How To Prepare Your Dog for the First Day of Daycare

How To Prepare Your Dog for the First Day of Daycare

If you have a dog and work outside the home, a doggy daycare may be the best way to ensure the proper care for your pup. Most dogs need lots of playtime and someone to let them out during the day to use the bathroom.

Your furry friend will get all the care, play, and attention they need at a doggy daycare, so they’re happy, healthy, and ready to hang out with you when you return. Here’s how to prepare your dog for the first day of daycare.

Schedule a Temperament Test

Most professional doggy daycares require that your pooch receives a temperament test before admission. The test helps determine whether daycare will be a good fit for your dog and vice versa. It’s important because it can help prevent any serious problems between you, the daycare, and other pet owners down the road.

Wellness Checkup

Before heading to daycare, having your vet do a routine checkup with your dog to see how their health is currently is a good idea. This will make it much easier to ascertain whether daycare will positively or negatively affect your pup. If you suspect your dog received an injury at daycare, the wellness checkup can help prove when the injury occurred.

Keep Up With Medications

Since your dog will be hanging out with other dogs, it’s essential that you keep them up to date on all shots and medications that prevent diseases shared between animals. Flea and tick medications are critical, even if your dog’s daycare is indoors.

Socialize Your Dog

If your dog hasn’t had many opportunities to hang out with other dogs, it might be a good idea to introduce them to the idea before daycare. Otherwise, it’s a little like switching your child from homeschooling to public school—the culture shock and the lack of alone time can be a little overwhelming. Take your dog to a park or meet with a friend for a puppy playdate.

Prepare Their Food

To make sure your dog gets the appropriate amount of food, always portion out their meals in bags or containers to bring with you to daycare. This makes mealtimes much smoother for the daycare staff, and there’s less of a chance that someone will make a mistake.

We hope this list of ways to prepare your dog for the first day of daycare has been helpful. Follow these steps, and we’re confident your dog will have a great time at daycare.

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.