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Daycare Burnout - Part 1
What is it? To be honest I am not sure if this is even an “official” term. A quick research attempt could not find anyone using this term. However, there are pages, upon pages of articles focused on human burn outs from working at dog daycares, but nothing with the concerns of the dogs emotional well-being.
We tend to dismiss dogs' emotional health until they start to act out with unwanted behaviours such as: reactive, barking, separation anxiety, or charging/snapping, etc. Then, when it’s almost too late, we seek dog trainers for help. Not all dog trainers study the most current scientific information about dog behavior rehabilitation and often their attempts don’t help or in some tragic cases make things worse.
Sometimes dogs are already displaying unwanted or concerning behavior and owners bring them to doggy daycares to “fix” them. What if I told you we can prevent some behavioral issues by looking more at our dog’s emotional state and body language.
Over the next few blog posts, we will dive into each of these important topics:
Find a daycare that works for your DOG, and has screening measures in place
Start with short days, and keep to a schedule
Snacks aren’t a bad thing
Listen to the feedback provided by the daycare attendants
It’s ok if your dog doesn’t like daycare!!
Make sure your dog is always physically sound
Build up their daycare stamina at their pace
We want your dog to enjoy their time at daycare, whether it’s here at Dumbledogs, or at another local daycare. Our hope is this blog series will help you understand how to get the best out of daycare for your dog.
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