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May 15, 2013

Why Dog Daycare?

The social unit of dogs is the pack. From research on wolf packs that are formed in captivity, the pack has traditionally been thought of as a tightly knit group composed of individuals that have earned a ranking in a linear hierarchy, and within which there is intense loyalty. It is believed that dogs were able to be domesticated by and succeed in contact with human society because of their social nature. According to this traditional belief, dogs generalize their social instincts to include humans, in essence “joining the pack” of their owner/handler.”

“Dogs value the companionship of the others in their “pack” and are sometimes distressed if they are separated from it. Typical reactions when a dog is separated from the pack are barking, howling, digging, and chewing. These activities may distress humans when they need to leave dogs alone for a period of time. However, this behavior, called separation anxiety, can be overcome with training, or at least decreased to the point where it becomes manageable. If young puppies are habituated to periods alone from an early age, this can normally be prevented entirely.”

Dogs are social creatures that require more than just food and water to survive. Dog walks tend to be for short periods of time 15-30 minutes which allow your pooch to relieve  themselves outside the home.   Dog walks are leash/tethered so the dogs don’t get to burn off all that energy they’ve stored up waiting for their walk.

Dog daycare allows dogs to be dogs in a pack setting off leash (the bigger the space the better). All  the dog/puppy play groups at Crate Escape average 15 dogs  per person. Once your dog is enrolled s/he will only be playing with other equally playful dogs, off leash, who have been screened for daycare. It’s very much like school where the kids/dogs find their niche of companions and hang out  with them in packs for hours at a time. Puppies love daycare and learn a lot of pack etiquette while they play with each other.  Dogs are screened for vaccination shots and temperament tested to be certain they will play nice with other dogs their same age and size. Because of the pack mentality dogs are always stimulated to either play or sit on the sideline and supervise their canine companions.

Bradley Hastings


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