Doggie daycare remains one of the best ways to ease your dog’s separation anxiety, a condition hallmarked by excessive barking and/or howling, destructive chewing or digging, pacing, peeing, and more.
Separation anxiety is believed to be caused by a dog’s fear of being abandoned or isolated. Confusion over a change in routines is also a big contributor. Many pet owners are now returning to the workplace after a long nine months of 9 to 5 from the home office. Add to that the hustle and bustle of the holidays – and the potential ins and outs of family members – and we’re likely to have a lot of anxious dogs on our hands in the coming months.
A quality doggie daycare program, however, can put you and your pet at ease in a number of ways:
- Exercise: It’s hard to worry about your owner’s whereabouts when you’re playing ball with the big (or small) dogs. When your dog is cooped up in the house all day, they can potentially become stressed and/or mischievous – or both. Doggie daycare offers an engaging respite from waiting by the door, and activities such as group play in a supervised setting allows for ample socialization, while helping your best pal to burn some calories. After all, sedentary lifestyles are every bit as bad for our pets as they are for us human beings.
- Mental stimulation: Dogs thrive on purpose. When they do not have a “job” to do, trouble can ensue. At doggie daycare, your dog will benefit from mentally stimulating activities including interactive play, engaging toys, and plenty of new spaces to sniff and explore.
- Routine: Changes to your daily routine can throw your dog’s emotions out of whack. Dogs understand when something is new and/or different. If you are home less frequently, or someone who previously lived in your home has moved out – your pet could be experiencing conditional separation anxiety. Consistency is like a warm blanket for your dog. Scheduled visits to doggie daycare can help create – or reestablish – a normal weekly routine, while providing them with a positive outlet for their anxious energy.
- Supervision: Quality doggie daycare programs are staffed by trained professionals who are compassionate about your animals and their well-being, while offering your dog tips to overcome their anxiety (and resulting behaviors).
Regardless of whether you’re heading to work or running errands – or just taking some “me” time, Waggles Pet Resort’s doggie daycare can provide your pet with a safe, stimulating place to run, play, socialize, and have a lot of fun. Call us at 847-994-4855 today to make your reservation and receive a free day of play and evaluation.
*Free Day of Play subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offers. Daycare discount applies to first-time daycare customers only.