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Dog day care: What should you consider?

So, i've been having issues with Sammy having too much energy and i not spending so much time with him due to work. A few friends recommended dog day care but i know i have to do a lot of research before even deciding on one. What should i look out for?
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While it CAN work, in general, doggy day cares are not a great option for Havanese. Although they are happy, outgoing dogs, they are small, and easily ntinidated by rougher, tougher individuals. If you are going to consider a day care, it needs to be one where dogs are separated by energy level AND size, and staff must be very astute in watching for subtle bullying.

Be aware that a Havanese will need to be in a short puppy cut, or they will come home a matted mess from getting jumped on by other dogs all day too.

I'm not a fan of doggy day care in general. Dogs come home, not only physically tired, but lack of enough rest also leads to a stressed dog, which can lead to both behavioral and health problems. But add the fact that Havanese are a small breed with a soft temperament, and it can be a a recipe for problems. By the time you recognize that it's not working, it can be to late... It can have caused life-long psychological damage to your dog.
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That sounds like a lot of work finding one especially for my Havanese. I definitely do not want to find Sammy in a matted mess. I think i'll figure out another way maybe leave him with my parents or a friend when i have to. Psychological damage is not something i want to deal with ever. Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it.
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yes day cares are like dog parks, they can be great and they can be terrible. You really need to be knowledgable about dogs and especially your dog. You really need to do your homework . Here is a good article on it. Doggie Daycare Can Be a Wonderful Experience: But is it For Every Dog? | Whole Dog Journal

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Emmie has gone to doggie daycare for a number of years, is in a long coat, and has never come home matted from being jumped on by other dogs all day. That's not something that is a normal occurrence; and in fact, I've never heard of that happening by anyone who has a dog that goes to doggie daycare (versus anecdotal accounts).

I have been very happy with the doggie daycare places that Emmie has been to. Like anything, you have to do your own research and talk to owners that send their dogs to that establishment. Make sure you check the place out thoroughly, understand how they oversee all the dogs, monitor interactions between small/big dogs, cleanliness, ratio of staff to dogs...

In an ideal world, I wouldn't have to work, I'd be at home all day with my dog, would have a big fenced yard, have a basement for indoor play, etc. But that's not the case. I live in an urban environment, no yard, and work in another city, so what works for me are lots of walks before and after work, doggie daycare, dog walker, friends that stop by to take Emmie out, and playdates and training in the evenings and on weekends. All in all, I'm very happy with how Emmie handles being away from me; she's well adjusted, healthy, and we make a great team.
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Maybe you could have somebody come in once a day and take Sammy for a walk or if you have a fenced in yard take him out and play with him?

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