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It’s important to be sure your pup has the social skills necessary to get along with other dogs. How does your pup act around others, and are you sure he has what it takes? In most cases, there will be several dogs interacting at doggy daycare.

Ways to Prepare Your Dog Before they Come to Daycare

How sure are you your dog is ready for doggy daycare? Follow the tips below, and you can kiss your doubts goodbye!

Temperament Test & Socialization

Strong socialization is perhaps the single most important aspect to install in your dog before doggy daycare, and might make the difference between pleasant, happy and fun interactions and aggressive fights.Introduce your puppy to other animals, strangers, and children as soon as you can. Try your best to reward these happy experiences with praise and treats! Be sure to show your dog any other creatures he might encounter are good things to enjoy, and not threats to be wary of.

  • The ATTS temperament test is a fantastic way to be sure your pup is ready!

Socialization is a Must

Many ‘old school’ pet owners, especially those with protection animals or many guard dogs, don’t want to desensitize their pets to strangers or other animals. You can’t have a well socialized dog without this. Poorly socialized dogs shouldn’t attend doggy daycare due to the potential risk for other, well socialized dogs.

  • Reward pleasant interactions with treats and praise
  • Introduce your dog to anything he might encounter at doggie daycare, including other animals (dogs, cats), children, even strangers.

Medical History & Vaccinations

Check your pup’s medical history with your vet. Not only are several vaccinations required before daycare facilities will allow your dog around others, they are a great idea for your little one’s health! Does your dog have his vaccinations? Is he microchipped?

Separation Anxiety

A fantastically well behaved dog, always happy when owners are around, might become anxious or even fearful when they are absent for long periods of time. Called ‘Separation Anxiety’, dogs not used to being left alone might behave erratically when their owners leave. It’s important to train your pet to be alone, first leaving him alone for several short durations, slowly increasing your absence. Teach your dog that you didn’t leave him forever, and will always return!

  • Remember, dogs don’t think like humans. What might seem completely rational or irrational to a grown human adult could also seem natural to a dog.
  • Always reward with pleasant things; never punish. Punishment can lead to increased fear.