As I write, my 11 month old boxer puppy is pressing his squeaky toy to my side and staring at me with those eyes that just beg “play with me.” Sorry buddy, today is a work day. Maybe we can squeeze in a trip to the dog park this afternoon.
Do you often find yourself in a situation where you know that your dog wants or needs a little more stimulation, but you just can’t find the time to give it to him? If so, consider some form of doggy daycare.
For very social and high-energy pooches, a full-service facility is often best. You can drop your dog off for anywhere from a few hours to a full day of all out craziness with a pack of like-minded canines. Make sure the facility that you pick is clean, well-monitored, has a zero tolerance policy towards aggression, requires proof of up-to-date vaccinations, and has areas where the dogs can go for a little down time when they need to rest.
If your dog is shy, elderly or is otherwise uncomfortable around large groups of rambunctious dogs, hiring someone to come to your home may be a better choice. A professional pet walker or a responsible teenager from the neighborhood can stop by during the day and take your dog out for a stroll at his own pace, give a few belly rubs, and provide him with a few treats or any pet medications that might be needed.