When my fiancee’ (now my wife) and I bought a house, the first thing I wanted to do was get a dog. I had dogs in the past, and enjoyed the companionship they brought to my life. We adopted from the fine folks at The League for Animal Welfare (www.lfaw.org ) and brought our pup Roscoe home. Unlike other dogs I had been around in my lifetime, he was a HANDFUL!
We would take him for at least two 30 minute walks a day and play with him a bit in the house as well in order to try and burn his energy, but it didn’t seem to help. He still ran around with anything he could get his teeth on in order to get more attention. Socks, toilet paper, boxes, pants, even bath mats were trotted down the hall unceremoniously.
The term daycare seems to be a term you would apply to a place you take your children and, with much naivete’, I lumped it in the same category as bows in my dogs hair or dressing them up in raincoats and galoshes when they go outside (although both my dogs do now own Halloween costumes…)
This, friends, is not the case.
Dog Day, Every Day! has become indispensable in our household. We use it at least once a week. Roscoe goes to Dog Day and spends about 12 hours there playing with other dogs. Since he has more energy than most of the dogs there, they sometimes will let him run on the doggy treadmill, when the weather is nice, outside to play in the hose/pet pool. When he comes home he eats dinner then sleeps. He doesn’t whine for attention, he doesn’t parade around with our socks, he doesn’t beg for our dinner (well, not usually), he simply lays out on the couch.
My wife and I now have a second dog, Bandit. While Bandit’s demeanor is much more laid back than Roscoe’s, we occasionally take him as well. Both dogs have learned to associate the word daycare with a positive experience, and both get very excited when they hear the term.
The staff at Dog Day is great. Owner Suzanne Zimmerman seems to be there at least one shift every day, is very personable, and always willing to take time to talk specifically about your dog. The rest of the staff is warm and friendly as well.
Dog Day isn’t only a reprieve for us from our dogs vigor, but also is a good place for them to get a chance to become comfortable with other dogs (on a busy day there can be upwards of 60 dogs for them to interact with) and get plenty of exercise that we just don’t usually have time for.