doggie daycare, Madison, WI

When dogs are left alone during the day, they may become anxious or bored, which could lead to destructive behavior. The perfect solution to keeping your pet happy and busy while you are away is a quality doggie daycare. If you are on the fence about taking your dog, here are five things to know about dog daycare before you choose one.

  1. Safety Is Always a Priority

Safety should be number one, both for the dogs and the staff. Not only should a doggy daycare require proof of vaccinations, but it should also tell you about its safety features, such as easy-to-clean, non-skid flooring or strong fencing and gates.

  1. Cleanliness Is Next (to Dogginess)

Take time to tour the doggie daycare before you sign up. Does it smell clean? Do they have a protocol for sanitization when indoor accidents occur? How well are the play areas maintained? You may also ask about how often they clean bedding, shared toys, and other equipment.

  1. Crowds Can Be Overwhelming

While dogs are pack animals, your pup may not enjoy competition for treats and attention. Ask about the staff to dog ratio as well as the size of groups during playtime. Some dogs prefer less of a crowd, and if that sounds like yours, you should see if the dog daycare has accommodations.

  1. Fill the Schedule

Find out if the doggy daycare has planned activities for the pets. Most programs can keep your dog stimulated and exercised, but if the pets are just sitting around waiting on their owners, you may want to find another facility.

  1. Boarded Up

Check about boarding options when you have overnight travel. The peace of mind that comes with knowing your dog is well cared for when you go out of town, especially at a doggie daycare it already knows and loves, is a big stress reliever for pet owners.

The good news for Madison dog owners is that Aunt B’s Pet Resort & Spa checks all the boxes for your pup. Call us at (608) 846-4115 to schedule a tour or contact us online for more information.

How to Socialize an Older Dog

Old dog sleeping

It’s been said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but that’s not true. Dogs are social creatures and should enjoy being around other people and dogs. If your dog wasn’t socialized as a puppy, it’s never too late to help him learn to be more comfortable in new experiences, such as dog daycare. You’ll need to take your time when socializing an older dog. Here are some tips that can help you.

Take Your Dog Into the Community on a Leash

Use walks to introduce your dog to new surroundings and others. Daily walks aren’t just for exercise. You can use this time to help your dog be more social. If your dog gets overly excited or disruptive, don’t scold or tug on their leash. Just redirect them from the situation to calm down.

Teach Your Friends How to Approach Your Dog When They Come Over

Have friends come over to visit but keep the environment positive and relaxed. Ask your friends to let the dog make the first move. You could give your friends a treat to help your dog come closer. Make sure to associate new people with good experiences.

Watch Your Own Stress Levels

Your dog responds to your emotions more than you realize. Don’t play into your dog’s nervous reactions by comforting them or acting nervous yourself. Stay calm and collected. Act like the situation isn’t a big deal. Your dog will follow your reactions and attitude.

Work Your Way Up to the Dog Park   

The dog park is a great place for socialization, but it can be very overwhelming to an older dog. Start by walking around the dog park to give your dog time to investigate. Create positive associations by offering treats when your dog acts friendly and social. The first time you go in the dog park, find a time when it’s not as busy, maybe a mid-morning weekday.

Try Doggie Daycare

Dog daycare businesses are another great place for dog socialization. Start out by visiting the doggie daycare to let your dog sniff around. Make the experience positive. When your dog acts friendly, give treats. Ask the staff to help you introduce your dog to the pack of dogs slowly, so your dog isn’t overwhelmed. At Aunt B’s, “love is our specialty.” We know how to help dogs fit in.

Bring your dog to Aunt B’s Pet Resort and Spa for Doggie Daycare to help your older dog be more social, get more exercise and have a great time while you’re at work.