet to ensure Daisy is current on shots may be necessary. Also, a visit may be needed if she contracts an illness or gets nipped.
  5. Where is the nearest daycare facility? Arriving late to work because of a daycare transportation delay or adding 30 minutes to your commute because you need to drive in the opposite direction are factors to consider.

Your replies to the above questions will help you decide which option is best for you and your dog. If you are still undecided, a combination of both may be the answer. Bear may thrive with 2-3 days of private dog walks mixed with 1-3 days of day care.

Is a private dog walker is the right choice for you and Bear? TAILored Pet Services is ready to assist and we have a package to fit your needs. Contact us for more information.