Most people tremble at the thought of leaving their animals home alone. Like children, pets also needs love and proper care during the day as well as at night. From this basic belief was founded the idea of pet day care. At day care your pet will be fed, groomed, trained and played with any time you are not available or away for a vacation.
Pet day care are split into two categories: boarding services and actual day care. Boarding services are particularly useful if an owner is going to be away overnight or for a long period of time and has no one to care for their pet in their home, or if an owner has no available space for their large animal (this is very common in the case of horses). The day care will provide them with own sleeping space, feeding dishes and toys, and will be cared for daily as if they were home. Time is allotted for daily grooming, training, exercise and play.
Day care is available for pets whose owners wish to drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the evening after working hours. Again, bedding, toys and feeding bowls are often offered. While facilities of this type can be found for most small animals, dogs are the main focus, and many more facilities for them can be found than for others. At doggie day care, dogs are handled by a staff of trained professionals, licensed in dog behavior, safety and health management. They are groomed and provided training by an experienced trainer according to their level of knowledge.
In most pet sitting facilities dogs are separated into groups according to their age and size. As the equipment for small dogs is inadequate for large ones, while large equipment may not be appropriate for small dog, this is very crucial for a pet’s well being. The distribution is usually made at twenty five pounds. Small dogs have their own separate area, where they are played with, taught simple training and, just like a child, they are also taught to potty trained.
Another trend that is currently sweeping the nation is pet spas. These generally cater only to smaller animals. Here animals are groomed, exercised and pampered in the same manner as humans visiting a spa; their ears, teeth, nails and hair will be cared for, and they will be walked, played with, massaged (if the facility has the appropriately trained staff) and cared for. These services, again, can be found for most small animals, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs, and may be purchased on a daily basis or for extended periods of time (overnight stays are available in spas with boarding facilities). A variation on this theme is offered in do-it-yourself pet spas, where owners are encouraged to groom their pet themselves, furthering the bond between pet and human. The spa will provide the appropriate space, as well as a wash basin, shampoo, nail clippers and other grooming equipment. Pet spas can be a wonderful treat for all animals.