Lately, we've been getting a lot of questions about whether or not we crate daycare dogs during the day. For far too long dog daycare has consisted of dogs running and playing all day long with little to no direction or rest periods. This results in overly tired dogs, super athletes who cannot settle outside of daycare, and a higher risk of injury. Research studies suggest that dogs need 12-18 hours of sleep a day with seniors, puppies, extra large breeds, and dogs who get a lot of physical exercise throughout the day needing even more. Traditional daycare suggests that the dogs will sleep during play groups but we've noticed that they may take a break but they never enter a deep nap period which is crucial. Imagine exercising for 8+ hours a day and then being expected to enter a deep sleep in the gym where other people are still working out. It's not realistic and it's not healthy. Dog sleep deprivation studies confirm degenerative changes in their brains due to lack of sleep. It has never been our goal to send home exhausted dogs and we want to be clear that extreme physical exhaustion is not the measure of a successful day of daycare. Your dogs health and safety is the most important thing to us and that is why we rotate group play with intervals of training, swimming, and toy play, individual physical activities such as treadmill, flirt pole, or fetch based on your dog's preference, mental stimulation such as scent games and puzzles, and kenneled rest periods in a dark room. We are proud to offer a healthier, safer, and more enriching experience than traditional dog daycare.
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