No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Do you know anything about the doggie daycare place? There are some where the dogs are together all day, but not all. I took Dena, Keefer, and Halo to daycare twice a week for a few months as puppies. The place I go to also does overnight boarding, and I wanted them to get used to being there and having it be a fun place for them before the time came to board them for a week when we're on vacation.
With Dena, who was an only dog up until she was 13 months old (when we got Keef), it was also so that she could be socialized in a new environment, with different dogs. When Keef was a puppy and too young to go, I took Dena instead so he could get used to being home alone, and then when he was older she stayed home and he went to daycare. Having two dogs, I wanted them to not be TOO bonded to each other, and I also thought it was important to socialize them with other dogs without the sibling dog present, particularly away from the familiarity of home.
I did the same thing with Halo, she started going twice a week at 15 weeks old, (the minimum age for daycare) up until she was 7 months old. She was also going to the off leash park with us at 15 weeks, but of course Keefer was there too. In daycare she was on her own, and I thought that was important.
At Citizen Canine, every dog has their own private room in a heated and air conditioned building. They do several play/potty trips outdoors a day, organized by age, size, and activity level. My dogs were always in the "Active Adolescent" group. Playgroups typically consist of 5 or 6 dogs, accompanied by several staff who supervise and play with the dogs. The staff are all very experienced, several of them are also APDT certified dog trainers, and some are pet CPR certified as well. I felt very comfortable leaving my dogs there all day while I was at work, and they clearly enjoyed going.
Keefer 8/25/05-4/24/19 ~ The sweetest boy
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short