Working from home?
Just because we are now working from home does not mean our dogs will have us to themselves. We still have to work – sometimes it’s actually harder than actually going to the office. We are much more easily distracted especially if Mr or Mrs Pooch is staring at us and beaming our thoughts – “Can we play?”, “When are we going for another walk, it’s been an hour at least!”. Yes, many of us are now working from home and yes, we still need to actually do some work!
Dogs are (mostly) extroverts. They love socialising with other dogs. Our dogs are no longer allowed to wander the local street visiting each house for a chat and a snack. Many dogs lack stimulation. Daycare allows dogs to express normal doggy behaviour. It also offers a dog the chance to meet and play with new dogs and learn how to properly socialize and interact with dogs of varying sizes and personalities.
Dog parks are great, but they can be hit and miss. Some owners themselves are not comfortable monitoring play between dogs. Dog parks can be great places for a game, but they can also be a bit crazy and unpredictable. Many dog parents aren’t familiar with what is appropriate and what is dangerous. A proper daycare has experienced staff that are trained to interpret dog body language so they can ensure all the dogs are comfortable and play safely.
Overcoming Separation Anxiety
Spending all of your time with your dog as many of us have done recently can lead to issues of separation anxiety. A daycare experience is great as it allows the dog to experience being away from you but not necessarily alone. If your dog is always alone when you are away from them, they can start to associate you leaving with negative feelings such as anxiety. A good option is also to organise your own play groups of visits to doggy friend’s houses. But if that’s not possible daycare is an excellent resource.
For busy families with packed schedules sending your dog to daycare when you’re working whether from home or on location is a brilliant compromise to make sure all family members are looked after. Too often dogs are left to their own devices at home during the day and at the end of the day, you’re tired and the dog is wired! Even one day a week gives the dog structure and something to look forward too. Your dog should be tired at the end of a daycare day. The next day is rest day at home so it’s worth noting that it’s like getting two days daycare for the price of one!