Lhasa Apso dogs thrive on companionship and do not like to be left alone. Therefore, if you have a Lhasa and are forced to leave your dog alone for hours at a time due to a busy working schedule, you should consider putting your Lhasa in dog daycare.
It may sound silly to put your dog into a dog daycare, but isn’t it just as silly to leave your dog home all day by him/herself without receiving any exercise or attention?
Dog daycare provides your Lhasa Apso the opportunity to play and interact with other canines. The activities Lhasa Apso dogs are able to engage in while in daycare, depends on what the dog daycare offers. For instance, your dog may be provided with toys, swimming, and agility equipment for exercise and play. He/she may also be offered obedience training or be groomed, or may even be taken for vet checkups.
Most dog daycare centers are held in large buildings and accommodate all dogs regardless of their breed. Dogs are separated into groups based on their size. There is usually both a large yard and an indoor area where dogs can exercise and play.
Dog daycare began in the late 1980’s in California. Due to its popularity, more dog daycare centers were opened across America. Dog daycare services were originally offered by boarding kennels, and groomers. Now the service may be offered in addition to these services, or as a separate institution.
What do you need to know before signing up your Lhasa Apso dogs for dog daycare?
First, you need to know that there is a screening process. There are certain restrictions you need to be aware of. For instance, a dog daycare will not take any dog that has not been properly trained, or acts aggressive towards their food, or toys. The dog cannot be shy or fearful of humans.
The daycare will also watch how the owner interacts with their dog to evaluate the dog’s behavior and to see how the dog responds to human touch and loud noises.
Furthermore, the dog must be healthy and all of their immunizations must be up-to-date. The dog should also be on the necessary meds to guard against fleas, ticks and heartworm. In addition, the dog must be neutered or spayed unless they are used for breeding.
It’s important that the dog daycare you choose has such restrictions to ensure the safety of your Lhasa Apso dogs and the other canines they care for.
How do you choose a dog daycare? Unfortunately, there likely won’t be many dog daycare services in your area to provide you with much choice. However, this doesn’t mean that you should simply pick just any daycare service if the facility and staff do not meet your standards, even if it’s the only one local to you.
Here is what you need to look for –
- Is the facility clean?
- Does the staff actively participate with the dogs they care for, or do they casually monitor them?
- Is there an area where a dog can be placed if it needs to be disciplined for poor behavior?
- What does the play area look like, both inside and outside?
- Do they have a play area both inside and outside?
- Does the staff know how to properly administer medication if a dog requires this?
- How experienced is the staff with Lhasa Apso dogs?
- How many staff members are there for each dog? One person should take care of no more than 10 dogs.
- How does the staff interact with the dogs?
- How do they introduce dogs to one another?
Finally, the last aspect of dog daycare you will need to take into account is the cost of the services. You might find that the dog daycare will have different packages, and the costs will vary for each. Therefore, if you want more services for your dog, expect to pay more. However, ensure you find out if there are any discounts. For instance, if you have two Lhasa Apso dogs, will you get a discount for the second dog? Make sure you find all this information out before you place your Lhasa in the care of another.