You’ve decided to send your dog to day care, you’ve spoken to friends and family, you’ve shopped around, and now it’s time to make a decision. What next?
Here’s our definitive guide to the top four things to consider when choosing doggy day care.
Think of doggy day care as a children’s nursery. You wouldn’t dream of sending a child along without visiting first. See where they will be, who they will be with and what they will be doing throughout their day.
Book in for the visit when the day care is in full swing! See the fun and frivolity for yourself….and more importantly see whether your dog will be suited to this environment and we likewise can do the same!
While you may be met by a more senior member of staff, it’s important to also chat and ask questions of the dog carers themselves as they will have direct day-to-day contact with the dogs.
Just like children’s nurseries and schools, you must be prepared to commit for the sake of the child, or in this case the dog.
At March of The K9’s Doggy Day Care Centre, we ask our clients to enrol their dogs for at least one day per week. This means that regular customers bring their dogs into a happy and established dog group dynamic. When people see our dynamic and how well the dogs interact, they realise that committing to at least one session per week makes absolute sense.
Most doggy day care centres collect and drop off your dog; it’s all part of the service. But how long does your dog spend travelling? Longer opening hours doesn’t necessarily mean more playtime.
This is the reason for predominantly providing a pick of and drop off point service which is in accordance to many other day care services.
Therefore, look out for earlier starts. We collect at 8am-9:30am and return between 4pm- 5:30pm. This seems to fit in to the majority of people’s travel to and from work hours. Other exceptions can be discussed.
And make sure they use dog-friendly air-conditioned vehicles with vet-approved crates. You may not like the idea of your dog being in a crate, but safety in confined numbers is paramount. The dogs should not be altogether in one space – for example a Golden Retriever in the same space as a Chiuaua isn’t a great idea of obvious reasons! The crates also mean the driver can open each crate one at a time when the relevant dog is safely home, rather than opening one door with the risk of all the dogs escaping.
Overall, choosing your preferred doggy day care provider should be fun and rewarding, for both you and your dog. They’ll certainly thank you for it!
Katy has looked after our nervous old English sheepdog for a couple of years now both for walking and boarding/day care. She is always happy to help and looks after our dog as if she was her own. Highly recommended service with a smile!Louise Moss
Katy looks after my dog Baxter two or three days a week (plus the odd weekend) and he loves it there! I know he gets great walks and loves socialising with the other dogs. Katy has been very flexible with days/times. Would wholeheartedly recommend.Claire Byers
My ‘puppy’ is now a year old and has been walked by Katy since a small puppy. Betsy loves going to Katy’s! I’ve had other dog walkers which were fine but Katy goes the extra mile. Katy was recommended to me by one of those happenstance chats with another dog owner. I’m so pleased I bumped in to her that day as now Betsy, goes to doggy day care once a week. She spends all day running around with Katy and the other dogs up Otley Chevin and various other places. I work full time in a demanding job so I rely on the flexibility that Katy gives me and Betsy. Katy takes the dogs to different places as she loves the outdoors herself and likes to keep it interesting! Katy is lovely around all the doggies and her own doggy, Reli is lovely and well behaved. When Betsy gets home she just flops out as she’s been well exercised – she’s a working cocker spaniel so that’s saying a lot! Look no further – you’ve found the one to take care of your pooch when your at work or on holiday!Mhari Byrne
My minature daschund has been going to Kate at March of the K9’s for 3 years. I have to say Kate is the best dog minder I have ever had. Minnie loves her and loves going! The day care she has is superb, Kate has been very flexible and is extremly reliable. I would fully recommend her services as the best in Leeds.Melanie Rogers
Katy offers a fantastic service, the dogs seem to agree!Adam Robinson
Having to find a dog sitter at late notice. Kate was so good and accommodated for my dog. He was so happy there and would highly recommend her.Shiela A Fard
Happy New Year to Katy and all dogs @ March of the K9’s….Katy is so dedicated to the business and great with all animals, our dog Spangle loves her,as do we!!Hope 2014 is prosperous and exciting.Helen Christodoulides
Katy and her March of the K9s is a wonderful dog-walking service. Our dog Bryn goes into mourning on the days when she’s not allowed to go walking with Kate. Oh the adventures she has! Kate is a brilliant person, and we would trust our dog with no lesser being!Lou Waite
Our Springer Oscar loves going to Kate. He’s only 6 months and is relatively new to our family. I work away a lot and the thing I love most about march of the K9s other than knowing he’s having a great time walking with his doggy pals is getting photo or video updates during the week when I’m missing him! Cannot recommend Kate enough!Sophie Cattell
Katie has looked after my two dogs for years. They lead the life of Riley at home, allowed in the bed, on the furniture, so the thought of leaving them in kennels when we go away was out of the question. They get tons of exercise when they go to Katie’s and end up fitter than when they left. They also get a lot of personal attention and they’re both very fond of her, and always slightly ambivalent about coming home, which means I have to step up my game, I think! Katie didn’t fall into this job by accident, she chose to do it, leaving behind a corporate career and she obviously loves dogs.
She also has a good number of safe, away from the road, walking places to take dogs that even I wasn’t aware of. And I’m just about to take them to one of them, if they’ll only get off the keyboard!
Having been taking our two dobermans, George and Lulu to Kate for nearly 2 years now we are very happy to continue to be loyal clients. My two are always so excited to see Kate, sometimes I think they’d rather live with Kate than come home to us – the amount of fun they have with the other dog boarders and all the great places they visit on their walks. Kate youre an amazing dog walker/boarder, thanks for taking such good care our two rugrats xxVena and Nick